While Reserve Forces are a national responsibility, they do play an important role in maintaining the strength of the Alliance. As individuals who are not normally employed on full-time military service, Reservists serve as a connection between the military and the civilian sector. Reserve Forces help to Project Stability, assist in National Homeland Defence, and provide both specialist and general purpose officers and enlisted to support National and Alliance requirements. Reserve Forces enhance agility, flexibility, and resilience.
Two Reserve organizations in particular serve in an advisory and advocacy capacity to the Alliance.
Comprising national delegates representing member nations’ Chiefs of Defence, the National Reserve Forces Committee (NRFC) serves formally to provide policy advice on Reserve issues, while strengthening the preparedness of Reserve Forces by providing a forum for exchange of best practices and lessons learned regarding all relevant Reserve matters.
The Confederation Interalliee des Officiers de Reserve (CIOR) is an independent confederation of National Reserve Officer Associations which advocates for and promotes capabilities and skills of Reserve Officers.
Additionally, NATO Allied Command Transformation is supported directly by over 200 United States Navy Selected Reservists, who are organized into seven units around the country. Their mission is to provide Reserve support for mobilization and manpower across the full spectrum of defence planning and joint-multinational operations and exercises, from emergencies to daily operations, peacetime through conflict resolution. They provide support to Allied Command Transformation deliverables, symposia, NATO strategic exercises, Resolute Support training events, and engagement with industry and academia in Norfolk, Virginia and throughout Europe.
DCOS CapDev acts as SACT's Director for guidance, direction and coordination of the activities and resources of the Capability Development Directorate.
Reservists are assigned to one of seven units located throughout the United States. Each unit has a Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, and Senior Enlisted Leader. Units are aligned by directorates and responsibilities, but work together closely in support of strategic initiatives to leverage the unique military and civilian skillsets possessed by Reservists.
|US Navy Reserve Unit||Drill Site|
|Must have U.S. Department of Defence Identification Card to access below webpages|
|NR NATO ACT DET ATLANTA||Atlanta, GA|
|NR NATO ACT DET CHICAGO||Great Lakes, IL|
|NR NATO ACT DET NEWPORT||Newport, RI|
|NR NATO ACT DET NORFOLK||HQ SACT, Norfolk VA|
|NR NATO ACT DET WASHINGTON||Washington DC - Andrews AFB MD|
|NR NATO MULTINATIONAL DET||HQ SACT, Norfolk VA|
|NR NATO CJOS COE||Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads, Norfolk VA|
Reserve Component Documents
- COMNAVRESFORINST 1000-9A
- NAVRES 1000-7
- NAVRES 1000-8
- Page 13
- DD Form 2946, Dec 2011
- NATO ACT DIR 50-14 (request OSO)
- Annex A to DIR 50-14 (request OSO)
- NATO e-Learning: jadl.act.nato.int
Most people are familiar with NATO, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, which is a political / military alliance dedicated to the freedom and security of its members. NATO promotes democratic values and enables cooperation, while being committed to the peaceful resolution of disputes. You may not realize that NATO has two military strategic headquarters.
One is the North American headquarters in Norfolk known as Allied Command Transformation (ACT). The European headquarters in Belgium is called Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, or SHAPE.
ACT is a very unique command because not only is it a joint command (USN, USA, USAF & USMC), but ACT also has service members from over 30 other countries onboard. As a Sailor in the US Navy, you should remember, you are not only representing the Navy, but you are representing the United States.
Arrival/Reporting to ACT
NATO ACT is open Monday - Friday from 0600 to 1900 and on Det Norfolk Drill weekends from 0700 to 1600.
Reservists who are coming in for a drill weekend should coordinate reporting procedures with their unit chain of command and their local NOSC.
If you are coming to HQ SACT for a visit (AT/IDTT/ADT), you will report to the OSO/AOSO for check-in. When you arrive to NATO ACT, please enter the main doors and ask the Petty Officer of the Watch to call the OSO or Assistant OSO and we will escort you to get a badge.
The street address is 7857 Blandy Rd, Suite 100 - Norfolk, VA 23551
Once you enter onto base, HQ SACT is the second building on the left (the building with all the flags).