||Colonel Stayko Petkov Prokopiev
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NATO Force Integration Units (NFIUs) are a part of the NATO Force Structure (NFS) under the primary responsibility of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe (SACEUR); they have no deployable remit. The BGR NFIU is one of the two NFIUs under the operational control of the Joint Force Command – Naples, Italy. The BGR NFIU is one of six first-wave NFIUs, inaugarted simultaneously with the NFIUs established in Estonia, Latvia, Poland, Lithuania, and Romania.
The BGR NFIU primary responsibility is to facilitate the rapid deployment of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) and other NATO Response Force (NRF) elements at a high readiness level, in order to enhance the Alliance responsiveness.
• To prepare and support the Reception, Staging and Onward Movement (RSOM) of the VJTF and other NRF elements;
• To prepare and support Article 5 operations, planning and exercises, to include fostering coherence with the HN defence planning;
• To support Non-Article 5 operations when appropriate and agreed by nations;
• To coordinate and assist multinational trainings and exercises in Bulgaria;
• To prepare and support the sustainment of the VJTF and other NRF elements;
• To support the ongoing Assurance Measures (AMs), to include the preparation for the integration into the operational Command and Control (C2) and to enable the sustainment of Combat and Combat Support elements, engaged in the AM activities.
The BGR NFIU was inaugurated on 3 September, 2015, with an official ceremony, held in the Ministry of Defence 2. It was attended by NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General, Mr. J. Appathurai, and the President of the Republic of Bulgaria, Mr. R. Plevneliev.
The BGR NFIU has 41 personnel:
• 20 Host Nation
• 21 International
Participating countries/ Contributing Nations:
• The United Kingdom
• The United States of America