'the imjin' magazine Summer 2019 - Page 5

Guernsey honours ARRC’s German soldiers The Channel island of Guernsey has thanked the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps’ German contingent – with a commemorative plaque to mark work done by the NATO troops on the island last summer. The memorial was unveiled by Guernsey’s Lieutenant-Governor Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder and the ARRC’s Captain Erik Winter of the Bundeswehr during a simple ceremony held at Fort George military cemetery. world now, and all nations should be together to try and maintain peace.” COMMON BOND WELCOME In July 2018, British and German soldiers came together to work on the unique project to restore the war graves of military personnel who had died on the island during the Second World War. The NATO soldiers spent two weeks pressure washing and repairing the headstones under the supervision of experts from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. It was the first time the German military had returned to Guernsey in uniform since the Nazi occupation of the Channel Islands that lasted until 1945. Lieutenant-Governor of Guernsey, said at the unveiling: “It is a very different German Captain Sebastian Kühne a staff officer serving with HQ ARRC added: “When we arrived on Guernsey we had a very warm reaction – so many people supporting us and they offered their spare time to help us with our endeavours, providing us with tools, and showing us around the island. “I feel very touched to have worked on the graveyard and see the names of the British and German soldiers that died here because they are very young, most younger than me.” The small military cemetery at Fort George on Guernsey’s east coast includes 111 German war graves, as well as those of British airmen. It is a very different world now, and all nations should be together to try and maintain peace. @HQARRC Allied Rapid Reaction Corps ARRC NEWS British sailors meet the Spanish Armada Naval staff officers serving with the ARRC have enjoyed a free flow of information – after meeting with their Spanish counterparts at Naval Station Rota, in Andalucía, southern Spain. The two-day exercise aimed to strengthen ties between the maritime personnel from the Gloucester-based NATO HQ and Spanish Maritime Forces (SPMARFOR). British Royal Navy Commander John Payne explained: “It’s important for us, now, to build those relationships so we can understand the maritime perspective of any operation.” “We’ll be able to afford much better advice to the commander of the ARRC and the staff on what the capabilities and limitations are of that maritime force.” Ocean Wave – The ARRC’s maritime staff met with fellow sailors from the United States, France, Portugal and Spain ARRC boffins win U.S. award Academics working at Headquarters ARRC have received a rare award from the U.S. Army in recognition of their innovative analytical work. The Operational Analysis and Research Branch (OARB) received the accolade from the United States Army for its efforts “to help organise the thinking of a modern Corps Headquarters”. The citation praised the Gloucester-based boffins for their attempt to mitigate so-called ‘group-think’, as well as adopting the ‘Bayesian probability model’ – a set of logic that allows for reasoning while adopting certain hypotheses. Major Jens Petersen of the Danish army said: “This is a rare distinction for a non-U.S. analytical organisation, and is testimony to the hard work of the OARB staff at the ARRC.” the imjin SUMMER 2019 5