Slovenia has become the only NATO state to appoint a woman as the chief of its military.
Major General Alenka Ermenc is the first female Chief of the General Staff of the Slovenian army, taking over from her predecessor Alan Geder on Wednesday.
Major General Alenka Ermenc, newly appointed as chief of the Slovenian Army, looks on in Ljubljana, Slovenia,
The 55-year-old former commander has served in the army since 1991, the year Slovenia declared independence from Yugoslavia.
Ermenc studied at the Royal College of Defense Studies and King’s College University, both in London.
Her promotion comes after a change of government in September when Prime Minister Marjan Sarec took power following a June general election.