Command Support Brigade is a formation assigned to Multinational Corps Northeast for exercises, operations or missions. The formation, which officially became operational on July 1, 2007 is as unique as the Corps in terms of its multinational character. The Headquarters of Command Support Brigade is situated in Stargard, Poland, but the subordinate units are located in different places. German 610th Signal Battalion is stationed in Prenzlau, Germany, whereas Polish 100th Signal Battalion and 104th Support Battalion are situated in Wałcz, Poland, as well as the Polish 102nd Force Protection Battalion, which is only formed when necessary. Moreover, the Polish National Support Element (POL NSE) and Headquarters Company (HQ COY) supporting HQ MNC NE in Szczecin are subordinated to the CSB Commander, too.
Command Support Brigade's task is to establish, operate and maintain four "bodies" or levels of command, i.e. Main Headquarters, Alternate Command Post, Forward Command Element and Headquarters Support Cluster. Moreover, the CSB is to enable the MNC NE to operate independently and this is why it has to provide for accommodation, transportation and messing, security and force protection, power supply etc. Finally, establishing, operating and maintaining the Communication and Information System (CIS) is also included in the CSB's tasks.
Soldiers of Polish 100th Battalion setting up Main Command Post for the exercise "Griffin Lightning 2019". Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, September 15, 2019. Photo by MNC NE PAO
Soldiers of Polish 102nd Battalion deploying for the exercise "Griffin Lightning 2019". Poland, September 29, 2019. Photo by MNC NE PAO
Soldier of German 610th Battalion setting up the Main Command Post during the exercise "Griffin Lightning 2019". Drawsko Pomorskie, Poland, September 13, 2019. Photo by MNC NE PAO