COL (GS) Vratislav Osvald
Future Forces Forum Future Forces Exhibition 2016 CBRN Workshop 2016
Director, Chairman CBRN Conference
NATO Joint CBRN Defence COE (JCBRND COE)
Colonel Vratislav Osvald was born on 3 th October 1963 in Přibram. His military career started in 1982 after graduation at the specialized military chemical high school in Valašské Meziříčí. That year he started studies at The Military University of Ground Forces in Vyškov. After the graduation (he reached the Master of Science degree from chemistry and radiology) he served as a Recce Platoon/company Commander and as a Deputy Commander for Armament of the 4 th CBRN Defence Battalion. In 1991 he was appointed as a Senior Staff Officer of the CBRN Section and in 1992 as a Senior Officer of the Logistic Support Department of the 9 th Tank Division. In 1996 he was appointed as a Deputy Commander of the 5 th Support Battalion. From 1997 to 1998 he did post gradual study at the Military University in Brno. After graduation he started serving as the Chief of staff of the 2 th Logistic Battalion. In 2000, he participated in the peacekeeping mission SFOR in Bosnia and Hercegovina serving as an Operational Logistic Officer-Deputy Chief of Logistic Support department of the Multinational Divisional Headquarters in Banja Luka. From September 2003, he started building-up the 1st NATO Multinational Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Defence Battalion for NATO Response Force as the battalion commander. During the standby period he was responsible for CBRN support to the Istanbul summit and he was the commander of the NATO CBRN Task Force deployed to Greece in support of Olympic Games 2004. In 2005, Col Osvald was transferred to Prague and appointed as the director of The National CBRN Monitoring Centre. As a part of obligations, he worked as the permanent representative of The Czech Armed Forces within NATO CNAD/NAAG – CBRN Joint Capability Group (CBRN JCG) and co-chaired NATO CNAD/ Defence Against Terrorism Program of Work (CBRN DAT POW) group. 1st JULY 2006, Col Osvald was designated as the SACEUR’s NATO CBRN Joint Assessment Team Commander for NATO Response Force (NRF) 8. 1st February 2008 was Col Osvald transferred to Supreme Headquarters Allied Power Europe (SHAPE) as a J5 CBRN staff officer responsible for CBRN Policy and CBRN Reach back and fusion. 1 September 2011, he was appointed as Training, Exercise and Education department director at the Joint CBRND COE Vyskov, CZE and promoted to the Colonel. Since 1st September 2011, Col Osvald was designated as the NATO CBRN Joint Assessment Team Commander for NRF 18. In 2012, Col Osvald was elected as the chairman of the NATO CBRN Training and Exercise Panel. In 2015, Col Osvald was appointed as the NATO CBRN Training Department Head and became responsible for CBRN education and training within NATO environment. He has been honoured following Medals: Meritorious Cross 3rd class Medal of Czech Army gold class Medal of NATO for serving for peace and freedom Memorial badges for serving in SFOR mission The Texas Adjutant general’s Individual award Col Osvald has two children – a son (22) and a daughter (25).