“Be yourself, be respectful, but also gain the respect of your colleagues.”
Lieutenant Colonel MAGDALENA DVORAKOVA, Czech Air Force, has been the Head of the International Military Staff Office of the Gender Advisor since October 2015. She joined the military as a conscript and then as a cadet of the Military University of Ground Forces in 1998. After completing her Master Degree in Economy at the University in 2004, she joined the Czech Air Force. Lt. Col. Dvorakova served as the Public Affairs Officer at 21 Tactical Air Force Base Caslav, from 2004 to 2008. In 2006, she was deployed to the KFOR Multinational Brigade Center in Kosovo as an INFO OPS Officer. Two years later, she was assigned to the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces as assistant to the 2nd Deputy CHOD. From 2008 to 2011, the Lieutenant Colonel was assigned as a Senior Officer to the military-political section of the Military Office of the President of the Czech Republic. In 2010, she was deployed as Public Affair Officer to the Czech Contingent KFOR in Kosovo. After a second tour in the military-political section of the Military Office of the President of the Czech Republic, Lt. Col. Dvorakova worked as Senior Officer/Military in the Cabinet of the Czech Ministry of Defence (MOD) from 2011 to 2014. From 2014 until she assumed her post as the Head of the IMS Office of the Gender Advisor (GENAD) at NATO in 2015, she worked as Public Information Officer in the Public Information Office of the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces.
In addition to her assignments, Lt. Col. Dvorakova was the Czech National Delegate for the NATO Committee on Gender Perspectives from 2008 to 2015. She also took part in the Working Group on Equal Opportunities for Men and Women in the Czech Armed Forces of the MOD Personnel Division, leading initiatives in creating the Action Plan for the implementations of UNSCR 1325 on the ministerial and national level.