IZMIR, Turkey – Allied Land Command supported an Operational Capabilities Concept (OCC) NATO-led Evaluation Level 1 (NEL1) in Banja Luka, Bosnia Herzegovina from September 20-25.
As NATO's Land Domain Advocate, LANDCOM provided five evaluators from their Military Cooperation Branch to key positions including Evaluation Director and Evaluation Team Leaders.
The evaluated unit was a Light Infantry Battlegroup. They were, to date, the biggest NEL 1 evaluated unit in OCC history with 819 total assigned personnel. The Evaluation Team consisted of a total 52 people and included evaluators and SMEs from Allied Joint Force Command Naples and Allied Joint Force Brunssum representing 11 different nations including Croatia, Germany, Norway, France, Romania, Spain, USA, Canada, Ireland, Azerbaijan, and Italy .
On September 23, the NATO-led evaluation team was visited by the Bosnia-Herzegovina Defence Minister, Chief of Defence, and the commander of NATO Bosnia and Herzegovina Headquarters in Sarajevo.