COMMAND GROUP OF HQ 1 (GERMAN/NETHERLANDS) CORPS

COMMANDER

Michiel van der Laan
Michiel van der LaanLieutenant General

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DEPUTY COMMANDER

Stephan Thomas
Stephan ThomasMajor General

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CHIEF OF STAFF

Dieter Meyerhoff
Dieter MeyerhoffBrigadier General

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COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR

Dirk Brouwer
Dirk BrouwerCommand Sergeant Major

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1GCN_Structure

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The CIS battalion (Communication & Information Systems battalion) is a dedicated binational element, stationed in Eibergen (NLD), Garderen (NLD) and Muenster (DEU). It consists of German and Dutch soldiers working together down to the squad level. The battalion is responsible for the CIS systems and services of the Corps and its subordinated units at the peacetime location as well as during deployments. Therefore, it is divided into a battalion staff, a staff company and two CIS companies. The battalion provides various services to the Corps, including the ability to interconnect to other partners systems. Specifically, the CISBn is capable of providing and supporting NATO services and supporting the comprehensive approach by providing a platform for information sharing with the non-military partners.

Deployed Corps personnel are interconnected with their key counterparts through the TITAAN (Theatre Independent Tactical Army and Air Force Network), a state-of-the-art communication system. The heart of this system is a Local Area Network (LAN) based on commercial off the shelf products (COTS). On computer workstations in the deployed LAN, TITAAN makes the same applications available that are used at the Corps peacetime locations in Germany and the Netherlands. By using COTS, the CIS Bn and the Corps can always adapt CIS assets to new circumstances anytime, anywhere.

HEROS is the Command & Control Information System (C2IS) that supports the Corps and its subordinate units with near real-time information about the mission area. Textual as well as imagery information can be displayed with this system. By using the flexible TITAAN infrastructure, HEROS provides the Corps and its subordinated units with a so-called common operational picture by a few mouse-clicks. The HEROS system will be replaced by the NATO standard, being LC2IS.

The TITAAN network also provides a telephone service using the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VOIP), Video Tele Conference (VTC) and approximately 40 other specific services. Fibre Optic Cables are used for transmissions internal the Corps Main Command Posts (CP). The CIS Bn may also use its assets for fixed lines, internet, radio, radio-relay or satellite links for longer distances or connections to remote Corps units in the mission area.

The CIS companies consist of Rapid CIS Elements (RACEs) that all have equipment at their disposal to provide command posts with CIS. In addition, a cable group and a generator group provide self-sustained power supplies. A RACE consists of 15-20 vehicles and 35-40 soldiers.

A highly skilled and trained Mobile CIS Control Centre supports the management of all the networks and services. This makes it possible to quickly adapt to new requirements in the mission area and to sustain the support independently.

Ten RACEs are available in parallel. Three Bigger Command Posts, four major subordinate units and up to 20 smaller elements can be supported with own means, including a rear link to Muenster.

1a5508e310The Staff Support Battalion (StSptBn) provides real life support to  Headquarters 1 (GE/NL) Corps, the CISBn and the StSptBn itself. The support mainly consists of logistic support and force protection.

During deployment the StSptBn will be tailored to the mission and if deemed necessary reinforced with additional capabilities.

For force protection this might be 1 or 2 subordinated mechanised infantry companies securing the Headquarters, the compounds and even convoys. Next to that, engineer support and additional logistic elements to stock and transport supplies up to 7 days of supply are planned. A separate medical task force will execute medical care.

In peacetime, the StSptBn consists of a Staff, a Staff Support Company (StSptCoy) and a Logistic Company (LogCoy). In general, the StSptCoy has capabilities to execute support for the HQ and the two battalions including receiving, storing, distributing and maintaining goods and equipment.

To command and control this foremost German unit (70%) a balanced (50% German/ 50% Netherlands) staff was created to execute the demanding tasks and to strive for bi-national solutions with one single policy and set of guidelines.

StSptCoy’s logistical capabilities are meant to logistically support the HQ with services & all classes of supply (food, water, fuel, ammo etc.), to execute 1st line maintenance (battle damage repair) and to secure vital elements of the HQ Command Post. It therefore consists of a HQ platoon with some engineer and infantry capabilities and a support platoon.

The LogCoy has the higher-level logistic capabilities in order to receive, store, distribute and maintain material and stocks. It consists of a supply & transport platoon tasked to transport and store all supplies (in peacetime “Warehouse”) and a maintenance platoon for up to 3rd level maintenance.

The Staff Support Battalion – together with the CISBn – are dedicated to the Corps and enables the HQ 1(GE/NL) Corps to control and conduct exercises and missions. Headquarters relies on the StSptBn to execute its intense and demanding training plans intended to maintain the professional skills required for a High Readiness Forces (Land) Headquarters.

The battalion is responsible for executing support to Headquarters 1(GE/NL) Corps and its sister battalion, the Communications and Information Systems Battalion (CISBn). The commander of the Staff Support Battalion is supported and advised by a staff consisting of 5 staff sections:

  • Section 1: Personnel
  • Section 2: Intelligence
  • Section 3: Operations
  • Section 4: Logistics
  • Section 6: Signals

SECTION 1: PERSONNEL (S1)
The S1 section covers all personnel affairs related to deployment and exercises. It is responsible for personnel welfare, in-processing and out-processing and other personnel related affairs. The German S1 has additional German national tasks like personnel counselling, training matters, personnel evaluation and recruitment and selection procedures.

SECTION 2: INTELLIGENCE (S2)

They are responsible for all security and intelligence matters within StSptBn. Therefore they are the point of contact for both Germany and Netherlands military counter-intelligence services. S2 section is the infrastructure point of contact within StSptBn. Third main task within S2 section is the responsibility for Netherlands chemical/biological/radiological/nuclear countermeasures and training within StSptBn.

SECTION 3: TRAINING & OPERATIONS (S3)

The S3 section is responsible for the operations room, which is the single point of communication for external counterparts of the battalion. Here the request and orders from HQ 1(GE/NL) Corps and others are assessed and rewritten to battalion orders. Then after approval of the battalion commander these orders are valid and the companies can start to execute. S3 sections other main focus is executing military training for the HQ 1 (GE/NL) Corps and coordinating and executing military training for the Staff Support Battalion itself. They coordinate and execute real life support to all parts of the HQ 1(GE/NL) Corps for exercises and during missions. Last but not least, S3 section is responsible for the force protection of HQ 1(GE/NL) Corps, StSptBn and parts of CISBn in exercises and during mission.

SECTION 4: LOGISTICS (S4)

The S4 is responsible for the availability of the required equipment for HQ 1 (GE/NL) Corps and the StSptBn (e.g. vehicles, containers, transportation means). Next to that the S4 Technical Officer, monitors the readiness of the materiel and organizes the maintenance of the equipment of HQ 1 (GE/NL) Corps to maintain the high level of readiness. The availability of supplies (food, water, fuel, ammunition etc.) is a task of S4. Further more, S4 section is responsible for property accounting of all materiel of HQ 1 (GE/NL) Corps and StSptBn. The required civil materiel and services for StSptBn is acquired by the 2 contractors working within S4 section.

SECTION 6: SIGNALS (S6)

The main task of the S6 section is to organize and execute the information management for the StSptBn. This makes them responsible for: post, archiving and the mail system. Furthermore, they act as a helpdesk for StSptBn and they monitor the use of field radios within the StSptBn. The second main task of S6 section is the build up and organization of command post(s) of StSptBn during exercises and missions.

The Staff Support Company (StSptCoy) of the StSptBn 1 (GE/NL) Corps tasks are to:

    • ensure the real life support at the peacetime location in Münster and in a mission for the Headquarters of 1 (GE/NL) Corps and the StSptBn.
    • ensure the personnel support for the Headquarter and the battalion. support and execute the training & exercise of 1 (GE/NL) Corps.
    • build up and guard the Joint Operation Centre of 1 (GE/NL) Corps in a mission.
      train its own personnel for their tasks.

To ensure all these main objectives, StSptCoy is organized in the following subunits: One part of the support platoon, the Diagnostic and Recovery Group is stationed at the Lützow- Barracks in Münster-Handorf, close to the maintenance squadron of the Logistic Company of the battalion. All other subunits are manned binationally. The Headquarter Platoon and the Protection Platoon are fully manned by German personnel.

The Logistics Company (LogCoy) of the StSptBn 1 (GE/NL) Corps tasks are to:

      • ensure the materiel readiness of all equipment including vehicles and means of power supply.
      • ensure the follow-on support of all classes of supply (food, water, fuel ammunition etc).
      • ensure a general capacity of the transport of material and personnel.
        deal with reception, storage, transport, distribution, maintenance, evacuation and disposal of material.
      • transport personnel.

To ensure these main objectives LogCoy consists of 2 platoons: the Supply & Transport Platoon and a maintenance squadron with a detachment in Münster-Handorf, Germany, and a detachment in Eibergen, Netherland. The units are manned binational.

The Logistics Company (LogCoy) of the StSptBn 1 (GE/NL) Corps is working in different fields of logistics, the science of planning and carrying out the movement (of logistic forces and supplies), sustainment and maintenance of forces. In principle, LogCoy is to provide real life support on order to HQ, CISBn, StSptBn of the 1 (GE/NL) Corps in peacetime, during exercises, and during mission.

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