18 military personnel based at Imjin Barracks and assigned to Headquarters, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) provided a military ‘Guard of Honour’ for the beginning of the Olympic Torch’s run through the city of
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 stood to both sides of the Torch runner’s route as he began his walk through Gloucester’s streets from the Gloucester Quays at approximately 8:15 a.m. this morning.
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 honoured the Olympic Torch and its progress through the streets and neighborhoods of
The Olympic Torch is carried along the cobbled streets of
Gloucester, near to the Cathedral. Members of HQ Allied
Rapid Reaction Corps line the route.
In addition to the 18 multinational personnel who formed the military Guard of Honour, the ARRC provided well over 80 additional military personnel to assist as route liners 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).