More than 250 soldiers and civilian experts gathered in Bydgoszcz, Poland, to contribute to the success of the Resolute Support mission. The Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) is now conducting its fourth 2017 pre-deployment training for members of the allied mission in Afghanistan. Brigadier General Ladislav Jung, the JFTC Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff opened the event on 17 October.
For the next few days, future advisors as well as soldiers who are going to assume staff positions in the Resolute Support Headquarters in Kabul and the Train Advise Assist Command-West in Herat, will receive first-hand knowledge related to their anticipated work in Afghanistan. The training is a good combination of theory and practice. During the first part of the event, the participants have a chance to learn more about key aspects of the mission and their roles, as well as about the operational environment, political, cultural and the social situation in Afghanistan. The last phase of the exercise will examine their ability to put the knowledge into practice.
“Throughout the whole exercise you will be assisted by Subject Matter Experts. Among them, there are people who have recently returned from Afghanistan and who are coming directly from the theatre. They are vital for the success of your training" – said General Jung in his welcome remarks to the Training Audience. “Predecessors training their successors – it is the most effective way of passing the knowledge. Please, use this support as much as you can”.
Already during first days of the training the participants received a huge portion of valuable information. General Salvatore Farina, the Commander of the Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFCBS), who addressed the Training Audience in a recorded message, provided them with key recommendations for their time in Afghanistan. He also encouraged future members of the mission to implement a “multi-year approach” to their mission in Afghanistan and to think beyond the timeframe of their deployment.
Lieutenant General Johann Langenegger, the Resolute Support Chief of Staff, also communicated with the participants. Via video teleconference, he provided them with in-depth data related to the situation in Afghanistan and current status of the mission. This topic, with increased emphasis on the advisory mission, was also explored by Major General Charlie Herbert, OBE, the Deputy Advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Interior. He visited the training area in Bydgoszcz to share his experience with the trainees.
“Set yourself realistic goals. Don’t think you are going to change the whole world within a few months” – said General Herbert, encouraging future advisors to focus on small areas and step-by-step progress. “You are deploying in fascinating time” – he added.