Major General Adam Joks, Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) Commander, has just finalised a two-day visit to Georgia. He met with Major General Zaza Chkhaidze, Deputy Chief of the Georgian Defence Forces and Chief of the General Staff as well as with Commanders of the Georgian Training and Military Education Command and NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (JTEC). The visit, held on 28 and 29 October, was devoted to a partnership programme that JFTC and JTEC were developing together.
In early 2015 JFTC assumed the leading role in preparations for the NATO-Georgia Exercise 2016. After a successful execution of the event, JFTC used its vast experience in planning and delivering NATO training to mentor and support the newly established NATO-Georgia JTEC. In 2019 the NATO-Georgia JTEC took over the responsibility for directing the NATO-Georgia Exercise – with JFTC providing mentorship during the event. Now both centres are developing a partnership programme that will streamline their cooperation in the future.
The discussions held on 28 and 29 October touched upon the Georgian Defence Forces’ perspective on a long-term JTEC’s development, bilateral and multilateral efforts related to JTEC as well as upon various aspects of partnership between JFTC and JTEC. The parties also discussed initial thoughts on the future NATO-Georgia Exercise planned for 2022. As 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, separate talks on the SNGP were held during the visit.
*NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre (JTEC) was inaugurated on 27 August 2015. It was designed to assist Georgia in reforming, modernisation and strengthening its security and defence sector; enhancing interoperability of Georgian Forces, enabling them to work alongside NATO and partner forces and offer multi-national training and exercise opportunities. It also contributes to promoting regional stability in the Black Sea and Caucasus region.
NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Centre is a symbol of deepening cooperation and partnership between Georgia and NATO. The Joint Force Training Centre, under the guidance of the Allied Command Transformation, plays an important role in fostering the Georgian Defence Forces’ capabilities.
Photos: Courtesy of Ministry of Defence of Georgia