Transformation Through Training • Issue No: 11 • November 2018 • 37 Rapid Reaction Corps-France Back in Bydgoszcz to Maintain Readiness Approximately 500 soldiers, mainly from the Rapid Reaction Corps-France (RRC-FR), gathered at the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) in December to take part in Citadel Bonus 2017 exercise. The participants trained to maintain RRC-FR‘s high level of readiness to fulfil its role as the NATO Joint Task Force Headquarters. It was the third exercise of the French Rapid Reaction Corps conducted in Bydgoszcz. During the opening ceremony held on 4 December 2017, Major General Wilhelm Grün, the Commander of the Joint Force Training Centre, recognized the past years of good cooperation. He also encouraged the participants to fully benefit from JFTC capabilities such as broad personnel expertise and the state-of-the-art facility with its newly established training area. The Citadel Bonus 2017 was conducted under the watchful eye of Lieutenant General Thierry Corbet, the Commander of the RRC-FR, and his Deputy, Major General Gert-Johannes Hagemann who arrived in Bydgoszcz to actively participate in the exercise. The event was augmented by soldiers representing the Joint Logistics Support Group, American 40th Infantry Division, French 4th Aero Combat Brigade, liaison element of the 1st French Division and many other units. Furthermore, a part of the exercise was held in Mailly, France. “Although we are many people who come from different countries and represent different cultures, although we have different experiences and expectations, we must come together as one team to accomplish our common mission. Citadel Bonus is an opportunity to advance that worthy goal” – said General Corbet during the opening ceremony. The main objective of the exercise was to maintain Rapid Reaction Corps-France’s readiness. The event also served as a platform to produce background information for scenario of Citadel Guibert 18 exercise executed in March 2018. JFTC New Year’s Reception On 11 January 2018, Major General Wilhelm Grün, the JFTC Commander, met with Centre’s partners and friends to thank them for the months of fruitful cooperation. The annual JFTC New Year’s Reception was also a good opportunity to introduce 2018 training plans and priorities. “Without your commitment and support our mission would have been much more difficult and certainly we could not have achieved the quality of training and the quality of life for our staff members.” – said General Grün addressing representatives of regional and local authorities, commanders of NATO units based in Bydgoszcz, members of Polish military structures and other guests participating in the event. The JFTC Commander also highlighted that 2018 is a very special year for the JFTC’s host nation, Poland, as it marks the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence. “We will use this opportunity to enhance and strengthen the bonds between JFTC and our host nation wherever we can” – said General Grün. During the New Year’s Reception, JFTC was honoured with presence of the Deputy Voivode of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region, Mr. Józef Ramlau, the Deputy Marshal of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region, Mr. Zbigniew Ostrowski, the Deputy Mayor of Bydgoszcz, Mr. Mirosław Kozłowicz, Commanders of NATO units located in Bydgoszcz, representatives of Polish military institutions and many Centre’s important partners and friends.