Lt. Gen. Roger L. Cloutier, commander of NATO Allied Land Command visited Heaquarters Multinational Division – Centre (HQ MND-C) on 22nd February.
During his tour in the countries of the region, the commander of the Izmir-based land command visited Hungary, where he – among others – met and coordinated with the commanders of NATO and international military organizations based in Székesfehérvár. The delegation included Brigadier General Zoltán Németh, deputy chief of staff operations, who has been serving in Izmir, Turkey, since September 2021.
At the meeting Major General Denis Tretinjak, commander of HQ MND-C and Colonel István Topor, commander of the NATO Force Integration Unit (NFIU HUN), briefed Lieutenant General Cloutier on the tasks and capabilities of the organizations.
Major General Tretinjak outlined, among other things, the achievements and future tasks of HQ MND-C to date, which are crucial for operational readiness and the achievement of regional cooperation. The headquarters was initiated in 2018, established in 2020, and is expected to be activated into NATO Force Structure in weeks, he added.
Colonel Topor highlighted that subordinated to the Commander of Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SACEUR) and functioning as a NATO International Military Command, the primary operational task of NFIU HUN is to help in facilitating the fast and effective reception, staging and onward movement (RSOM) of Allied forces, especially the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF), and the subsequent Follow-on Forces (FoF). During peacetime, the NFIU is involved in collective defence planning and plays an important role in the preparation and execution of those NATO exercises that are linked to the mission of the NFIU in both their nature and volume.