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Corps Commander's visit to Székesfehérvár

Text: Major Enikő Földházi | Photo: Major Gyula Harnócz |  18:00 April 14, 2022

During his program in Hungary, Lieutenant General John S. Kolasheski, Commander of V Corps of the United States Army, also visited Székesfehérvár on Thursday, 14 April.

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The purpose of the visit was to meet and coordinate with the leaders of the Headquarters Multinational Division Centre (HQ MND-C) and the NATO Force Integration Unit HUN (NFIU HUN), both located in Székesfehérvár.

Brigadier General Ernő Péter Siposs, Deputy Commander of HQ MND-C and Colonel István Topor, Commander of NFIU HUN, briefed Lt. Gen. Kolasheski on current issues affecting their organizations.

Topics, highlighted by the division command, included the process of activation into NATO Force Structure in the near future and the achievement of Initial and Full Operational Capabilities.

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Although Lt. Gen. Kolasheski has visited Székesfehérvár for the first time, the HQ MND-C and the V Corps had already started cooperation earlier. In May 2021, Major General Terrence J. McKenrick, Deputy Commander of the military organization, personally got information about the multinational military organization in Székesfehérvár.

In addition to key leadership visits, the relationship between the headquarters is strengthened by international exercises in which both the corps and the division headquarters are involved. Beside Exercise Defender Europe 2021, which gave one of the driving forces of the visit a year ago, personnel of both organizations are actively preparing for Exercise Slovak Shield 2022 to be held in Lest, Slovakia, in May 2022.

The delegation was also accompanied by Colonel David O. Wiseman, US Defence Attaché, Brigadier General István Filótás, the Commander of HDF Modernisation Institute, as well as Brigadier General Gábor Lőrincz, the Commander of HDF 25th György Klapka Infantry Brigade.