The NATO Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) has tested reinforcement and sustainment procedures for the NATO Response Force.
News Release, Ulm, 16 November 2021: The Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) hosted a special exercise for movements of NATO forces in Ulm, Germany, from Monday, November 15, until Tuesday, November 16, 2021. About 60 international participants from different Allied entities rehearsed the movement of the NATO Response Force (NRF) and additional units in time of crisis.
The event involved delegations from Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), United States European Command (USEUCOM), Joint Force Command Brunssum, Joint Force Command Norfolk, 21st Theater Sustainment Command (TSC), United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), the NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) and the concerned states. The participants spent two intensive days exercising the movement of allied elements comprised of the NATO Response Force and other allied forces. The exercise scenario challenged the logistics experts to overcome practical constraints that arise from moving large combat forces at the speed of relevance and their sustainment in all directions spanning 360 degrees.
“It was a great opportunity for the Joint Support and Enabling Command to credibly demonstrate our readiness in conjunction with the other NATO headquarters and all involved stakeholders,” emphasized Lieutenant General Jürgen Knappe, JSEC Commander, who was very pleased by the “excellent organization of the multinational event which once more fostered the cohesion of the Alliance and strengthened the transatlantic link.”
“Such exercises bring together NATO logistics professionals who were challenged with moving and sustaining forces over a prolonged period of time in order to identify procedural gaps and ways, how to close them for the future,” he explained the purpose of the rehearsal of concept, often referred to as ‘ROC Drill’. It mirrored one of JSEC’s core tasks: The coordination of the NATO troop movements across the Alliance in all possible directions.