Did you know that JWC 10th Anniversary is Wednesday 23 October? Currently, the Joint Warfare Centre has a Peacetime Establishment of 250 personnel and this includes military and civilian staff members from 15 NATO Nations and one PfP Nation: Austria.
The Joint Warfare Centre provides the best training support possible for the collective training and certification of NATO's joint operational and component level Headquarters. You can read more about us here: http://www.jwc.nato.int/facts/jwc-10th-anniversary
On the occasion of JWC's approaching 10th anniversary, German Army Major General Erhard Buehler said: "As the present Commander, I am impressed by what has been achieved during the past 10 years. The development during this time, with the continuous adaption to the current and future requirements, has certainly led to a NATO institution with an admirable reputation. Thanks to the excellent and professional personnel from contributing NATO and Partner Nations; the Joint Warfare Centre succeeded in providing the demanded products to the Allied Community. In order to fulfill our responsibilities in the future, we will keep up the tradition of identifying future challenges and requirements at an early stage to adapt our processes and procedures on time to deliver absolute 'Customer Satisfaction'."
Looking back: Thoughts and reflections from former Commanders
The following are thoughts and reflections from the former JWC Directors/Commanders on serving at the JWC (from the JWC History Book, 2010 and The Three Swords magazine):
Norwegian Army Lieutenant General (Ret.) Thorstein Skiaker (Director, October 2003 - September 2004): “On 23 October 2003, a new page in the history of the headquarters at Jåttå was written. The Joint Warfare Centre was officially inaugurated and, as its first Director, I was proud to receive the colours from Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Jr. At the time of official inauguration, a large number of issues concerning the Joint Warfare Centre were still outstanding. There was, however, a strong sense of urgency in Allied Command Transformation to demonstrate that its 'Implementation Arm' was ready to contribute to transforming NATO. ”
British Army Major General (Ret.) James Short OBE (Director, September 2004 - February 2005): “One of my first major tasks was to act as Exercise Director for NATO’s annual command post exercise using the U.S. Warrior Pre paration Centre at Ramstein, Germany. During the exercise – the first that I had experienced at this level – it struck me as strange that the world’s most successful security Alliance, NATO, had no formal training organization at the operational level. Each year NATO formed up a new team of trainers, losing the experience of those involved the previous year, but more importantly losing 'institutional memory'. Thus the NATO headquarters that were about to embark on operational duty, soon to be in Afghanistan, were provided with somewhat ad hoc training. During the Distinguished Visitors Day on this exercise, I briefed the visiting VIPs as to my views on this subject, little knowing that the Commander-in-Chief Allied Forces Northern Europe would then invite me to deliver a way to overcome this problem. Returning to Stavanger and with a small team of staff officers, we started to put together a possible plan on how to set up the requisite training organization. After receiving approval from Lieutenant General Thorstein Skiaker (then Commander Joint Headquarters North), we formalized our planning, and so began the birth of the Joint Warfare Centre.”
Royal Air Force Air Marshal (Ret.) Peter Walker CB CBE FRAeS (Director, February 2005 - July 2007): “As with all good commanders, I started with mission analyses. What were we required to deliver? Did we have the requisite resources? How could we best meet the tasks? What were our priorities? And how could we reconcile the challenge of responsibility to Allied Command Transformation, while at the same time being responsive to the needs of Allied Command Operations? (…) It was clear that the Nations wanted us to contribute to the work of Allied Command Operati ons through the conduct of Analyses and Lessons Lea rned from Operations, Concept Development, Doctrine Development, and the conduct of exercises. In concert with my Chief of Staff, I decided that the Training task was the most important, the avenue down which we could enable the other tasks we faced to support Allied Command Transformation, and best support the operational mission of Allied Command Operations. Through Training, we would market the organization and build our reputation with the customer, the three operational level commands in Allied Command Operations, and establish a world-class training centre that could be an engine for transformation and the dissemination of best practice.”
German Army Lieutenant General Wolfgang Korte (Commander, July 2007 - June 2011): “The Joint Warfare Centre’s staff is required not only to possess the willingness and the ability to learn, but also to have the self-confidence and determination to succeed in their responsibilities. We are extremely fortunate to have all of these excellent and professional men and women in our staff coming from contributing NATO and Partner Nati ons. They are our greatest asset! Our Senior Mentors also provide their support and wealth of experience not only to the Centre but to the headquarters we train, adding to the quality and credibility of our training. In looking back over the Joint Warfare Centre’s young history, we have established a fine reputation. We will continue a progressive approach to how we fulfil our mission, keeping in mind the future challenges we will face in an ever changing environment.”
French Army Major General Jean-Fred Berger (Commander, June 2011 - June 2013): "The JWC celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. A unique tool for NATO, the JWC will continue to support NATO Transformation for the greatest benefit of the Alliance, Nations and Collective Security."
An Anniversary Special Edition of The Three Swords Magazine will be published on 23 October 2013.