4th Brigade Task Force proves its capabilities and readiness

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek

The second largest and most important exercise of the Czech military, the Strong Campaigner 2014, confirmed the full operational capabilities of the 4th Brigade Task Force, while fully complying with the standards set by NATO.

Following the Czech Republic‘s commitment to its NATO allies, the 4th Brigade Task Force, the core of which is formed by units of the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade, has reached full operational requirements necessary to meet the demands of assigned missions in defence and attack operations in order to defend Czech territory, and to contribute to NATO foreign operations.

The Strong Campaigner 2014 command post exercise, with partial deployment of troops, tested “…the abilities of commanders and staff of the 4BTF, for both command and combat units to adequately make decisions on new and ongoing issues that arise in the field,“ said Major General Jan Gurnik, Director of the exercise and Commander of the Czech Land Forces.

The exercise incorporated a series of simulated and realistic situations that the combat forces could be confronted with in the field. Along with planning, conducting and supporting attack operations, these training manoeuvre demonstrated artillery and rocket attacks of command posts, air raids on convoys of vehicles, ambush assaults, incidents with improvised explosive devices, road accidents, evading traps, and dealing with persons blocking the movement of troops on the roads.

The Commander of the 4BTF, and the current Commander of the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade, Colonel Miroslav Hlavac said: “The two years of preparation were very demanding for both the soldiers of the 4RDB and all other units assigned to this Task Force. We have adapted well to the standard NATO Combat Readiness Evaluation method (CREVAL), and in which we are now being tested.“

The Strong Campaigner 2014 exercise has been the largest Czech exercise since its inception in 2006 when the 4BTF first achieved its initial operational capabilities.

June 25, 2014