HQ ARRC scheduled to provide Guard of Honour for Olympic Torch in Gloucester

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HQ ARRC scheduled to provide Guard of Honour for Olympic Torch in Gloucester

Posted: 23/05/2012 10:40:42

Eighteen military personnel based at Imjin Barracks and assigned to Headquarters, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) will provide a military ‘Guard of Honor’ for the beginning of the Olympic Torch’s run through the city of Gloucester early in the morning of Thursday, 24th May 2012.

Holding the national flags that represent the sixteen nations of the ARRC, as well as both ARRC and NATO colours, the multinational formation of troops will stand to both sides of the Torch runner’s route as he begins his trek through Gloucester’s streets from the Gloucester Quays at approximately 8:15 a.m.

In military tradition, a guard of honour is a ceremonial practice designed to honour visiting foreign dignitaries, the fallen in war, or a ceremony for public figures. In this case, the NATO formation will honour the Olympic Torch and its progress through the streets and neighborhoods of Gloucester.

In addition to the eighteen multinational personnel who will form the military Guard of Honour, the ARRC will provide well over 90 additional military personnel to assist as marshals for the Torch’s run through the city.

HQ ARRC is a NATO Rapid Deployment Corps headquarters, founded in 1992 in Germany, and headquartered in Gloucestershire since August 2010.

ARRC is scheduled to play a key role in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Response Force (NRF) in 2013.

Although HQ ARRC’s ‘framework nation’ is the United Kingdom, comprising approximately 60% of the overall staff, the ARRC is fully multinational in nature and organization, with 15 Partner Nations contributing the remaining complement of personnel (Belgium, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Turkey, and the United States).

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