Mobile Training Team (MTT) Poland
The Military Engineering (MILENG) Centre of Excellence (COE) completed a Mobile Training Team Course from 5-9 JUN 2017 in Wroclaw Poland, at the Military Engineering and CBRN Training Centre. The COE provides one such event per year, upon request from the sponsoring nations, in addition to the courses held in Ingolstadt. The training team was conducted by the Centre's „Training and Education" and „Policy and Doctrine" Branches composed of instructors from the USA, NLD, POL, DEU, GRC and DNK.
The training event consisted of five days of training on NATO Doctrine and Concepts relevant to the Tactical/Operational level and to better prepare them for operations in a multinational environment. The specific study areas were the NATO Organization and Structure, NATO Operational Level Planning, Infrastructure Assessment/Surveys, Force Protection, C-IED, Route Clearance and Environmental Protection.
The aim of this course was designed to educate and train eFP (Enhanced Forward Presence) engineer officers on MILENG concepts to better prepare them for duty on a staff in a multinational environment.
There were 29 students who attended the course from the Polish Army.
There was a great deal of interaction between the students and instructors, which was critical to achieving the multinational aim of the course. The purpose of exposing students to other engineers within NATO and how they organize and operate allowed them to see both similarities and differences. A student's assessment of the greatest value for them from the course was, "interaction with engineers from other nations, how they work, and how to think in a multinational environment". There was also benefit to the instructors, who learned more about the how the Polish Engineers operate and are organize themselves for operations.
The Centre of Excellence members were most appreciative of the outstanding support they received leading up to and during the event that was critical to its success. It was also proper for engineers that the training occurred in the one of the most beautifull city in Poland - Wroclaw. The instructors appreciated the support to organize a historic city tour and get acquainted with its monuments and historical sites. The interesting fact is that the city is located in the river basin of five rivers and the city has 118 bridges. From the engineering perspective that fact is very important.
In summary, the event was successful in meeting its immediate the aim of providing information concerning NATO and the subjects taught, but will also hopefully provide long term effects concerning interoperability between NATO Military Engineers.
By LtCol (OF-4) Rodney BAKER (USA A),
Military Engineering Centre of Excellence, T&E Branch Chief