Another milestone was “Common Effort” in October. Over 60 different NGOs and IOs came together with local activists, government representatives and soldiers to share knowledge on how to comprehensively resolve or, even better, to prevent a conflict. In 2019 we decided to start with a three-year focus on the Sahel region. Our Commander, Lieutenant-General Alfons Mais, summarized the idea of this exercise: “We have to get to know each other, before we need each other.”
During “Xenon Sword” in November, together with 1st Armored Division (DEU), 13th Light Brigade (NLD) and Brigade North (NOR) we trained operations in a NATO article 5 high intensity warfare scenario. We ended the year with “Griffin Seminar”, the first ever German-Dutch Leadership Seminar.
In addition to these exercises, there were many others in which we provided significant support: NATO Georgia Exercise, Brave Beduin, Trident Jupiter, Cyber Coalition and many more.
As always we could rely on our Staff Support Battalion and Communications and Information Systems Battalion. Next to their own exercises, they prepared our “Green Days”, where we improved our individual readiness, and supported all HQ projects – from force protection to logistics to information technology.