'the imjin' magazine Summer 2019 - Page 8

NATO logisticians bring know-how to massive Norway exercise Headquarters staff from the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps have been in Norway supporting one of the largest NATO exercises to be held for decades. Based at the Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger, the ARRC team provided their logistical expertise to test the NATO troops being assessed during the ‘CPX’ (command post exercise) phase of Exercise ‘Trident Juncture’. The staff from our HQ’s ‘Enabling Command’ branch played the role of a NATO joint logistics support group, to help replicate the vast challenges presented by the deployment of tens of thousands of troops. Colonel Mark Comer (pictured right) explained: “We’re providing that key logistic function to stimulate the joint headquarters and the other components that are being evaluated as part of this enormous milestone exercise.” Fjord Focus SPECIALISTS The ARRC team spent one month on exercise inside the Land Warfare Centre’s impressive mountain cave complex, located on the edge of Gandsfjorden, just outside the city of Stavanger in southwestern Norway. The cell of 35 staff were bolstered by logistic specialists from the Canadian armed forces, the 1st German/Netherlands Corps, and the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA). Captain Annie Kerr, a transportation staff officer from 4 Canadian Forces Movement Control Unit (4 CFMCU) based in Montreal, was attached to the ARRC for the duration of the exercise. She said: “It’s my first time working with NATO. SUMMER 2019 the imjin “And while there’s much that is specific to this operation and the defence of Norway, a lot of the skills that we are learning we can carry across to different roles. You could perhaps call them ‘eternal truths’ of working in a really complex and high tempo environment.” “It’s been challenging at times, as we normally have little exposure to the Alliance. But It’s just a case of getting used to some different arrangements. And it’s been great to get the experience of different countries.” COMPLEX ENVIRONMENT The ‘CPX’ evaluation phase of Exercise Trident Juncture at Stavanger ran alongside the enormous real-life exercise, which saw the actual deployment to Norway of around 50,000 troops from 31 NATO and partner countries. Colonel Comer continued: “There are two very different elements of ‘Trident Juncture’, one element is the live exercise – an enormous undertaking in itself and NATO’s biggest exercise in terms of personnel in decades. 8 “But this has been a great experience for me and my team. The real advantage of being here (at Stavanger) is that we can train and simulate different activities that we just can’t achieve in a live exercise scenario. The advantage of being here is that we can simulate different activities that we just can’t achieve in a live exercise scenario.