By Lori Meeks
Representatives from the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), the Bosnia and Herzegovina Peace Support Operations Training Centre (PSOTC), and the UN Force Generation and Logistics Operations Sections collaborated to instruct a United Nations’ Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO) Application and Administrative Support Workshop, conducted from October 1 – 4 in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
The 1-week workshop was part of the U.S. government-funded security assistance program, Global Peace Support Operations Initiative (GPOI), and was organized by NPS, the designated United States’ Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center (USPTC). The workshop was led by USPTC Deputy Director, Mr. Alan Howard, and was taught by a multinational instructor staff including Mr. Gerard Hauy, Deputy Chief, UN Force Generation Section, Mr. Harinder Sood, Officer-in-Charge, UN Logistics Operations Section, and Lt. Col. Julian Bower, Director of Studies, PSOTC.
As the Kyrgyz government prepares to deploy peacekeepers in PKO environments, the challenges of providing the best possible guidance and support on the requisite application and administrative requirements for effective deployment are ever increasing. The workshop was a critical first step in the pre-deployment process as it assisted senior military and civilian officials of the Kyrgyz Ministry of Defense in assimilating the UN rules and requirements to deploy a designated peacekeeping contingent and necessary associated command and logistics augmentation to UNPKO missions. In addition, the workshop allowed participants to become more knowledgeable about the UN Standby Arrangement System (UNSAS), Troop Contributing Country (TCC) tools, physical deployment of the unit's equipment/Contingent Owned Equipment (COE), logistics support, and the overall UN pre-deployment guidelines and requirements. Syndicate discussions offered throughout the workshop were helpful in clarifying more effective ways to make an offer of contribution, which should ultimately improve a country’s chance of being selected for deployment.
Course participants included delegation head, COL Amanbay Matisakov, Chief of the Military Medical Directore, and nine additional senior officials from the Kyrgyz Ministry of Defense. Also in attendance for the first day sessions was ARCENT Country Desk Officer, LTC Paul Becker, who discussed recent assessment of the Kyrgyz Infantry Battalion at Bujum. U.S. DATT, LTC Daniel Manning, was present for the closing session of the workshop and participated in discussions on the way forward for the Kyrgyz Republic in the PKO realm. The program was executed successfully, and received overwhelmingly positive feedback. Delegation head, COL Matisakov, expressed his belief that such a course was long overdue. LT Adiya Madylova of the International Military Cooperative Directorate was quoted as saying, “I’ve been working on (my country’s plans for) Peacekeeping since 2009 and I think we achieved more significant progress in the last 4 days than we have in all that time.”
As the Global Peace Operations Initiative further targets to enhance international capacity to effectively conduct United Nations and regional peace support operations, the Naval Postgraduate School, as the designated Partnership for Peace Training and Education Center, is committed to continue assisting emerging Troop Contributing Countries in building sustainable, indigenous peacekeeping training capacity.
Posted 8 November, 2012