2nd Czech Task Force 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.
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 was based on a decision of the Czech Government and the Czech Parliament from 2009.
2nd Czech Task Force in KFOR operation
The major task of the Task Force was to terminate activities of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic on the territory of Kosovo, to transfer military equipment and materiel back to the Czech Republic, to liquidate unnecessary and useless equipment and materiel at the site of deployment, and settlement of contract agreements. And finally, the task was to hand over the area of the Sajkovac Base back to local authorities.
The 2nd Czech Task Force terminated its mission in Kosovo by the end of October 2011 and the last part of soldiers arrived in Prague on the 3rd November 2011. From that time only several Czech soldiers serve with the KFOR Headquarters.
Size of the Czech personnel:
- 106 Czech soldiers
Task Force Commander:
- Major Josef Nejedly
- Lieutenant Colonel Frantisek Hrach
Period of deployment:
June 2011 - October 2011
The 2nd Czech Task Force KFOR was formed by personnel of the 141st Supply Battalion based at Pardubice, Czech Republic, and soldiers of other 28 units and installations of the Czech military according to their specialities.
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Last update: November 8, 2011