Colonel Sandris Gaugers was born in 1973 in Aloja a town in Northern Latvia. He joined the Latvian Armed Forces as an NCO in 1992, and served in various NCO positions at the squad and platoon level. In 1998 he completed his Infantry Officer training in the United States of America, and upon his return commanded a rifle platoon and then an anti-tank platoon in the Baltic Peace Keeping Battalion. In 2000 he moved to the position of Training Officer in the Latvian Land Forces 1st Infantry battalion, and then in 2003 became a company commander in that same unit. In 2005, following his company command, he was tasked as the Exercise Planning Officer in the Training and Exercise Branch of the Armed Forces Joint Headquarters. Read full biography
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