By 1st Lt. Javier Donesteve
First published in
SFOR Informer#112, May 3, 2001
Mostar - A command post exercise (CPX) took place
in Mostar Ortijes, the headquarters of Salamander Division in
Multinational Division - Southeast. The goal of the exercise was
the training of the command, control and communications (C3) on
the divisional level, as well as reaction capability when faced
with different situations.
exercise was organised by G5, the staff branch in charge of plans,
and involved the headquarters, the four divisional battle groups
(French, German, Italian and Spanish), as well as the division's
reserve Moroccan Battalion, the Operational Reserve (Portuguese
Battalion) and other units.
The G5 Training and Exercise Cell is run by Spanish Maj. Juan
Rodríguez-Ferro and German Capt. Rüdiger Beisser.
"During the exercise, we were responsible for sending different
scenarios to the lowest level represented in the exercise (company
level), to study how the on-going information climbs through the
chain of command," Ferro explained. "In addition, the
whole exercise was developed in English language."
UTD (Divisional Signal Unit) also played a critical role in the
exercise. This French unit, composed of 200 personnel from the
40th Signal Regiment (Regiment de Transmissions), is in charge
of providing the communications in MND-SE. "For this purpose
we have detachments in Butmir, Ploce, Rajlovac and mount Udric,
apart from the main one in Mostar Ortijes," said 1st Lt.
Jean-Philippe Le Coz. "We use different communication systems,
from wire telephone to the French satellite-way system, or the
daily VTC (video teleconference). And all are safe."
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