Brunssum, Netherlands - Commander Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, General Salvatore Farina, witnessed the inauguration ceremony for NATO’s new Multinational Division North-East (MND-NE). "With the acquisition of the HQ's Initial Capability of the Multinational Division in Poland, the Alliance's deterrent capacity has increased in order to guarantee security and protection in the region - 'One for all, all for one'!” the General stated.
The Division staff is established under the command of Polish Brigadier general Krzysztof Motacki and is comprised of around 300 soldiers from 14 nations: Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain, Turkey, USA and United Kingdom. MND NE will be the responsible hub for all four enhanced Forward Presence (eFP) Battle Groups, especially focusing on coordination of training, maintaining of situational awareness and strategic communication.
Poland plays an important role in delivering the set of resources agreed during the recent NATO Summits from Wales and Warsaw hosting the Multinational Corps North-East, located in Szczecin, and now also the MND-NE, located in Elblag. These are the two permanent headquarters enabling NATO executing command and control over more than 4000 troops of NATO’s enhanced Forward Presence deployment. General Farina further more emphasized the defensive and proportionate nature of NATO's measures.
While being a host nation for one of the eFP Battle Groups and the mentioned Headquarters on Division and Corps level , Poland is deploying its assets also to another eFP Battle Group in Latvia and concomitantly sending its troops to Romania in the framework of Tailored Forward Presence (tFP).
Story by Public Affairs Office JFC Brunssum