On 19 – 20 April 2016 the 20th JCBRN Defence COE Steering Committee (SC) Meeting took place in Vyškov with participation of the Sponsoring Nations’ representatives from Czech Republic, France, Germany, Great Britain, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and the United States of America. Representatives of ACT, SHAPE, the WMD Centre and the International Military Staff (IMS) as well as representatives from Austria were present in an observer role.
The aim of the meeting was to approve:
• The JCBRN Defence COE 2015 Financial Statement
• Broadened commitment delegation authority within the JCBRN Defence COE Financial Administrative Procedures
• Job Descriptions distributed to the SC by DEU on 18 December 2015
• Reachback availability statements in Job Descriptions
• Request to continue POL as acting Concept & Doctrine Section Chief.
During the open session on the first day, the Sponsoring Nations (SNs) welcomed Austria’s continuing interest to become a Contributing Participant of the JCBRN Defence COE. The SC agreed that the COE’s 10th Anniversary commemoration was an appropriate venue for the signature ceremony.
The SC expressed the need to development procedures and templates pursuant to approving agreements between the JCBRN Defence COE and other organizations.
The major discussion of the day addressed revision of the Functional and Operations Memorandums of Agreement. The ACT representative stated that JCBRN Defence COE would set the example in how it addresses operational support in these these basic organization documents.
During the second day’s closed session, SC members were informed about the progress of the COE Enhancement Project and the JCBRN Defence COE 10th Anniversary celebration which is to take place in Vyskov, 17 October 2016.
The next Steering Committee Meeting will be held in Vyškov, Czech Republic on 18 - 19 October 2016.
Col Jiri Gajdos was awarded by the French SC member the National Defence Medal of Merit (the French Minister of National Defense).
The National Defence Medal (Médaille de la Défense nationale) is a French military decoration. It was created by Charles Hernu, Minister of Defence and established by decree on April 21, 1982. It rewards particularly honourable service rendered by military personnel for their participation in operational activities. The medal has three levels: Gold, Silver and Bronze.
Another iteration of the Introduction to the International CBRN Training Curriculum for Trainers of First Responders to CBRN Incidents Course was organized by the Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence from 4 to 8 April 2016.
Four people (Mr. BOE, Mr. AHLBERG, Mr. WOLF and Mr. EKAASEN) represented NATO Civil Emergency Planning, under which the course program was developed, and acted as observers and lecturers. This year the group of students was significantly bigger than previous year. 24 students from 14 NATO and partner countries participated in theoretical briefings, syndicate works and equipment demonstrations.
The practical training was organized in the Training Centre of Fire Rescue Service of the Czech Republic in Brno. There the students had an opportunity to get familiar with individual protective equipment, various CBRN detection devices, sampling kits and decontamination equipment. During two exercise scenarios they learned how to conduct a search operation (they were looking for a stolen radioactive source) and how to deal with an accident involving a motor vehicle, toxic industrial chemical storage tank and injured people.
Instructors and support speakers had difficult job to please the need for knowledge for very diverse group of students; again many were members of armed forces, ministries of interior, defence and emergency services, medical service etc. Nevertheless, the course was evaluated as very useful one with great value for students’ job.
Next iteration is planned for 24-28 April 2017.Link to the video file (41MB)
Colonel Willie Flucker (United States Army) and Command Sergeant Major Ivan Hladik (Czech Army) representing the NATO Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Defence Centre of Excellence (JCBRND COE) addressed senior students at Gymnasium Slovanske Namesti in Brno to increase the young adults’ awareness and understanding of the Vyskov-based international military organization.
The students, ages 18-20, were members of a senior seminar called American Language and Society. The seminar is designed to help students practice English and learn about American culture and America’s role in international current events. The seminar instructor, Mr. Benjamin Vail, invited Flucker and Hladik to the seminar sessions as an opportunity for the students. “It is great for the students to have the chance to interact with a visitor who is a native English speaker and to learn about US military experiences and […] international issues,” says Vail. Over 40 students participated in two sessions in January and February.