Colonel Nikoloz Janjgava, the Deputy Chief of Staff (DCHOD) of the Georgian Armed Forces visited the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) between 17 and 19 September. He met with Major General Wilhelm Grün, the JFTC Commander, and observed Exercise Trident Joust 17. The visit was yet another step on the way to the next NATO-Georgia Exercise planned for spring 2019. It also focused on further capability building of the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (NATO-GEO JTEC)*.
Last year JFTC assumed the leading role in planning and conducting the NATO-Georgia Exercise. Following the success of the exercise executed in autumn 2016, the centre has also developed a mentoring program for representatives of the newly established JTEC in Krtsanisi. Exercise Trident Joust 17 conducted in Bydgoszcz (more about the opening of the exercise here) was a perfect opportunity to deepen discussions related to both coordination of the next NATO-Georgia Exercise and cooperation between JFTC and NATO-Georgia JTEC.
Apart from receiving in-depth information on JFTC, its mission as well as capacities and capabilities in support of training, Colonel Janjgava watched the Centre working at full speed for a success of the operational headquarters training gathering 600 participants. A group of Georgian Officers from JTEC in Krtsanisi were a part of the Exercise Planning Team. They observed a practical application of the exercise planning theory that had been delivered to them by the JFTC Mentor Team on a number of past training visits to Bydgoszcz. This engagement gave the Georgian DCHOD a clear picture of what the cooperation between JFTC and the NATO-Georgia training centre looked like in practice.
Discussions between General Grün, accompanied by his key staff members, and Colonel Janjgava focused on future challenges associated with planning and delivering the next NATO-Georgia Exercise. They also touched upon the continued capability development and ways of possible support in better connecting both centres.
Summarizing the visit, the Georgian Deputy Chief of Defence expressed his appreciation for all the support provided by JFTC to the Georgian Armed Forces. He underlined that JFTC's contribution and wide support to JTEC in Krtsanisi highly contributed to strengthening cooperation between Georgia and NATO.
*NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (JTEC) was inaugurated on 27th August 2015. It is designed to assist Georgia to reform, modernise and strengthen its security and defence sector; enhance the interoperability of Georgian Forces, enabling them to work alongside forces from NATO members and partners and offer multi-national training and exercise opportunities; and contribute to promoting regional stability in the Black Sea and Caucasus region.
JTEC is a key element of the Substantial NATO-Georgia Package (SNGP) endorsed by Heads of State and Government of NATO countries at the NATO Wales Summit in September 2014. The Substantial NATO-Georgia Package includes defence capacity-building, training, exercises, strengthened liaison, and opportunities to develop interoperability with Allied forces.
JTEC is a symbol of deepening cooperation and partnership between Georgia and NATO.