Headquarters, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) personnel participated in several Remembrance Day events across Gloucestershire this weekend.
ARRC commander, Lt Gen Tim Evans laid a poppy wreath on behalf of the ARRC at the Gloucester Cenotaph on Sunday morning, and participated along with just over 20 ARRC troops in a memorial service and following parade at the Gloucester Cathedral later that afternoon.
Additionally, over 70 soldiers from the Innsworth-based NATO headquarters marched in a memorial parade on Sunday through the streets of Tewkesbury as part of the community's celebration of Remembrance Day.
Earlier this morning, the Imjin Community conducted its own memorial event at the barracks, where Evans laid a wreath on the ARRC Support Battalion's Memorial Wall in front of approximately 500 personnel from the ARRC and its supporting units as well as the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency (SPVA), also located at Imjin.
"I can't think of a more visible sign of the importance our world places on remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice than the ARRC,” said ARRC spokesman Major Chris Hyde. "The ARRC represents 16 nations from both Europe and North America, some of whom found themselves on opposite sides of a trench these many years ago, but now work on the same team.”
Additional notes for the Editor:
HQ ARRC is currently on stand-by for short-notice call-up and subsequent rapid deployment (5 days notice to move) in support of any potential NATO Response Force (NRF) mission that may develop during 2013.
An NRF is a coherent, high-readiness, joint, multinational force package of up to 25,000 troops that is technologically advanced, flexible, deployable, interoperable and sustainable. Its role is to act as a stand-alone military force available for rapid deployment as a collective-defense, crisis management or stabilization force, or to act as an initial entry force for a subsequent primary deployment.
The NRF traditionally comprises land, air and sea components provided by NATO members.
As an NRF Land Component Command, or LCC, the ARRC will essentially be in command of all land combat troops on the ground during an NRF deployment.
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% 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, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the United States).
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