4th Czech OMLT unit

The Czech Republic continues in its help to Afghanistan by deploying the 4th ACR OMLT unit in accordance with Czech government resolution No. 100 dated 19 January 2009.

Czech OMLT in Wardak

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 (Solthan Kheyl) 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 4th ACR OMLT unit is formed by soldiers from eleven units of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic. The major part is formed by personnel of the 72nd Mechanised Battalion having its home base at Praslavice. The unit is complemented with specialists from other 10 Czech units, for example artillery and air controllers, to meet specific tasks to be performed. The unit serves in Afghanistan from April to October 2012.

Commander of the 4th ACR OMLT unit:

  • Lieutenant Colonel Martin Botik
    assumed operational task on 21 April 2012 from commander of the 3rd Czech OMLT unit

Chief of Staff of the 4th ACR OMLT unit:

  • Major Martin Hajduch

The unit size: 54 soldiers

Czech OMLT history:

October 5, 2012