1st Task Force CZE Operational Reserve Force KFOR of ACR

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.

From 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. 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 cooperation of both militaries went on at the national level within KFOR till September 2010.

The ACR presence abroad in 2010 and 2011 is based on a decision of the Czech Government and the Czech Parliament from 2009.

Map of Kosovo


1st Task Force CZE Operational Reserve Force KFOR of ACR

While the major part of the Task Force will be based in the Czech Republic ready to be deployed to Kosovo if situation requires, only Organisational Core (OC) of some ninety soldiers will be deployed at its base at Sajkovac, close to the town of Podujevo in the northeast part of Kosovo. The commander of the OC major Horak assumed the Sajkovac base at the beginning of October 2010. His soldiers keep the base alive and prepared to accept the major force of the 1st Task Force from home bases in the Czech Republic.

The personnel of the 1st Task Force (or of Organisational Core - OC only) will serve on the peacekeeping operation in Kosovo till June 2011.

Because of change of command, commander of the 1st Task Force reports to Colonel Francisco Neuman, commander of the Multinational Battle Group EAST (MNBG-E).

Size of Czech Military Personnel Earmarked for the Operation:

  • up to 550

Size of the personnel presently deployed in Kosovo:

  • Personnel of the organisational core: 93 Czech soldiers

    Lieutenant Colonel Jan Cifka

1st Task Force Commander:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Jan Cifka

Organisational Core Commander:

  • Major Jan Zarsky

Deputy Organisational Core Commander:

  • Major Ladislav Horak

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Last update: June 14, 2011