JAT Workshop

VYSKOV - From 26 to 29 November 2007, the NRF CBRN Joint Assessment Team (CBRN-JAT) Workshop was held at the Joint Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Defence Centre of Excellence (JCBRN Defence COE) in Vyškov.

More than 30 experts from the thirteen NATO and PfP countries, ACO, JFC Naples and JC Lisbon attended the Workshop. Expert representatives were from the Czech Republic,  Belgium, France, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Poland, Austria, Greece, Slovakia, Spain, Great Britain and the USA.
The meeting was held in three independent syndicates. The first syndicate was focused on NRF CJ-CBRND-TF CONOPS, the second syndicate concentrated on training and education of the CBRN-JAT and the third syndicate was aimed at CBRN “reach-back”. The aim was to negotiate the recommendation on the NRF CBRN JAT system of Training and Education and possible JCBRN Defence COE support of the CONOPS.

Contact: 1LT Pavlina Vasickova, +420 973 452 803 2007-11-22

Official Opening of the JCBRN Defence COE

Vyškov, CR – on 22 November 2007, JCBRN Defence COE as an International Military Organisation was officially introduced in the presence of the Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Army, General Vlastimil Picek and other important guests representing the Sponsoring Nations to JCBRN Defence COE.

General Picek said he was very pleased that the Czech Republic was the host nation for this unique Centre. “The Czech Republic will provide the infrastructure and enable all to take advantage of the experiences of the Chemical Corps of the Army of the Czech Republic.”
“Allow me to thank all international members from the seven Alliance Nations for excellent support and cooperation in achieving the accreditation capabilities of this Centre,” Picek said. “I would like to assure you that the Army of the Czech Republic will try to create the best condition for your duty.” “Finally, allow me to wish you good luck and all the best in fulfillment of the Centre’s tasks. “
The Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic Ms. Vlasta Parkanová and the British Ambassador to the Czech Republic H.E. Linda Duffield visited JCBRN Defence COE on the occasion of the JCBRN Defence Centre of Excellence Opening Ceremony on the afternoon on 22 November 2007.

Contact: 1LT Pavlina Vasickova, +420 973 452 803

JCBRN Defence COE Steering Committee Meeting

VYSKOV – JCBRN Defence COE Steering Committee met on 31 October 2007 with participation of the representatives from the Czech Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany, the Hellenic Republic, the Italian Republic, Romania, the Slovak Republic, the Republic of Slovenia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Allied Command for Transformation.

The main aim of this meeting was to approve JCBRN Defence COE Plan of Work and Multinational Budget for year 2008.
Other key issues discussed during the one-day meeting were the Financial Administrative Procedures (FAPs) for multinational funding of the JCBRN Defence COE, the JCBRN Defence COE’s documents hierarchy, “Guidance on the working procedures for the Steering Committee”, possible future investment of the JCBRN Defence COE and SVK request on manning amendments within the COE.
The SC meetings in 2008 will be held on 6 – 7 May 2008 and 16 – 17 September 2008 at JCBRN Defence COE in Vyškov, the Czech Republic.

Contact: 1LT Pavlina Vasickova, +420 973 452 803

SIBA course

TECHONIN, CR - From 21 May to 1 Jun 2007 „Terrain Epidemiology Sampling and Identification of Biological Agents (SIBA) Course“ was organised by the JCBRN Defence COE at the Biological Defence Centre in Techonin and Military Training Area Boletice, both located in the Czech Republic.

The course was opened by the JCBRN Defence COE Director Colonel Radomir Mikes who welcomed all the participants from Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Greece, the United Kingdom and the USA.
“For the first time, in the existence of this multinational entity, we run the international course developed and implemented by the cooperative environment which consists of the Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology in München, Germany, NBC Defence School in Korneuburg, Austria, Central Military Health Institute in Prague, Faculty of Military Medicine, University of Defence in Hradec Kralove, Institute for Postgraduate Medical Education in Prague, National Institute for NBC Protection in Milín, Joint CBRN Defence COE in Vyškov, and last but not least the Centre of Biological defence,” said Colonel Mikes. “The prospect of the different environments, backgrounds, and different ideas brought together under one roof, should make this pilot course attractive as well as bracing. So, at the beginning of this course and what I believe that will be an enriching experience for all of you, I would like to give you some simple but, I believe important perceptions”
The first part of the course was theoretical and was held in Biological Defence Centre in Techonin. The second part of the course was held in Military Training Area in Boletice where the practical training in sampling and identification, as well as some exhibitions, were arranged.

Contact: 1LT Pavlina Vasickova, +420 973 452 803

The first International Military Organization on the territory of the Czech Republic

On 31 July 2007, JCBRN Defence COE was accredited and activated as NATO Military Body by the North Atlantic Council. Thereby, the first International Military Organisation was established on the territory of the Czech Republic, which became NATO member in 1999.