The 15th Annual Partnership Training and Education Centres Commandants' Conference (PTEC CC) took place in Thessaloniki, Greece as a part of the NATO Training Synchronisation Conference (TSC2015), from Tuesday 17 February to Thursday 19 February 2014.
The aim of the annual PTEC Commandants' Conference was to integrate efforts and to align PTECs with NATO's Education and Training landscape in order to meet current and future requirements, and to make decisions on open issues with regards to strengthening practical co-operation, considering the recommendations made by the PTEC Working Group (WG).
PTEC CC participants had the opportunity to interact with the attendees of the NATO Training and Exercise Conference (NTEC) and the NATO Individual Training and Education Conference (NITEC) participants. The PTEC CC allowed Partner nation representatives to hear from NATO officials who provided updates on training and cooperation efforts.
The participants of the PTEC CC 2015 included Commandants and representatives from 28 out of 29 PTECs, together with representatives from:
- International Staff (IS),
- International Military Staff (IMS),
- HQ Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT),
- Military Partnership Directorate (MPD),
- NATO School Oberammergau (NSO).
This time the previous three candidates for membership in the NATO PTEC Community participated in the conference as full members of the PTEC Community: Five Hills Peace Support Operations Training Centre (Five Hills PSOTC), Mongolia, Partner Language Training Center Europe (PLTCE) of the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and the Joint Special Operations University (JSOU) of the United States of America.
The 15th annual PTEC Commandants' Conference was co-chaired by Captain (DEU N) Berend Burwitz, Branch Head ETEE Plans & Policy, JFT/JETE, HQ SACT and Captain (USA N) Scott Butler, Commandant of the NATO School. Participants were welcomed by BGen Dzintars Roga, ACOS JETE, HQ SACT and then welcoming remarks were given by the Co-Chairmen. They highlighted:
- the aim of the conference;
- the opportunity to identify the common challenges and new ideas;
- the possibility to enhance cooperation among PTECs;
- the favourable time to develop the agenda for the future.
For the first time, HQ SACT Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Force Trainer attended the PTEC CC. The presence of Lieutenant General Phil Jones and Vice Admiral Javier Gonzalez-Huix emphasises the importance of the event not only for the PTEC Community but also for the NATO strategic commands.
Partner Language Training Centre in Europe (PLTCE), USA and Joint Special Operations University (JSOU), USA gave participants an overview about their institutions.
Multilateral break-out sessions were conducted during the PTEC CC as it was done at last year's Conference. But unlike in the previous year, where participants discussed particular areas of expertise in their sessions, this year's attendees had the opportunity to debate all subjects in their respective syndicates.
For more detail please see PTEC CC Minutes under PTEC Community Share Page.