AF15 Command Post Exercise portion set to begin
Officers and soldiers from Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, (HQ ARRC) complete final preparations before the start of Exercise ARRCADE FUSION 15 (AF15).
AF15 is command post exercise that tests the headquarters’ ability to control simulated troop formations within a challenging and dynamic fictional security or humanitarian crisis. The diverse scenario planned for AF15 provides exercise evaluators with the ability to merge realistic global security threats into one environment to challenge and test the ability of headquarters personnel to devise innovative solutions.
(NATO Photo / WO2 Dan Harmer GBR Army / Released)
7 Nov 2015
members of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps Headquarters staff, strengthened by
attached UK Reserve and other NATO personnel, reached their destinations Friday, 6 Nov, in Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia to begin the command post exercise portion of
Exercise Arrcade Fusion 15. This brings the total amount of participants to the
announced 1,700 civilian and military personnel taking part in AF15 at
locations across 4 countries (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, United Kingdom).
"Constant exercises, conducted in realistic environments ensures our
forces maintain the highest levels of proficiency and readiness. The Allied
Rapid Reaction Corps has established a deployable headquarters in Lielvārde Air
Force Air Base for this exercise, which is a clear evidence that Latvia
is capable and ready to host the Allied forces,” says Raimonds Bergmanis, the Minister of Defence of the Republic of Latvia.
from AF15 will be integrated into NATO’s Enhanced NATO Response Force (ENRF)
and Very High Readiness Joint Task Force concept development. Concepts shared
with NATO would be available for potential integration, but this exercise also
serves as a milestone towards the UK’s role in the 2017 VJTF.
infrastructure in place at locations across Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia, the
elements of headquarters staff will now begin command post training using a
simulation scenario which they have been following for months. The HQ will
maintain their command and control of the simulation force while making a
transition from the UK to new locations.
Brigade is proud to be at the forefront of this important NATO HRFL exercise.
The team has been flexible in delivering its core output,” said British Army
Major Barrie Terry, Deputy Chief of Staff, 1 (UK) Signal Brigade. "The endstate
for HQ ARRC is a HQ which is well connected, well supported, and well sustained;
demonstrating real agility.”