SOUTH CERNEY, Gloucestershire
- The ARRC has been presented with NATO’s new ‘warfighting guidon’, which it will hold throughout its tenure as NATO’s War Fighting Corps at readiness until January 2022.
they’ve demonstrated their mastery of combat operations in the context of multi-domain operations”
Presenting the warfighting guidon, the Commander of Allied Land Command, Lieutenant General Roger L. Cloutier Jr, said, “As NATO Commander responsible for conducting this evaluation, I’m pleased to say the ARRC has done a phenomenal job here and is ready. They’ve demonstrated their ability to operate and train in a COVID environment, and… they’ve demonstrated their mastery of combat operations in the context of multi-domain operations.”
Commander Allied Land Command, Lieutenant General Roger L. Cloutier, left, presents NATO's War Fighting Corps guidon to Commander Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, Lieutenant General Sir Edward Smyth-Osbourne (photo by Warrant Officer Class 2 Jamie Peters, HQ ARRC)
The ARRC Commander, Lieutenant General Sir Edward Smythe-Osbourne responded, “This is a distinct honour for Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps. The first such headquarters, since the Cold War, to serve in role as NATO’s corps warfighting headquarters. It is a responsibility to be ready, come whatever the hour, whatever the task.”
This certification follows more than nine months of evaluation by Allied Land Command, with the final field assessment phase during exercise Loyal Leda 2020 in the U.K. This computer aided exercise involved over 1000 ARRC personnel and key enablers from 21 nations, with wider collaboration from military units and civilian organisations across Europe and North America.