13th ACR Contingent in KFOR

NATO Operation "Joint Enterprise" in Kosovo

Kosovo Force Badge

The NATO-led Multinational Forces "Kosovo Force" (KFOR) began their operation under original name of the "Joint Guardian" on the territory of Kosovo on 12 June 1999 in implementation of United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution No. 1244 that was passed on 10 June, 1999. International civil and security presence was deployed in Kosovo under UN auspices.

The ACR presence abroad in 2008 was based on a decision of the Czech Government, which passed resolution No. 1179 on 22 October 2007 approving Czech military deployments. For the beginning of 2009, the mission was approved by the Czech Government.

Map of Kosovo


13th ACR Contingent in KFOR

The personnel of the Contingent in size of less than 500 assumed the area of responsibility in Kosovo in July 2008. The core of the Contingent was formed by soldiers of the 132nd Combined Artillery Battalion based at Jince, which is the unit of the 13th Artillery Brigade. The Contingent included also personnel from other units and installations of the Czech military in order to meet required specialisation. The personnel of the 13th Contingent served on the peacekeeping operation in Kosovo for six months that is till January 2009.

Number of Czech Military Personnel on the Operation:

  • up to 500

Contingent Commander:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Jiri Rocek

  • The units of the Multinational Task Force CENTRE (MNTF-C) were formed by soldiers of the Czech Republic, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Slovakia, and Sweden.

  • The Lead Nation of the MNTF-C is Finland as of the 1st August 2008, and commander is Finnish Brigadier General Kyösti Halonen.

Current placement of all KFOR units:

Source: www.nato.int/kfor/

Placement of KFOR units

Position of the Multinational Task Force CENTRE (MNTF-C) in Kosovo:

January 28, 2009