6th Joint Airlift Workshop (JAWS)

From 1-3 October 2019, the MCCE Air Transport Cell hosted the 6th Annual Joint Airlift Workshop (JAWS) at the MCCE on Eindhoven Airbase, The Netherlands.

The course was attended by 31 personnel from 18 nations and agencies.  The objective of the course was to provide personnel with an in-depth knowledge of the airlift capabilities of partner nations and the methods by which to access and exploit those capabilities.

It included briefings from internal MCCE activities, EATC, SALCC, JADTEU (Joint Air Delivery Test and Evaluation Unit), and HAW.

Additionally, attendees also participated in a Rehearsal of Concept (ROC) Drills to provide individuals with an opportunity to use multiple agencies in order to satisfy a transportation requirement based on real-world examples.

Participants to the 6th Joint Airlift Workshop


Defender 20 Coalition Movement Working Group (DEF20 CMWG)

DEF20 CMWG was promoted, organized, and hosted by the MCCE on September 18th – 19th at Conference Centre Koningshof, Veldhoven, the Netherlands. 48 attendees composing 9 Nations’ delegations as well as NATO JFC Brunssum representatives and NSPA representatives were part of the meeting.

The working group aim was to synchronize the Nations on Defender 2020 National movement plans along with US support requirements to transiting/participating/bidding Nations.

DEF20 CMWG at Conference Centre Koningshof, Veldhoven, the Netherlands

The conference mainly focused the participants attention on US/USAREUR’s Continental movements into the joint exercise area (JEA) in conjunction with US support general needs coming from DEF20 Main Planning Conference (MPC).

21st Theater Sustainment Command (TSC) team displaying Exercise Concept of Movement

The US 21st TSC planners team presented to the Partners coalition the initial inland surface movements requests for oversized and out of gauge equipment centred on exercise Concept of Movement, to bring together possible offers through partners’ national military fleets and transport contracts.

In addition, during this conference, the Regional Movement Coordination Centre (RMCC) concept was disclosed. Such organization will have the scope of de-conflicting, coordinating, enforcing and managing the execution of the movements of the Coalition Forces in support of DEFENDER 2020 – Europe. The RMCC will provide input from the national movement coordination centres (NMCC) into the overall movement picture.

Throughout the final review, actual offers from Transiting/Participating/Bidding Nations were assembled to respond to all US necessities presented.

The event was seen by the Nations as a highly valuable platform of cooperation among DEF20 Nations that doubtlessly helped the coalition to initially address and manage logistics key factors to the successful exercise outcome.

Change of Command

On August 21st, the MCCE hosted a sober but formal Change of Command Ceremony on the occasion of the changeover of the MCCE Director.

The outgoing Director, Col. FRA AF Eric HERBAUT, handed over the MCCE colours to Gr. Capt. GBR AF Stuart GREGORY.

In his speech, Col Herbaut expressed his gratitude to the MCCE staff who supported him with discharging his important responsibilities to provide strategic lift and AAR services to the Member Nations.

Gr. Capt. Gregory thanked the MCCE Steering Board for putting their trust in him to lead the MCCE to greater achievements in sharing vital operational and logistic capabilities, and he committed to generating yet further strategic co-operation between Member Nations by using the MCCE as a centre for innovation and debate.

The ceremony was chaired by Brigadier General AUT A Roman FISCHER, the Chairman of the MCCE Steering Board. Numerous national representatives of the Governance Bodies of the MCCE and related agencies attended the formal event and the hearty reception that followed during a sunny and cheerful day.

This gave the opportunity to the MCCE staff to present to Col. Herbaut a gift to mark their gratitude and respect that matured over the year spent under his leadership.

The MCCE is now ready to face new challenges and to aim to further achievements!

MCCE Customs Workshop

The 6th Customs workshop was held at Karup Air Base in Denmark, on 27-28 June 2019, hosted by a Nation for the first time since the initiative creation.

29 Delegates from 14 Nations, NATO, NSPA and Deployable Allied Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC) attended the meeting.

National, NSPA and DACCC representatives at the 6th Customs Workshop at Karup Air base (DNK).

Participants’ interest was predominantly involved with:

  • European Defence Agency (EDA) progress of the Customs “Category A” programme (Harmonizing the Military Requirements related to Customs) update;
  • Canada’s national use of the Form 302;
  • BREXIT, possible scenarios and Nations’ conceivable preparation;
  • Norwegian view on TRJE18 Customs aspects;
  • Danish national Customs perspective and freight forwarders role in the Customs logistic chain.

Of note, the highlights presented on the planned Form 302 digitization process in conjunction with the developing harmonization of procedures for Form 302 ongoing within the EDA “Cat. A” project.

IST Ops Meeting Tampere

On 4-5 June 2019, Finland hosted the 37th IST ops meeting in Tampere.

MCCE Nations and NSPA were represented with 29 delegates.

National and NSPA Representatives at the IST ops meeting in Finland.

The conference principally focused the attendees’ attention on:

  • Updating on M&T topics, transport procedures and rules either generic IST or railway options;
  • Coordinating US ATLANTIC RESOLVE 2019 fall rotation planned and DEFENDER 20 Exercise CONOPS through short term planning meetings (US Mid Planning Conference (MPC)-Jul 19 and MCCE Coalition Movement WG-Sep 19);
  • Delivering information on AURORA exercise initial conference in SWE, Sep 19.

Also, the NSPA representative briefed the Participants about the Strategic Rail study status.

The research is composed of in gradual phases and the main aims will be:

  • options and requirements for a commercial contract and military options;
  • coherent and coordinated approach with industry (prioritization) on equipment and access to rail networks.

AT Ops Meeting Quebec

The 28th Air Transport (AT) Operations meeting was hosted by Canada in Quebec City over 20 and 21 May 19.

The meeting was attended by over 50 representatives from member nations and partner organisations.

Of note, the United Nations (UN) attended for the first time and delivered a brief on UN HQ Movements Control as we seek to develop cooperation between the UN and MCCE.

Participants to the 28th MCCE AT Ops meeting in Quebec, Canada


AAR Ops Meeting Mildenhall

On 16-17th May 2019, the 22nd MCCE AAR OPS Meeting took place at the RAF Base in Mildenhall, Great Britain.

This meeting was attended by 32 representatives from 6 MNs[1] (DEU, PRT, GBR, NLD, POL, USA[2]), 9 organizations (EATC[3], JAPCC[4], MCCE[5], MMF[6], NETMA[7], DACCC[8], CAOC[9] Uedem, AIRCOM[10], C/KC-135 International Programs Branch AFLCMC/WKDI[11]), and Airbus civilian company.

The symposium focused the MNs attention predominantly on:

  • ATARES based cooperation
  • Trust and interoperability among the Nations
  • Commercial AAR services as a potential solution for the shortage of Military AAR assets
  • Multinational MRTT Fleet
  • National Updates
  • AAR Certification processes and updates
  • MCCE support for operations, exercises and training in peace time.
Participants to the 22nd MCCE AAR Ops meeting in UK
Participants to the 22nd MCCE AAR Ops meeting in UK

[1] MNs: Member Nations

[2] USA: 603rd AOC + 100th OG

[3] EATC: European Air Transport Command

[4] JAPCC: Joint Air Power Competence Centre

[5] MCCE: Movement Coordination Centre Europe

[6] MMF: Multinational MRTT Fleet

[7] NETMA: NATO Eurofighter and Tornado Management Agency

[8] DACCC: Deployable Air Command and Control Centre

[9] CAOC: Combined Air Operations Centre

[10] AIRCOM: Allied Air Command

[11] AFLCMC/WKDI: Air Force Life Cycle Management Centre


Athens Multinational Shipping Coordination Centre (AMSCC) fact-finding visit to MCCE

Eindhoven, 6th of March 2019

As a follow up on the DIR MCCE visit earlier this year in Athens, AMSCC visited MCCE in order to continue to discuss mutual options for cooperation between the two entities.

The need for a more coordinated planning of Sealift movements related to a.m.o.t. VJTF were discussed and also the possibility for AMSCC to be able to offer empty space in RO/RO ships already operating in the Mediterranean to MCCE members.

MCCE as well as AMSCC will follow up on this and other subjects in future talks.

AMSCC Visit to MCCE 3-2019
From right to left: CPT H. Gerwing DEU A, LTC A. Passaro, ITA AF, CDR Mauritzio Albine ITA, CPT(N) Spyropoulos Vasileios HE, CDR H.O. Nielsen DNK and LTC Róbert Kovács, HUN A.

2nd NMCC Commanders Conference

The 2nd NMCC Commanders Conference was held in Eindhoven on 21-23 January 2019.

In total, 23 nations as well as Multi-national organisations such as, EATC, EDA, EUMS, HAW, NATO JFCB, NATO JFCN, NATO SHAPE, NATO SJLSG, NSPA and SALCC were present at the conference.

After the welcome address Col. Boekolt, the Eindhoven AB Base commander, the 74 representatives discussed several topics like (not exhaustive):

  • Maximising the Capacity of Limited Strategic Lift
    • Member Nations capacities in Africa
    • Middle East practices
    • UN capabilities in Africa
  • EX TRJE18 – Lessons Learned/HNS/RSOM
  • Panel discussion, Lead nation concept for TRJE 2018
  • EUMS: Military Mobility, CSDP missions and operations with a focus on Africa
  • EATC: Shuttle project, EGOM

2nd NMCC Commanders Conference - Group Photo
The conference was a great meeting opportunity for our member nations and Multi-national organisations to exchange information and points of view on many important movement and transportations related issues.

2nd NMCC Commanders Conference - Session