On 9 March, the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) hosted Major General Guillermo Cavo, the Deputy Chief of Staff Joint Force Development (DCOS JFD) at NATO’s Allied Command Transformation (ACT). The General arrived in Bydgoszcz to explore JFTC as well as to meet with its Commander, Major General Adam Joks, and his key staff.

As this has been General Cavo’s first visit to JFTC since he assumed the position of the ACT DCOS JFD last February, the programme of the day commenced with an in-depth briefing about the Centre. The General received broad information about JFTC’s mission, structure, main tasks and about the city of Bydgoszcz, also called “the NATO capital of Poland”.

The discussions touched upon JFTC’s key activities, including its current primary effort, pre-deployment training for Resolute Support Mission and NATO Mission Iraq, as well as exercises in support of NATO’s readiness, such as exercises Steadfast Pyramid and Pinnacle or Loyal Leda 2020, which will be the highlight for JFTC in the second part of this year. NATO’s warfare development was another important topic for both JFTC’s leadership and the ACT DCOS JFD. The Generals talked about the present, and also about possible future developments in the area of training and innovation.

Before the end of his visit, General Cavo walked around the Centre’s premises and visited its heart – the training facility. This gave him a better picture and understanding of what the JFTC training, exercises and experimentation looked like in reality.

“I am delighted to have had the opportunity to visit JFTC for the first time since I assumed the position of DCOS Joint Force Development in HQ SACT. During the visit I had the opportunity to confirm the value of the Centre as well as the professionalism of the staff. Thank you for your hospitality. I look forward to working with you in the months ahead” – General Cavo expressed at the end of his visit.

To learn more about Major General Guillermo Cavo, click here.