SOC gets ready to support major NATO exercise

28 April 2015

Exercise ‘Steadfast Fortitude 1’ was conducted at the Southern Operation Centre (SOC) in mid-April to train potential users of Capability Package 5A0156 (CP 156).

Participating in the training were recently recruited technicians in addition to a team from the Multi National Joint Headquarters from Ulm, Germany.  A Support Battalion from that HQ has been tasked to work alongside the SOC deployable team who will be responsible for the construction of the Joint Task Force Headquarters in Zaragoza, Spain in support of the upcoming Exercise Trident Juncture 2015 (TRJE 15) which will be led by the Commander, Joint Force Command, Brunssum.

The training introduced the new ‘UTILIS’ tented structure systems that will be used during TRJE 15 and served as a ‘train the trainer’ session as the trainees will be the ‘team leads’ for the build-up and tear-down phases of the exercise. In addition there was familiarization training with the Rough Terrain Container Handler (RTCH), the 40 tonne crane and the ‘Bobcat’ skid loader all of which will also be deployed.  At the end of a very long week, the team leader from Ulm Captain BORUHUSE, DEU Army, expressed his satisfaction with a successful training period, which he indicated will stand them in good stead for their major supporting task while in Zaragoza  commencing early September through to early December 2015. 

The SOC also hosted the ‘Deployable Assets User Group Meeting’ on behalf of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe which was chaired by Lieutenant Colonel Eef ROVERS (NLD Army) in his capacity as J4 Logistics & Plans Capability Manager and supported by Mr. Rene Roy and a team from NSPA’s General and Cooperative Services Programme (LB) which is responsible for the acquisition of the capability packages. This meeting provides a forum not only for a briefing of the current status of the Capability Packages (CP’s) but also to discuss improvements and modifications to current assets and an introduction to potential ‘new customers’, outside of the current eligible users. During these meetings a tour of the SOC was provided during which the above-mentioned training was observed.