In Retrospect Life at JFTC In Retrospect Life at JFTC In Retrospect Life at JFTC VISITS 40 • Transformation Through Training • Issue No: 11 • November 2018 Casimir Pulaski Foundation Explored JFTC A group of experts from the Casimir Pulaski Foundation, Polish think-tank specializing in foreign policy and international security, visited the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) on 15 February 2018. The guests, including Mr. Zbigniew Pisarski, the President of the Foundation, met with Brigadier General Ladislav Jung, the JFTC Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, to learn more about the Centre and to talk about possible future cooperation. NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Operations at Joint Force Training Centre “Thank you for all the work which JFTC does to support NATO – its preparedness and its operations. We are depending on you all!” – Mr. Patrick Turner, the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Operations, wrote in the Joint Force Training Centre’s (JFTC) guestbook during his visit to Bydgoszcz (Poland). He visited the Centre and met with its leaders on 9 April 2018. Brigadier General Ladislav Jung, the JFTC Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, together with his key personnel, introduced the guest to the Centre’s mission, its main activities and current development. The discussions touched upon JFTC training efforts devoted to current missions, including Resolute Support, exercises for NATO Command Structure and NATO Force Structure, and the Centre’s active role in fostering the development of NATO capabilities. Future engagements of the Alliance were also discussed in terms of possible new challenges for JFTC. In addition to fruitful discussions, Mr. Turner had an opportunity to see the Centre’s infrastructure, with its state-of-the-art training building, and the newly established external training area that can receive up to 1,000 exercise participants. The Assistant Secretary General for Operations used his stay in Bydgoszcz also to meet with students of Political Science and Defence Studies at the Casimir the Great University. On 10 April, he delivered a lecture on NATO’s current priorities and talked with the students about challenges the Alliance is facing. “The key items on our agenda are defence and deterrence, projecting stability in our neighbourhood – which is essential in the fight against terrorism and for our security – building stronger cooperation with the European Union, and – underpinning all this – increased defence spending and fairer transatlantic burden-sharing,” Mr. Turner said.