Wardak - Operational Mentoring and Liaison Team (OMLT ISAF)

The Czech Republic continued in its help to Afghanistan by deploying the 5th 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 was 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 was to upgrade operational capabilities of all units of the Kandak. The goal was 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 was based at the Carwile Base (Solthan Kheyl) in the southern part of the Wardak Province. Czech and Afghan soldiers in cooperation with American soldiers operated from three forward operational bases. The Czech unit was fully equipped and capable of independent engagement within the given area.

The 5th ACR OMLT unit was formed by soldiers from nine units of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic. The major part was formed by personnel of the 43rd Airborne Mechanised Battalion having its home base at Chrudim. The unit was complemented with specialists from other eight Czech units, for example artillery and air controllers, to meet specific tasks to be performed. The unit served in Afghanistan from November 2012 to April 2013.

Major Igor Jasek

Commander of the 5th ACR OMLT unit:

  • Major Igor Jasek
    assumed operational task on 4 November 2012 from commander of the 4th Czech OMLT unit

The unit size: 54 soldiers

Czech OMLT history:

Last update: May 3, 2013