History of the MILENG COE
Euro NATO Training Engineer Centre (ENTEC) was founded in 1977 by an initiative of General Blanchard, Commander of the Central Army Group. He saw a need to promote the interoperability of military engineers of NATO countries operating in Europe’s central region during the Cold war. His motto was: “Interoperability is a question of attitude”. Over the years ENTEC grew considerably and 20 NATO nations signed the MOU and supported ENTEC.
In 2006 the ENTEC WG agreed unanimously that ENTEC no longer suited the current requirements for training and information exchange. In order to stay relevant the 20 member nations agreed that ENTEC should transfom into the MILENG COE.
In 2006 the ENTEC WG agreed unanimously that ENTEC no longer suited the current requirements for training and information exchange. In order to stay relevant the 20 member nations agreed that ENTEC should transform into a Military Engineering Centre of Excellence. Germany as the host nation for ENTEC declared it's willingness to also host the MILENG COE and to lead the process of transformation.
On the 09th July 2008, General Matthis, Commander Supreme Allied Command Transformation signed the Functional MOU together with the Senior National Representatives of the original 10 sponsoring nations. In his speech General Matthis endorsed ENTEC's motto "Interoperability is a question of attitude" as the MILENG COE motto as well.
On the 26th March 2010 the final signatures were added to the Notice of Joining papers for a further five sponsoring nations bringing the total to 15 nations.
The Kingdom of Spain is our most recent member: since 1st January 2012. During the 13th Steering Committee (April 2014) Hungary confirmed they also wanted to join. HUN is at the moment present with a voluntary national contribution. If the notice to join is officially signed, this will raise the number of Sponsering Nations to 17, which will make MILENG COE the biggest of all COEs in number of participating countries.