Defense Minister Margarita Robles visited the Terrestrial High Availability Headquarters (CGTAD) at the Jaime I de Btera military base (Valencia), which is part of the NATO armed forces structure and has the ability to lead a military operation of up to 80,000 soldiers.
Like the rest of the armed forces, this headquarters has deployed troops and resources in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic during the Balmis operations and the current Baluarte mission, and activated nearly 400 chasers and other supporters. In particular in the Valencian community during Balmis they have carried out 325 presence missions and 2,500 disinfections as well as 180 supports.
Robles spent time with some of the men and women who participated in these surgeries to learn firsthand about their work and experiences, and finally thanked each and every one of them for their excellent teamwork.
After attending a lecture on the history, tasks and challenges of this multinational headquarters and considering an exhibition on his skills, the minister left a few words of praise and gratitude in the book of honor: Spain is a great country. Our army, an international example, and this headquarters, the best representation, with men and women of whom we are very proud and who have and will have great leadership and leadership in NATO, he wrote.
The Minister was accompanied during the visit by the Army Chief of Staff, General Francisco Varela, and the Chief of the CGTAD, Lieutenant General Fernando Garca-Vaquero.
The CGTAD is a national body whose main role is to prepare to be used as the command structure for the specified operations.
In addition, it will be made available to NATO, which thus belongs to the NATO armed forces structure, with a total of 9 similar headquarters throughout the Atlantic Alliance. It can also be offered to the European Union as an operational headquarters.
In this case, they, along with allied staff from the eleven different nations that make them up, form the headquarters of the Rapid Deployable Corps of the Atlantic Alliance (HQ NRDC-ESP, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Spain, in English).
This means that it is able to conduct a national military operation or under the auspices of NATO of up to 80,000 military personnel (up to five divisions) worldwide with complete autonomy and in a short period of time.
For this purpose, it has information and telecommunication systems with a high technological and secure level, as well as specific units of logistical and security support, including a support battalion and a battalion of the military police, all headquartered in Btera (Valencia).
One of the most immediate challenges is to take over the leadership of the so-called Warfighting Corps, a conventional, high-intensity operation in which Spain and in particular the CGTAD of Btera are used as a reference unit in the national and international scene, the third ally to take over this leadership .
The terrestrial headquarters for high availability has nearly 60 soldiers from eleven allied countries, some in key positions, with Italy and the United States contributing the largest contingents.
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