1210 Naval Forces Court, Bldg 440
Marietta, GA 30069-5000
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CAPT Bobby Bray
Commanding Officer
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CDR Chris Camacho
Executive Officer
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ISCS Paul Mees
Senior Enlisted Leader
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Mission and Vision

ACT is NATO's leading agent for change, driving, facilitating, and advocating continuous improvement of Alliance capabilities to maintain and enhance the military relevance and effectiveness of the Alliance.

NR NATO ACT DET ATL provides trained and ready Reserve Component members in support of NATO ACT operational requirements. Primary focus of support is to NATO ACT Joint Force Trainer, Joint Education Training and Exercise, and Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Center.

Support of ACT Strategic Objectives:

Joint Force Trainer/Joint Education Training and Exercise

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Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Center

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Captain Bray is a native of Seminole, Florida and earned his commission from the US Naval Academy in May 1991 with a Bachelors of Science in General Engineering and designated a Naval Aviator in November 1993.

Captain Bray’s first assignment was to HS-11 where he deployed aboard USS America (CV-66), in support of Operation Joint Endeavor, and USS George Washington (CVN-73). He also completed detachments with USS John F. Kennedy (CV-67), USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74), and USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75). In February 1998, Captain Bray transferred to the Weapons Training Unit (WTU) with COMHSWINGLANT in Jacksonville, FL. In June 1998, he was designated a Seahawk Weapons and Tactics Instructor (WTI) after completion of training at Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, Fallon, NV with the US Navy’s third SWITI class.

Captain Bray transferred to the Navy Reserve in January 2002. His first assignment was with HS-75 were he completed detachments aboard USS John F. Kennedy (CV-68), USS Enterprise (CVN-65), and USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76). In October 2005, Captain Bray transferred to HSL-60 and commenced the transition to the SH-60B; he detached aboard USS DeWart (FFG 45) and successfully participated in counter narcotics interdictions in the eastern Pacific Ocean.

Captain Bray has completed three Commanding Officer tours with Helicopter Training Squadron Eight, HT-8 SAU, Third Fleet Maritime Air Operations, Detachment Tucson, and Navy Reserve Carrier Strike Group FIVE. Upon completion of his tour with Detachment Tucson Captain Bray transferred to Chief of Naval Operations Staff, Operations and Plans Division.

In November 2015, Captain Bray assumed command of NATO Activity Atlanta.

Captain Bray graduated from the University of Florida with a Master’s in Business Administration in 2001 and from Johns Hopkins University, Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies with a Master’s Degree in International Finance and Strategic Studies in May 2012. He is married to Erin and resides with their daughter, Darby, in Bethesda MD. As a civilian, CAPT Bray works in the Capital Markets Division of Capital One Bank.

7857 Blandy Road, Suite 100
Norfolk, VA 23551

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CAPT Scott F. Manning
Commanding Officer
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CDR Tara Golden
Executive Officer
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BMCM(SW/EXW) Robert M. Lewandowski
Senior Enlisted Leader
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Mission and Vision

ACT is NATO’s leading agent for change, driving, facilitating, and advocating continuous improvement of Alliance capabilities to maintain and enhance the military relevance and effectiveness of the Alliance.

Provide operational support across the full spectrum of joint-combined operations, logistics, multinational training, and exercises to Supreme Allied Command Transformation in its role as North Atlantic Treaty Organization's (NATO) forcing agency for change. Assisting in continuous improvement of Alliance capabilities to uphold NATO's global security interest.

Support of ACT Strategic Objectives

The NATO reserve mission here at NR NATO Det Norfolk is to provide support to NATO missions and operations and improve relationships, interaction and practical cooperation with partners, nations and international organizations. Specifically we accomplish this mission by providing speech writing and research, NATO Festival Liaison support, Public Affairs Office support, Executive Assistant support, Conference coordination, Exercise support, Exercise Analyst, Flag Writer assistance, various exercise analyst and support to operations such as Bold Quest, Operation Unified Protector, Allied Reach, Steadfast joist, Steadfast juncture, Brilliant Mariner and in numerous other capacities to support NATO ACT here in Norfolk and overseas at some of the tenant commands at JWC, JFTC and JALLC.

Unit Information

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You may be wondering where does all this support take place? For our drill weekends we physically drill and muster at NATO ACT Headquarters, which is located on Naval Station Annex Norfolk Virginia, only one mile from Naval Station Norfolk. Our supporting NOSC is NOSC Norfolk, which is located on Little Creek Amphibious Base (approximately 15 miles away). We typically drill on the Bravo drill weekend; however, most officers take advantage of our flex drill policy. This means that while we do have a drill schedule, it is typical for most officers to flex drill and attend the four mandatory THREE-DAY drill weekends a year. It is typical that all enlisted attend monthly drill weekends. How you plan to drill and support the unit will be discussed upon your check-in.


CAPT Scott F. Manning, Commanding Officer

Captain Manning is a third generation Surface Warfare Officer who earned his commission through the U. S. Naval Academy. He also holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Old Dominion University and has completed his Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) Phase 1 certification from the Air Command & Staff College and U. S. Naval War College. In addition, he has completed the Advanced JPME program through the Joint Forces Staff College.

While on Active duty he served in a variety of sea duty billets, including as Auxiliaries Officer, Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer, and Combat Information Center Officer in USS GARY (FFG-51) and as Operations Officer in USS KAUFFMAN (FFG-59). Following these shipboard tours he served on the staff of Commander, Destroyer Squadron Twenty as the Combat Systems Officer and Operations Officer and then on the staff of Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Eight/EISENHOWER Battle Group as the Surface Operations and Tomahawk Land Attack Missile (TLAM) Strike Operations Officer. Following his six deployments at sea, he transferred to Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic as the Surface and Strike Warfare Officer where he provided the leadership and management oversight for all of the gun systems and TLAM systems maintenance, training, and certification for the U. S. Atlantic Fleet.

Upon transferring to the Navy Reserve (NR), Captain Manning served with the NR Tactical Training Group Atlantic 106 unit as the TLAM Strike Module Head and the Training Officer. He next served with the NR COMSECONDFLT Joint Force Air Component Commander (JFACC) unit as the TLAM Subject Matter Expert and J4 Logistics Cell Head. Following that tour, he became the Executive Officer of the NR Carrier Strike Group Eight unit.

During his next tour with NR Commander Strike Force Training Atlantic (CSFTL) 0486 unit, he served as the Operations Directorate Chief, and Chief Staff Officer. While assigned to the NR CSFTL 0486 unit he was the first Reservist to act as the Senior Mentor/Assessor in support of an Independent Deployer Certification Exercise for USS PHILIPPINE SEA (CG 58). During his tour with the NR CSFTL 0486 unit, CAPT Manning was also mobilized as the Operations Officer for the Expeditionary Combat Readiness Center (ECRC) managing the training and equipping of over 10,000 Individual Augmentees in support of operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He was also a “by name” request to act as the Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff for Synthetic Training and Technologies to CSFTL on ADSW, where he was instrumental in expanding the Fleet Synthetic Training (FST) program to support Ballistic Missile Defense (BMD) and Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) training and certification events.

Next, CAPT Manning served with the NR Joint Staff South unit, where he filled the leadership roles as the Reserve Director J7 Joint Development, and as the Chief Staff Officer. He was also requested to provide extended active duty support as the lead for the Homeland Defense BMD Assessment project to ensure that the project was properly aligned to support the Joint Staff, USNORTHCOM, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), and the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO) in assessing the current state of Ballistic Missile Defense of the Homeland against near-term BMD threats. In addition, he led the BMD integration efforts between the Joint Staff J7 Joint Reserve Element and the NATO ACT Staff. Most recently, CAPT Manning served as the Commanding Officer of the NR President, Board of Inspection and Survey Support Unit, which conducted inspections and assessments of the material condition of U.S. Navy ships and craft.

CAPT Manning assumed command of the NR NATO ACT DET NORFOLK unit in December 2015.

CAPT Manning has been awarded the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (one award), the Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (six awards), and the Navy Achievement Medal (two awards). CAPT Manning is currently employed by SAIC as a Principal Management Consultant supporting Tactical Training Group Atlantic as the East Coast Ballistic Missile Defense Exercise (BMDEX) Program Operations Lead.

CDR Tara S. Golden, Executive Officer

Commander Tara Sidor Golden is a native of Key West, Florida. A graduate of the United States Naval Academy, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English and was commissioned an Ensign in 1998. She received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from North Carolina State University, College of Veterinary Medicine in 2014.

CDR Golden received her naval flight officer wings of gold in 2000 in the E-2 C Hawkeye. Her first commands include student naval flight officer, VT-4, at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Florida and student naval flight officer, VAW-120, Naval Air Station, Norfolk, Virginia. CDR Golden was the last winged naval flight officer in the E-2C Group Zero legacy aircraft. She flew in Operations Southern Watch and Iraqi Freedom with VAW-126, aboard the USS Harry S. Truman. She received the Air Medal for 29 missions over northern Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her next assignment was at VAW-120 as the first female E-2C naval flight officer instructor to train newly qualified aviators to tactically employ the E-2C Hawkeye. Following her shore tour then served aboard the USS Harry S. Truman again with Carrier Air Wing-3, (CVW-3), as Air Wing communications officer, air-plan writer, and mission commander. She was selected as the Air Wing subject matter expert in Airborne Command and Control and Air Intercept Control. She designed and implemented the first Strike Group Air Intercept Controller Training Program.

CDR Golden’s staff and shore assignments include Officer in Charge, Navy ROTC, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, VA. Her next assignment as an individual augmentee, was at US CENTRAL COMMAND in Tampa, Florida as the Afghanistan/Pakistan Action Officer/Strategic Planner. She developed and maintained priority plans in support of the Theater Campaign Plan.

Upon transferring to the Naval Reserves, CDR Golden served as the Executive Officer, NR Det 101, NAVY WARFARE DEVELOPMENT COMMAND, Naval Base Little Creek, Norfolk, VA. She provided warfare and technical expertise in support of naval warfare innovation, concepts generation, and development.

CDR Golden’s decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal, Joint Commendation Medal, Navy - Marine Corps Commendation Medals (five awards), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various unit and campaign awards. CDR Golden is currently employed at a veterinarian practice at Beach Pet Hospital in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

BMCM(SW/EXW) Robert M. Lewandowski, Senior Enlisted Leader

BMCM (SW/EXW) Robert M. Lewandowski currently serves as Senior Enlisted Leader of NATO ACT located in Norfolk, Virginia.

BMCM Lewandowski is a native of Grand Forks, North Dakota. He attended the North Dakota State School of Science from 1984 to 1986 studying biology.

BMCM Lewandowski enlisted in the United States Navy in 1986. After completing basic training at RTC Great Lakes, Illinois he reported to ATD training at Great Lakes Naval Training Center, IL. After completing ATD training he was assigned to the USS CAMDEN AOE-2, Station in Bremerton Washington as a deck seaman, where he qualified Small Boat Coxswain, 3M maintenance, Work Center Supervisor, Petty Officer of the Watch and Officer of the Deck. BMCM Lewandowski transitioned to the Navy reserve in May of 1990 to May of 1994 returning to the Naval Reserves in July of 2001.

BMCM Lewandowski reserve assignments include Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 1 when he was recalled to active duty in November of 2001 in support of Operation Noble Eagle, stationed at the Center for Anti-Terrorism Security Forces, Chesapeake Va. From November 2001 to February 2002 after completing a duty swap he transferred to Naval Training Center Great Lakes, IL Security Leading Petty Officer. He then transferred to Naval Security Squadron Bangor, WA. (Security Forces). USS Rodney M. Davis FFG-60 Everett, WA. He volunteered for a 6 month CARAT cruise on board the Rodney M. Davis where he was the first ever reservist in the 25 year history of the ship to qualify Enlisted Surface Warfare Specialist. Recalled again to active duty in June of 2006, stationed at the Center for Security Forces, Chesapeake Va. and Camp Lejuene NC. Until October 2009 as the Operations Chief for the Navy’s Riverine program. Qualifying as Master Training Specialist, Small Arms Marksmanship Instructor, Crew Serve Weapons Instructor, Visit Board search and seizure, Tactical Training Instructor, Anti-terrorism force protection officer. Served as the Leading Chief Petty Officer for Maritime Expeditionary Security Squadron Twelve Leading Chief Petty officer from 2010-2012 earning his EXW warfare device. 2012-2014 BMCM was the SEL of Carrier Strike Group FOUR located in Norfolk conducting ATPF for all of 2nd fleet. 2014-2016 he was the Dept. head for Littoral Combat Squadron 2 N7 conducting training for the newest ships in the fleet, before transferring to NATO ACT in July of 2016.

His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2 Gold Star), Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 Gold Stars), Enlisted Surface Warfare Insignia Pin and Expeditionary Warfare Insignia.

BMCM Lewandowski resides in Chesapeake Va. with his wife LCDR Jeanne M. Lewandowski, Marine Expeditionary Forces II and two children, Bryan Taylor. In his civilian career he is the course manager for Riverine Combat Skills working for the Navy on board Marine Corp base Camp Lejeune, NC.

NR NATO DET Unit Name (RUIC: 86110)
Navy Operational Support Center Newport
345 Easton Street
Newport, RI 02841
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CDR Kyle Powers
Commanding Officer
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CDR Dennis Espiritu
Executive Officer
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LSSC Ian Fyfe
Senior Enlisted Leader
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Mission and Vision

We are a supporting command. As such, our job is to enable the leaders of NATO in the execution of their mission. Specifically, our job is to ensure that we provide all requested and necessary support to NATO ACT, while remaining full mobilization –ready for any contingency.

Support of ACT Strategic Objectives:

Exercise Trident Joust

Command Post Exercise and Battle Staff Training event. A JTFC HQ exercise with JFCBS as the Primary Training Audience

Bydgoszcz, Poland - 13 - 24 Oct - Website

NATO School Support

Primary operational-level training centre focusing on joint planning, logistics, communications, civil emergency planning, or civil-military cooperation

Oberammergau, Germany (Website)

Unit Information

Members should have prior Individual Augmentation or Joint NATO experience and valid passports for Annual Training. Academic experiences are all highly desired. Opportunity and availability to travel is a must - most often Norfolk and Europe. OCONUS support is provided to NATO exercises and operations worldwide as well as CONUS support to various SACT HQ projects and deliverables. Periodic travel to SACT HQ in Norfolk may be required for interaction with staff. The unit requires four drilling weekends per year in Newport, RI and aggressively pushes individuals to maximize flex drills and AT to support ACT initiatives. NATO, Joint, Partnership and/or Military Dynamic multi-national environment. SACT HQ is one of NATO's two (4-star) Strategic Headquarters.

NR NATO DET Unit Name (RUIC: 83930)
Navy Operational Support Center Chicago
615 Barry Road, Bldg 190
Great Lakes, IL 60088
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CAPT James Polickoski
Commanding Officer
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CDR James Rosenbach
Executive Officer
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ITCM Opal Alston
Senior Enlisted Leader
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Mission and Vision

ACT is NATO's leading agent for change, driving, facilitating, and advocating continuous improvement of Alliance capabilities to maintain and enhance the military relevance and effectiveness of the Alliance.

NATO det Chicago's mission is to provide augmentation and direct support to Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) across the full spectrum of NATO defense plans and planning, joint combined operations, logistics plans & training, and exercises from peacetime through NATO emergencies and war.

Support of ACT Strategic Objectives:

Det Chicago supports NATO ACT through participation in the RESOLUTE SUPPORT Training Event exercise series. This event is conducted several times throughout the calendar year at the Joint Force Training Center (JFTC) in Bydgoszcz, Poland. The goal of these events is to provide the Commander of the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan with uniformly trained personnel, aware of their role within the NATO-led operation.

Unit Information

Additional unit information, drill schedules, contact information, and drill location can be found here (CAC required).


Commanding Officer
Captain James T. Polickoski

A native of Greensboro, North Carolina, Captain Jim Polickoski graduated with Distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 with a degree in Ocean Engineering and a minor in Spanish.

Polickoski graduated with Distinction from Surface Warfare Officer School in 1994 and Naval Nuclear Power School in 1996 to include receiving the “Top Conn” best shiphandler award. Polickoski reported to USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) in Mayport, FL, as Gunnery/Missile Officer serving in the United Nations embargo of Serbia, Counter-Drug operations, Baltic Operations 1995, and a ship’s overhaul. He served in the Navy’s last nuclear guided missile cruiser, USS South Carolina (CGN 37) in Norfolk, VA, as Reactor Controls Division Officer and Electrical Officer Principal Assistant conducting Mediterranean and Counter Drug Operations deployments, ship’s deactivation and reactor core removal. He transferred to the Navy Reserve in January 1999.

Polickoski’s Reserve command tours include: Atlantic Ordnance Command Deployable Ammunition Reporting Team Nine (later NORHB, “I” Company) aboard Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, VA, in October 2003 leading Marine Aviation ammunition logistics during forward deployed operations; Cruiser Class Squadron Ship Support Unit (later SURFPAC Material Readiness Detachment C), San Diego, CA, in December 2009 developing and implementing the Cruiser/Destroyer Fleet Material Readiness Assessment/Repair Program; Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) New York in December 2011 implementing US Sixth Fleet Maritime Trade Operations (MTO) concept providing US and NATO program leadership in areas of training innovation, operational program, and policy shift. He deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom in 2012 as Director, Afghan National Police International Training Standards, NATO Training Mission-Afghanistan, ISAF. He implemented the globally recognized Training Management System for training design and development for the Afghan Ministry of Interior and advised Commander, ANP Training General Command.

Polickoski’s non-command tours include: Executive Officer with Military Sealift Command Expeditionary Port Unit 108, Atlanta, GA; two tours with COMSIXTHFLT Det 802 in Atlanta, GA serving as N5 Plans Officer and earlier as Exercises/Training staff officer; module trainer and Air defense operations officer in COMSECONDLFT NR AADC Atlantic in Norfolk, VA; and Maritime Support Director, Future Plans Officer, and CFMCC Branch Planning Lead with COMSECONDFLT CFMCC, Norfolk, VA.

His personal awards include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (2), Navy Commendation Medal (6), and Navy Achievement Medal (2). In his civilian career, he is a nuclear power plant Licensing Manager with the Tennessee Valley Authority. He is married to the former JoAnn Rodak of Greensboro, North Carolina. They have three daughters and two sons and reside in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Executive Officer
Commander James Rosenbach


Senior Enlisted Leader
ITCM Opal Alston

Information Systems Technician Master Chief Opal Alston was born in Chicago, Illinois, in October 1972. She graduated from the Academy of Scholastic Achievement on Chicago's West Side in 1991. She began her military service in 1991, when she entered boot camp in Orlando, Florida. While in boot camp, Master Chief Alston joined the drill team, and performed weekly at graduations. After graduating from boot camp, she went on to Ocean Systems Technician Analyst 'A' school in Norfolk, Virginia and the Readiness Training Facility in Dam Neck, Virginia. In 1991, she accepted orders to Naval Ocean Processing Facility Dam Neck, Virginia for her first duty assignment.

In November 1993, Master Chief Alston was selected to augment the Physical Security Force. After completing Law Enforcement training in San Antonio, Texas, she reported to Naval Air Station Keflavik, Iceland in February 1994, for duty as a security policeman. She was promoted to Ocean Systems Technician Third Class upon arrival. Working in security, she provided force protection for the base perimeter, and shared gate guard duties with the Icelandic police force.

In February 1996, she cross rated to the Information Systems Technician rate. She attended 'A' school at Naval Training Center, San Diego and graduated third in her class. After completing ‘A’ school, Master Chief Alston was stationed at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. While serving as an Automated Data Processing Technician, she was promoted to Information Systems Technician Second Class. She ended her active duty service in June 2000 and affiliated with the Navy Reserve in July 2000, with the Tactical Support center 0472 unit.

She was promoted to Petty Officer First Class in December 2000, and held various positions in the unit including Leading Petty Officer and Senior Enlisted Leader. In 2007, she was selected for Chief Petty Officer. She transitioned into the role of Leading Chief Petty Officer for the Naples Reserve Unit at NOSC Chicago for a period of one year, then returned to the Tactical Support Center 0472 team.

In 2011, Master Chief Alston deployed to Afghanistan, where she served as the Non Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Afghan National Security Forces Communications team. She was promoted to Senior Chief in 2012, and returned to the Tactical Support Center unit as the Officer In Charge. In 2013 Master Chief Alston was selected to be the Senior Enlisted Leader for the Alpha weekend units. She transitioned to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Allied Command Transformation unit in 2015 where she serves as the Senior Enlisted Leader.

Among her personal decorations are the Army Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (3 awards), Navy Good Conduct Medal (2 awards), Afghan Campaign Medal, NATO Medal, Navy Reserve Meritorious Service Medal (5 awards), Armed Forces Reserve Medal, National Defense Medal (2 awards), Overseas Service Ribbon (2 awards), Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Rifleman, and the Navy Pistol Shot (expert). She has completed her Associates in Arts.

NR NATO Multi-National Reserve Unit Det 2 (RUIC: 89088)
Navy Operational Support Center-Norfolk
US Navy Little Creek Amphibious Base
Virginia Beach, VA 23518
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CAPT David J. Stavish
Commanding Officer
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CDR Jonas Gil
Executive Officer
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MMCS Rich Hansen
Senior Enlisted Leader

Mission and Vision

ACT is NATO's leading agent for change, driving, facilitating, and advocating continuous improvement of Alliance capabilities to maintain and enhance the military relevance and effectiveness of the Alliance.

NATO Multi-National Reserve Unit (a.k.a.: Network)'s mission is to support NATO requirements through the voluntary contributions of participating nation's Reserve forces. This effort will contribute to more effective utilization of Alliance resources and promote the meaningful contributions of Alliance Reserve forces. Additionally, increased collaboration among multiple NATO Members' Reserve Forces will further enhance the exchange of best practices/lessons learned and lead to the development of improved reserve capabilities across NATO.

Support of ACT Strategic Objectives:

Instructional Support Strategic Military Partners; Industry Day; Concept Development & Experimentation (CD&E); NATO Network Enabled Capability (NNEC)
SACT Seminars & Symposium SME's at NATO School Courses; NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre (NMIOTC); HQ
NATO Exercise Support STEADFAST and TRIDENT series exercising NATO Response Force. Various roles including: white cell, media, operations, intelligence, logistics etc. ALLIED REACH, CWIX, VIKING civil military exercise
ISAF (RS) & Follow on TE Support (4-6 TE's annually - ISAF HQ training, and RC(N) and RC(S) tactical training) in support of Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), Stavanger, Norway; and Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC), Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Lesson Learned Support ACO, Joint Analysis & Lesson Learned Centre (JALLC) support (Lisbon, Portugal)
MCC Northwood Support N2 Counter Piracy, Maritime Shipping centre Support
Centers of Excellence To liaison and support the various 16 COE's throughout Europe
NATO ACO Support MARCO, SHAPE support

Unit Information

Multi-National Reserve Network Background

  • NATO Nations & Partners are invited to provide 1-2 (or more) Reservists (part-time reservists – NOT full time) to be part of the ACT Multi-National Reserve Network
  • Number of man-days of support dependent upon national laws and regulations
    • For example, US Reservists supporting ACT provide 14-21 days per year of support
  • All ACT Multi-National Reserve Component participation would be VNC
  • To minimize cost/travel for nations, support locations in Europe and remote support maximized for individual reservist
  • NATO Multi-National Reserve Unit (NMRU) will serve as the primary coordinator for:
    • Matching NATO ACT Requirements and Resources (personnel)
    • Communication Flow (e.g. disseminate requirements to NPOCs, updates on Network activities, coordinate NPOC responses)
  • National Point of Contact (NPOCs) for each participating nation will assist in matching Requirements to available Resources

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Multi-National Reserve Network Members & Employment

11 Nations currently part of the NMRN:

Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, United Kingdom, US

2014 Employment:

5 German Reservists: JWC, JFTC (x2), NATO School, and COE (Medical)

2015 Goals:

  • Place 1-2 Reservists from each NMRN member-nation into NATO requirements
  • Add more NATO/Partner nations to the NMRN
  • Expand knowledge/understanding of Network throughout NATO
  • Emphasis on MARCOM support (TRIDENT JEWEL)

Multi-National Reserve Network SOP

1. Operational Concept:

It is intended that this NMRN would be comprised of reservists from NATO and Partnership nations, on a voluntary basis, to provide reservists to support specific NATO requirements.
Requirements will originate at NATO ACT, NATO subordinate Commands (e.g. JWC, JALLC, JFTC), or NATO Centres of Excellence (COEs). These requirements will be collected and identified as Reserve applicable via the NATO ACT Operational Support Officer or the NATO Multinational unit (NMRU). Once identified, these requirements will be distributed to all participating nations in the NMRN via the NPOCs.
Whenever possible NPOCs are encouraged to identify and provide Reserve manning resources to the NMRN for future requirement matching and/or coordination.

General Guidelines:

  • To be a participating nation within the NMRN, each nation must agree to support this operational construct and provide a national point of contact (NPOC).
  • It is emphasized that each participating nation is providing Reserve support on a voluntary basis and there is no associated NATO/ACT budget in direct support of the NMRN.
  • The NMRU, a NATO ACT Reserve Unit (U.S.), will be the primary coordinating component responsible for matching NATO requirements to NMRN Reserve capabilities.

2. Participating Nations' Responsibilities:

  • Identify a NPOC who has the authority to match national reserve support to the identified NMRN requirements;
  • Provide Military Member Information form (see Appendix B) for each participating Reservist to compile a database of skills and contact information;
  • Adhere to the nation's reserve policies with respect to reserve affairs;
  • Ensure follow-through coordination is completed with the NATO command requesting support; and
  • Provide feedback information to the NMRU on requirement status, lessons-learned to improve the NMRN process, and the experiences of the participating Reservists supporting NMRN requirements.

3. NMRU Responsibilities:

The NMRU is a group of U.S. reservists assigned to ACT Headquarters who are familiar with the NATO organization and the support requirements for which reserve support is desired.

  • Identify those NATO requirements which can be met with reserve resources;
  • Disseminate identified reserve requirements to each NPOC;
  • Transparently coordinate all NPOC responses to fill identified requirements;
  • Ensure offered Reserve resources identified by NPOCs are distributed to the applicable NATO Commands; and
  • Periodically report on NMRN activities to stakeholders (e.g. NRFC, NATO ACT)

4. Process Overview:

The decision of each NATO nation to participate, or to not participate, in the NMRN is strictly voluntary. Furthermore, the amount and type of reserve participation within the NMRN is solely at the discretion of each participating nation. To be clear, each nation will make its own decisions if it participates, and on how/when it participates. Additionally, there is no NATO or ACT funding to support any nation's NMRN activities – each nation must fund all of its NMRN activities.

The only pre-requisite for a nation to join the NMRN is to provide ACT with a NPOC. Within ACT, the NMRU serves as the ACT point of contact to coordinate and match NMRN activities.
The NMRU provides all NPOCs with a summary report of suitable NATO requirements as required. This report is called the "NMRN Reserve Requirement Update" (NRRU). The intention is to provide as much information as possible for each Reserve Requirement so NPOCs are able to determine if their nation's reservists may be able to provide the requested support. For example, the update will contain:

  • NATO organization requesting support;
  • Rank of reservist requested;
  • Dates of support;
  • Location of event;
  • Job description; and
  • Other relevant information.

Additionally, the NMRU will identify NATO requirements suitable for Reserve support as far in advance as possible. It should be understood that some of these NATO requirements may be provided without complete information and/or on short notice.

The NPOC (see Appendix C) will review the NRRU and determine if any of their nation's reservists are candidates for providing the requested support. If the NPOC determines that their nation desires to provide reservists for a NATO requirement listed on the NRRU, then the NPOC will contact the NMRU and make an official offer of support. The NMRU will review the official offers of support received from the NPOCs and determine which reserve resource offered best meets the specific NATO requirement.

Resource selection will be a transparent process with the result(s) provided to all NPOCs. As stated previously, the NPOCs can submit Reserve availability to the NMRN for coordination. However, this does not guarantee that this resource will have a matched requirement.

The selected NPOC is responsible to fulfill the NATO requirement and manage their reserve resources with the originating NATO organization. The NPOC will also provide feedback information to the NMRU, including the status of the NMRN Reserve Requirement, lessons-learned to improve the NMRN process, the experiences of the participating Reservists supporting, and any other relevant information.