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3rd Czech OMLT unit

The Czech Republic continues in its help to Afghanistan by deploying the 3rd ACR OMLT unit in accordance with Czech government resolution No. 100 dated 19 January 2009, confirmed by resolutions of the House of Deputies No. 985 dated 4 February 2009 and of the Senate No. 99 dated 28 January 2009.

Czech OMLT in Wardak

The ISAF mandate is set by the UN Security Council Resolution No. 1386 in 2001, which authorised ISAF forces to help Afghan government in security issues. The engagement of ISAF forces over the whole territory of Afghanistan was passed by the UN Security Council Resolution No. 1510 in 2003.

OMLT - Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team

The major task of the unit is to train, mentor and help the Afghan rifle unit in a size of battalion (Kandak) of the Afghan National Army in a process of command and control planning. The purpose of this way of training is to upgrade operational capabilities of all units of the Kandak. The goal is to build secure environment, ensure the freedom of movement within the area of responsibility and the setting of conditions for further operations.

The headquarters of the Czech OMLT unit is at present based at the Carwile Base in the southern part of the Wardak Province. Czech and Afghan soldiers in cooperation with American soldiers operate from three forward operational bases. The Czech unit is fully equipped and is capable of independent engagement within the given area.

The 3rd ACR OMLT unit is formed by 54 soldiers from ten units of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic. The major part is formed by personnel of the 41st Mechanised Battalion having its home base at Zatec. The unit is complemented with specialists, for example artillery and air controllers, to meet specific tasks to be performed.

Lieutenant Colonel Zdenek Mikula

Commander of the 3rd ACR OMLT unit:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Zdenek Mikula
    assumed operational task on 7 October 2011 from commander of the 2nd Czech OMLT unit

 

Chief of Staff of the 3rd ACR OMLT unit:

  • Captain Milan Kozelka

The unit size:

  • 54 personnel (out of this number there are 15 command and staff officers)
    Unit age average: 32 years (from 45 to 25 years of age).

Czech OMLT history:


March 9, 2012