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.)
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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:
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.
Those CIOR Members attending will be accommodated in theRadisson Blu SKY Hotel (Rävala puiestee 3, Tallinn, ESTONIA). Phone +372 6823 000. For questions about accommodation – Email email@example.com.
Hotel booking can be completed via the following
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room is 119 € per night. Price
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For guidance, delegate price per single or double room is 119 € per night. Price includes: buffet breakfast, wireless internet access and 9% VAT.
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.
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)
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.
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
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.
The National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) and the Confédération Interalliée des Officiers de Réserve (CIOR) come together once more to enhance their partnership during the CIOR Mid Winter Meeting at the NATO HQ in Brussels.
Story by: NATO HQ
From 29 to 31 January, NATO hosted simultaneous meetings of the National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) and the Confédération Interalliée des Officiers de Réserve (CIOR). Both organisations renewed their joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to continuously improve cooperation.
“The reserves are a capable, credible and available force which continues to be an important element”
On 30 January, the joint session started off with a keynote address by the Deputy Chief of Staff of Allied Command Operations, Lieutenant General Olivier Rittimann. The General highlighted the value of Reservists as “a capable, credible and available force which continues to be an important element of the Force structure. For some Nations reservists make up almost 50% of their National forces which is understandable when requirements increase but defence spending does not follow. Whereas 20 years ago, reservists were considered more of a last resort, nowadays they are considered incremental to any Nation’s Armed Forces, providing the manpower and specialised skill to supplement regular armed forces”.
“Reserve forces are providing the manpower and specialised skill to supplement regular armed forces”
The meeting was also an opportunity for the NRFC Chairman and the
CIOR President, respectively Brigadier General Robert Głąb (POL) and
Colonel (R) Chris Argent (UK), to renew their joint Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU). The result of a year’s work, the MoU aims to
establish a cooperative and productive relationship between the two
organisations as well as outline their partnership and channels of
communication. “The NRFC and CIOR are complementary organisations,
the first focusing on the Reserves and the second on Reservists. It only
made sense to renew this MoU to make sure that where possible we
complement each other. The aim is also where and when possible to
present a united front and joint advise to the NATO Military Committee.
We can only be stronger together”, added Brigadier General Robert Głąb.
NATO has always recognised the importance of national Reserve Forces
and the compelling requirement to better understand and exploit the
inherent potential of reservists and Reserve Forces. NATO works on
reservist issues through three different entities: the National Reserve
Forces Committee (NRFC), the Interallied Confederation of Reserve
Officers (known by its French acronym CIOR) and the Interallied
Confederation of Medical Reserve Officers (CIOMR).