H.E. Mr. Simmu Tiik, Estonian Ambassador to Norway and Colonel Raul Tonnov, the Estonian Defence Attaché, visited the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) on Thursday, 11 December.
On arrival, the delegation was greeted by the U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Roger H. Watkins, JWC Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, and Norwegian Air Force Brigadier General Jon Ragnar Krogstad, Special Advisor to the Commander.
Following an office call with Brigadier General Watkins, the delegation was escorted to the Leiv Eiriksson room where they received an overview JWC mission brief. Brigadier General Watkins said JWC and Estonia established a strong strategic partnership based on mutual trust and mutual benefit and he thanked the Ambassador for his country’s excellent support to NATO’s Article 5 Collective Defence exercises from STEADFAST JUNCTURE 12 through to TRIDENT LANCE 14. The visit also provided an opportunity for the delegation to observe the ongoing exercise TRIDENT LANCE 14 (TRLE 14), in which NATO takes action against the wilful violation of Estonia’s international border by a fictional country, based on the SKOLKAN exercise scenario. The official visit programme continued with exercise-focused briefings, including a briefing on JWC’s CAX simulation and Opposing Forces (OPFOR) capabilities, a visit to TRLE 14 White Cell and JWC’s live broadcast studio.
Mr. Simmu Tiik took on his assignment as the Estonian Ambassador to Norway in 2012.
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JWC recognizes and bids farewell to outstanding civil and military liaison personnel from Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland
Following the conclusion of exercise TRIDENT LANCE on 12 December and introduction of two new exercise scenarios next year, namely SKOLKAN 2.0 and SOROTAN, JWC will not use the Baltic Sea region with real NATO countries as Host Nations in 2015.
During a ceremony in the Exercise Situation Centre (SITCEN) of the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) on 11 December, U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Roger Watkins, JWC’s Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, thanked the outstanding civil and military liaison personnel from Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia and Poland for their strong support to the JWC to date and presented JWC Commander’s Coin to a representative from each country in recognition of their excellent support and contribution to the NATO Article 5 Collective Defence exercises, including STEADFAST JUNCTURE 12, STEADFAST JAZZ 13, TRIDENT JAGUAR 14, TRIDENT JOUST 14, TRIDENT JUNCTURE 14 and TRIDENT LANCE 14, respectively.
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