Hakkari Mountain and Commando Brigade

The 5th Commando Brigade, more commonly known as the Hakkari Mountain and Commando Brigade (Turkish: Hakkâri Dağ ve Komando Tugayı), stationed in Hakkâri Province at south-easternmost Turkey, founded as a subunit of the 1st Commando Brigade in the size of a battalion. With the rise of the Kurdish insurgency, the existing formation has been enlarged from the size of a battalion to a brigade.

Hakkari Mountain and Commando Brigade
Brigade symbols mountain, grenade and parachute. 2 G3 guns located behind are the monument at the entrance to the brigade.
Country Turkey
BranchTurkish Army
TypeMountain infantry
RoleMountain warfare
Part ofBrigade
Nickname(s)Soldiers of the mountains
Motto(s)We Are Strong, Brave, Ready!
Mascot(s)Steel Claw
EngagementsKurdish insurgency
Br.Gen. Levent Köse
Emre Tayanç

The brigade has four commando battalions, a support group and an artillery battalion, which are deployed to different districts of Hakkari Province. Main task of this unit is to eliminate the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The unit lost around 700 troops in the clashes with the PKK.[1]

Social service

In 2000, the servicemen of the unit started a lecturing program for high school students in Hakkari, who want to take part at the Student Selection and Placement Examination (ÖSYS), which is compulsory to enter a university in Turkey, lack however adequate financial means to visit a cram school. The next year, the lecturing service was extended to a four-group program including also students, who want to prepare themselves for the exams such as the high school entrance (LGS), foreign language proficiency (YDS) and postgraduate education (LES) in addition to a course for English language. Within four years, a total of 2,000 students benefited from this social service of the military at the cram school called "Mehmetçik Dershanesi". The lecturers, in total 19, are selected among the conscripties, who are professional teachers and serving short-term at the military.[1]

President's visit

In October 2011, President Abdullah Gül inspected the unit and spent the night at the brigade during his official visit to Southeastern Anatolia Region.[2]


Inside the brigade, there is the monument of "Those Who Raise the Sun by Their Names" there are 2 arms statues interconnected with each other and a giant commando statue 50 meters after the entrance.The monument was built in 1995 by the brigade commander of the period, Brigadier General Osman Pamukoğlu.[3]

See also


  1. Kalkan, Ersin (2004-03-13). "Bir zamanların savaşçı tugayı şimdi öğretmen". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  2. "Cumhurbaşkanı Gül üs bölgelerinde!". Sabah (in Turkish). 2011-10-16. Retrieved 2013-03-20.
  3. "DAĞ VE KOMANDO TUGAYI HAKKINDA". Blogcu (in Turkish). Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  4. "Hakkâri Dağ ve Komando Tugayı", Vikipedi (in Turkish), 2019-09-28, retrieved 2019-11-06


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