Approximately 500 soldiers, mainly from the Rapid Reaction Corps-France (RRC-FR), gathered at the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) in Bydgoszcz, Poland to take part in Citadel Bonus 2017 exercise. The participants train to maintain RRC-FR‘s high level of readiness to fulfil its role as the NATO Joint Task Force Headquarters.
It is the third exercise of the French Rapid Reaction Corps conducted in Bydgoszcz. On 4 December, Major General Wilhelm Grün, the Commander of the Joint Force Training Centre, met with the soldiers during the opening ceremony and recognized the past years of good cooperation. He also encouraged the participants to fully benefit from JFTC capabilities such as broad personnel expertise and the state-of-the-art facility with its newly established training area.
This year’s event is being conducted under the watchful eye of Lieutenant General Thierry Corbet, the Commander of the RRC-FR, and his Deputy, Major General Gert-Johannes Hagemann who arrived in Bydgoszcz to actively participate in the exercise. The event is augmented by soldiers representing the Joint Logistics Support Group, American 40th Infantry Division, French 4th Aero Combat Brigade, liaison element of the 1st French Division and many other units. Furthermore, a part of the exercise is held in Mailly, France.
“Although we are many people who come from different countries and represent different cultures, although we have different experiences and expectations, we must come together as one team to accomplish our common mission. Citadel Bonus is an opportunity to advance that worthy goal” – said General Corbet during the opening ceremony.
The main objective of the exercise is to maintain Rapid Reaction Corps-France’s readiness. The event also serves as a platform to produce background information that will be used in a future scenario of Citadel Guibert 18 exercise to be executed by the French Corps in March 2018.
Citadel Bonus 17 concludes the JFTC 2017 series of exercises. It also confirms JFTC‘s position as a key venue for NATO Command Structure and NATO Force Structure exercises.
The Rapid Reaction Corps-France was established on 1 July 2005. It is a NATO-certified unit capable of commanding national or multinational land forces. Its mission is to provide France with a rapidly deployable headquarters that can be employed within the full mission spectrum and under several mandates (French, NATO, EU, Coalition or Partner Nation). The Corps is an Allied headquarters and consists of representatives from 15 countries.
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