The Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) has officially opened another year of NATO innovation and training. During the New Year’s Reception, held on 14 January, Major General Adam Joks, JFTC Commander, met with Centre’s principal partners and friends to thank them for their support. He also summarised a very busy 2019 and outlined JFTC’s plans for the next twelve months.

“We are very grateful to the Voivodeship of Kujawsko-Pomorskie and our host City of Bydgoszcz, which offer us such a great hospitality. You have always open ears and hearts for us and allow us to continue our good relationship with local authorities and our business partners in the region, which is governed by trust and common understanding” - said General Joks to express gratitude for the exceptional support JFTC receives in Bydgoszcz.

2019, marked with 10 bigger events conducted at JFTC or by the Centre’s training team in other locations, was one of the most demanding years. Apart from the main training events and exercises, the Centre was engaged in numerous test, experiments, conferences and workshops. Altogether, 5500 military and civilian personnel from 36 nations participated in those events. Additionally, 2019 was a year of anniversaries with the 70th anniversary of NATO, 20th anniversary of Poland in NATO and JFTC’s 15th birthday. The Centre also experienced a significant increase of its personnel strength and new leadership arrived - in July 2019, both new Commander and Deputy Commander/ Chief of Staff took up their positions.

“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 warfare development, and, not less important: the quality of life for our staff members” – General Joks added.

JFTC will not slow down in 2020. With already planned events, the Centre will remain NATO’s second-to-none training centre for current mission preparation, it will also keep the same level with respect to delivery of training for NATO’s future operations and continue to reinforce its position as a state-of-the-art interoperability testing facility with battle laboratory as the foundation asset.

“We will continue living our motto, “Transformation through Training”, by developing effective warfare innovations that support warfighters, and implementing these innovations in training and exercises” – General Joks highlighted. “And last but not least, we continue improving our training infrastructure, even though this process will go far beyond 2020”.

The Joint Force Training Centre is now finalising preparations for its first 2020 training event. In a couple of weeks, another group of future Resolute Support mission members will arrive at JFTC to train before their deployment to Afghanistan.

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