Elbląg, Poland - on the 8th of October several dozen inspectors came to the Multinational Division North East Headquarters (MND-NE HQ) to evaluate MND-NE HQ soldiers. The inspectors looked at the areas of personnel, equipment and readiness. The commission organized by Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) included representatives of the Multinational Corps Northeast (MNC NE), the Multinational Division South - East (MND-SE), NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - Turkey (NRDC-T), NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - Spain (NRDC-SP) and Operational Command of the Polish Armed Forces. LANDCOM Deputy Chief of Staff for Planning Brig. Gen. Alfonso Alba lead the inspection team. We are here to help you to achieve your goal - said General as part of his opening remarks for the evaluation.
The commander of the Polish 21st Mountain Brigade Brig. Gen. Ryszard Pietras also took part in the certification, with a group of officers as observers. The 21st Brigade began preparations for performing tasks as part of the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force. During their preparation, multiple tests are waiting for each level of command. As Gen. Pietras said - All our standardization documents only set directions, while the most important for me is always to gain experience in the so-called real environment. Visit here, in Elbląg, during the first certification in history for our Armed Forces on such level, is for me and especially for my subordinates a great experience. I think that the knowledge acquired here, correlated with the knowledge of the procedures we already have, will help us to prepare ourselves for the implementation of the task set before us.
Soldiers of the Polish 16th Mechanized Division, 11th Armored Cavalry Division and 4th Chemical Regiment also sent observers to the MND-NE certification event.
The certification of the MND-NE headquarters started just after the end of Exercise Saber Strike 18, when the Crisis Response Planning (CRP) for Exercise Anakonda 18 was evaluated. First phase of certification, the so-called ‘In Barracks’, is the next step on the path of a multi-stage process leading to Full Capability of the Multinational Division North East Headquarters. This process will end with the ‘Field evaluation’. This will take place at the beginning of December, during which the capability to command the multinational division in a high-intensity conflict will be evaluated.
For several months Soldiers of The Headquarters were improving their procedures and knowledge by taking part in Polish national and multinational exercises and training events. During these events, they were also fine-tuning their procedures within the viariousbranches and cells. The most important collective training event prior the beginning of the certification was Exercise Saber Strike 18. During this exercise the MND-NE staff command three brigades:
The 7th Mechanized Brigade from Czech Republic, Lithuanian Mechanized Infantry Brigade ‘Iron Wolf’ and the Polish 15th Mechanized Brigade. In the training structure of the division were also included artillery, anti-aircraft and sappers regiments. Tasks carried out in the Field Command Post included conducting defense operations and repelling an adversary that threatened the integrity of the allied state.
The first phase of certification has come to an end, but the division's soldiers do not slow down the pace of preparations for the final part of the test. In total, in the first and second phase 1,400 performance measures are tested, so there is still a lot of work to be done.