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 Jan 16 2019

Flexibility, not Rigidity

On 15 January, General Riccardo Marchiò, the Commander of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, paid a visit to Headquarters Multinational Corps Northeast (HQ MNC NE). He met with flag officers and soldiers to size up the latest developments within the Headquarters. It was the second time the General visited HQ MNC NE during his term of office.

Whilst in Szczecin, General Marchiò said that the actions undertaken by NATO in order to enhance the security of its members in the East were progressing at an adequate pace. "We are fast enough." – ensured the General when referring to the security architecture across the Baltic region.

The system braced by HQ MNC NE has been functioning for several months and encompasses Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland. With the recent certification of Headquarters Multinational Division North East, the chain of command has gained more coherence – running from the four enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battle Groups through the new Division Headquarters up to HQ MNC NE as the highest body of the Alliance in the region. As stated by General Marchiò, merging these structures into an inch-perfect model is a process requiring time and commitment. Yet, he clearly emphasized that – given the magnitude of the changes – what had been achieved so far was impressive. He also reaffirmed that having the north-eastern nations protected continued to be one of the overriding goals of NATO:
NATO is moving forward with the improvement of its Command Structure. It involves the Alliance as a whole, but with a very special focus on this area. Over the last years, we created a new approach to the region. It seems to be very encouraging in the overall perspective of bringing more security to this part of Europe.

Within this landscape, HQ MNC NE is geared to widening its scope of responsibility to a full 360 degrees by simultaneously performing a Corps role and a regional Land Component Command (LCC) function. When discussing the expected development path, General Marchiò stated: "It requires a sophisticated effort, which is obviously needed when facing potentially different scenarios." At the same time, the General advised against distinguishing between these key tasks and emphasized they should be viewed complementarily. He also indicated that the way NATO had been adapting to the fluid realities of the global security demonstrated that resilience comes from flexibility, not rigidity.

Story by Multinational Corps Northeast Public Affairs Office

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General Riccardo Marchiò, the Commander of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, visited Headquarters Multinational Corps Northeast (HQ MNC NE) for the second time.
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Whilst in Szczecin, General Marchiò said that the actions undertaken by NATO in order to enhance the security of its members in the East were progressing at an adequate pace.
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The official gift exchange between General Marchiò and Lieutenant General Wojciechowski.

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