(St. Mawgan, Cornwall) — Officers from two Baltic countries are now permanent staff members at Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC), training in their first Exercise ARRCADE FUSION since arriving to Gloucestershire this past summer.
Lithuanian Army Lt. Col. Zilvinas Gaubys and Latvian Army Lt. Col. Igors Klavins, discussed how they feel about representing their countries in a multinational, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps headquarters, currently training in Cornwall, UK.
Lt. Col. Gaubys chairs the ARRC’s Lessons Learned, a role that collects observations and analysis, and makes recommendations to improve the ARRCs effectiveness for the future.
"Every day I’m learning on this exercise,” he said, reflecting on his impressions from this first NATO assignment.
"I hope to gain more experience working at Corps level and working in a NATO environment”, he said.
Lt. Col. Klavins has an infantry background and had previously deployed on various NATO missions. "I’ve been on many international exercises but this is particularly interesting as I am involved in the planning and running of the exercise,” he said.
Exercise ARRCADE FUSION is a multinational and joint operations exercise hosted by the UK and 15 NATO partner countries. Building upon the progress made during FUSION 13 last year, FUSION 14 now fully tests the air and sea command capability in addition to land operations.
Additional notes for the Editor:
HQ ARRC is a NATO Rapid Deployment Corps headquarters, founded in 1992 in Germany, and headquartered in Gloucestershire since August 2010.
Although HQ ARRC’s ‘framework nation’ is the United Kingdom, comprising approximately 60 percent of the overall staff, the ARRC is fully multinational in nature and organization, with 15 Partner Nations contributing the remaining complement of personnel (Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Turkey, and the United States).
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