Continuation of the Resolute Support training program and increasing involvement in exercises for multinational Corps will mark the next twelve months at the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC). Major General Wilhelm Grün, the JFTC Commander, presented the Centre’s plans for 2017 during the annual New Year’s Reception. The event took place on 12 January and gathered close to 80 JFTC partners and friends.
“Our training calendar is full throughout the year, and we will very quickly find ourselves heavily engaged in critical planning efforts for all the training events” – said General Grün introducing another busy year for Bydgoszcz NATO training centre. JFTC will start its first big event this year in two weeks. It will be the next training for future members of the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan. “Resolute Support will continue throughout the year preparing more than 1000 staff members for their deployment (…) I expect us to provide our best professional training during each iteration” – the JFTC Commander underlined.
While the Resolute Support training remains the Centre’s priority, JFTC will continue to play a key role in building interoperability of the Alliance by hosting and engaging in the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Exercise. It will also focus on deepening its relations with multinational Corps.
“I envision an increasing involvement in exercises for multinational Corps such as the Multinational Corps Northeast, the German Netherlands Corps and the French Rapid Reaction Corps, and further engagement in high-level readiness exercises such as Trident Joust in September this year” - said General Grün, announcing one of NATO’s biggest readiness exercises with Joint Force Command Naples and approximately 700 participants to be trained at JFTC.
To achieve all the goals and future plans, the Centre has already intensified efforts in developing its capabilities and capacities.
“We are building a new Training Area for larger NATO military organizations up to the Corps level with the possibility to train up to 1000 individuals here at the JFTC” – General Grün highlighted pointing out at construction works initiated last year within the Centre’s compound.
The JFTC Commander also underlined that the Centre’s every day work and continuous development would not be possible without the outstanding support from the regional and local authorities, partners and community. “We owe a lot to the Voivodship of Kujawsko-Pomorskie and the City of Bydgoszcz, as well as to local services such as the Military Hospital, the University and all the other authorities in town” – General Grün expressed his gratitude addressing the New Year’s Reception’s distinguished guests, including the Mayor of Bydgoszcz, Mr. Rafał Bruski, the Deputy Voivode of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region, Mr. Józef Ramlau, the Deputy Marshal of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region, Mr. Zbigniew Ostrowski and the Deputy Chairman of the City Council of Bydgoszcz, Mr. Jan Szopiński.
“Personally, I feel at home here in Bydgoszcz and I am happy to stay until 2019” – JFTC Commander admitted and wished the guests all the best for the year that had just started.