The Joint Force Command in Brunssum is established to provide appropriate command and control to the Resolute Support mission that is designated in Afghanistan. It provides functions for training, advisory and assistance. As a primary response force, it undertakes the responsibilities in emerging crises, disasters and other contingencies where transformation is its main driving key.

Cost of Living: United States is 3.49% higher than in Netherlands

Automated Telephone Attendant Number: 046-443-7500

City/area population: 28,840

Child Development Center:

Afnorth International School

Ferdinand Bolstraat 1, 6445 EE Brunssum, Netherlands

+31 45 527 8222

http://www.afnorth-is.com/

Carbooncollege Rombouts

Schoolstraat 16, 6443 Brunssum, Netherlands

+31 45 525 8616

http://www.rombouts-lvo.nl/

Youth Program: 

Club Beyond

Brunssum, Netherlands

+31.455.26.2912

https://clubbeyond.org/Pages/default.aspx

Employment:

76.7% in Industrial Sector

Base services:

Hendrik Camp

Rimburgerweg 30, 6445 PA Brunssum, Netherlands

http://www.jfcbs.nato.int/community/about-us/hendrik-camp.aspx

+31 (0)45 526 2222

Medical Services:

Zuyderland Medisch Centrum Brunssum

Kochstraat 2, 6442 BE Brunssum, Netherlands

+31 45 527 9999

http://www.zuyderland.nl/

Fysiopraktijk Tummers Maatschap Fysiotherapie

Kerkstraat 302 Brunssum 6441 BM, Netherlands

+314 5564 1410

History

The Joint Force Command in Brunssum, Netherlands is the result of frequent relocation of what used to be Allied Forces Central or AFCENT which was first activated at Fontainebleau in August 1953. The establishment of the Joint Force Command in Brunssum came from General Dwight D. Eisenhower’s realization about devising a command arrangement in the Central Region where it contains a bulk of NATO’s forces will become complicated. General Eisenhower was appointed as the Supreme Allied Commander Europe in 1950 and found that establishing an arrangement that will satisfy the three major powers for the reason that the views of the United States, the United Kingdom and France differed significantly in terms of proper relationship of air and ground power.

And from the World War II experience of General Eisenhower, he decided not to appoint a CINC for the Central Region and just retain the overall control to himself. But in exchange to these, three separate commanders-in-chief for each will report directly to the SACEUR. For the Flag Officer Central Europe, the Vice Admiral of the French Navy Robert Jaujard was appointed and had served from April 2, 1951, up to August 20, 1953. With Eisenhower’s successor ascending to the position, who is General Ridgeway, he established a single Commander-in-Chief for regions that have subordinate land, air and naval commanders.

And to test NATO’s integrated air-defense system that is positioned in the central European front, the Operation Counter Punch was implemented in September 1957 as part of the AFCENT air-ground military exercise. This air-ground military exercise involves the national air-defense system of France, Belgium, Britain, and the Netherlands. And from this operation, it revealed the deficiencies in the Integrated NATO Air Defense System as well as its responsiveness to the theoretical Soviet and Warsaw Pact advances in the ground.

The German Naval forces were then shifted to that command after the establishment of the Commander Allied Forces Baltic Approaches in July 1962. With its organization, the need for small headquarters of Allied Naval Forces Central Europe and its subordinate commands had vanquished – which have resulted to its disestablishment in 1962.

The AFCENT only remained in France until 1967 when France removed itself from the military command structures. From this removal, the headquarters was then moved to Brunssum in 1967 and was reactivated now under the German command.

When the Allied Forces Northern Europe Headquarters deactivated in 2000 at Kolsas, Norway, it led to the re-designation of AFCENT as a Regional Headquarter for the Allied Forces Northern Europe. It was operated until 2004 but was renamed as Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum in order to add the flexibility of the headquarters to the military command structure where regional restrictions were removed.

Units

The Hendrik Camp serves as the main headquarter and base area of the JFC Brunssum. Organizations that can also be found in the vicinity are the NATO Communication and Information System Services Agency, Sector Brunssum as well as the NAPMA or the NATO Airborne Early Warning & Control Programme Management Agency.

Amenities such as small tax-free department store called B&S Store can also be found in Hendrik Camp. There are also film theatre, gymnasium as well as additional services that are provided by the AAFES that can be found on US Army Garrison Schinnen.

Another notable unit in JFC Brunssum is NATO command and communication bunker which is the Static War Headquarters Castlegate. This is located approximately 2 km northeast to the town of Linnich in Germany and this is being operated in a caretaker status by the German military contingents.

Housing

Most personnel posted at JFC Brunssum were administered and housed by UKJSU while some are not. Off-base housing can be checked with the Housing and Community Support Office or HCSO, where the application for family accommodation should also be submitted using the MOD Form 1132. The HCSO will advise the housing applicants if their accommodation is ready on the required date.

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