UK takes over Presidency at Summer Congress in Quebec City

August 10, 2018 – Quebec, CIOR Public Affairs.

By: U.S. Air Force Reserve Senior Airman Justin Fuchs.

Canada hosted the Interallied Confederation of Reserve Officers (CIOR) and Interallied Confederation of Medical Reserve  Officers (CIOMR) annual Summer Congress from August 3 to 10, in Quebec City, Canada.

Founded in 1948 and officially recognised by  NATO in 1976, CIOR provides advice on the best use of reservists and improves the knowledge of NATO authorities about national reserve forces. CIOR mainly meets twice a year, at the Summer Congress rotating between member countries and at the Mid Winter Meeting in Brussels.

– An honour to host the CIOR Summer Congress

“It is an honor to once again host the CIOR/CIOMR Summer Congress,” said Harjit S. Sajjan, Canadian Minister of National Defence. “Through our defence policy, strong, secure, engaged, our Government has committed to further integrating reservists into the total force and providing it with sufficient numbers, training, preparation, and equipment to be ready to contribute to operations at home and abroad. I am proud that our CAF reservists are joining our international partners to discuss common Reserve Force issues, such as contribution to international operations, training and employer support.”

The activities of the 2018 CIOR Summer Congress have been held in several locations around Quebec City, including the Québec Citadel, CAF Base Valcartier and the Pointe-à-Carcy Naval Reserve. The 2nd Canadian Division has provided the personnel and facilities required, welcoming all participants and guests to the various activities and ensuring this international event runs smoothly.

– Good opportunity to demonstrate Canada’s professionalism

“I am pleased to be a part of such a special event that brings nations together, develops important cross-cultural dialogues and provides a forum for collaborative approaches to common problems,” said Major-General P.J. Bury, Chief of Reserves and Employer Support. “Hosting and participating in CIOR Summer Congress 2018 is a good opportunity for us to demonstrate the professionalism of Canada’s Reserve forces and the Canadian Armed Forces as a whole.”

More than 23 nations participated in discussions on prominent issues related to military reserves including the contribution of reserve forces to international operations, reserve training, education and employer support.

Forging links between reserve officers of many different nations

This annual Summer Congress provided an opportunity for participating nations to forge links between military reserve officers, share best practices, develop viewpoints on issues in support of the NATO alliance, and foster reserve officer professional development.

“The 2nd Canadian Division and the Joint Task Force (East) are proud to welcome and take part in the CIOR Summer Congress in Quebec City,” said Brigadier-General Jennie Carignan, Commander, 2nd Canadian Division. “This is an excellent opportunity to share our Reserve Force’s significant contributions with our allies, take active part in discussions to improve our common practices, and foster our reservists’ professional development. This excellent forum for new ideas and innovative concepts will allow us to continue building a strong and operationally focused Reserve Force.”

Military Competition central to Summer Congress

An integral component of the Summer Congress was a three-day military competition where more than 150 reservists from 23 countries tested their skills in marksmanship, military navigation, land and water obstacle courses, hand grenade throwing, combat first aid knowledge, and the application of the Law of Armed Conflict. Established in 1957, MILCOMP is an internationally recognised competition focused on military skills that challenge the leadership and physical fitness of reservists from different nations.

The Summer Congress ended with closing ceremonies and a gala dinner for all those who attended before dismissal until the Mid Winter Meeting.

The UK took the Presidency of CIOR from the closing of the Summer Congress 2018 till 2020 after a most successful summer congress for which I thank our Canadian friends.

Fundamental shift

– The UK Presidency marks a fundamental shift in the way CIOR does business, says president, UK Army Colonel Chris Argent (R). – For the first time in many years there is certainty as to the next 6 years presidencies (UK, Germany and Estonia) and the UK Presidency will work towards formulating long term strategies and plans looking ahead over this period.

– The UK is a nation committed to the use of Reserves as part of an integrated Defence Force and many thousands of Reservists have served and indeed still are serving in Afghanistan Iraq and other missions around the world. Reservists not only bring their military skills which are placed at the nation’s use but have their civilian and careers enriched by their military commitment, Argent said.

Focussing on the Young Reserve Officer

CIOR provides the opportunity for Reservists of 34 nations to come together in a range of activities intended both to increase personal development, aid retention and improve the quality and breadth of reserve service and also to develop and inform stakeholder nations’ knowledge of Reserves and disseminate best practice. In particular the theme of the UK Presidency ”The Young Reserve Officer” recognises the dialogue needed to attract, train, retain and develop the young leaders of tomorrow’s Reserves.

– I am honoured to have been chosen to lead the UK Presidency. The presidency is ground breaking for being in effect a collaboration between the UK and Estonia, with nearly half of the team being found from our allies. This chimes with the UK’s already close relationship with Estonia in providing ground forces to the Eastern Flank of NATO, Argent emphasized.

Technology and cyber top-of-mind during civil-military cooperation exercise

Canadian Army·Thursday, August 23, 2018

 

By Second Lieutenant Natalia Flynn, Army Public Affairs

Quebec City, Quebec — Reservist civil-military affairs specialists from 14 nations came together in early August 2018 for the seventh annual CIMEX (Civil-Military Cooperation Exercise), a hands-on training event that kicked off the 2018 Summer Congress of the Interallied Confederation of Reserve and Medical Reserve Officers (CIOR/CIOMR).

For the first time in 28 years, Canada hosted this NATO-endorsed association of Reserve professionals from NATO member countries, Partnership for Peace Programme and non-member nations. The 2018 CIMEX was also the first to be given official status as a NATO training event.

The role of civil-military cooperation (CIMIC) specialists is to help enable more effective cooperation between the military and civilian worlds to the benefit of both. CIMIC specialists meet with civilian leaders of communities in which they deploy to share information and determine the needs and capabilities of the local populace. They then advise their military commanders on effective ways to work with civilian government and non-government organizations during a mission.

Advanced technologies in humanitarian assistance

For three days, CIMEX participants applied their expertise as advisors to their respective militaries on how to best use advanced technologies in humanitarian assistance and disaster response scenarios. Senior officers shared best practices and discussed their experiences of working in challenging environments with multiple players. The exercise concluded with presentations of team-developed solutions for a mock crisis scenario.

Highlights of the teamwork component included trialing virtual battle space technology, led by technicians from the 2nd Canadian Division Simulation Centre at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier. CIMEX participants travelled through a three-dimensional representation of the crisis area via unmanned aerial vehicles and other modes of air and ground transportation to survey the terrain for which they were responsible.

Realistic overview

“Virtual battle space technology offers a much more realistic overview of what is happening on the ground during a crisis, which enables users to have a more accurate picture of the situation and make better decisions,” said Lieutenant-Colonel Martin Lessard, Commanding Officer of 35 Combat Engineer Regiment.

Participants were challenged in discussions about the cyber domain and its growing impact on CIMIC. Cyber operators are a relatively new trade in the Canadian Armed Forces. They can expect to face misinformation tactics, hacking and other electronic threats while working with communications infrastructure, which plays a central role in effectively coordinating humanitarian assistance and disaster response missions.

– Reserves are the perfect candidates

Lieutenant-Colonel Norman White, lead Canadian Army planner for CIMEX, was impressed with the collaborative spirit of the exercise and the quality of the plans produced by the teams. “Reservists are the perfect candidates for this type of work, as they often bring a tremendous body of experience with them from their civilian work lives that is very applicable,” he said.

Major Holly Cookson of the United States Air Force Reserve, and a long-time CIMEX planning committee member, said that members’ civilian work experience not only benefits their military occupation, but lessons learned with international military peers during events such as CIMEX can transfer to one’s civilian career as well.

 

CIOR/CIOMR Summer Congress 2018

CIOR & CIOMR Summer Congress 2018

Start: 2018-08-05 | End: 2018-08-10
Location: Quebec City CANADA

The Quebec City Summer Congress registration website can be found here.

We wish to welcome you and all CIOR and CIOMR members to Quebec City for what promises to be an unforgettable experience in a beautiful environment.

At this point we urge everyone who plans on attending to book their hotels as soon as possible as the closing date for the preferred rate and guarantee of room availability is 15 May. The congress and hotel bookings are being managed in keeping with Canadian Financial Administration Act guidelines.

Under the “accommodations” tab, you will find the various hotel options. The Delta Marriott is the central hotel where all activities EXCEPT YROW/ CIMEX/ MILCOMP are scheduled, the links connects you directly to the booking site with the CIOR preferred rate.

The Concorde Hotel is the site for YROW. The link will take you to the Concorde’s website for information purposes however you need to call them at 1.800.463.5256 or email them at info@hotelleconcorde.com and quote Promotion Code 605456 to get the CIOR rate..

Only CIMEX will be staying in military accommodations at Pointe-a-Carcy, and this is only for the duration of the CIMEX. Clicking on that link will download a document that describes the different types of room and their prices. Reservations can be made by calling 1.418.694.5560 ext 5447 or via email to Katherine.gadbois@forces.gc.ca

CIMIC Committee members staying on for the Congress must also register for the Summer Congress and change hotel on Sunday the 5th. The challenge of gaining access to the world class training facilities at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, Canadian Forces Fleet School Quebec, and the surrounding establishments is the delicate balance of ensuring that the requisite support to the congress and competitions is provided without disturbing the access to facilities for the resident brigade which is in the high readiness window. The effect of this is a prioritization of access to military quarters for Canadian Forces personnel supporting the congress and competition. The limited space available using military facilities has been prioritized for the CIOR competition members as well as those participating in the CIMEX.

Lastly, MILCOMP do not need to book accommodations for staff and competitors as they will be lodged on the base at Valcartier. However, any MILCOMP family members have to stay off base. If this is necessary, there are several good hotels available nearby in the suburb of Ste-Foy which is strategically located between the base and the old city, and the rates are reasonable.

Reading the “joining instructions” available on the website prior to making any bookings is highly recommended. They contain information which will be useful to you and will alleviate many of your questions and concerns.

We look forward to hosting you all.

CIOR & CIOMR Summer Congress 2017

CIOR & CIOMR Summer Congress 2017

Start: 2018-02-08 | End: 2018-02-10
Location: NATO HQ, Brussels

Summer Congress: 30JULY-05AUGUST 2017, Prague, Czech Republic

The 70th International CIOR & CIOMR Summer Congress will take place in Prague from July 30th to August 5th 2017.

Registration can be done through www.cior2017.cz – however, if you want to get information now, please have a look at the attached documents as these will provide you with a detailed program.

The CIOR 2016 Madrid Summer Congress is underway

The CIOR 2016 Madrid Summer Congress is underway

Start: 2016-08-01 | End: 2016-08-08 Location: Spain

The 69th CIOR/CIOMR Summer Congress will be held in Spain, in the first week of august. Exact dates and times on cior.es

“This link does NOT apply to US CIOR Summer Congress 2016 attendees. ALL US Delegation members (Delegates, Delegates-at-Large, and guests) MUST register for the CIOR Congress on the ROA US website – www.roa.org.”

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