POTD: Poland on Duty in the NATO Response Force

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    For the first time in history, the Polish brigade is on duty in the NATO Response Force.

    This involves major challenges, primarily due to the size of the forces and the reaction times that apply to us. The idea of ​​SON assumes that NATO sub-units assigned to duty are ready for the whole period of its duration, so that within five days within 8000 km of Brussels, set off to action. Moreover, they must be prepared to operate independently in the operation area for the next 30 days, until the Alliance sends greater forces.

    From January 1, 2020, the Podhale citizens entered the active phase of the duty of the NATO Response Force. They took over their duties from the German 9th Armored Brigade. The SON 2020, reporting directly to the command of the Eurocorps in Strasbourg, consists of 12 nations.

    Soldiers from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Spain, Lithuania, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Turkey, Hungary, Great Britain and Italy will jointly carry out tasks under the crisis response operations under Polish leadership.

    Polish T-72 Main Battle Tank, now members of NATO.

    The NATO Response Force is headed by sub-units which in the event of a crisis are to be able to respond within a few hours. During the year’s on-call duty, this role is played by the 1st Battalion of Podhale Riflemen, supported by Lithuanian soldiers from the Iron Wolves brigade. – In the event of an alarm, they will appear first in the conflict area.

    Within a few hours they will be ready to travel by air, rail, sea or road. They must secure NATO operations on site, which is often associated with isolation. Operations of this type require soldiers not only to be trained at the highest level, but also versatility and improvisation skills. Serving at various theaters of activity,

    Podhale citizens have gained experience in cooperation in a multinational environment and have no operational or language barriers. For years, they have been actively exchanging experiences with their colleagues from other countries.

    Photo and caption source: Ministerstwo Obrony Narodowej Ministry of National Defence – Polish Ministry of National Defence.