In accordance with the JCBRN Defence COE Program of Work, fourteen specialists working in physical protection arrived in Vyskov to participate in the Physical Protection Subgroup (PPSG) meeting held 14 – 17 May 2012.  Delegates from several NATO countries (USA, Canada, France, Germany, Great Britain, Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and Slovakia) and one Partnership for Peace Nation (Sweden) as well as several members of the JCBRN Defence COE attended the meeting.

        The JCBRN Defence COE Deputy Director Colonel Janos Zelenak launched the gathering with some welcoming remarks that were followed directly by the Chairman’s update on the PPSG agenda.  During this fruitful meeting the delegates discussed numerous topics primarily focusing on standardization in their area of expertise.  At the end of the 3 day event all participants expressed their satisfaction with the results achieved.

         Due to Vyskov’s proximity to the Austerlitz Battlefield, the COE arranged a tour of the Austerlitz Memorial and the Slavkov Chateau.  Both served as pivotal sites during the Battle of the Three Emperors in December of 1805.  The tour proved an informative cultural event and all the delegates who attended expressed their appreciation for the COE’s efforts.

       The group devoted the last session to final remarks and conclusions. Then the PPSG chairman, Wing Commander R. P. Lumb, clarified the way ahead designed to coordinate and harmonize the sub group’s efforts until the next meeting scheduled for October of this year in Amsterdam.   Colonel Zelenak closed the meeting with the wish of a pleasant trip home to all attendees.


Author: LTC Martin Pesa