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Friday, April 8, 2016

Number: 40

New challenge for the Operational Logistic Force: To provide Protection HQ to the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force Spain is contributing to NATO in 2016

Projection Headquarters

Projection Headquarters

Projection Support Group personnel

Projection Support Group personnel

SPOD at Vigo Port

SPOD at Vigo Port

Exercise “Alertex”, which aimed at putting to the test and activating NATO’s Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), took place from 1 to 10 April. The objective of that Force is to achieve an even faster deployment of troops in order to be able to face new threats and challenges. In 2016 the bulk of the VJTF comes from the 7th Airborne Light Infantry Brigade “Galicia”.
After its successful participation in Exercise “Trident Juncture 2015”, the Operational Logistic Force (known by its Spanish acronym, FLO) has faced a new challenge: To set up the VJTF Protection HQ. The latter is located at the Atocha garrison, in the Galician town of A Coruña, and is made up of nearly 20 soldiers. They are members of FLO HQ backed by Liaison Officers from the Very High Readiness HQ, the 7th Airborne Light Infantry Brigade “Galicia” and the Army’s General Inspectorate. In addition, Civil Guard personnel are also expected to join.
FLO’s participation in Exercise “Alertex” also mobilised the National Logistic Support Element, composed of the 61st Logistic Support Group (based in Valladolid); the Deployment Support Cell, which incorporates cells from the transit bases “Primo de Rivera” (Alcalá de Henares) and “General Morillo” (Pontevedra); and Terminal Units at the airports of Valencia (Manises), Madrid-Barajas (Adolfo Suárez), Asturias (Ranon) and Santiago (Lavacolla). For its part, the Medical Brigade alerted and activated a Role 2 Medical Unit and a Medical Coordination Centre to coordinate medical support.
Exercise “Alertex” represented the first phase of the NATO Exercise “Brilliant Jump 16”, which was conceived to assess the effectiveness of the measures contained in the Readiness Action Plan approved at the Wales Summit in 2014. Those measures will put to the test the forces and HQs on alert and their rapid deployment capability before the Warsaw Summit, scheduled for next July.
The exercise has served to prepare the following two phases of “Brilliant Jump 16”, “Deployex” and “Employex”, which will run from 12 May to 10 June. They will involve the actual deployment of the VJTF from its bases to the training ground of Zagan, in Poland. The Force will be declared fully operational in early July at the aforementioned Warsaw Summit.