“Thank you for all the work which JFTC does to support NATO – its preparedness and its operations. We are depending on you all!” – Mr. Patrick Turner, the NATO Assistant Secretary General for Operations, wrote in the Joint Force Training Centre’s (JFTC) guestbook during his visit to Bydgoszcz (Poland). He visited the Centre and met with its leaders on 9 April.
Brigadier General Ladislav Jung, the JFTC Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, together with his key personnel, introduced the guest to the Centre’s mission, its main activities and current development. The discussions touched upon JFTC training efforts devoted to current missions, including Resolute Support, exercises for NATO Command Structure and NATO Force Structure, and the Centre’s active role in fostering the development of NATO capabilities. Future engagements of the Alliance were also discussed in terms of possible new challenges for JFTC.
In addition to fruitful discussions, Mr. Turner had an opportunity to see the Centre’s infrastructure, with its state-of-the-art training building, and the newly established external training area that can receive up to 1,000 exercise participants.
The Assistant Secretary General for Operations used his stay in Bydgoszcz also to meet with students of Political Science and Defence Studies at the Casimir the Great University. On 10 April, he delivered a lecture on NATO’s current priorities and talked with the students about challenges the Alliance is facing. “The key items on our agenda are defence and deterrence, projecting stability in our neighbourhood – which is essential in the fight against terrorism and for our security – building stronger cooperation with the European Union, and – underpinning all this – increased defence spending and fairer transatlantic burden-sharing,” Mr. Turner said.
The questions and answers session developed into a very interesting discussion about the Alliance, its role and geopolitical situation, and marked a good closure of Mr. Turner’s visit to Bydgoszcz.
Mr. Patrick Turner became Assistant Secretary General for Operations in October 2015. To see his biography, click here.