Wardak - Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT ISAF) - 2nd Unit
The Czech Republic continues in its help to Afghanistan by deploying the 2nd ACR OMLT unit in accordance with Czech government resolution No. 100 dated 19 January 2009, confirmed by resolutions of the House of Deputies No. 985 dated 4 February 2009 and of the Senate No. 99 dated 28 January 2009.
The ISAF mandate is set by the UN Security Council Resolution No. 1386 in 2001, which authorised ISAF forces to help Afghan government in security issues. The engagement of ISAF forces over the whole territory of Afghanistan was passed by the UN Security Council Resolution No. 1510 in 2003.
OMLT - Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team
The major task of the unit is to train, mentor and help the Afghan rifle unit in a size of battalion (Kandak) of the Afghan National Army in a process of command and control planning. The purpose of this way of training is to upgrade operational capabilities of all units of the Kandak. The goal is to build secure environment, ensure the freedom of movement within the area of responsibility and the setting of conditions for further operations.
The headquarters of the Czech OMLT unit is at present based at the Carwile Base in the southern part of the Wardak Province. Czech and Afghan soldiers in cooperation with American soldiers operate from three forward operational bases. The Czech unit is fully equipped and is capable of independent engagement within the given area.
The 2nd ACR OMLT unit is formed by 54 soldiers from seven units of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic. The major part is formed by personnel of the 73rd Tank Battalion having its home base at Praslavice. The unit is complemented with specialists, for example artillery and air controllers, to meet specific tasks to be performed.
Commander of the 2nd ACR OMLT unit:
- Lieutenant Colonel Michal Kucharsky
assumed operational task on Friday 22 April 2011 from commander of the 1st Czech OMLT unit
Chief of Staff of the 2nd ACR OMLT unit:
- Major Jan Bacik Gerka
The unit size:
- 54 personnel (out of this number there are 15 command and staff officers)
Unit age average: 34 years (from 57 to 25 years of age).
Czech OMLT history:
Last update: October 9, 2011