The 16 June 2011 will long be remembered as an important day in the history of JCBRN Defence COE, for it was on 16 June 2011 that the United States of America joined the JCBRN Defence COE. The number of Sponsoring Nations, which have decided to support NATO’s transformation process in the CBRN area, has now increased (once again) from ten to eleven. The addition of an eleventh member to the Centre only serves to strengthen the Centre’s commitment to NATO.
The Signing Ceremony took place in Brussels, where all Military Representatives of the current Sponsoring Nations and the Allied Command Transformation representative signed the Notes of Joining for the Operation and Functional Relationship MOU.
The Centre is now expecting and preparing for the arrival of its latest addition from the US, who will be posted and appointed as the Chief of Staff of JCBRN Defence COE.
Author and photos: CPT Ilona Bain