COE Director

COL (GS) David MARTÍNEK (from Feb 2020)


Colonel David Martínek is the Director of the JCBRN Defence Centre of Excellence, Vyškov, The Czech Republic.

He is responsible for Command and Control of the department, ensuring all matters affecting the provision of CBRN Defence Education and Training to the JCBRN Defence COE´s customers, and he represents the JCBRN Defence COE as a Department Head for NATO WMD/CBRN Defence Education and Training Discipline. In addition, He is a chairman of the Training and Exercise Panel of the Joint CBRN Defence Capability Development Group.

Colonel David Martínek had joint the Czech army in 1993 after graduating from the Military High School as a Sergeant First Class. He was promoted to lieutenant after graduating from Military university in 1997.

Before his arrival to JCBRN Defence COE, he was CBRN Defence Plans and Policy Staff Officer at SHAPE, Mons (BEL).


1989-1993 – Military High school, Chemistry, Žilina (SVK)
1994-1997 – Bachelor of Chemistry, Bachelor, Military University, (CZE)
1998-2001 – Master of Chemistry, Military University, Vyškov (CZE)
2005 – Senior Officers Course, Military University, Brno (CZE)
2018-2019 – General Staff Course, Military University, Brno (CZE)


August 2017 – January 2020 – Director of the Training, exercise and education Department, JCBRN Defence COE, Vyškov (CZE)
August 2017 – May 2020 – Department Head for NATO WMD/CBRN Defence Education and Training Discipline and a chairman of the Training and Exercise Panel of the Joint CBRN Defence Capability Development Group.
August 2014 - July 2017 – CBRN Defence Policy Staff Officer, SHAPE, Mons (BEL)
January 2012 - June 2014 – CBRN Senior Officer, JCBRN Defence COE, Vyškov (CZE)
January 2011 - December 2011 – CBRN senior officer, Joint Force Command, Olomouc (CZE)
April 2009 - December 2010 – Chief of Warning and Reporting Cell, Joint Force Command, Olomouc (CZE)
July 2003 - March 2009 – Senior Officer Specialist of the Warning and Reporting cell, Joint Force Command, Olomouc (CZE)
October 2001 - June 2003 – Senior Officer of the 1st Warning and Reporting Centre, Olomouc (CZE)
July 2007 - September 2001 – CBRN Staff Officer 1st CSS battalion, Olomouc (CZE)
April 1994 - September 1994 – DECON Squad leader 2nd CCS battalion, Olomouc (CZE)
August 1993 - April 1994 – Chief of Chemical Repair Team, Pardubice, (CZE)


2008 – CZE CBRN TF Commander, OPS ISAF Afghanistan
2011 – CBRN Senior Officer, EUFOR HQ EU OPS ALTHEA Bosnia and Herzegovina


Service medal of the Armed Forces of the Czech Army - 1st Class
Medal of the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic for service abroad - 3rd Class
Medal of the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic for service abroad - Bosna and Hercegovina
Medal of the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic for service abroad - Afghanistan
Honorary Badge of the Army of the Czech Republic for Merits - 3rd Class
Non-Article 5 NATO Medal
EU Common Security and Defence Policy Service Medal


Garden, bonsai, Literature


2 Children – a daughter Hana (19), a son David (13)

Deputy Director

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


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)


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



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) Vratislav OSVALD (Jan 2017 - Jan 2020)

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

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

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