he 8th EOD WS held on 05-06 May 2021 was an indirect continuum of the EOD LL seminars and workshops organised by the EOD COE since 2012. This year, the event designed for the EOD and related Communities of Interest was organised as an online event for the first time.
Due to the COVID-19 circumstances, the meeting was held as a video teleconference using the WebEx platform. The aim of MILENG WG was to improve military engineering capabilities within the NATO capability development framework. The next WG meeting will be held in Ingolstadt, Germany from 14 to 18 June 2021.
With respect to NATO’s Global programming principles, the NATO’s appointed MILENG discipline Requirement Authority (RA), Department Head (DH) and representatives of the MILENG discipline Education and Training Facilities (ETF) conducted the 5th MILENG ADC.
The government of Slovak Republic declared the state of emergency and adopted further measures to avoid spreading of coronavirus among inhabitants of the SR on 1 October 2020 with the validity for 45 days. All available SVK soldiers were assigned to the COVID-19 testing teams within the Trenčín county, proudly supported the Operation and flawlessly represented the NATO EOD COE.
Despite of Covid-19 crisis the 21st EOD COE Steering Committee Meeting was held in Trenčin, Slovakia from 13 to 15 October 2020 and hosted by EOD COE Director COL Robert Csaszar (SVK-A). The meeting was focused on the COE´s Programme of Work 2021, budget 2021, MTFP 2022 – 2026, EOD COE FAPs update and other issues related to the EOD COE tasks and responsibilities.
From 09 – 18 SEP 2020, the EOD COE conducted the second iteration of NATO EOD Staff Officer Training in Trenčín, Slovakia. The course brought together EOD Subject Matter Experts from Armed Forces of NATO member states as well as Interoperability Platform countries, United Nations, EOD related industry, C-IED COE and JCBRND COE.
From 31 AUG to 3 SEP 2020, the members of C-IED COE, NMIOTC (NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre) and EOD COE together with national representatives of Greece, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands participated in the writing session focused on the review and update of Commanders and Staff Handbook for C-IED.
On 9 July 2020, on the occasion of comming end of tour of LTC Constantin EFRIM, (ROU-A), EOD COE Transformation Support Department Head, he together with the members of his team paid tribute to the 122 fallen Romanian soldiers in WWI buried at the Military Cementery in Trenčín-Kubrá. This National Heritage Site cemetery, located in the area of the military ammunition depot, was reopened a year ago on the occasion of 100th anniversary of the WWI Armistice.
The EOD COE was honoured by visit of the Slovak Minister of Defense Jaroslav Naď during his official visit of some military units in Trenčín Garrison on 14 May 2020. The Minister also paid its attention to the impact of COVID-19 crisis on the personnel and activities of the Centre and how they have tackled with the situation. Minister of Defense was interested in future challenges of the COE and the support of Slovakia as the framework nation.
To increase the level of knowledge in the area of Home made explosives (HME), the representatives of NATO EOD COE, CPT Ján BAK and CPT Martin KLUSÁČEK, attended the Home Made Explosives – Identify, Process, Dispose (IPD) course organized by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in National Center for Explosives Training and Research, Huntsville, Alabama, USA.
Pilot workshop “NATO use of civil standards” was organized based on the Alliance “Action Plan on Strengthening Education and Training on NATO Standardization” and focused on stressing the preference of using civil standards over military – as one of the biggest challenge in NATO standardization communities.
With respect to Bi-075-002 Education and Training (E&T) policy, the NATO’s appointed C IED discipline Requirement Authority (RA), Department Head (DH) and representatives of the C IED related discipline Education and Training Facilities (ETF) conducted the 7th C IED ADC. The 7th C IED ADC was held from 26 to 27 February 2020 at the C IED COE premises in Hoyo de Manzanares, Spain.
On 12-20 FEB 20, the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Centre of Excellence (EOD COE) conducted the NATO EOD Staff Officer Training in Trencin, Slovakia. The course was organized under the auspices of EOD COE and brought together EOD Subject Matter Experts from Armed Forces of NATO member states as well as Interoprability Platform countries, United Nations, EOD related industry, C-IED COE, JCBRND COE and EOD technical information centre (EODTIC).
LTC Constantin EFRIM, Head of Transformation Support Department of NATO EOD COE, together with LTC Alexander HUGYAR, Head of Education and Training Department, participated in the 19th NATO Military Engineering Working Group (MILENG WG) meeting held in Ingolstadt, Germany from 25 to 31 JAN 2020. The entire event was highlighting the challenges in the current threat environment that deserves more demand on national MILENG capabilities.
From 24th to 25th of January 2020, the MILENG COE organized the final writing session (WS) of AJP-3.12 — Allied Joint Doctrine for Military Engineering within their premises in Ingolstadt, Germany, in accordance with the MCJSB tasking. LTC Constantin EFRIM, the representative of the EOD COE, contributed to the review and elaboration of the document, especially in the field of EOD expertise.