COE Director

Col. (GS) Vratislav Osvald (from Feb 2017)

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Colonel Vratislav Osvald was born on 3rd October 1963 in Přibram. His military career started in 1982 after graduation at the specialized military chemical high school in Valašské Meziříčí. That year he started studies at The Military University of Ground Forces in Vyškov.

After the graduation (he reached the Master of Science degree from chemistry and radiology) he served as a Recce Platoon/company Commander and as a Deputy Commander for Armament of the 4th CBRN Defence Battalion. In 1991 he was appointed as a Senior Staff Officer of the CBRN Section and in 1992 as a Senior Officer of the Logistic Support Department of the 9th Tank Division. In 1996 he was appointed as a Deputy Commander of the 5th Support Battalion.

From 1997 to 1998 he did post gradual study at the Military University in Brno. After graduation he started serving as the Chief of staff of the 2nd Logistic Battalion.

In 2000, he participated in the peacekeeping mission SFOR in Bosnia and Hercegovina serving as an Operational Logistic Officer-Deputy Chief of Logistic Support department of the Multinational Divisional Headquarters in Banja Luka.

From September 2003, he started building-up the 1st NATO Multinational Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defence Battalion for NATO Response Force as the battalion commander. During the standby period he was responsible for CBRN support to the Istanbul summit and he was the commander of the NATO CBRN Task Force deployed to Greece in support of Olympic Games 2004.

In 2005, Col Osvald was transferred to Prague and appointed as the director of The National CBRN Monitoring Centre. As a part of obligations, he worked as the permanent representative of The Czech Armed Forces within NATO CNAD/NAAG – CBRN Joint Capability Group (CBRN JCG) and co-chaired NATO CNAD/ Defence Against Terrorism Program of Work (CBRN DAT POW) group.

1st JULY 2006, Col Osvald was designated as the SACEUR’s NATO CBRN Joint Assessment Team Commander for NATO Response Force (NRF) 8.

1st February 2008 was Col Osvald transferred to Supreme Headquarters Allied Power Europe (SHAPE) as a J5 CBRN staff officer responsible for CBRN Policy and CBRN Reach back and fusion.

1st September 2011, he was appointed as Training, Exercise and Education department director at the Joint CBRND COE Vyskov, CZE and promoted to the Colonel.

Since 1st September 2011, Col Osvald was designated as the NATO CBRN Joint Assessment Team Commander for NRF 18.

In 2012, Col Osvald was elected as the chairman of the NATO CBRN Training and Exercise Panel.

In 2015, Col Osvald was appointed as the NATO CBRN Training Department Head and became responsible for CBRN education and training within NATO environment.

He has been honoured following Medals:

Meritorious Cross 3rd class
Medal of Czech Army gold class
Medal of NATO for serving for peace and freedom
Memorial badges for serving in SFOR mission
The Texas Adjutant general’s Individual award


Col Osvald has two children – a son (24) and a daughter (26).



Deputy Director

Col. Wolfgang Karl-Heinz Reich (German Army), (from September 2018)

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Colonel Wolfgang Karl-Heinz Reich (German Army) is Deputy Director of the NATO Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence with more than 36 years of experience in the national and international CBRN Defence Community.

Month / Year Function / Place
Joining Service:
07/1982 - 09/1982 "Basic Training 2./CBRNDefBn 900", Zweibrücken, DEU
10/1983 - 10/1987 "Study of economics, Diploma University of the Bundeswehr", Munich, DEU
10/1987 - 09/1989 "Platoon Leader Mountain CBRNDefCoy 8", Sonthofen, DEU
09/1989 - 05/1991 "S2 Section Head CBRNDefBn 210", Sonthofen, DEU
06/1991 - 03/1993 "Course Director - Enhanced CBRN Defence", CBRN Protection and Environmental School,Sonthofen, DEU
04/1993 - 08/1995 "Company Commander 3./CBRNDefBn 705", Bad Düben, DEU
08/1995 - 09/1999 "Course Director, CBRN Officer Candisate Course", CBRN Protection and Environmental School, Sonthofen, DEU
09/1999 - 04/2001 "Company Commander 1./CBRNDefBn750", Bruchsal, DEU / "Company Commander 1./ EngBn KFOR", Suvareka, Kosovo
04/2001 - 01/2004 "Armament SO German Army Support Command", Koblenz, Logistic Command, St.Augustin, DEU
01/2004 - 08/2006 "S3 SO and Deputy Bn Commander, NRF 4 and 7 CBRNDefBn7", Höxter, DEU
08/2004 - 12/2010 "Subject Matter Expert CBRN/WMD Policy Branch", Allied Command Transformation, Norfolk, Virginia, USA
12/2010 - 10/2012 "Section Head Armament Uniform and Personell Equipment" Logistic Command, St.Augustin, DEU
10/2012 - 04/2013 "Section Head CBRN Defence and Protection Department", German Armed Forces Support Command, Cologne, DEU
04/2013 - 10/2015 "Section Head Armament CBRN Defence Material Bundeswehr CBRN Defence Command", Bruchsal, DEU
11/2015 - 09/2018 "Head of Capability Development Division Bundeswehr Bundeswehr CBRN Defence Command", Bruchsal, DEU
Since 10/2018 "Deputy Director JCBRN Defence Centre of Excellence and Senior National Representative Germany", Vyskov, CZE

Colonel Reich is married and has two children – a son (25) and a daughter (18).



Chief of Staff

COL. WILLIAM JOSEPH EPOLITO (United States of America, Army), (from July 2019)

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COL William J. Epolito received his commission in the Chemical Corps and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering; Masters in Environmental Engineering; Masters in Military Operational Art and Science; and Professional Engineering License. He also taught in Physical Geography, Principles and Applications of Environmental Chemistry, and Environmental Biological Systems the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.

He initially entered the Army in the NY Army National Guard as an Indirect Fire Infantryman (11C) in 1989 before being commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Chemical Corps in 1994. He has served as a Battalion, Brigade, Division, Army Level and Joint CBRN Officer. He has also served as a Division and Army Level Protection Officer both in a Garrison and Deployed (Operation Iraqi Freedom) environment; and as a Battalion S4, Company XO, Battalion S3, Department XO, and Brigade Deputy Commander. He has also served as the Company XO for a unique company that stored, maintained and transported chemical munitions until they were destroyed on Johnston Island; and he was the Operations Officer at the Chemical Defense Training Facility where CBRN Soldiers received nerve agent training to gain confidence in their CBRN gear and training.

He is married and has 2 daughters.



Command Sergeant Major

CWO Ivan HLADIK

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06/2012 – 06/2013 United States Sergeant Major Academy (USASMA), Fort Bliss-El Paso, TX, USA Study programme: Military Joint Operations and Studies Field of study: Military Tactics, Joint Operations, US Civilian and military History, US Logistics and Support, Leadership and Management of the US Forces at the Strategic level and Human Resource Management

09/1989 – 06/1993 High School of the Ground Forces (Subject Tophography and Geography in Commanding – Artillery, and Engineering in Civilian sphere)

Additional training:
10-11/2014 British Language Course for Language Proficiency in ENG, according to STANAG 6001 for level III, UK Defence Academy in Shrivenham, GBR
6/2012- 6/2013 US Sergeant Major Academy, Fort Bliss – El Paso, TX, USA
7/2012 Phishing Training a Social Media and Operations Security Training, Fort Gordon, GA, USA
11/2011 Preparation for NATO Deployment (Course CONAMS), Vyskov, CZE
10/2009 Battle Command Operational Course v2.16.0 New Equipment Training (NET) Course, Vyskov,
CZE 05/2009 CBRN Senior NCO Orientation Course, Oberammergau, Germany
10/2008 Course for Human Resources Assistants, J1, Military University, Brno, Czech Republic
09/2006 NATO Depot and Supply System (NDSS) – Receipt and Depot Supply System (RDSS) Course in NAMSA, Capellen, Luxembourg
05/2006 NATO Communication and Information System (CIS) Orientation Course, Latina, Italy
03/2006 NATO Depot and Supply System (NDSS) – Basic Course and MRCS, Capellen, Luxembourg
05/2004 ISAF National Specialists System/Mission Pre-Deployment Training to Afghanistan, Vyskov, Czech Republic
02-07/2002 French Language Course, STANAG II
09/2000 – 01/2001 English Language Proficiency Course, STANAG III – Interpreter
08-09/1996 Self-Defence/Martial Combat Course (MUSADO), Jivova, Czech Republic
09/1995 Manipulation with High Explosive Material Course, Boletice, Czech Republic
05/1995 Airborn Course – Jumps from 4000 m under Specific conditions, Chrudim, CZE
08/1994 Photo-Geographic Course for Enemies Evaluation, Hranice, CZE

Employment history: 07/2013 – present NATO Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Exellence, MOD, Vyskov, Czech Republic (web portal) Position: Senior Enlisted Advisor of NATO JCBRN Defence COE

06/2012 – 06/2013 United States Sergeant Major Academy, Fort Bliss, TX, USA Position: Student Job

12/2008 – 05/2012 NATO Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Exellence, MOD, Vyskov, Czech Republic (web portal) Position: Senior Staff Assistant of Training, Education and Exercise Department

08/2007 – 11/2008 Ministry of Defence/Recruitment Department for South Moravian Region Position: Administrative Assistant/Human Resources Job

08/2004 – 07/2007 Supreme HQ of Allied Power in Europe (SHAPE), Belgium Position: Supply Supervisor of the Log Section

11/1997 – 07/2004 Ministry of Defence/Training Centre Position: Platoon Commander

09/1993 – 10/1997 Ministry of Defence/Special Operation Unit of Rapid Reaction Forces Position: Reconnaissance Section Commander



Former Directors

Col. (GS) Jiří GAJDOŠ (Aug 2012 - Jan 2017)

Col. (GS) Zdeněk ČÍŽEK (Mar 2008 - Jul 2012)

Col. (ret.) Radomír MIKEŠ (Oct 2006 - February 2008)

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