PUBLICAŢIE EDITATĂ DE STATUL MAJOR AL FORŢELOR TERESTRE
At the multinational exercise 'Blonde Avalanche 2016' are participating engineers from countries located in Tisa river basin: Slovakia, Ukraine and Hungary. Two officers belonging to Hungarian and Slovak modules agreed to answer our questions regarding the missions assigned for this exercise, but also if their foregoing experience comprises other interventions to disasters in countries of origin.
The two officers we discussed with are major Balasz Cseh from the Hungarian module, and lieutenant-colonel Ladislav Kisel, from the Slovak module, who is also the co-director of this multinational exercise.
The advantage of training in a multinational environment
The first who answered our questions was Major Balacz Cseh
— What is your mission in this exercise?
— The Hungarian soldiers have two main tasks during the Blonde Avalanche exercise. The battalion staff is working in close connection with three other nations in the command post exercise part. Our mission is to build a refugee camp for the victims of the flood. But of course, just in theory.
The oter part of the exercise is the LIVEX. By the river Somes in Martinesti, the Hungarian military engineers practicing together with our Romanian comrades. According to the plans they are responsible for the transportation of the people from the flooded area with rubber boats.
— How would you describe this work in multinational environment?
— In my opinion, its important and useful for every nation of the TISZA Multinational Engineer Battalion to practice the military decision making process in multinational environment.
— In your country you have acted, real, in a response to natural disasters?
— Yes, we have participated in real life tasks in Hungary, like so called Red sludge catastrophe which was an industrial accident in 2010. I can also mention the latest flood of the River Danube in 2013.
— How would you describe how your men have so far acted in exercise?
— As the commander of the Hungarian module, I am working in the CPX most of time, but I had the chance to visit the LIVEX on Tuesday. I can day that I am satisfide with my men. They are doing their best to be successful both in the CPX and in the LIVEX. I look forward to the dynamic presentation of hte DV Day.
— In addition to the questions asked, is there anything else you want to tell about the work you are doing in Satu Mare?
— I would like to thank the hospitality of the Romanian Armed Forces.
The idea of creating mixed working groups for a multicultural environment
Lieutenant Colonel Ladislav Kisel, the Slovak Module Commander, has been designated co-director of the exercise due to the fact that next year the military exercise ’Blonde Avalanche’ will be held in Slovakia.
'Working in the multinational environment is always challenging. However, it is utmost important to train staffs in cooperation and close coordination with colleagues from other nations. For the next exercises we should consider mixing teams in order to force people to speak together more, because it is a natural trend to create small groups from the same nationalities and speaking own language. This project is a unique chance since our nations speak completely different languages as well as have various culture.'
Referring to the real missions that his subordinates accomplished in Slovakia, lieutenant-colonel Kisel said that the Engineer Batallion that he commands has been deployed several times to diminish the consequences of natural disasters occurring in his country. ’Engineer battalion, I am commander of, has been deployed regularly in a response to all kinds of natural disasters in the past. We have set up many replacements of damaged bridges, helped people to recover from floods, snow calamities or fires.’ As regarding the way that the slovak engineers accomplished their missions during the exercise, Lieutenant Colonel Kisel said: 'I am always proud of my personnel, so am I now. Both staff and troops showed their professionalism. I am looking forward to the next exercise within this project taking place in Slovakia where we can deploy more forces and means and so master our capabilities'.
"I am glad for this chance to meet engineers from other countries and follow their procedures. Of course, there is always room for improvement but we must use this excellent training opportunity to improve our capabilities for disaster relief in order to be able to effectively help our people when needed", concluded Lieutenant Colonel Kisel.
Our thanks to lieutenant Cătălin Födy for their help in the translation of some sentences from Romanian to English.