For the last two weeks, the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) has been a magnet for future members of the allied mission in Afghanistan. 120 soldiers, who gathered in Bydgoszcz to participate in the Resolute Support training, are now ready for deployment. The event ended on 4 May.

All through the past days, future advisors as well as soldiers who are going to fill-in various staff positions in the Resolute Support Headquarters (RS HQ) in Kabul and the Train Advise Assist Command-West (TAAC-W) in Herat, received first-hand knowledge related to their anticipated work in Afghanistan. They were provided with in-depth information on key aspects of the mission, operational environment, political, cultural and social situation in Afghanistan as well as on respective positions, roles and responsibilities they would assume upon deployment. The last phase of the exercise allowed the soldiers to examine their ability to put the knowledge into practice.

“This training is a very good mix of theory and practice (…) It gave you a very good grounding and understanding of the mission” – said Rear Admiral Simon Hardern, the Deputy Chief of Staff at the Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum, during the closing ceremony. Admiral Hardern underlined that training in Bydgoszcz gave soldiers a good start for their time in the theatre.

Also Brigadier General Massimo Biagini, the designated Commander of TAAC-W, who participated in the pre-deployment preparation together with his future staff, highlighted the relevance of the training: “It was an important opportunity to increase our knowledge about the mission and its processes, and also very important time for team-building”.

Execution of the pre-deployment training would not have been possible without Subject Matter Experts (SME) – especially those with experience from the theatre. Brigadier General Ladislav Jung, the JFTC Deputy Commander/ Chief of Staff, who was also the Exercise Director, recognized efforts of the SMEs: “Predecessors training their successors – it is the most effective way of passing the knowledge (…) Thank you all for your outstanding performance and contribution to the success of this event” – said General Jung. He also passed special words of gratitude to Command Sergeant Major Daniel Hendrex from the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan and Command Sergeant Major David Clark, the Resolute Support/ United States Forces – Afghanistan Command Senior Enlisted Leader. They provided a strong support to the event by delivering yet another portion of up-to-date information related to the situation in Afghanistan and the allied mission.

The trainees will assume their new positions and roles in the Resolute Support mission during upcoming weeks. At the same time, JFTC is preparing for the next iteration of the Resolute Support training event. It will take place in a few months.