The main idea behind NFIU Latvia was simple—to assure and deter. Yet the actual accomplishment of this enormous task was a much more complicated matter. General Hans-Lothar Domröse, the then Commander Allied Joint Force
Command Brunssum, delivered powerful words: "Who was the second man on the moon? Everyone only remembers the first one. And you, you are the first ones, my friends. It is a good thing that you have no one to copy. You do not have predecessors. You have to create something unique." NFIU Latvia achieved a lot in a very short time. It is enough to mention that the unit was officially certified in June 2016, less than a year after its establishment.
There was no doubt that the NFIU's effective functioning would be dependent on good working relations with the host nation and Allies. Only in this way, NFIU Latvia could shoulder the responsibility of preparing the grounds for a potential Allied deployment to Latvia. Therefore, a lot of time and effort was spent meeting with Latvian military officials and politicians, including the ministers of transportation, internal affairs and foreign affairs. With that, the Riga-based unit began to serve its prime purpose to the full extent and act as the main link between the host nation and its defence forces and all Allied troops, whether as part of NATO or other defence agreements.