Elbląg, Poland - the soldiers of Multinational Division North East (MND-NE) have been preparing for their certification for many months. The last phase of the certification process will take place during Exercise Anakonda 18. On 26th November, 2018, on the parade ground in the MND-NE Command Support Regiment in Elbląg, the Division Commander, Brig. Gen. Krzysztof Motacki officially opened the CPX phase of the exercise for his unit. The main phase of Anakonda 18 is divided into two stages. The first of these was the so-called Live Exercise or LIVEX, which took place 7th -16th November, 2018. The second one is a CPX. As General Motacki said during the ceremony: “CREVAL [Combat Readiness Evaluation] is a kind of exam during which we must show our preparation, professionalism and initiative. ... Our success depends on each of you. Ladies and gentlemen, our most important test has just begun.”
Soldiers from the Division Headquarters take part only in the second stage of the exercise, the CPX. A staff training, equipment check and a so-called Mini Exercise (preliminary exercise) preceded phase two, during which information flow and registration system were checked. During the exercise, the commander and the staff will provide command and control of subordinate units from the Field Command Post. The training command structures include the 7th Mechanized Brigade from Czech Republic, Lithuanian Brigade "Iron Wolf", 15th Mechanized Brigade, 21st Mountain Infantry Brigade and artillery, reconnaissance, anti-aircraft and engineering regiments, as well as other smaller units. In total, over half a thousand soldiers will participate in the training event.
From the 1st of December, several dozen inspectors will test the ability of Division Headquarters soldiers to command multinational units located in different countries during a high-intensity conflict. Allied Land Command (LANDCOM), headquartered in Izmir, Turkey, leads the certification process, with inspection team members from across NATO.
Exercise Anakonda 18 is the largest exercise of the Polish Armed Forces in 2018. It is a test of ability of communication and coordination of key commands of the Polish Armed Forces with the non-military system, and selected elements of NATO command structures.
This year’s Anakonda 18 will serve as certification venue for the HQ MND-NE which will finalize its preparations for reaching full capability according to CREVAL criteria.