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Tallinn city districts of Kesklinn, Lasnamäe and Pirita

14 November 1967, Kliima village, Põlva County, Estonia
Married, two daughters and one son

Education: Estonian Institute of Humanities and University of Helsinki, history and philosophy 1989–1991; National Defence University of Finland, Master of military sciences 2001

Career: conscript service in the Soviet Army; Estonian Defence League: Tallinn District, Platoon Commander, Company Commander and Chief of Staff 1990–1992; Estonian Defence Forces: Defence Forces Combat School, Instruction Division Commander and School Commander 1994–1997, Estonian National Defence College, Officers’ School, Commander 1997–1999, General Staff of Estonian Defence Forces, Operations Department, Deputy Commander, Acting Commander and Commander 2001–2007; U.S. Army, 1st Armored Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Staff, Operations Department, service in Iraq 2005. Reservist as of 2007, freelance writer

Party affiliation: unaffiliated member of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party Faction

Membership in representative bodies: 14th Riigikogu  (Deputy Chairman of the National Defence Committee 2021–)

Awards: Order of the Cross of the Eagle, 4th Class 1997; Bronze Star Medal of the United States of America 2005; kokku 12 au- ja teenetemärki.
Annual Award of the Estonian literary journal “Looming” 1991, 2nd prize in novel competition 2000, Betti Alver Literary Award 2002, Bernard Kangro Award for Literature 2009, Stalker Award for Science Fiction 2009, 2010 and 2011

Ranks: Ensign 1992, Second Lieutenant 1994, First Lieutenant 1995, Captain 1997, Major 1999, Lieutenant Colonel 2003

Other activities: defence industry company “Milrem”, Board 2013–2018.
Published books: “Viiv pikas sõjas. Märkmeid Iraagi sõjast” (“A Moment in the Long War. Notes on the Iraq War”) 2006, “Takerdunud rünnak. Eesti riigikaitse võtmeprobleemid ja lahendused” (“A Tangled Attack. The Key Problems and Solutions of the Estonian National Defence”) 2008, “Ukraina häirekell. Takerdunud rünnak II” (“The Ukrainian Alarm Bell. A Tangled Attack II”) 2014, and fiction: novels “Kustumatu valguse maailm” (“The World of Undying Light”) 1990–1991, 2001, 2006, “Sõdurjumala teener” (“Servant of the Soldier God”) 2001, 2006 (in Finnish 2004), “Gort Ashryn” I–III 2008–2010, “Sõda 2023” (“War 2023”) 2016. Feature film “1944”, scriptwriter and military consultant 2015

Hobbies: literature and history



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