The 17th Annual Partnership Training and Education Centres Commandants' Conference (PTEC CC) took place in Sofia, Bulgaria as a part of the NATO Training Synchronisation Conference (TSC2017), on 22-23 February 2017.
The aim of the annual PTEC Commandants’ Conference is 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).
The conference was co-chaired by Colonel Dieter Kohl, JFT/JETE/ETEE P&P Branch Head and Captain (N) Scott Butler, NATO School Commandant. PTEC commandants had an opportunity to receive updates on specific issues from different NATO entities and share experiences and best practises. The fruitful discussions among all participants allowed them to reach agreements on PTEC Working Group(s) future tasks. The PTECs achievements proved the strong willingness of the PTEC community to further invest in this federated approach.
Experts delivered introductory briefings, which were further discussed in break-out sessions. “PTEC Cooperation” and “Integrated Training” were two topics identified to foster practical cooperation between the training centres. PTEC CC attendees also participated in the general TSC events.
The participants of the PTEC CC 2017 included Commandants and representatives from 22 out of 31 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).
In addition two former PTEC candidates, the Hungarian Defence Forces Peace Support Training Centre (HDF PSTC) and the USA Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute (PKSOI) attended the PTEC CC 2017 as full members of the PTEC Community.
For more detail, please see PTEC CC 2017 Minutes under PTEC Community Share Page.