The Czech Republic joined the MFO as a Troop Contributing Nation in 2009, and the first Czech Contingent (CZECHCON) soldiers arrived in the Sinai on 17 November. Initially, the deployment consisted of three staff officers in the following key positions:
- Assistant Chief of Staff in the rank of Lieutenant Colonel;
- Force Protection and Security Officer in the rank of Major; and
- Force Engineering Staff Officer in the rank of Major.
On 4 November 2013, the contingent expanded to include an additional thirteen positions following the provision of a CASA C-295M to take on fixed-wing responsibilities with the MFO, including COU Treaty and transport missions. Two further positions were added in 2016 to support fixed-wing operations.
While the three staff officer positions serve a one-year tour of duty with the MFO, the Fixed Wing Aviation Unit personnel currently serve a four-month tour of duty.
The Assistant Chief of Staff, who also serves as the CZECHCON Commander, supports the Chief of Staff to prioritize and manage tasks assigned to various Force branches and ensures that all safety incidents are staffed and managed in a timely manner. Additionally, he/she is the Budget Line Manager for Force Temporary Duty Assignments and participates in “After Action Reviews” to ensure the incorporation of “Lessons Learned” at the Force.
The Force Protection and Security Officer provides guidance and direction to all MFO Force Protection and Security Officers. Responsibilities include coordinating the physical security, operational security, and personnel security of South Camp, Forward Operating Base - North, and all remote sites.
The Force Engineering Staff Officer manages new construction and maintenance projects throughout the project lifecycle to include development, planning, execution, monitoring, control, and completion. He/she supervises the processing of work orders and ensures they are executed in a well-coordinated and timely manner and meet construction standards.
The CASA Fixed Wing Aviation Unit, under the operational control of the Force Commander, supports MFO operations by providing:
- Passengers and cargo transport (up to 60 pax and 6,000 kg respectively);
- COU reconnaissance and verification flights;
- VIP and Treaty Party transport; and
- CASEVAC and search and rescue flights.
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