Czech CBRN Brigade HQ take part in ARRCADE FUSION 2014

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek

Czech officers from the 31st Regiment of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Protection, who had been participating in ARRCADE FUSION 2014 command-post exercise held in the U.K. this November, contributed to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps’ capability as a NATO Force Structure Joint Task Force Headquarters.

Exercise ARRCADE FUSION 2014 saw Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) tested whilst it commands two divisional and one brigade headquarters from across Europe and North America. The exercise swelled the 450-strong headquarters to close to 1000 personnel and was designed to ensure the Innsworth-based NATO headquarters is ready for any potential short-notice call-up it may receive in 2015. The exercise was carried out at the RAF St. Mawgan Base, Cornwall, United Kingdom.

“The task of the CBRN HQ, during the exercise, was to monitor radiation, chemical and biological conditions in the operational area; assess and recommend protective measures in the case of usage or a leak of radioactive, chemical, biological agents or other harmful industrial substances,” said Lieutenant Colonel Martin Fokt, Chief of Staff of the Czech-British HQ.

Participating in this exercise were units and troops from ARRC Partner Nations Czech Republic, Canada, Italy, the United States, as well as personnel from Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, and others, all-in-all totalling some 2000 military and civilian personnel.

An operational concept conceived by NATO, the JTF built a land-centric headquarters, like the ARRC, into an element capable of commanding an entire military theatre of operations. For ARRC, this means adding both air and maritime personnel to its structure so that it can command air, land, and sea troops.

NATO has tasked the ARRC to train this way because in 2015 the HQ will be one of the first NATO JTFs held by NATO for short-notice, rapid recall tasking.

  • Czech-British CBRN Brigade HQ as part of HQ ARRC was formed in 2006. It achieved its initial operational capabilities in 2009 and full operational capabilities in 2012. When deployed, it consists of 30 Czech and 15 British officers. The task is to unify the concept of protection against weapons of mass destruction within ARRC’s divisions, and command and coordinate activities of CBRN units during deployment.
  • HQ ARRC is a NATO Rapid Deployment Corps headquarters, founded in 1992 in Germany, and headquartered in Gloucestershire since August 2010. Although HQ ARRC’s ‘framework nation’ is the United Kingdom, comprising approximately 60 percent of the overall staff, the ARRC is fully multinational in nature and organisation, with 15 Partner Nations contributing the remaining complement of personnel (Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Turkey, and the United States).

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November 24, 2014