Bydgoszcz, Poland – The NATO Joint Force Training Centre recently released the 17th edition of its annual magazine: Transformation Through Training. Available online, this publication serves as a vital platform for the exchange of information and expertise among NATO training and educational institutions, while emphasizing collaboration with international organizations.
This year’s edition showcases exercises in which the Joint Force Training Centre led, took part or supported (LOYAL LEDA, Coalition Warrior Interoperability Exercise, and GRIFFIN LIGHTNING), conferences, training events (like NATO Mission Iraq Pre-Deployment Training), and human interest pieces highlighting staff members personal and professional contributions.
The magazine, open to submissions from authors beyond the NATO enterprise, focuses on best practices in command and staff training, exercises and technology. Additionally, it provides a glimpse into the life of the international community at the Joint Force Training Centre, aiming to promote the command within NATO and among partner nations.
The Centre’s commitment to preparing NATO members and advisors is evident throughout articles detailing the execution of the NATO Mission Iraq Pre-Deployment Training. The Joint Force Training Centre’s training team, led by Major General Norbert Wagner, also deployed to Riga, Latvia, for STEADFAST PYRAMID and STEADFAST PINNACLE 2023 – NATO Exercises focusing on expanding knowledge and skills in operational decision-making for senior staff officers and commanders.
Another feature highlighted the Joint Force Training Centre hosting the Coalition Warrior Interoperability eXploration, eXperimentation, eXamination eXercise for the 13th consecutive time, showcasing its role as a host and important contributor. Featuring a cutting-edge facility dedicated to experimentation, testing, and innovation, along with contemporary IT platforms and the exclusive NATO-owned Battle Laboratory, the Centre offers an optimal setting for such exercises. Over time, the Command has evolved beyond its role as a mere host; it has emerged as a significant participant in the exercises.
Other excerpts from the magazine include reflections on Joint Force Training Centre’s experimentation in exercises at the joint tactical level and insights into tactical level logistics considerations within NATO.
The Transformation Through Training magazine also spotlights the experiences of Czech and Slovak personnel at the Joint Force Training Centre and unveils the integral roles played by two of its branches: the Budget and Finance Office and the Office of Legal Advisor.
Human interest pieces feature a Joint Force Training Centre staff member pursuing her passion in art, and the NATO Spouses Club, which actively engages with the local community and fosters connections between NATO and local residents.
This comprehensive edition of Transformation Through Training offers valuable insights into Joint Force Training Centre’s contributions to NATO’s mission, providing a holistic view of military training, operations, and the important role they play in facilitating the deterrence and defence of the Alliance.