Latvian NATO Force Integration Unit Opens

The Director of NATO STRATCOM Centre of Excellence Mr. Jānis Sārts and General Hans-Lothar Domröse exchange crests
23 Nov 2015
General Hans-Lothar DOMRÖSE, Allied joint Force Command Brunssum Commander, visited Latvia 16 and 17 Nov.  The main goal of his trip was to attend the opening, by Mr Raimonds Bergmanis - Latvian Minister of Defence - of a NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU) in Latvia.  Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube (Chief of Defence Staff, Latvia), Lieutenant General Ben Hodges (Commander, US Army Europe) and Lieutenant General Manfred Hofmann (Commander, Multinational Corps Northeast) were also in attendance.  
 
At the 2014 Wales Summit, NATO agreed a Readiness Action Plan (RAP) to ensure the Alliance is ready to respond swiftly and firmly to new security challenges.  This is the most significant reinforcement of NATO's collective defence since the end of the Cold War.  The RAP addresses risks and threats from the east and the south.  To facilitate readiness and the rapid deployment of forces, six NATO Force Integration Units (NFIUs) - which are small headquarters - were inaugurated in Central and Eastern Europe earlier this year.
 
In addition, General Domröse took the opportunity to visit the STRATCOM Centre of Excellence and the Exercise ARRCADE FUSION Distinguished Visitors Day, at Lielvarde Airbase.
 

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