For the first time this year but the last time in general the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) Command and Control Team deployed to the Joint Multinational Readiness Centre (JMRC) in Hohenfels, Germany, to coordinate a Kandak (battalion) level Military Advisor Team (MAT) Training Event. The 14-01 iteration took place from 17 March to 1 April.
As the ISAF mission will have ended by December this year and advisors to battalions of the Afghan National Security Forces have been successfully supported since 2007 during 27 rotations, the last Training Event was one of the smaller ones.
2 MATs from Bulgaria and 1 MAT from Slovakia have successfully completed their NATO phase II standardized training as a part of their pre-deployment training for the ISAF Mission. The standards, quality and the aim of the training remained unchanged.
Close to 100 Training Audience members have been prepared to successfully execute their mission of advising the ANSF in accordance with the Afghan doctrine. 40 soldiers from Bulgaria, 50 from the Czech Republic and 50 from Romania replicated members of Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF), thus contributing to creation of a realistic environment. Additionally, 7 officers from the Afghan National Army (ANA) and Afghan National Police (ANP), supported by 5 interpreters, provided cultural awareness to the future advisors.
All the soldiers preparing for their advisory mission in Afghanistan received specific knowledge on the situation in the country, including Afghan culture and threats to ISAF as well as to ANSF. Again, a field exercise executed in the last phase of the training examined the soldiers’ readiness for the mission.
Successful execution of the training event would not have been possible without the participation of Subject Matter Experts, battle field replicators, JMRC and JFTC staff, who supported the trainees throughout the whole two weeks. The JFTC Command and Control Team, directed by LTC Jose Munaiz from the JFTC Training Division, was again responsible for coordination of Real Life Support issues such as reception, staging, and transport, coordinated the SMEs’ activities and meetings and liaised between the Training Audience and the JMRC.
The JFTC Commander, Brigadier General Wojciech Grabowski, visited the JMRC on 25 March. Together with Brigadier General Walter E. Piatt, the Commander of the Joint Multinational Training Command (JMTC) and Colonel John G. Norris, the Commander of the JMRC they observed the training activities and discussed future opportunities of training. He also thanked the Training Centre for the contribution to the NATO Phase II training and for 288 Operational Mentor and Liaison Teams (OMLT)/ MATs and 80 Police OMLTs/PATs trained during the last 8 years.
The readiness status reached by the Afghan National Security Forces allows NATO to develop a new Train Advise Assist (TAA) concept which will focus on Ministerial and Corps levels. The exercises in which training for TAA commands and TAA teams will be combined will start this summer at JFTC.
Photos: Joint Multinational Readiness Center