Hendrik Camp: Home of JFC HQ Brunssum
HendrikIn 1966, the Dutch government officially re-named the Headquarters' facility Hendrik van Nassau Ouwerkerk Camp. It is a tradition in the Netherlands to name barracks and military units after well-known Dutch generals and Princes of Orange, who have been great military leaders.
As an allied commander, Hendrik van Nassau Ouwerkerk, who commanded Dutch, British and Prussian troops, acquired quite a reputation.
Hendrik van Nassau Ouwerkerk took service with the cavalry and became:
Cavalry Captain of The Life Guards August 6, 1670
Colonel of The Life Guards March 11, 1672
Count of the German Empire April 24, 1679
Major General of Cavalry October 20, 1683
Lieutenant General of Cavalry March 24, 1691
General of Cavalry August 15, 1701
Hendrik van Nassau Ouwerkerk was baptized on December 16, 1640, at The Hague, as son of Lodewijk van Nassau-Beverweerd and Elisabeth, Countess of Hornes. His father, Lodewijk van Nassau-Beverweerd was the son of Maurits, Prince of Orange, and Margaretha of Malines, and held the rank of General of the Infantry.
His mother, Elisabeth, was a daughter of William Adriaan, Count of Hornes, Grand Master of Artillery, and of Isabella van der Meeren.
Hendrik van Nassau Ouwerkerk took part in all campaigns of Prince William III. He was wounded in the Battle of Seneffe on August 9, 1674, and saved Prince William's life on August 14, 1678, at the Battle of St. Denis by cutting down an attacker who already had his pistol against the Prince's chest. Hendrik van Nassau Ouwerkerk went to England with Prince William III, and after the latter became King of England; he became a naturalized English citizen in 1689. He then was nominated Master of the Horse of the King-tadholder.
As master of the horse he resided in the house at Downingstreet 10 in London, presently the residence of the British Prime Minister. He took part in the Battle of Neerwinden (July 29, 1693) and the subsequent campaign in Flanders.
After King William's death, he was a faithful comrade-in-arms of John Churchill, Duke of Marlborough; he took part in the Flanders Campaign in 1704, the breaking through of the French lines in 1705, the Battle of Ramillies on May 23, 1706, the capturing of the fortresses in Belgium in 1707, the Battle of Oudenaarde on July 11, 1708 and the subsequent siege of Lille. He died on October 18, 1708, after a four-day illness, in the army camp at Roulers.
: The insignia for Joint Force Command Headquarters Origin
CrestBrunssum (JFC HQ Brunssum) was selected in 1999 by the Commanders-in-Chief Allied Forces Central Europe and Allied Forces Northwest Europe, General Joachim Spiering and Air Chief Marshal Sir John Cheshire, as the winning design in a crest competition held in 1998 for Regional Command North, RCN, and Regional Headquarters Allied Forces North Europe, RHQ AFNORTH. The insignia was kept when JFC HQ Brunssum succeeded the Regional Headquarters AFNORTH on 1, 2004.
All military and civilian personnel assigned
to this Headquarters, its Support Units and its National Delegations are authorised to wear this insignia.
The green shield denotes that JFC HQ Brunssum is a multi-service Headquarters. The tower, the central motif in the former AFCENT/AFNORTH crest, was derived from the historical tower of Aachen (Aix-la-Chapelle in French), once the capital of Charlemagne's Empire. It represents the spirit of non-aggression of the Alliance and denotes its purely defensive origin.
Charlemagne's sword, which was also taken from the former AFCENT/AFNORTH crest and from the SHAPE crest, was chosen to depict the unity of Joint Force Commands Land Forces and their readiness to act if required.
The astral crown was taken from the former AFNORTHWEST crest, and is an ancient European symbol for supremacy. It represents the Joint Force Commands Air Forces, their high degree of professionalism and their dedication to serve.
The Viking ship, which was also derived from the AFNORTHWEST crest, represents JFC naval forces that are symbolized by the skilful Nordic Seafarers and their effective military tactics.