The first half of November was a busy period for all Operation Support Department (OSD) members who were participating on Exercise Trident Jupiter 2019 (TRJU 19). The CBRN Reach Back Section supported by the Modeling and Simulation Cell remained based in Vyskov, responding to approximately a dozen Requests for information (RFIs) over the 10 day training period. The Operational Planning Support Section (OPSS) deployed a small two man team to SHAPE, in Mons (Belgium). Their role was to support NATO HQ Staffs with CBRN Planning and Operational issues whilst acting as an interface for the CBRN Reach back Element (CBRN RBE).

Further, to assist SHAPE, the CBRN RBE in Vyskov provided support to the CBRN Joint Assessment Team (CBRN JAT) and to the CBRN Cell in JFC Brunssum. The CBRN RBE responded to multiple RFIs, often simultaneously. All requests were answered on or ahead of schedule and the CBRN RBE contribution to the TRJU 19 Exercise was successful. Training periods are, however, for learning and during the period we noticed that some procedures required amendment and we capture more than thirty observations and two best practices.

All these collated observations from the OSD team are processed with the JCBRN Defence COE Lessons Learned Officer, with after action activity prioritized and allocated to relevant personnel or organisations. Reviewing the collated lessons will serve as an essential and foundation step ahead of the next NATO Command Post Exercise involving the CBRN RBE in Apr 2020.

Author: LTC Martin PEŠA (CZE-A)