CIOR Mid-Winter Meeting opened at NATO HQ

The Mid-Winter Meeting (MWM) of CIOR opened this morning at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

By Roy Thorvaldsen, Lt Col Norwegian Army/ CIOR Public Affairs and Major Jean-Francois Lambert, Canadian Armed Forces/ CIOR Public Affairs (Photo).

The two and a half day meeting started with an opening session in the auditorium of the “new” headquarters building at Boulevard Leopold III.

CIOR Secretary General, Colonel Adrian Walton, opened the show before President, Colonel (R) Chris Argent updated the audience on last year’s progress towards the organisation’s goals and objectives.

The annual winter meeting helps shape the second half of the work year prior to the 2020 Summer Congress.

There was also an introductory session in which CIOR and it’s sister organisation CIOMR (for medical reserve officers) presented themselves to each others attendees.

The CIOR Council and the various committees then went to work on their respective programs of work.

CIOR President, Colonel (R) Chris Argent opening the mid-winter meeting in Brussels.
The CIOR President briefing on the progress towards the organisation’s goals and objectives.
CIOMR President, Major (R) Sylvano Ferracani and CIOMR Secretary General, Brigadier General (R) Francois R. Martelet.

CIOR President meets with ACT Chief of Staff

CIOR President Colonel (R) Chris Argent paid an office call on Chief of Staff Allied Command Transformation, Vice Admiral Paul Bennett CB OBE, during the CIOR Presidency’s visit to the NRFC Winter Plenary Meeting in Norfolk Virginia.
Colonel Argent briefed Admiral Bennett on the current developments in CIOR and the refocusing of the Confederation upon defined military outputs in support of NATO.
The Admiral took a keen interest in the range of activities undertaken by CIOR and recognised the important contribution made by Reservists to NATO. It was particularly agreed that the employment of the range of tools now available in Information Technology made it possible to further increase the utility of Reserves, and the President pledged to fully exploit this exciting opportunity.
CIOR President Colonel (R) Chris Argent has met with Chief of Staff Allied Command Transformation, Vice Admiral Paul Bennett.

CIOR Delegation meets with Canadian Reserve Leaders

The CIOR delegation participating in the NRFC winter meeting in Norfolk, Virginia last week, Saturday met with Canadian two- and one star Reservist leaders in Ottawa.

The CIOR delegation met with Major General Mackenzie OMM CD, Chief of Reserves and Employer Support; and Brigadier General Bindon CD, Deputy Chief Reserves and Employer Support.

Brigadier General Bindon CD, Deputy Chief Reserves and Employer Support; and Major General Mackenzie OMM CD, Chief of Reserves and Employer Support.

– We had a very productive discussion on CIOR and UK/Canadian Reserve opportunities, says CIOR Secretary General, Colonel Adrian Walton.

The CIOR Presidency delegation Saturday met with Major General Mackenzie OMM CD, Chief of Canadian Reserves and Employer Support (centre); Brigadier General Bindon CD, Deputy Chief of Canadian Reserves and Employer Support (far left).

CIOR Presidency Team in Cyber Discussion with NRFC

A team from the CIOR Presidency this week participated in the Winter Plenary Meeting of NATO’s National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) in Norfolk, Virginia.

By: Roy Thorvaldsen, Lt Col (R) Norwegian Army/ CIOR Public Affairs

The meeting took place at the headquarters of Allied Command Transformation (ACT), one of NATO’s two strategic commands and the only NATO entity in the United States of America.

Norfolk, VA: CIOR President Col (R) Chris Argent briefing the winter meeting of the National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) on current state of affairs in the confederation.

On the agenda was among other current topics concerning international peace and security, evolving challenges in the cyber domain. The President in return gave a briefing on the current state of affairs in CIOR.

The CIOR entourage included the President, the Secretary General and the Assistant Secretary General.

An executive summary of the outcome of the NRFC meeting and of other meetings that took place on the occasion of the trip, will be briefed to the CIOR executive body, the Council, during the organisation’s Mid Winter Meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels 19-21 February.

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From the NRFC meeting in Norfolk, Virginia, where the CIOR President, Secretary General and the Assistant Secretary general were discussing cyber opportunities with NRFC. Photo: Colonel Adrian Walton.

 

Headquarters, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) in Norfolk, Virginia. Allied Command Transformation (ACT) is one of NATO’s two strategic commands, and the only NATO entity in the United States of America. Photo: HQ SACT.

CIOR Presidency visiting US ROA en-route to NRFC meeting

The CIOR Presidency team en-route to participate in the Winter Plenary Meeting of NATO National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) at Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) in Norfolk, Virginia. On the way, the delegation was visiting the US Reserve Officer Association HQ on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.

For more on US ROA, click here!

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From left: Executive Director of the US Reserve Officer Association (US ROA), Major General (Retd.) Jeff Phillips; CIOR President, Colonel (Retd.) Chris Argent, CIOR Vice President USA, Brigadier General (Retd.) Mike Silva; Colonel Adrian Walton; and Lieutenant Colonel (Retd.) Mark Coburn, in the lobby of the US ROA headquarters in Washington DC.

 

Key CIOR Events for 2020

This list is an overview in abbreviated form of the key CIOR events for 2020. Please refer to national delegations for questions about attendance and contents. Some of the events will be promoted here on the public website, in addition to the information posted on the ‘CIOR Connect’ intranet portal.

MWM 20 NATO HQ, Brussels 18-21 Feb 2020

CIOR Seminar, Bonn 22-25 Feb 2020

YROS – Brno CZ, 25-28 March 2020

IBM 4 Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, London – 20-23 April (NOTE new date from initial date one week later)

NATO School, Oberammergau (NSO) – NATO Reserve Forces Integration Course (NRFIC) 27 April to 1 May 2020

CLA 2020 – Liege 19-31 July 2020

CIMEX 2020 – Liege 2-7 August 2020

CIOR/CIOMR/CISOR Summer Congress Liege 3-7 August 2020 (Includes YROW – NOTE dates 2-7 August)

CIOR Symposium Liege 5th August 2020

NSO – Senior Reserve Officers Course (SROC) – 7-11 Sept 2020

IBM 1 German Presidency – Nov 2020 Location and Date TBC

The 2020 CIOR/CIOMR/CISOR Summer Congress will take place in Liege, Belgium 3-7 August.

Young Reserve Officer Outreach Seminar in Czech Republic in March

The Czech Republic is hosting this year’s Young Reserve Officer Outreach Seminar (YROS) 25 – 28 March. The seminar, which will take place in Brno, is titled «NATO and the cultural challenges on missions».

The seminar is open to all reserve and active duty officers up to the rank of Major. Organizers ask member nations to encourage junior reserve and active duty officers to participate.

The seminar will focus on introducing junior reserve officers from NATO and Partnership for Peace (PfP) countries to the basics of NATO, cultural aspects of missions and international leadership.

The seminar’s primary objective: To assist in integration of YROs from NATO/PfP nations into a coalition environment. The seminar contributes to development of knowledge of NATO/CIOR structure and mission as well as leadership skills. It provides initial international/coalition experience for participants and increases awareness of alliance security issues.

For official invitation with all relevant information, click here.

For agenda, click here.

Some impressions and group shots from last year’s YRO seminar:

CIOR President visits Nordic Presidium in Oslo

The President of CIOR, Colonel (R) Chris Argent, visited Oslo on 17 and 18 January to meet with both the Council of the Norwegian Reserve Officers Federation (NROF) and the Council of the Nordic Presidium.

By: Roy Thorvaldsen, Lt Col (R) Norwegian Army/ CIOR Public Affairs

Argent briefed on current progress in CIOR against the ‘President’s Scorecard’, which indicated that of the targets set by the Presidency in August 2018, approximately 75% have now been achieved. The target for new member nations has not yet been achieved, due to difficulties with the application process. The only new member that has been successfully admitted so far has been Portugal.

The President went on to report on progress with current key issues, including the joint programme with the National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) on Cyber, and CIOR digitalisation and e-learning.

SHAPE Reserves Advisor to be recruited this spring

Furthermore he briefed on the re-establishment of a SHAPE Reserves Advisor to be recruited this spring. Here he said he hoped the Nordic nations would play a part as a panel of expertise.

He also updated the Presidium about the pilot Reserve Officer Workshop planned for the Summer Congress 2020, and the revamp of the CIOR legal Structure and Constitution – which are set to be completed this spring; as well as the future routine re-accreditation of member associations. The latter is to be affirmed by Council at the upcoming Mid-Winter-Meeting (MWM) at NATO Headquarters.

– Will deliver on all objectives by conclusion of Summer Congress

Those present expressed their satisfaction with progress and the President said he was confident of delivering on all the objectives by the conclusion of the Summer Congress 2020.

– Still awaiting information on this year’s Summer Congress

Asked for planning details for this year’s Summer Congress, the President said he was as of yet unable to provide this information – as it was awaited from the congress organisers.

The President said he sincerely hoped the information would be readily available before the MWM, and recognised the difficulties it would cause members if this does not happen.

Regarding future years’ congresses, the President noted concerns about it being held at the height of the annual leave period, and suggested that the Council could reconsider the timing of the summer congresses for future years.

The President defends the military competition

Those present also expressed their concern to the President regarding the organisation of the CIOR Military Competition, which, it was felt, distorted planning and caused many nations not to host summer congresses. The President expressed his thoughts on this issue as being:

1) The Military Competition need not be co-located with the Congress.

2) Suggestions that the competition was an outdated format overlooked that it tests key military skills, albeit in a non-tactical scenario

3) The competition need not be looked upon as solely the pursuit of excellence, but rather a challenging experience for officers and soldiers, a social, cultural and military gathering at which the sole measure need not be the number of medals won.

4) That desirable as the NATO Assault Course might be, it is not essential provided all competitors are tested over a common challenging event.

The President urged all nations to see the competition in these terms and increase the number of participating teams, especially encouraging young and inexperienced reserve officers and soldiers to participate – provided they had undertaken a suitable period of familiarisation and work up training.

Finally the President thanked all present for their interest and support in the ongoing development of CIOR – to which he was committed during the UK and Estonian Joint Presidency.

CIOR President, Colonel (R) Chris Argent flanked by the members of the Nordic Presidium outside the Norwegian Reserve Officer Association (NROF) building at Akershus Fortress in Oslo, following last weekend’s meeting. (Photo: Jørgen Berggrav.)

CIOR winter meeting in Brussels 19-21 February

The CIOR Mid-Winter-Meeting (MWM) 2020 will be held at NATO Headquarters in Brussels from Wednesday 19 February to Friday 21 February. For invitation to eligible attendees, click here.

For more information, national member and associated delegations should refer to the ‘CIOR Connect’ portal.

 

Romanian Reserve Officer Association awarded by President of Romania

The Romanian Reserve Officers Association (AORR) has been awarded by the President of Romania with the Memorial Medal “Centenary of the War for National Unity”.

The Romanian Reserve Officers Association (AORR) was recently awarded the Memorial Medal “Centenary of the War for National Unity” by the President of Romania, HE Klaus Johannis, at the Cotroceni Palace. AORR was represented by its president, Lt. Gen. (R) dr. Virgil Bălăceanu, the current Secretary Geeneral, Brig. Gen. (R) Iulian Burticioiu and the former, Maj. Gen. (R) dr. Dan Grecu.

The event brought together several military and civilian institutions, supporters of the Romanian military tradition, which all received recognition for their merits.

– The gratitude of the State of Romania

– By awarding the medals “Centenary of the War for National Unity” I wish to express the gratitude of the State of Romania for the sacrifice enacted by the generation of the Great Union on the battlefield of the War for National Unity, stated the Romanian President in his speech.

Major project

One of the major projects of AORR, in the year of the Centenary of the Great Union (2018), was the development of the Mobile Expo-Memorial Complex

“Glory to the Romanian Soldier” is dedicated to those heroes who sacrificed themselves in World War I. Being materialised as an impressive structure, the Expo-Memorial complex serves as historic testimony, heroes memorial, homage to the Romanian Armed Forces and public history lesson.

The monument was inaugurated on November 30th, 2018 in the city of Alba Iulia and it measures 23 meters in height, same as the Monument of the National Union, unveiled at the same historic place and time. This ambitious project wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Ministry of Culture and National Identity, as well as the European Association “Dimitrie Cantemir”.

An active player at the intersection of military life and society

At the same time, AORR has been an active player at the intersection of the military life and society, involved in several actions, including: a Workshop concerning National Defense readjustment, in cooperation with the Romanian Defence Staff and the National Defense University “Carol I”; a Public Debate in partnership with the Committee for Defence, Public Order and National Security from the Chamber of Deputies, regarding the status of the Romanian Armed Forces and the necessity of developing Reserve Forces/Territorial Forces; active involvement in the program for the recruitment and training of voluntary reservists.

International Eexperts’ conference

The most recent large-scale project of AORR was the International Experts’ Conference SECDEF19, in partnership with the Military Technical Academy “Ferdinand I”, the Romanian Business Association of the Military Technique Manufacturers – PATROMIL and academic institutions from Poland.

At the Cotroceni Palace, the Romanian Reserve Officers Association (AORR) was recently awarded the Memorial Medal “Centenary of the War for National Unity” by the President of Romania, HE Klaus Johannis. AORR was represented by its president, Lt. Gen. (R) dr. Virgil Bălăceanu, the current Secretary Geeneral, Brig. Gen. (R) Iulian Burticioiu and the former, Maj. Gen. (R) dr. Dan Grecu.

Link to Romanian Reserve Officer Association with a video of the above event at the bottom of the page here.

From the construction of the monument “Glory to the Romanian Soldier”.

The monument “Glory to the Romanian Soldier”.
From the construction of the monument “Glory to the Romanian Soldier”.

 Link to Romanian Reserve Officer Association with a video of the above event at the bottom of the page here.

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