Admiral General Teodoro E. López Calderón, Chief of Defense Staff (CHOD), has made his first official visit to the NATO Headquarters Rapid Deployable Corps (HQ NRDC-ESP) in the 'Jaime I' Base in Bétera and the 'Santo Domingo' quarter in Valencia.
During his visit to both facilities, he was accompanied by the Chief of Staff of the Army (JEME), Army General Francisco J. Varela Salas, and by the Chief of CGTAD / HQ NRDC-ESP Lieutenant General Fernando García-Vaquero Pradal.
Upon his arrival at the Bétera base, he has been transferred to the command post of the HQ NRDC-ESP deployed on protected tents (COLPRO) at the same base, where he has been informed about the composition, organization and capabilities of the headquarters. . Subsequently, he has made a tour of the command post where he has been shown some military capabilities in which the CGTAD / NRDC-ESP exercises a leadership role, as a result of its multinational experience, preparation and permanent adaptation to new scenarios and threats. . The visit ended with the signing of the Unit's honour book.
The High Availability Terrestrial Headquarters is one of the three First Level command structures of the Army that can be placed at the disposal of the CHOD, contributing to the joint action of the Armed Forces.
Spain's commitment to NATO through the HQ NRDC-ESP
On January 1, 2022, the HQ NRDC-ESP will assume the role of the Warfighting Corps (Headquarters of the Army Corps for high-intensity operations) of NATO for a year, so this year, it is preparing for such a mission. Its evaluation and certification process will culminate at the end of the year with the Steadfast Leda 2021 exercise.
Visit the Information Operations Regiment
The JEMAD has also learned first-hand the capabilities of the recently constituted Information Operations Regiment No. 1, under the command of Colonel José Francisco Sierra Corredor. Although its civil-military cooperation and information operations teams have been employed for years by the operational chain in the different operations in which the Armed Forces participate, the recent integration under a single command of these units provides greater manoeuvrability in the field of the information environment, whose importance is growing in current operating scenarios.
During the visit to the ROI, the CHOD and the JEME were accompanied by Lieutenant General José Rodriguez García, Chief of the Land Force (FUTER), whose Headquarters is located in Seville.