Sir, from your point of view, what is the main value of
Multinational Corps Northeast Commander's Conference? How can Allied
Joint Force Command Brunssum benefit from it?
First of all, I
would like to express my gratitude for the dedication of the
Multinational Corps Northeast (MNCNE) staff. On top of that, I sincerely
appreciate the hard work of MNCNE together with all the sub-units down
to the Battle Groups. This year, we faced an unprecedented pandemic but
despite its consequences we can all be very proud of the results that
have been achieved. I am truly impressed by the professionalism that all
personnel within JFCBS's area of responsibility have maintained, which
has led us to remain operational under these challenging conditions. In
all circumstances, the MNCNE Commander's Conference is a great enterprise,
and it provides a unique platform to demonstrate our common commitment.
This conference offers a broad overview on the most relevant
developments across the Baltic Sea region.
It is crucial that we meet
with all of the respective commanders on a regular basis around the same
table: be it physically or online. The
conference serves as an effective tool to further develop and share our
detailed knowledge and expertise of the region. It is a great
opportunity to better align our common efforts to achieve our
What are your key principles when it
comes to cooperation with Multinational Corps Northeast as Allied Joint
Force Command Brunssum's subordinate unit?
As a High Readiness Force Land
Headquarters, HQ MNC NE is widening its scope of responsibility to a
full 360 degrees in deterrence and defence within the Baltic region. HQ
MNC NE acts both as a Regional Land Component Command and as a
warfighting corps. It is on permanent stand-by to take the lead in
combat operations across the Northeastern flank of NATO. Multinational
Corps Northeast is able to offer a huge contribution in order to plan
and operate for collective defence purposes under Article 5 of the North
Atlantic Treaty. The proven ability to Command and Control, the key
role in Training and Exercise and taking the lead in regional Knowledge
Development shows the true value of Multinational Corps Northeast as a headquarters with focus on a specific and defined area. A headquarters that serves
these goals is a crucial necessity and a vital cornerstone for defence
of NATO's Northeastern flank. It is a practical illustration of how to
ensure security across the Baltic Sea region. In a nutshell –
HQ MNC NE is our key unit in the Baltic Sea region
in the continuum from vigilance through crisis to war. It is NATO's true custodian for regional security.
General Jörg Vollmer, Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum
Photo by JFCBS
As far as the Baltic region is concerned, what are the most important objectives to be achieved during your time in command of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum?
has enhanced its presence in Northeastern Europe by deploying four
multinational battlegroups to Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland on a
rotational basis. These battlegroups are led by the United Kingdom,
Canada, Germany and the United States. They are tailored, multinational
and combat-ready, demonstrating the resolve of the transatlantic
Alliance. Their presence sends clear and strong signals. It is assuring
the leadership and populations in the Northeastern part of Europe, and
it underlines that an attack on one Ally will be considered as an attack
on all Alliance member states.
During the recent
exercise Brilliant Jump, NATO's Very High Readiness Joint Task Force has
proven its ability to react immediately during the deployment phase and
to be ready for employment throughout the region. I witnessed
personally how Polish, Spanish, Czech and Lithuanian soldiers were able
to accomplish their goals, even under the restricted COVID
I am looking forward to my tenure as the Commander JFCBS.
encourage all members of our NATO family to continue pave the way for
enhancing our deterrence and defence. Preventing conflicts and preserving
peace on our Eastern flank remains a collective effort and requires
effective collaboration. Our efforts and presence are highly appreciated
by the citizens of the Baltic Sea region, as I have noticed throughout
all my visits.