The German Defence Attaché to the Czech Republic, Lieutenant Colonel (G.S.) Holger OSWALD, visited the Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Excellence (JCBRN Defence COE) in Vyškov on 12 June 2020. He was accompanied by attaché non-commissioned officer, Master Sergeant Maik HAHN. The visit was hosted by JCBRN Defence COE Director, Colonel David MARTÍNEK, and the Deputy Director, Colonel Wolfgang REICH.

The aim of the visit was to gain an awareness and overview of the JCBRN Defence COE. Colonel MARTINEK presented the JCBRN Defence COE’s mission, tasks, and structure. Colonel REICH presented the JCBRN Defence COE’s cooperation with European Union’s institutions. The Attaché’s programme included two presentations on the Operation Support Department’s CBRN Reachback and Modelling & Simulation capabilities and associated operational support to NATO.

In addition to the information exchange, Lieutenant Colonel (G.S) OSWALD had the pleasure of decorating Colonel Jiří GAJDOŠ with the German Honour Cross. For two years Colonel GAJDOŠ served as the first chief of the multinational Cluster Support Cell (CSC) within the German-led Framework Nations Concept (FNC) Cluster CBRN Protection. With diligence, discipline, diplomatic skills, and assertiveness, he made a decisive contribution to the success of the FNC Cluster CBRN Protection, which in May 2019 was the first out of all 24 FNC clusters to achieve Full Operational Capability (FOC). His outstanding work for the benefit of the German-led FNC Cluster CBRN Protection made a decisive contribution to the success and reputation of the Federal Republic of Germany and the Bundeswehr, as part of the FNC initiative.

Lieutenant Colonel OSWALD concluded with his appreciation of the JCBRN Defence COE’s efforts in the field of CBRN defence and emphasized the importance of Germany being a contributing member of this great organization.

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Author: LTC Bernd ALLERT, DEU-A

Photos: Mrs Hana JURČOVÁ; LTC Aleš MILAN, CZE-A