The North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO’s) Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) commander, Major General Adam Joks, led the deployment of a team of exercise planners and experts from JFTC and many other NATO commands to Riga, Latvia to conduct Exercises STEADFAST PYRAMID and STEADFAST PINNACLE. Between 9 and 20 September 2019, approximately 50 senior officers from more than 20 NATO and partner nations (Finland and Sweden) will further develop their knowledge and skills in the operational art of decision making at the Joint Headquarters of the Latvian National Armed Forces.

Major General Adam Joks, JFTC Commander, and Brigadier General Imants Ziedins, Chief of Staff Latvian Armed Forces Joint HQ   General Erhard Buhler Joint Force Command Brunssum, is greeted by Major General Adam Joks, JFTC Commander, and Brigadier General Imants Ziedins, Chief of Staff Latvian Armed Forces Joint HQ

Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) directed the two week-long exercises to prepare senior NATO commanders and their senior staff officers to lead operations planning and joint operations. Exercise STEADFAST PYRAMID focuses on training senior staff officers, while exercise STEADFAST PINNACLE, is designed for higher-level commanders.

“I am sure all of you, either as part of the training audience or exercise control staff, will greatly benefit from the exercise,” Major General Joks addressed the participants. “The exercises will allow you to refresh your thinking in terms of operational design, planning and decision making. I would like to encourage you to share your rich military experience to amend the content as deemed necessary for the future iterations of these events. I also encourage you to do as much networking as possible and I am confident you will enjoy building new relationships.”

(left to right) Senior Mentor Admiral Mark Ferguson, General Erhard Buhler Joint Force Command Brunssum, Lieutenant General Leonids Kalnins Chief of Defence Republic of Latvia, General Sir James Everard, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, Major General Adam Joks, JFTC Commander    General Sir James Everard, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe, is greeted by Major General Adam Joks, JFTC Commander and Brigadier General Imants Ziedins, Chief of Staff Latvian Armed Forces Joint HQ

NATO has conducted the STEADFAST PYRAMID/ STEADFAST PINNACLE exercise series for the past 24 years. JFTC is conducting the series for the second time in its history. For nearly a year the exercise Senior Mentor, Admiral (ret.) Mark Ferguson, the host nation, Latvia, and the aforementioned planners and experts have been working diligently to provide the participants with a realistic scenario, engaging curriculum, and valuable content.

Senior Officers discussing plans in their syndicate room   Senior Officers discussing plans in their syndicate room