The Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) has just commenced the execution of the Exercise Trident Joust 2017. Battle Staff Training for the Allied Joint Force Command (JFC) Naples kicked off on 11 September and gathered more than 600 participants. It is the second exercise for an operational level headquarters conducted by the Bydgoszcz NATO training centre.

“Trident Joust 17 is a great opportunity for our team to come together and showcase our ability to meet the modern security challenges facing the Alliance,” said Canadian Army Lieutenant-General Christian Juneau, Commander of the NATO Response Force and Deputy Commander of Allied Joint Force Command Naples. “I look forward to what we’ll accomplish over the next couple of weeks here in Poland as we further demonstrate our capabilities under the banner of the NATO Response Force (NRF).”

During the exercise, the headquarters of Allied Joint Force Command Naples, as the NATO Response Force, will train on hybrid threats within a non-Article 5 crisis response operation. The exercise has the NRF deploying to prevent an escalation of hostilities in a fictional scenario. The multinational staff from JFC Naples will also practice interoperability with partner nations participating in Trident Joust as well as cooperation, coordination and liaison with a variety of local and national officials or international and non-governmental organizations.

In achieving exercise objectives, the participants will fully use the JFTC staff’s experience, know-how, as well as the centre’s state-of-the-art facility, with sophisticated CIS systems and the newly established training area.

“The exercise is a good demonstration of JFTC ability to plan and deliver staff training at the Joint Force Command level. It is a perfect opportunity to use JFTC capability and capacities in support of operational level headquarters training. The recent expansion of the centre, including newly built training area, allows us to respond to requirements of exercising headquarters even better” – said Major General Wilhelm Grün, the Commander of the JFTC. “I am sure that all of you, either as part of the Training Audience or as Exercise Control members, will benefit greatly from this exercise here at the Joint Force Training Centre” – added General Grün.

The multinational staff from JFC Naples will train at JFTC for the next two weeks.


The NRF, launched in 2002, is a highly ready and technologically advanced, multinational force made up of land, air, maritime and Special Operations Forces components that the Alliance can deploy quickly, wherever needed. The decision to deploy the NRF is taken by the North Atlantic Council, NATO’s highest political decision-making body.


By U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark Patton and JFTC Public Affairs Office



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