CIOR President attends NRFC Summer Plenary: Warm reception and praise for MOU implementation

CIOR President Colonel (R) Chris Argent (UK) attended the National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) Summer Plenary Meeting in Warsaw on 10 and 11 July. The President was warmly welcomed as a ‘special guest’.

Brussels, 11 July 2019: The Chairman of NATO’s National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC), Brigadier General Robert Glab (Poland), introduced Colonel Argent to his colleagues as a ‘special guest’ to the meeting. He spoke warmly of the work done by the President in ensuring that the new NRFC-CIOR Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was completed and signed at the CIOR ‘Mid Winter Meeting’ in Brussels in January this year.

CIOR President Colonel (R) Chris Argent (left) and National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) Brigadier General Robert Glab signing the MOU between the two organizations in January this year. Photo: NATO HQ.

The President was accompanied to the meeting by CIOR Assistant Secretary General (SO1 Plans), Lieutenant Colonel Mark Coburn (UK).

Progress on first common project

On the morning of 11 July Colonel Argent informed NRFC on progress already achieved to operationalise the MOU, in particular in launching the NRFC/ CIOR Joint Project on Cyber Defence.

The first outputs from this work will be published around the time of the CIOR Summer Congress in Tallinn Estonia between 4 and 9 August. Then CIOR will progress with the development of an entry-level practitioners course on Cyber Defence, with the aim of holding the first course in the summer of 2020 – under the patronage of a joint NRFC-CIOR committee.

Two more projects awaiting CIOR Council support

The two additional projects, Recruiting & Retention and Employer Support, are already being progressed in CIOR and now await the early decision of CIOR’s Council to provide technological support – which can then be accessed both by NRFC and CIOR, and potentially third parties.

The CIOR President also informed NRFC about upcoming events commencing with the organization’s Summer Congress in August, with an estimated attendance of some 550 serving Reservists.

The two reserve organizations have agreed that a CIOR Liaison Officer (ASG Plans) should attend the NRFC Staff Officers Meeting in October, in Budapest, along with the lead of the CIOR Cyber Defence Working Group, and that a CIOR Delegation of about 10 officers will attend the NRFC Winter Plenary Meeting being held in 2020 in Norfolk, Virginia (USA).

An invitation is being extended to the Chairman and Secretary General of NRFC to attend the CIOR autumn meeting, also known as the ‘In-Between-Meeting’ in Edinburgh in November.

Looking forward to further co-operation

Both the NRFC chairman and the CIOR president recognised these 2 days as an important milestone in delivering the intent of the MOU, and said that they were looking forward to further close co-operation as the various strands of work develop.

Head US delegate attending retirement of SACEUR

Valuable CIOR networks: The US Vice President of CIOR, Brigadier General Michael J. Silva (R) recently attended the retirement ceremony for immediate past Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR).

Friday 31 May 2019:

– General Curtis M. Scaparrotti was my last West Point classmate on active duty, said BGen Silva.

SACEUR is the top NATO commander for the Alliance’s military operations, and he is located in Mons, Belgium.

The head US delegate to CIOR, Brigadier General Michael J. Silva (R) attended the retirement ceremony for immediate past Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR) – General Curtis M. Scaparrotti – on Friday 31 May 2019.

Senior UK Army Reservist visits Estonian Exercise

Tallinn 9 May 2019: Major General Bill O’Leary from the UK (UK Deputy Commander Field Army and senior UK Army Reservist) yesterday visited Estonian Defence League (EDL) troops taking part in the  annual live exercise “Spring Storm”. EDL is a voluntary defence organization in defence of the Republic of Estonia, and augments the country’s armed forces. (Click here for more about EDL.)

Major General Bill O’Leary from the UK (UK Deputy Commander Field Army and senior UK Army Reservist) yesterday visited Estonian Defence League troops (EDL) taking part in the annual live exercise “Spring Storm”.

The Spring Storm exercise has some 7,500 troops from 10 NATO countries taking part.

Major General O’Leary also met with many of the national delegates at the spring meeting of the NATO-affiliated Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR).

The spring and fall meetings serve the purpose of keeping the various workstrands of the organization going in-between the main annual meetings – hence the internal “go-by name”: In-Between-Meeting (IBM).

The main annual meetings of CIOR are the Summer Congress (SC) and the Mid-Winter Meeting (MWM). The SC rotates between the member countries, whilst the MWM always takes place at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels.

The Estonian capital city of Tallinn will also host this year’s Summer Congress of CIOR.

CIOR Delegates visit Estonian Battlefield Exercise

Tallinn 9 May 2019: CIOR delegates yesterday visited Exercise “Spring Storm” in Estonia. A part of the exercise was a battlefield first aid scenario after an artillery unit was hit by counter battery fire.

The delegates witnessed an artillery battery deployed in the field and undergoing realistic training scenarios during the field-training phase of the exercise.

CIOR delegates visiting Exercise Spring Storm in Estonia. A part of the exercise was a battlefield first aid scenario after an artillery unit was hit by counter battery fire.

The Spring Storm exercise has some 7,500 troops from 10 NATO countries taking part.

CIOR visit to exercise and shooting range covered by…

  • Estonian national TV news (about 7 minutes in). Click here.
  • Estonian Defence Forces newsroom. Click here.
  • Video also available on YouTube. Click here.
  • EDF ‘SoldierMagazine’ Facebook page. Click here)
  • EDF online ‘picture room’. Click here.

CIOR Spring Meeting

The visit took place in conjunction with the spring meeting of the NATO-affiliated Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR). The meeting serves the purpose of keeping the various workstrands of the organization going in-between the main annual meetings – hence the internal “go-by name”: In-Between-Meeting (IBM).

Tallinn will also host this year’s Summer Congress of CIOR.

CIOR and CIOMR aiming at more cooperation

The presidencies of the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) and it’s sister organization for medics (CIOMR) met in Florence, Italy 25-28 April.

The meeting took place in connection with CIOMR’s spring meeting – known internally in the organization as the “In-Between-Meeting” (IBM).

CIOMR President, Major Sylvano Ferracani (Italy), and CIOR President, Colonel (R) Chris Argent (UK).

CIOR President, Colonel (R) Chris Argent from the UK and CIOMR’s Italian president, Major Sylvano Ferracani (Italy) and their teams attended a ceremony with laying of a wreath at the Memorial to the Fallen Doctor, and a programme of professional and scientific studies.

They also visited the National Training Centre of the Italian Military Red Cross Corps.

Aiming at improving co-operation

The two presidencies also met to discuss the future programmes of both confederations, with a view to further improving co-operation between the two organisations, and increasing the amount of joint working. The aim is to maximise outputs for reservists participating in both confederations’ programmes.

 

Strong teams

The Secretary Generals of both organizations, UK Colonel Adrian Walton (CIOR) and French Brigadier General Francois Martelet (CIOMR) participated, along with International Vice President (CIOMR) Captain Pietro Garofolo and Assistant Secretary General (CIOR) Wing Commander Graham Banks.

The two presidency teams together. From left: Assistant Secretary General of CIOR, UK Wing Commander (R) Graham Banks; Secretary General of CIOR, UK Colonel (R) Adrian Walton; CIOR President, UK Colonel (R) Chris Argent; CIOMR President, Italian Major (R) Sylvano Ferracani; Italian International Vice President of CIOMR, Captain (R) Pietro Garofolo; and Secretary General of CIOMR, French Brigadier General (R) Francois Martelet.

 

 

 

 

Young Reserve Officer Seminar in Finland

The Young Reserve Officer Seminar this year took place in Finland, near Helsinki. Some 40 young reserve officers from eleven countries attended the three day event and took part in practical and theory on cross-cultural leadership and related topics.

Led by the YROW (Young Reserve Officer Workshop)  Committee, the event has developed into a great introduction to the Young Officer programme of CIOR (Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers).

Hybrid warfare was another current topic, alongside a lecture on participation in international operations. The NATO Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats (a.k.a. Hybrid CoE) supported the seminar.

Swiss instructors were responsible for the daytime activities, whilst the Finnish hosts were responsible for the evening programme.

The case task “The swamp”. All participants need to cross without getting their feet wet. One team mate is blind, another one is deaf, and the precious timber logs need to be brought back to camp.

Some 40 Young Reserve Officers from eleven countries attended the three day event near Helsinki, Finland.

CIOR President Speaks at Diversity Conference

The President of CIOR Colonel Chris Argent (Retd.) recently spoke at a conference on diversity in the armed forces, in Quebec, Canada. The conference, organized by UNIDEF (project management company in defense industry dealing with technology and know-how transfer of defense products) took place at Université Laval 27 March 2019.

Des membres du commandement de la 2e Division du Canada, assistent à 10e rencontre Université Défense (UNIDEF) sur la thématique Diversité et Défense du Canada, à l’Université Laval, Québec, Qc, le 27 mars 2019.
Photo par: Cavalier Marc-André Leclerc, Affaires publiques du 5 GBMC
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The CIOR President was amongst one and two-star military speakers from the Canadian, UK and French armed forces as well as academics from the university’s Security Faculty. The speakers addressed an audience of several hundred delegates.

The CIOR President gave an overview on current progress in improving diversity in the armed forces, the challenges of recruiting the ‘millenial generation’ and the opportunities that the recruitment of a more diverse human resource component gives the armed forces to meet the challenges of future and changing threats to peace.

 

IBM2 in Tallinn in May

The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers, Confédération Interalliée des Officiers de Réserve, (CIOR) will hold In Between Meeting Two (IBM2/4) of the UK / Estonian Presidency in Tallinn, Estonia from Tuesday 7 to Saturday 11 May 2019

IBM Meeting Registration. Registration will be managed by EROA and can be completed by delegates via the following link:

https://fienta.com/cior-in-between-meeting-ibm-2-4

Tallinn, Estonia.

Attendees to IBM2 are asked to arrange travel so as to arrive no later than the evening of 7 Feb 19. Due to a number of potential late arrivals no social function is planned for this evening.  Meals will be available to order from the hotel or nearby restaurants.

Accommodation

Those CIOR Members attending will be accommodated in the Radisson Blu SKY Hotel (Rävala puiestee 3, Tallinn, ESTONIA).  Phone +372 6823 000.  For questions about accommodation – Email info.tallinn@radissonblu.com.

Hotel booking can be completed via the following link:

Dates: 07.-12.05.2019

  • promotional code CIOR
    • Payment at the hotel
    • Cancel 15 days or more prior to arrival = no penalty

Cancel 14-0 days prior to arrival = forfeit 100% of full stay

For guidance, delegate price per single or double room is 119 € per night. Price includes: buffet breakfast, wireless internet access and 9% VAT.

For guidance, delegate price per single or double room is 119 € per night. Price includes: buffet breakfast, wireless internet access and 9% VAT.

Optional programme

There will be an optional programme of visiting EDF annual field exercise Spring Storm on 08th (0900-1800), CIOR VP shooting competition on 09th (0900-1200), meetings on 09th (1300-1700), 10th (0900-1700) and 11th MAY (0900 – 1200).  There will be IBM Delegates Dinner (Social Gathering) in the Estonian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (https://www.koda.ee/en/about-chamber) on the evening of the 10th MAY.

Attendees will be free to depart after 1230, 11 MAY 19. 

The following attendance is sought:

  • CIOR Presidential Team.
  • Delegation VPs.
  • Committee Chairs.  To include:
  • Defence Attitudes and Security Issues Committee (DefSec)
  • Civil/Military Co-operation Committee (CIMIC)
  • Partnership for Peace and Outreach Committee (PfP & O)
  • Legal Committee (LEGAL)
  • Military Competition Committee (MILCOMP)
  • Language Academy Committee
  • Winter Seminar Committee 
  • Young Reserve Officers Committee
  • Public Affairs Committee
  • CIOMR Presidential Team (Optional but would be very welcome)
  • CISOR Presidential Team (Optional but would be very welcome)

Warning order: http://cior.net.webx3.d2.cz/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/20190228-Warning-Order_IBM2-1CA.docx

Reserve organizations discuss cooperation

The Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) and the Interallied Confederation of Non-Commissioned Officers (CISOR) presidents, Colonel (R) Chris Argent and Master Sergeant (R) Michel d’Alessandro, agree to look at what activities they might be able to collaberate on.

The CIOR and CISOR presidents, Colonel (R) Chris Argent (left) and Master Sergeant (R) Michel d’Alessandro.

They also agree to try to co-locate activity where feasible.

Thirdly they explore how best to leverage the power of Reserves so they can contribute better to NATO.

To formalize the cooperation, CIOR and CISOR leadership have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). This happened when the CIOR President visited and addressed the CISOR Central Committee Meeting in Hanover on Saturday, February 9th.

The ideas on how to make the two organizations work together were warmly received from both sides, and there is now a determination to make this opportunity work for respective reserve cohorts .


CIOR-CIOMR Summer Congress 2019 in Tallinn, Estonia

Tallinn, Estonia, host city for the 2019 CIOR and CIOMR Summer Congresses.

The largest annual meeting of these two organizations is jointly held each summer in a different country and is organized by a separate member of CIOR/CIOMR each year; in 2017, the Congress was held in Prague, Czech Republic, in 2018 Quebec, Canada and in 2019 Estonia will be hosting the congress in its capital of Tallinn and surrounding areas.

Program: the two congresses are organized in conjunction with CIOR having Council meetings, the various committees and working groups and the CIOMR Congress conducting meetings with their respective committees. There will also be military competitions (MILCOMP) and other activities such as CIMIC exercises (CIMEX), Young Reserve Officers Workshop (YROW), CIOR Language Academy (CLA), the CIOMR Workshop and a Congress Symposium.

Participants’ accommodations are available at several hotels in Tallinn. The main hotel being the Radisson Blue for CIOR/CIOMR committees, and the Nordic Hotel Forum for the YROW participants. Congress rooms are also available at the Swiss Hotel, all in the downtown area of Tallinn.

The opening ceremony of the Congress is on Sunday August 4th at the Maarjamäe memorial, followed by a reception at the Maarjamäe palace.

The CLA will have already been active since July 20th at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences in Tallinn and will be finished on the opening day of the CIOR/CIOMR congress on August 4th.

The MilComp section will start training on the 4th and end on the 5th with competitions on the 6th to 8th. The awards ceremony will be on the 9th of August. All events take place at the Estonian Defence League Männiku shooting range on the outskirts of Tallinn.

CIMIC, work exercises (CIMEX) are from the 4th to the 6th at the Estonian Academy of Security Sciences in Tallinn. Participants to the CIMEX exercise will join the rest of the Congress as soon as they conclude their exercise.

The Congress Symposium will be held on Wednesday August the 7th at the Swissotel in Tallinn.

The Closing Ceremony/Congress Gala Dinner will take place on Friday August 9th at the Seaplane Harbour Museum in Tallinn, which will officially close the CIOR/CIOMR 2019 Summer Congress in Tallinn, Estonia.

Link to events page.

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