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History of Czech Military Participation in Operations Abroad (1990 - 2017)


Being at the right place

Under the cloak of night from August 1 to 2, 1990, Iraqi troops crossed the frontiers of the State of Kuwait and seized its whole territory. The UN Security Council immediately condemned this aggression and U.S. president George Bush began a build-up of a wide international diplomatic and military coalition with the ultimate goal to free the State of Kuwait from the Saddam Hussein regime´s occupation. Soldiers, airmen and marines of the armed forces of many countries were deployed to the Persian Gulf region.

In this country, the Federal Assembly of the Parliament of the (former) Czech and Slovak Federal Republic, made the decision on 23 September 1990 to send a Czechoslovak Chemical Unit to the Persian Gulf region in order to join the anti-Iraqi U.S.-led coalition force set to free the State of Kuwait. Based on that decision, the Czechoslovak military sent 200 soldiers-volunteers to Saudi Arabia during December 11 - 14, 1990.

This was the beginning of a new era of participation of our soldiers in solving crisis situations in the modern history of the Czech state.

The following chart provides the history of Czech foreign deployments which represents the participation of soldiers and airmen in crisis-struck regions. Listed chronologically, it shows the total number of soldiers who participated in given operations/missions.

Details regarding each named operation:

 

  NAME SIZE WHO WHEN
1. DESERT SHIELD AND DESERT STORM
Liberation operation
200 CSLA1 1990 - 1991
Kuwait
2. UNGCI
United Nations Guards Contingent in Iraq
320 CSLA1
ACR2
1991 - 2003
Iraq
3. UNPROFOR
Peacekeeping mission
2 250 CSLA1
ACR2
1992 - 1995
Former Yugoslavia
4. UNCRO
Peacekeeping mission
750 ACR 3/1995 - 1/1996
Croatia - Krajina
5. UNTAES
Field Hospital participated
100 ACR 1/1996 - 1/1998
Croatia - Eastern Slavonia
6. IFOR, SFOR, SFOR II
Peacekeeping operation
6 300 ACR 1996 - 12/2001
Bosnia&Herzegovina,Croatia
7. AFOR
6th Field Hospital
100 ACR 1999
Albania,Turkey (earthquake)
8. KFOR
Peacekeeping operation
980 ACR 1999 - 2/2002
Kosovo
9. ESSENTIAL HARVEST (TFH)
Peacekeeping operation
120 ACR 8 - 10/2001
Macedonia
10. KFOR
Czech-Slovak battalion participates
2 400 ACR from 2/2002 - 7/2005
Kosovo
11. KFOR
Brigade, Contingents and Task Force
more than 8 thousand ACR 2005 - 2011
Kosovo
12. SFOR
Command posts+civilcooperation
42 ACR 2002 - 12/2004
Bosnia&Herzegovina
13. ENDURING FREEDOM
Anti-terrorist operation
612 ACR 3/2002 - 6/2003
Kuwait
14. ISAF
Peacekeeping operation - (6th,11th Field Hospital)
269 ACR 4/2002 - 1/2003
Afghanistan
15. ISAF
Field Surgical Team participated
11 ACR 1/2003 - 4/2003
Afghanistan
16. IZ SFOR
7th Field Hospital participated
526 ACR 4/2003 - 12/2003
Iraq, Basra
17. IZ SFOR (MNF - I)
Military Police participated
4818+6x* ACR 12/2003 - 12/2006
Iraq, Shaibah
18. CONCORDIA
EU operation
2 ACR 4/2003 - 12/2003
Macedonia
19. ISAF EOD
Explosive Ordnance Disposal + meteo
Kabul International Airport
350 ACR from 3/2004 - 3/2007
Afghanistan, Kabul
20. ENDURING FREEDOM
601st Special Forces Group
120 ACR 3 - 8/2004
Afghanistan
21. WINTER RACE
NATO Humanitarian and Medical Relief
29 ACR 10/2005 - 1/2006
Pakistan
22. ISAF PRT Feyzabad - Badakshan
Participation in the German Provincial Reconstruction Team
600 ACR 3/2005 - 11/2007
Afghanistan
22. ALTHEA
EUFOR Mission - Protection of a camp and expert service
421 ACR 12/2004 - 6/2008
Bosnia&Herzegovina
23. NATO Training Mission Iraq 423 ACR 2003 - 12/2008
Iraq, Baghdad
24.

ISAF KAIA
Field Hospital and Chemical Detachment in Kabul
International Airport

658 ACR 4/2007 - 12/2008
Afghanistan, Kabul
25.

ISAF URUZGAN
Protection contingents

2 x 63 ACR 7/2008 - 3/2009
Afghanistan
26.

EUFOR
European Union operation in Chad

2 ACR 3/2008 - 3/2009
Chad/Central Africa
27.

MINURCAT
United Nations mission to Chad

2 ACR 3/2009 - 7/2009
Chad/Central Africa
28.

BALTIC AIR POLICING
Defence and protection of Baltic states´ air space

2 x 75 ACR 1/2008 - 8/2009
Lithuania
29.

ENDURING FREEDOM

3 x 100 ACR 2008 - 2009
Afghanistan
30.

ISAF
Helicopter Unit

700 ACR 2009 - 2011
Afghanistan
31.

ISAF
Special Forces

2 x 100 ACR 6/2011 - 6/2012
Afghanistan
32.

BALTIC AIR POLICING
Defence and protection of Baltic states´ air space

2 x 64 ACR 9/2012 - 1/2013
Lithuania
33.

ISAF
Training Units of the Military Police

4 x 12 ACR 2012 - 3/2013
Afghanistan, Wardak
34.

ISAF
Units of Operational Mentoring and Liaison Teams - OMLT

5 x 54 ACR 11/2012 - 4/2013
Afghanistan, Wardak
35.

ISAF PRT
11 units
Provincial Reconstruction Teams

More than 2.500
up to the third of them several times
ACR and civilian experts 03/2008 - 7/2013
Afghanistan, Logar
36.

1st ACR MAT Unit in Wardak, Afghanistan, ISAF
Military Advisory Team

59 ACR 04/2013 - 10/2013
Afghanistan, Wardak
37.

1st ACR MAT Unit in Logar, Afghanistan, ISAF
Military Advisory Team

64 ACR 03/2013 - 10/2013
Afghanistan, Logar
38.

NATO Air Policing

75 ACR 10/2014 - 12/2014
Keflavik Air Base, Iceland
39.

Active Fence

7 ACR 9/2014 - 1/2015
Incirlik Air Base, Turkey
40.

NATO Air Surveillance

70 ACR 7-8/2015
Keflavik Air Base, Iceland
41.

NATO Air Surveillance

70 ACR 9-11/2016
Keflavik Air Base, Iceland
42.

Field Surgical Team

17 ACR 12/2016-6/2017
Iraq
  STATUS to June 2017
     


1 Czechoslovak People's Army
2 Armed Forces of the Czech Republic
6x* - 6 surgeons/medics rotated in Field Surgical Team four times a year


November 4, 2017