16th ACR Contingent in KFOR
NATO Operation "Joint Enterprise" in Kosovo
The NATO-led Multi-National 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 the UN auspices.
The Armed Forces of the Czech Republic (ACR) have participated in this operation since 1999, originally with a reconnaissance company followed by a mechanised unit. Since accomplishment of the Czech mechanised unit's participation in NATO-led operation on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the force deployed in Kosovo had become the principal ACR foreign mission in the Balkans.
Since 2002 till July 2005, the ACR formed together with Armed Forces of the Slovak Republic a joint Czech-Slovak KFOR battalion that contributed to the Multinational Brigade CENTRE. In average, there were 500 Czech soldiers and 100 Slovak soldiers serving at the joint unit during that time. The cooperation of both militaries at present goes on at the national level within KFOR. Prior to deployment to Kosovo, both national contributions met at the ceremony at the Czech-Slovak border crossing of Bumbalka on 8 July 2005.
The ACR presence abroad in 2010 is based on a decision of the Czech Government and the Czech Parliament from 2009.
16th ACR Contingent in KFOR
The personnel of the Contingent in size of up to 450 assumed the area of responsibility in Kosovo on Tuesday 23 February 2010. The core of the Task Force is formed by soldiers of the 152nd Engineer Battalion based at Rakovnik, 153rd Engineer Battalion based Olomouc and soldiers of the 31st Radiological, Chemical and Biological Protection Brigade based at Liberec. The Contingent includes also personnel from other 47 units and installations of the Czech military in accordace with required specialisations.
As of 1 February 2010 the structure of KFOR has been changed from the Multi-National Task Force to the Multi-National Battle Group.
The personnel of the 16th ACR Contingent will serve on the peacekeeping operation in Kosovo till September 2010.
Number of Czech Military Personnel on the Operation:
- up to 550
- Lieutenant Colonel Martin Kavalir
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- The Lead Nation of the MNBG-C is Finland as of the 1st August 2008, and as of 30th July 2009 the commander of MNBG-C is Finnish Brigadier General Seppo Risto Juhani Toivonen, who took over the position from Brigadier General Kyösti Halonen.
- Commander of the KFOR Multi-National Forces in Kosovo is Lieutenant General Markus J. Bentler, German Army.
Current placement of all KFOR units:
Area of Responsibility of the Multi-National Battle Group CENTRE (MNBG-C) in Kosovo:
Last update: September 21, 2010