Rukla, Lithuania, 8 March 2017

Sunday evening in Rukla, Lithuania: While many people are enjoying the remainder of their weekend, the enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup solders have been busy in the last few days and hours. They have established and moved into new temporary headquarters.

The soldiers worked day and night, right up until the last minute, to level ground and install floor plates so that the move could be concluded in time. The headquarters are now operational. The computer system has been set up and smaller outstanding jobs can begin in the next few days. “Our priority was to ensure that our soldiers could start working,” says First Lieutenant L., who was responsible for setting up the new headquarters and managing the move.

Barriers and security gate

The temporary home of the multinational staff of enhanced Forward Presence Battlegroup Lithuania is located behind barriers and a security gate. This was necessary because the buildings of the barracks are being used as living quarters for the soldiers and the future container-based headquarters will not become operational until the end of March.

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The temporary headquarters as a nerve centre

The most important thing for the time being is that the communication networks and the antenna array are functional, because the headquarters serves as the nerve centre for the Battlegroup, which will eventually comprise 1000 soldiers. All movements, training and exercises will be coordinated at the headquarters, as will logistics.

“Everything is on track, and we are simultaneously working all-out on the permanent headquarters,” explains First Lieutenant L. The Dutch, Belgian and German soldiers who have already arrived are now setting up camp in what will be their home for the next four weeks or so – proving well able to adapt to circumstances.

This is a translation of an article by Torsten Stephan/ Heiner Bumüller published on www.bundeswehr.de

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