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Arrcade Guard

Headquarters Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) formed up in 1992 as a result of NATO's new strategic concept. Under direct command of SACEUR, HQ ARRC is at a permanent state of high readiness, trained and prepared to deploy anywhere as NATO's spearhead. The worth of this type of rapid reaction was proven in Bosnia and Kosovo and NATO has invited member nations to form additional High Readiness Force (Land) Headquarters (HRF(L) HQs) as part of NATO Force Structure Review. All aspirants HQs will undergo a certification process that will set the standards to be achieved. HQ ARRC is the first aspiring HRF(L) HQ to undergo this certification process, which began in November 2001 and culminated with a demonstration of its capabilities on exercise ARRCADE GUARD.

Exercise ARRCADE GUARD is command post exercise that focuses on HQ ARRC as the primary training audience with assigned formations acting as Response Cells. A realistic and challenging scenario hes been created based on regional crisis in Europe. The exercise staff will use the Advanced Battlefield Computer Simulation and Master Events Management System to generate a wide range of events designed to test the HQ ARRC staff and demonstrate their capability over the full spectrum of operations

In an effort to stem the spread of Foot and Mouth Disease, on 19 March 2001 the Federal authorities cancelled all military training in Germany and Headquarters Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps complied with this direction by cancelling Exercise ARRCADE GUARD. This command post exercise was designed to train the headquarters staff in the transition from warfighting to peace support operations.

The aim of Exercise ARRCADE GUARD 02 is to exercise HQ ARRC in Deployment, Warfighting and Peace Support Operations in order to demonstrate Full Operational Capability as High Readiness Force(Land) HQ. The Allied Command Europe Rapid Reaction Corps, joined by the headquarters of combat formations and support units from seven NATO nations, will practise and demonstrate both its warfighting and peace-support capabilities as the Alliance's premier land combat force during an 18-day exercise at Sennelager Training Area, Germany, from 18 February to 7 March, 2002.

The exercise, called ARRCADE GUARD 02, is a critical step in the process of certifying the ARRC as a High Readiness Force (Land) headquarters under NATO military re-structuring. Currently, the ARRC is NATO's only Corps-size rapid-reaction force, with the ability to deploy the headquarters within 15 days and then conduct all types of operations from warfighting to peace support and humanitarian tasks. Subsequent to the ARRC's highly-acclaimed success with initial-entry operations in both Kosovo in 1999 and Bosnia-Herzegovina in 1996, NATO identified the need for other, similar high-readiness headquarters, of which the ARRC is the first to undergo the certification process. This Command Post Exercise is the final step the ARRC must take to demonstrate its high-readiness capability.

The 430 permanently-assigned staff of the headquarters, representing 17 of NATO's 19 nations, will be augmented with soldiers from throughout NATO to achieve its crisis establishment strength of over 800 members. Divisional headquarters from Italy, Turkey and the United Kingdom, as well as NATO's Multi-National Division (Centre) with forces from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom, will provide the Corps' warfighting formations for the computer-assisted exercise. Combat support and combat service support formations will be provided by units from Italy, Poland and the United Kingdom. In all, over 2,500 people will be involved in the exercise, replicating a deployed Corps conducting NATO operations with over 50,000 troops.

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