On 20 September 2016, Air Commodore Ralph Reefman (ACOS Defence Planning, HQ Supreme Allied Commander Transformation) accompanied by his Military Assistant LtCol Sigmund van Iwaarden, visited the Joint CBRN Defence Centre of Excellence. The purpose of the visit was to explore the possibility of fostering a closer working relationship between the ACOS Defence Planning and our Centre.



The delegation was welcomed by the Centre’s Director, Colonel Jiří Gajdoš, and his Deputy Director, Colonel Volker R. Quante.

Colonel Gajdoš presented the Centre’s mission, which is to support the NATO as the Centre‘s primary customer through SACT HQ and to enhance its CBRN capabilities as well as to assist other international organizations and institutions in their CBRN Defence related efforts.


Air Commodore Reefman was informed about the Centre’s history, structure, community of interest, current activities, projects and future endeavors.

Through short presentations he was acquainted with activities in the fields of Transformation Support, CBRN Reachback, CBRN Modelling and Simulation and Training, Exercises and Education.



In conclusion, Air Commodore Reefman pointed out the importance of his visit and thanked for the hospitality and for the very informative presentations.

„Thank you for the great hospitality and for the very informative presentations. My compliment to the CBRN COE for the great work you do,“ he wrote to the COE Chronicle.