Originally the command was known as Headquarters, Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT) when it was activated in August 1953 in Fontainebleau, outside Paris, France.
The mission of Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum is to foster an open and active family of headquarters based on enduring relationships focusing on issues of common interest in order to enhance coordination, cooperation and situational awareness.
The enhanced NRF construct agreed at the Wales Summit in 2014 is built on an operational command and control mechanism that includes: a deployable Joint Task Force HQ (JTF HQ) annually provided by and rotated between NATO’s two Joint Force Commands – Brunssum and Naples; the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF); an Initial Follow On Forces Group (IFFG); and the Response Forces Pool (RFP). The JTF HQ was introduced in 2012, aiming to improve the NATO Command Structure by increasing flexibility and deployability. Participation in the NRF is preceded by a six-month NATO exercise programme in order to integrate and standardise the various national contingents. Generally, contributing nations carry out a pre-training period of between 6-18 months prior to assuming the role of an NRF high-readiness unit. Once the overall preparation period has been completed, certified forces are held on stand-by to deploy on operations for 12 months.
Circa 2010, JFC Brussum appears to be responsible for Contingency Plan Eagle Guardian, NATO’s Article 5 plan to defend Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia.
The obvers features the coat of arms of the AJFCB and the reverse has the 2 crossed flags of the Netherlands and NATO.
Minted from solid bronze and given antique finish, this coin is accented with richly-colored enamels.
Each coin measures a 1 3/4″ (44mm) in diameter.
This is a surplus NWTM item. Packaging may vary.