Well over 30 military and civilian personnel from Headquarters, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) recently completed the 2013 Cheltenham Half Marathon for charity on Sunday, 15 September.
The ARRC team included both service member and spouse; many were running a half marathon for the first time alongside other ARRC international military and civilian personnel from the Innsworth-based NATO headquarters.
The ARRC multinational running team ran to raise money for UK charity Alabare, an organization that is currently in the process of opening a Home for Veterans in Gloucester.
The ARRC team raised just shy of £1000 for the area veterans-support project.
Thus far, Alabare has raised over £67,000 for the home. Ultimately, they will need around £180,000 to complete and run the 24-bed space residence.
According to ARRC U.S. Soldier Major Timothy Gittins, the U.S. element's lead planner for the event and runner in the race, the Cheltenham Half Marathon provided an excellent opportunity for the ARRC to support veterans in the region.
"When we are here it's nice to be able to help out when we can, knowing that the money raised will be put to good use,” said Gittins. "One homeless veteran is one too many.”
He continued "I think it is an issue that needs to be addressed and any help we can give would be great."
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).
HQ ARRC is now on stand-by for short-notice call-up and subsequent rapid deployment in support of any potential NATO Response Force (NRF) missions that may develop during 2013.
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.
Note to editors:
1. For more information on the ARRC: http://www.arrc.nato.int/
or phone: 07788 616008.
2. For more HQ ARRC photographs, please visit HQ ARRC on Flickr at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/54973278@N03/