NATO Response Force

Launched in 2002, the NATO Response Force (NRF) is a highly ready and technologically advanced, multinational force made up of land, air, maritime and Special Operations Forces (SOF) components that the Alliance can deploy quickly, wherever needed and to react in a very short time to the full range of security challenges from crisis management to collective defense.

The NRF is based on a rotational system where Allied nations commit units for a period of 12 months.

In 2014 NATO Allies decided to enhance the NRF by creating a “spearhead force” within it, known as the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF).

This enhanced NRF, which numbers around 40.000 troops, is one of the measures of the Readiness Action Plan, which aims to respond to the changes in the security environment and strengthen the Alliance’s collective defense.

The overall command of the NRF belongs to the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR). The decision to deploy the NRF is taken by the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s highest political decision-making body.

In addition to its operational role, the NRF can be used for greater cooperation in education and training, increased exercises and better use of technology.

Eurocorps was already been involved twice in NATO stand-by periods:
– 2006 as NRF 7
– 2010 as NRF 15
Each time in stand-by phase for six months.

The preparation periods have been characterized by a series of NATO exercises.

The next NRF stand by period for Eurocorps will be in 2020. Eurocorps will again assume the role of a NATO Land Component Command.

Commanding GeneralLieutenant General Laurent KOLODZIEJ

Lieutenant General Laurent Kolodziej was commissioned into the French cavalry in 1987. He served in the French Foreign Legion in Orange and Djibouti. Among the highlights of his career were his command of the light armoured regiment of the French Mountain Brigade (4th chasseur regiment) and later that of one of the only two French amphibious brigades (6th light armoured brigade). He was also appointed French military attaché to the United Kingdom in London. He was Commander of RRC France before taking command of Eurocorps since 2019.

Chief Of StaffMajor General Xavier WATTEEUW

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Deputy CommanderMajor General Josef BLOTZ

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DCOS I and ABrigadier General Stéphane PAU

After having completed the French officers’ school at Saint-Cyr in 1987, Brigadier General Stéphane Pau opted for the infantry. He mostly served the French Foreign Legion in French Guiana and in France. In particular he took command of the 4th Foreign Legion Infantry Regiment. He commanded also the Joint Center for Actions on the Environment, the French CMI/CIMIC and Influence Center in Lyon. He was posted twice to the US at the 2d division of the USMC and within the CENTCOM. He as conducted several oversea missions in Africa.

DCOS PLANS / OPSBrigadier General Fernando Luis GRACIA HERREIZ

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DCOS SPT / ENABBrigadier General Wojciech KUCHARSKI

Brigadier General Wojciech KUCHARSKI worked through almost all career levels in Land Forces line - from a Platoon Commander to the Deputy Chief P3/P7 in the Armed Forces Operational Planning and Training Directorate of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces (including missions - Chad / RCA and service abroad - EU Brussels). From 2018 BG Kucharski is appointed to Deputy Chief of Staff SPT & ENB in HQ Eurocorps.

BG Kucharski graduated from the Armored Troops Officers School in Poznań and War College, Center for Higher Military Studies and The Institute of Higher Studies of National Defense in Paris.