Brunssum, The Netherlands – On 2nd March, Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCBS) hosted a visit of Lieutenant General Pierre Gillet, Commander of Rapid Reaction Corps France (RRC-FRA).
The NRF provides the Alliance with a wide range of swift and credible military options from which to respond to unforeseen contingencies
For the year 2022, while JFCBS is in command of the NATO Response Force (NRF), RRC-FRA is its Land Component Commander. This means that for the entire year the Corps will direct land-based response forces allocated to NATO control in support of deterrence operations and, if necessary, defence of the Alliance.
Located in the remarkable 17th Century Citadel of Lille, RRC-FRA is one of nine deployable land headquarters certified by NATO as able to take command of NATO-assigned land forces up to corps level, or up to 60,000 troops.
Amongst the topics under discussion during the visit were two major exercises taking place in Norway this month involving the NRF (Exercises Brilliant Jump 22 and Cold Response 22), as well as NATO's response to the current crisis in Ukraine.
Speaking during the visit, Commander JFCBS General Jörg Vollmer said, "The NRF provides the Alliance with a wide range of swift and credible military options from which to respond to unforeseen contingencies."