New Commander welcomed at DACCC
Poggio Renatico, Italy – On19 January 2016, General Frank Gorenc, Commander of Allied Air Command at Ramstein Air Base, officiated the ceremony inaugurating Major General Andreas F. Kraak, Royal Netherlands Air Force, as the Commander of NATO’s DACCC.
Major General Kraak has been an F-16 fighter pilot for over 30 years with a total of more than 2,500 hours. He has been squadron commander, base commander and was Chief of the Planning Cell at CAOC Vicenza during operations in Kosovo in 1999. After several staff functions in various commands he was promoted to his current rank and was appointed to as the DACCC Commander with effect from 1 January 2016 confirmed by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe.
“The DACCC elements – the deployable Air Operations Centre and the DARS – need to be fully ready and trained at any time,” said Major General Kraak during the ceremony, “The DACCC needs to be able to forward deploy trained elements of the Joint Force Air Component (JFAC) and it is the department head for JFAC training. Whatever happens: the mission will always prevail!”
The DACCC is composed of the Deployable Air Operations Centre (DAOC), the Deployable Air Control Center, Recognized Air Picture Production Center and Sensor Fusion Post (DARS) and, when activated, the Deployable Sensor Section (DSS) all located at Poggio Renatico. The DACCC prepares its elements for world-wide operational deployment.
The next upcoming event for NATO’s deployable Air Command and Control entity will be the deployment of the DARS under exercise Ramstein Dust I-2016 scheduled for June this year. This type of exercises focuses on the deployable air mission control and surveillance capability essential for delivery of ready and responsive air power to NATO operations.
Making a difference: ANA 215th Corps command team lead the way
On a recent visit to the Resolute Support Mission, the Allied Command Operations command team had the opportunity to view firsthand the significant contributions the senior leadership of the 215th Corps of the Afghan National Army have had on their soldiers morale, welfare and overall well-being.
Representing the ACO command team Gen. Phil Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe and Command Sgt. Maj. Davor Petek, Allied Command Operations Command Senior Enlisted Leader, spent some time at the 215th Corps Headquarters to see why the corps has become the model for the ANA.
“After hearing incredibly positive stories about the 215th Corps we had the wonderful opportunity to visit them and meet with the newly appointed command team who are reenergizing the ANA effort in Helmand,” said Breedlove. “The commanding general, Maj. Gen. Moeen has shown great trust and confidence in his command sergeant major and has truly empowered him to help the NCO’s underneath him reach their full potential.”
Only three weeks on the job, Command Sgt. Maj. Wali has already gained the respect of the enlisted members of the corps and has shown to be a vital part of the command team working in conjunction with Maj. Gen. Moeen to ensure high standards and practices are in place.
“One of their biggest accomplishments has been the formal implementation of a number of policies that the CSM has passionately pushed to senior leadership,” said Petek. “Earlier this month, the 215th Corps commander approved an NCO training plan, promotion and assignment standards.
“By doing so, he firmly demonstrated much needed support for the enlisted soldiers,” he added.
Not stopping there, the 215th ANA Corps leadership is forging ahead and is currently looking at their killed in action, missing in action and wounded warrior policies.
“The importance of what happens after a soldier is wounded or killed during combat is incredibly important for morale and welfare,” said Petek. “CSM Wali has visited numerous wounded warriors to get a sense of what happens after they are wounded and what the corps does for them.
“He has made it a priority to ensure that each and every wounded soldier gets proper medical treatment, every soldier who dies in combat gets the proper honors they deserve and every soldier MIA is identified and accounted for,” said the sergeant major.
Continuing to improve troop morale, welfare and well-being will be an ongoing process for the leadership of the 215th ANA Corps, but will firmly put them in the position to be effective and efficient in their fight to establish a secure and stable nation.
“The Command Sergeant Major of the 215th Corps put it well when he told me, “Give us the help we need- we have the fight,”” said Breedlove.
Beyond the training, advice and assistance mission, Allies and partner countries are committed to the broader international community’s support for the long-term financial sustainment of the Afghan security forces.
The President of Poland visits SHAPE
MONS, Belgium – The President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, paid a visit to Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) today.
During the visit, President Duda met with Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR), General Philip Breedlove as well as other senior military staff. A number of key issues were on the agenda including political and military challenges facing the Alliance and current operations.
“As you know, this is a critical time for the Alliance and Europe as a whole,” said General Breedlove. “Security remains crucial to our mission and your nations’ commitment is vital to our Alliance,” he added.
President Duda thanked General Breedlove for his support to his nation saying, “Efforts in strengthening the eastern flank of the Alliance is important to Poland.”
Prior to his arrival at SHAPE, President Duda met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. The Secretary General praised Poland’s practical and political commitments to the Alliance and underscored that Poland plays a significant part in NATO’s command structure, supporting operations planning and exercises. The 2016 Warsaw Summit was also discussed throughout the day.
In July, heads of state and government of Allied nations will gather in Warsaw to evaluate and provide strategic direction for Alliance activities.
Source:Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe
L. J. De Rothschild