Czech Active Reserve team presents its skills at exercise in the U.K.

Autor: Warrant Officer 3rd Class Petr Svihovec

A team of the Active Reserve from the Central Bohemian Region participated in international competition of military skills at the Royal Army training base at Altcar, close to Liverpool, organised by the United Kingdom Reserve Forces Association for NATO military reservists.

Nineteen competition events were prepared for 42 teams from the Czech Republic, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland and the United Kingdom to prove skills of reservists at the Exercise Altcar Challenge. The Exercise was held on 5 - 6 May 2012.

“Most of the tasks were set to imitate foreign deployment. During the competition, we went through map orientation, first aid to wounded persons and their carrying, search for mines and improvised explosive devices, guarding a check point, search for snipers and their elimination, weapon handling, and even negotiation with “Afghan Police” personnel,“ Warrant Officer 3rd Class Petr Svihovec, reservist of the Central Bohemian Region, disclosed.

In technical events, Czechs were highly competitive again. “The weapon handling, concealed tactical movement or transfer of a damaged vehicle we did with the best times,“ Svihovec said. And moreover, it was necessary to manage handling with British rifles L85A2 and L86A2, American rifles M-16 a SCAR-15, or Russian AK-47.

The only Czech team won the second place among international participants of the competition, while in the whole exercise the reservists from Prague were the tenth. They received invitation for the next year competition, and they hope that more Czech teams will have a chance to participate.

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Posted: May 14, 2012