ARRC ‘Charges’ in Cornwall
More than 500 servicemen and women from 21 nations at Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC), the ARRC Support Battalion and 1st (UK) Signal Brigade, on Exercise ARRCADE CHARGER, 25 Sep to 2 Oct, in Cornwall, UK. (ARRC photo by Sgt Mike O'Neill, GBR / Released)
Sep 29, 2016
RAF ST MAWGAN, UK - More than 500 servicemen and women from 21 nations at Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC), the ARRC Support Battalion and 1st (UK) Signal Brigade, ran a preparatory command post exercise named Exercise ARRCADE CHARGER (AC16) from 25 Sep to 2 Oct.
The test gave the HQ a chance to be put through its paces by the Chief of Staff before Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2016 in a few weeks.
"ARRCADE CHARGER 16 is our best chance to test our systems, build our teams, and push our decision processes as a headquarters staff,” said British Major General Richard Wardlaw, OBE, Chief of Staff for the ARRC.
The staff and command post exercise scenario is designed to prepare the ARRC to command several division and brigade-sized units from nations across NATO, allowing them to practice the role they will assume in the NATO Response Force for 2017.
Demonstrating their capability as a NATO High Readiness Force, HQ ARRC supported Allied Joint Force Command Naples during their battle staff training during the same week. HQ ARRC improved the simulation quality for both HQ formations during this test phase by providing an active lower, subordinate land headquarters, adding depth to the scenario and realism to the communication links between the two commands.
"I have seen the team work hard, but we must push limits. Exercise TRIDENT JUNCTURE 16 will prove we can run and excel as a headquarters later this year,” said Wardlaw. "That is important before assuming our NATO role in 2017."
Story by HQ ARRC Public Affairs Office