AMSE14 Logistic Support is a Joint Effort Across the Czech Armed Forces

The preparation for military training is a time consuming process and logistic planning is one of the most complicated parts. Organizational aspects of an exercise like AMSE14 are laid down in the exercise operations order or EXOPORD and one of its annexes covers logistic support. Specifically for AMSE14 this is an important document, because one of the main goals of this exercise from a Czech perspective is to practice and develop the skills of Czech armed forces in providing Host Nation Support (HNS) for participating Allied units.

AMSE14, which is the largest international exercise conducted in the Czech Republic this year takes place in four different exercise locations: 22nd Helicopter Base at Namest, Boletice and Libavá military areas and the former military airport at Bechyne. The focus for the logistic organization of AMSE14 is on Namest, which is the hub for HNS; it offers dedicated areas for participating units such as hangars, technical zones and base infrastructure.

"Logistic planning begins some ten months before the exercise starts,” says Lieutenant Colonel Michal Vecheta, head of the AMSE14 HNS organization. “In January we had our first planning conference together with the Allied participants. Once the training scenarios were agreed, we had a rough overview of the units’ specific logistic requirements. These findings were the basis for developing a logistic support concept. We coordinated with other Czech armed forces units to make available assets and personnel for any requirements in support of the exercise that we could not provide. In July we then had details for our EXOPORD annex that precisely defined every aspect of logistic support for AMSE14.”

Units from across the Czech armed forces contribute to AMSE14 with material and personnel in a joint effort. Lieutenant Colonel Vecheta at 22nd base provides the overall coordination for AMSE14 logistic support. He has logistic coordination officers responsible for each of the four exercise locations. They, in turn oversee the logistic officers of the Host Nation units who implement the plan and execute the required support for participating units.

“Standing up from scratch an airfield at Libavá for Mi-24 combat helicopters with almost one a hundred people from 22nd base just for AMSE14,” says Lieutenant Colonel Vecheta, “that was a huge challenge. We had to deploy the whole infrastructure. That’s why all facilities and also the control tower ‘containerized’ or setup as a modular tent system. At the base in Namest, we established similar facilities for the American contingent," explains Lieutenant Colonel Vecheta.

"The focus of whole logistic planning process is on timing,” added Lieutenant Colonel Vecheta. “Coordinating the arrival on site and the bed-down of units. This is the moment when the details of the logistic support concept have to work out in reality. But planning never stops. After AMSE14 we will then see how well we predicted things,” he adds, “because we will then have to redeploy all equipment we used to the home bases.”

Author: Major Magdalena Dvorakova, JMIC AMSE14

Photo: Captain Jana Skrivankova and Christian Timmig, JMIC AMSE14

Posted: September 9, 2014