Major General Piotr Malinowski, Polish Army, assumed the command of the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC). He succeeded Major General Adam Joks, who had led the Centre since July 2019. The Change of Command ceremony at the Bydgoszcz NATO training centre was held on 30 June. Due to the COVID restrictions, the ceremony was local in nature.
Earlier this year, Polish Minister of National Defence announced that Major General Adam Joks would be appointed to another critical military position. Major General Malinowski has been designated to take over the duties of the JFTC Commander and thus to continue and complete the Polish command over JFTC.
Farewell to Major General Adam Joks
During the past two years, under Major General Joks’ leadership, the Joint Force Training Centre faced unprecedented challenges related to execution of training events and exercises in times of the pandemic.
The JFTC conducted pre-deployment training for NATO missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through its exceptional performance during the NATO Major Joint Exercises Continuum (Trident Jupiter 19 and Loyal Leda 20), JFTC reaffirmed its position of a key venue for NATO exercises. The Centre also expanded its role in supporting NATO warfare development – it continued playing critical part in CWIX, NATO’s biggest annual interoperability testing event. In addition, the Centre brought its cooperation with NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre to another level – with a partnership agreement signed in December last year.
“When I took command of the Centre on 11 July 2019, I set myself a goal to reach. It was to continue development and enhancement of the Centre in order for it to be the place of first choice for NATO commanders to come for their training for current and future operations. Today, and I dare to say it with pride: we have been successful!” – said Major General Joks in his farewell speech, thanking his staff for all the hard work, professionalism and dedication to their service. “Even the COVID-19 pandemic crisis did not stop us. We faced this new challenge, adjusted to new conditions and delivered what had been expected from us. I would like to express my sincere gratitude for that to all of you at the JFTC and to our friends from supporting units. I am proud that I have had an opportunity to lead such an outstanding team. Thus it is why it hurts a little to be leaving our JFTC.”
Turning to his successor, General Joks stated: “Piotr, I depart, reassured that I am leaving the Centre in your very professional and capable hands. You have a great team here, led by my honorable Deputy Commander/ Chief of Staff Brigadier General Jozsef Szpisjak. I wish you all the best!“
The New Commander
Having assumed the command over JFTC, the incoming Commander, Major General Piotr Malinowski addressed the staff and thanked his predecessor for his efforts for the benefit of the JFTC.
“I am free of doubts that JFTC is getting the right people and the right ideas in a particular venue” – said the incoming Commander. “However, we cannot produce great results all by ourselves, which is why we need cooperation and to establish a team. Together, we should use our talents and skills to promote JFTC within NATO. I am glad to be a part of the team.”
Before assuming the command over the Joint Force Training Centre, Major General Piotr Malinowski had served as the Chief of Staff of the General Command of the Polish Armed Forces. His broad military experience also includes numerous international assignments. Major General Malinowski performed duties in various units abroad, such as the Polish Military Contingent in Iraq, the Multinational Division North-East and the NATO Allied Command Transformation in Norfolk, USA.