On 17 May, the Joint Force Training Centre hosted the first 2019 Open Day for Schools. The event gathered more than 150 students from five schools. They all arrived at JFTC to learn more about NATO and the centre itself, to see the centre from the inside and to meet with its representatives.
Starting from 2015, JFTC has regularly opened its gates for students. The Open Days for Schools are organized twice a year as a response to requests received from local schools to visit the centre. Usually, JFTC prepares two sessions – one for high schools, and the other for primary schools. This time was no different.
JFTC guests had a chance to deep-dive into Alliance’s history, its principle values and current operations. They also learned more about JFTC’s mission and activities. Additionally, the older group saw a demonstration of simulation tools that are used in support of NATO training in Bydgoszcz. Every session ended with a question and answer round. JFTC members - officers and non-commissioned representing different nations – engaged with the guests in very vivid and interesting discussions. They talked about various aspects of work for NATO, soldiers’ experiences from allied missions and possible ways of joining NATO institutions.
The next Open Day for Schools is planned for autumn.
Join us for the 2nd NATO Day in Bydgoszcz!
Come and visit the Joint Force Training Centre with its information tent, games and attractions area. Check your knowledge about NATO, win small souvenirs, take a nice picture with JFTC photo wall and spend an enjoyable day with the whole Bydgoszcz NATO family!
15 September 2018 (Saturday), 13:00-18:00
Myślęcinek Park in Bydgoszcz (Różopole), Poland
Presentation of NATO units located in Bydgoszcz;
Static and dynamic display of military equipment;
Playground zones for children;
Traditional army-style pea soup;
And much more!
More than 150 students visited the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) during the first 2018 edition of the Open Day for Schools. They all gathered at the NATO training facility in Bydgoszcz to learn more about the Alliance and about JFTC itself. The event took place on 14 May and was led by Colonel Robert Różyński, the Head of JFTC Headquarters Support Division and Polish senior national representative.
Approximately 30 Polish officers, students of the Advanced Operational Strategic Course at the Polish War Studies University, visited the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) on 18 June. The group met with Major General Wilhelm Grün, the JFTC Commander, and had a closer look at the Centre working at full speed during the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Exercise (CWIX).
Contracting Officer’s Technical Representatives (COTRs) – personnel who, on behalf of the Contracting Officer, supervise services and service providers linked with the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) by commercial contracts – facilitate smooth operation of the centre. On 11 April, they received in-depth training related to their area of responsibility. It was designed by the Allied Command Transformation’s (ACT) contracting team and delivered by their head, Mr Kevin Mills.