Another group of future members of the Resolute Support (RS) mission have just commenced their final preparation before deployment. On 25 July, the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) opened the third 2017 iteration of its flagship training. The second day of the event was marked by the visit of General John W. Nicholson, the Resolute Support Commander. In his address to the participants he shared his thoughts and current information on situation in Afghanistan.
“This region is very important for global stability” – stressed General Nicholson and underlined the key role of NATO troops in positive changes observed in Afghanistan. “We have accomplished a lot. Our nations have. You have”. The Resolute Support Commander also quoted words of Mr. Ashraf Ghani, the President of Afghanistan, showing the meaning of the allied mission to the country: “The Resolute Support legacy to Afghanistan will not be guns and ammo (…) but the systems and processes that you leave behind”.
To make the Resolute Support mission successful, close to 400 soldiers and civilian experts representing various nations and institutions are now working hand in hand in Bydgoszcz during the Resolute Support pre-deployment training.
“Use this training event and a very realistic environment we replicated here for you to get acquainted with the situation you will find once in Afghanistan” – said Major General Wilhem Grün, the JFTC Commander, during the opening ceremony. The General, who is also the Exercise Director, emphasized the importance of the pre-deployment training, its theoretical and practical parts and also its teambuilding aspect: “Use time spent in Bydgoszcz also to build ‘esprit de corps’ that will help you in supporting your commanders and in completing your mission successfully.”
By implementing the most current expertise, the training responds to the requirements of Resolute Support commanders and to the needs of the allied advisors in Afghanistan. During the event, the trainees achieve a high level of proficiency, and NATO headquarters gain readiness to train, advise and assist their Afghan counterparts.
General Salvatore Farina, the Commander of Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCBS), who addressed the Training Audience via video teleconference, underlined significant progress in Afghanistan and its citizens’ well-being that has been made throughout the recent years. “You will witness many changes and also challenges in Afghanistan. But I am confident that with your effort we will go along with the progress (…) ‘More together!’” – said General Farina recalling the JFCBS’s motto.
Also the representative of the Commander of the Bundeswehr Joint Forces Operation Command, Colonel Leonhard Hirschmann, put emphasis on positive changes in Afghanistan. He mentioned progress in the field of economy, anti-corruption processes and education for girls, and thus underlined the importance of the Resolute Support mission and its pre-deployment training. “The Resolute Support training event (…) is a unique opportunity for a common, yet individually shaped training throughout all tiers of the mission to create mutual understanding for each other and to form a team” – said Colonel Hirschmann. He added: “For this ambitious project, I could not imagine a better training environment than the Joint Force Training Centre.”
The JFTC role in the pre-deployment training for Resolute Support mission was also recognized by General Nicholson. “I appreciate all the work you do to prepare my staff for the mission” – said the Resolute Support Commander during discussions on the future of the training and opportunities offered by the Joint Force Training Centre.