The Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) has just opened another busy year. On 11 January, Major General Wilhelm Grün, the JFTC Commander, met with Centre’s partners and friends to thank them for the last twelve months of fruitful cooperation. The annual JFTC New Year’s Reception was also a good opportunity to introduce 2018 training plans and priorities.
“It is a great pleasure for me to welcome you to our annual reception marking the beginning of the new year here at JFTC in Bydgoszcz, the NATO Capital of Poland” – said General Grün to representatives of regional and local authorities, commanders of NATO units based in Bydgoszcz, members of Polish military structures and other guests participating in the event. “Without your commitment and support our mission would have been much more difficult and certainly we could not have achieved the quality of training and the quality of life for our staff members.”
Among the achievements completed successfully in 2017, the Commander mentioned the Resolute Support training program for NATO troops deploying to Afghanistan; the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Exploration, Experimentation, Examination, Exercise (CWIX) – with a visit paid by representatives of the North Atlantic Council and the Military Committee; exercises in support of NATO Response Force - Trident Joust and Citadel Bonus; as well as many smaller training events, experiments, conferences and workshops conducted in Bydgoszcz.
Many of those engagements will remain JFTC priorities also in 2018. As General Grün emphasized, the Resolute Support training will continue in Bydgoszcz throughout 2018 with four iterations, and CWIX 2018 is likely to be even bigger than in 2017, with more participants, tests and evaluations. JFTC will also support Exercise Brilliant Joust 2018 - one of the most important exercises for the NATO Very High Readiness Joint Task Force.
Aside from a very busy training schedule, the Joint Force Training Centre continuously improved its internal structure in order to better serve NATO in adjusting to current and future threats and tasks. In light of this process, the Centre will play an even more significant role in the near future. “In 2018, JFTC will again enhance the Alliance's capability to adapt to the changing security environment and project stability” – the Commander underlined.
The Bydgoszcz NATO training centre will also continue fostering its good relations with regional and local authorities and society. In 2017 the City of Bydgoszcz, together with JFTC and all other NATO units stationed in the city, invited citizens to the first NATO Day in Bydgoszcz – a big, open air event devoted to the Alliance. The 2018 edition of the NATO Day is already being planned.
2018 is also a very special year for the JFTC’s host nation, Poland, as it marks the 100th anniversary of Poland’s independence. “We will use this opportunity to enhance and strengthen the bonds between JFTC and our host nation wherever we can” – said General Grün and added: “For me, it is a great honour to represent my country and NATO in Poland during the year of the 100th anniversary.”
During the New Year’s Reception, JFTC was honoured with presence of the Deputy Voivode of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region, Mr. Józef Ramlau, the Deputy Marshal of the Kujawsko-Pomorskie Region, Mr. Zbigniew Ostrowski, the Deputy Mayor of Bydgoszcz, Mr. Mirosław Kozłowicz, Commanders of NATO units located in Bydgoszcz, representatives of Polish military institutions and many Centre’s important partners and friends.