The unit, which was activated on 1 September 2016, operates as an international military command and now has arrived to one of the most significant milestones in its history with this event. The main purpose of computer assisted exercise "PRECISE RECEPTION 2017" was to measure if the staff of the organisation is able to fulfil its core mission, which is providing full support and facilitating the reception, staging, onward movement (RSOM), as well as the sustainment of the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) and the follow on Allied forces.
NFIU HUN can be proud of the effort they have put into successfully conducting this exercise
"As the forward command element of NATO in both time and space, for NATO Force Integration Unit in Hungary it is of the utmost importance to be able to efficiently and smoothly facilitate the rapid deployment of NATO VJTF and other NRF forces at high readiness levels. In this exercise, therefore, we have put special emphasis on testing and further enhancing our effectiveness, our inter-operability, the information flow between the various departments of the organization, and the "incoming allied forces" as much as possible." – said Colonel László GARAS, commander of the unit.
Without actual forces arriving or really deploying during the exercise, the NFIU HUN personnel practiced their tasks of RSOM support to NATO forces based on a fictitious scenario, with a developing crisis situation in Hungary.
In total, 83 events were "played" during the four days, which realistically reflected the complex problems of real-world situations, thus enabling the extensive testing and improvement of NFIU HUN processes and reporting systems.
Summarizing his experiences about the four days of the exercise, Colonel István BIROVECZ, head of Training and Exercises Branch of the HUN MOD's Military Augmentation, Preparation and Training Command, also being the leader of the exercise evaluation team said: "The personnel of NFIU HUN can be proud of the effort they have put into successfully conducting this exercise."
He also added that the exercise projected a credible picture about how well NFIU HUN can handle its tasks related to the support of the VJTF and other high readiness Allied forces to be deployed in Hungary in a crisis situation. The highly skilled staff of NFIU HUN also demonstrated that they are able to cooperate with the designated NATO and Host Nation military commands even during a real operation.
During the exercise, both the NATO and the national chain of command were simulated. This joint effort from different military organisations included staff officers from MNC NE deployed to the NATO team of the exercise control staff. The liaison officer of the Bundeswehr assigned to the HUN Joint Force Command and a senior officer of the US Office of Defence Cooperation in Budapest also participated as role players, while computer assisted simulation was provided by the HDF "Bakony" Combat Training Centre.