IST Rail Ops Meeting Eindhoven

The 35th IST / Rail Ops meeting was held on the 30-31 October 2018, hosted by the MCCE at the Van der Valk Hotel premises, in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. More than 30 partners from 18 Members Nations (MNs) responded to the invitation of the MCCE and attended the meeting, as well as NSPA members who joined the forum for the first time.

Chief of the IST Cell, Ltc. Paccoj (left) and Mr. Franck Verdierre, NSPA Transportation and Warehousing Division Chief

The main aim of the symposium was to focus the MNs attendees on:

  • – National IST and Railway presentations and discussion to promote synergies amongst;
  • – NSPA concept to possibly deliver Multinational Rail Transport Services;
  • – Trident Juncture 2018 deployment, first feedback from MNs;
  • – MNs multimodal national offer list availability to African operations.
35th IST / Rail Participants at Van der Valk Hotel, Eindhoven, The Netherlands

Chief of Operations in consort with IST Cell Chief emphasized the importance of MCCE IST / Rail meeting formula to be adopted at least once a year; this was highly appreciated by the MNs to rationalise the international cooperation in this domain.

With the predominant purpose of promoting the MCCE MNs cooperation encompassing all inland surface transport modes, national representatives updated were released along with MCCE Plans and SEOS Secretariat briefings.

Furthermore, external presenters such as Dutsche Bahn Cargo and Rail Innovators Group companies dispensed their rail capabilities to offer to the MCCE MNs.

AT Ops Meeting Budapest

The 27th At Ops Meeting was held in Novotel Budapest City, kindly hosted by Hungary over 13 to 16 November. The meeting was opened by the Hungarian J4 Cdr, Col Baros with 17 nations being represented by 48 attendees from member nations.

Col Baros Opening the 27th AT Ops Meeting

The highly successful event saw updates on MCCE business given by the Deputy Director, AT Cell Chief, Plans and ATARES Secretariat. External presenters included Jetex, Skytech, Heavy Airlift Wing, EATC and SALCC. Included in the National updates for the first time was a presentation from NSPA.

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On 7th November 2018, the Director and Deputy Director MCCE visited the “Athens Multinational Sealift Coordination Centre” (AMSCC) as part of the program for exchange visits with the stakeholders and other organisations within the M&T business.

With the intention of increasing MCCE visibility and knowledge about the additional opportunities and capabilities available in the realm of strategic lift.

Col Herbaut and Lt.Col. Passaro met their counterparts in the AMSCC and exchanged a large amount of valuable information whilst exploring the possible opportunities for mutual collaboration and support.

MCCE support to Frisian Flag and European Air-to-Air Refuelling Training (EART)

From 08 to 20 April 2018, Leeuwarden Airbase again hosted one of the largest international fighter pilot exercises: Exercise Frisian Flag 2018.

For two weeks more than 70 fighter aircraft from various countries were exercising the execution of offensive and defensive missions, with the support of Airborne Warning and Control System, Electronic Warfare airplane, and Air to Air refueling tankers.

Air Refueling (AAR) was recognised in 2012 as a capability shortfall in Europe. To address this, the European Defence Agency has developed a European AR initiative looking at the three following objectives: increase the overall AAR capacity, reduce fragmentation of the fleet, and optimise the use of assets.

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MG Steven A. Shapiro, the Commanding General of US forces for 21st Theater Sustainment Command visits the MCCE

Pictured from left-right: LTC Jakob Valstad-MCCE, COL Ameed Micko-US Army Europe, LTC Marco Paccoj- MCCE, COL Robert Dixon-US Army Europe, MG Steven A. Shapiro-21st TSC, Ms. Rhonda Pitt-US Army Europe, COL Franck Verdierre-MCCE Director, LTC John Looney-21st TSC, LTC Mattias Gustavsson-MCCE, MAJ Jeremiah Hull-21st TSC and LTC Joshua Hirsch-21st TSC.

Distinguished guest, MG Steven A. Shapiro, the Commanding General of US forces for 21st Theater Sustainment Command visits the MCCE to discuss their growing relationship. The MCCE has supported the US in major deployments and redeployments of units to Poland for exercise Atlantic Resolve from August to October 2017 timeframe.