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170222tscThe Training Synchronisation Conference is the annual gathering of Education and Training specialists from the NATO Command and Force Structures, member and partner Nations, to discuss the latest developments across the entire NATO education and training spectrum.

NATO places considerable emphasis on education, training and exercises to ensure the Alliance continuously adapts to implement NATO’s Readiness Action Plan and outcomes from the Warsaw Summit.

During this conference, NATO focused on adaptation, assurance measures and the Persistent Federated Approach, which holds the potential to bring forces closer together as they work to preserve peace and security in their missions and activities.

Vice Admiral Emil Eftimov, Bulgaria's Acting Chief of Defence, Air Marshal Sir Graham Stacey, NATO’s Supreme Allied Command Transformation Chief of Staff, and Major General Stefano Salamida, NATO's Allied Command Transformation Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Force Trainer, delivered opening remarks to the education and training specialists prior to the conference.

During his speech kicking off the conference Major General Salamida stressed the importance of the conference and encouraged all in attendance to think differently when coming up with ideas and solutions to education and training challenges.

“Our objective is that the NATO exercise and training program ensures the Alliance maintains a high state of readiness and is capable across the current emerging full mission spectrum. I challenge you to use innovation in your work and to lead through inventiveness,” said Salamida.

Supreme Allied Command Transformation Chief of Staff, Air Marshal Sir Graham Stacey, also stressed the importance of the conference and the job those in attendance have now and into the future.

“The purpose of this is to do what we do now in a better, more coordinated, and more synchronized way. The mindset I want is we are using training and exercises to adapt, but we’ve also got to adapt to training and exercises. Improve today, understand and shape tomorrow, and bridge the two. It’s ultimately all about ‘why do we train and exercise?’ It’s to delivery peace and security for our NATO countries,” said Stacey.

The critical feedback, ideas and information gathered from the event will be used in the coming weeks and months to be incorporated in new ways to improve overall readiness. More than 300 participants joined together from 26 NATO nations.

NATO’s home in North America, Allied Command Transformation, brings together military personnel, Allied and Partner nations to contribute to international security and international stability. The Command is estimated to contribute $100 million to the local economy every year.

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