The Military Engineering (MILENG) Centre of Excellence (COE) completed a Mobile Training Team Course from 17 - 21 JUN 2019 in Bechyne/Czech Republic, at the 15th Engineer Regiment premises. 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 DEU, GRC, NLD, POL, USA and CZE.
The training event consisted of five days of training on NATO Doctrine and Concepts and was designed to educate and train students on Military Engineering (MILENG) concepts in support of Platoon and Company operations and Battalion level planning to better prepare them for duty in a multinational environment. The specific study areas were the Introduction to NATO Structure, MILENG Doctrine, Gap Crossing Operations, Introduction to Deployed Force Infrastructure, MILENG Support to Force Protection, MILENG Input to C-IED, Route Clearance basic information and planning considerations, Environmental Protection, Military Decision Making Process, Counter Mobility and Bridge Classification Methods.
There were 23 students who attended the course from the Czech 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 Czech 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. Bechyne is a town in the South Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic and It is located on the Luznice River 20 km southwest of Tabor. The instructors appreciated the support to organize a historic city tour and get acquainted with its monuments and historical sites.
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.