U.S. Air Force Command Chief Master Sergeant Jack Johnson Jr., Allied Command Transformation (ACT) Senior Enlisted Leader, visited Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) on Monday, 16 March, to learn more about the Centre’s mission and tasks and meet with the non-commissioned officers (NCOs) assigned to JWC.
The visit programme started with a special meeting and open discussion at the Brussels Auditorium where Chief Master Sergeant Johnson thanked JWC’s NCOs for their hard work, professionalism, and dedication. He underlined the critical role of NCOs in all areas of Alliance operations and functions throughout NATO.
Referring to JWC’s joint, multinational and multicultural operating and training environment, Chief Master Sergeant Johnson said: "Your work here is integral to the mission of the command as well as ACT. Our world today is very different from what it was ten or even five years ago. We should be wise to study the changes in modern warfare and ensure that our forces are ready. Quite frankly, the operations-side might be more appealing where one can see the warfighter and the planes and the ships, but without the exercises and training events, all that would be dysfunctional. So, thank you for what you are doing, which is crucial for NATO’s continuing transformation."
He then added: "Greater population of enlisted specialists in the Peacetime Establishment within our organizations, who are better mixed with the officers --- achieving this is important to me at ACT. It is very important to include your education, training and experiences, which collectively makes us strong.”
Following an office call with U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Roger H. Watkins, JWC Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, Chief Master Sergeant Johnson received a series of briefings, including an overview about the ongoing JWC-directed exercise TRIDENT JEWEL 15, which aims to certify MARCOM’s Full Operational Capability as NATO's principal maritime advisor.
While in Stavanger, Chief Master Sergeant Johnson also paid a visit to the 426th Air Base Squadron Community Activity Center, where he received a mission briefing on the Squadron's current activities and met with the U.S. Air Force staff. Asked his impression about the visit, Chief Master Sergeant Johnson said: “It was exceptionally productive --- to hear about the great work the JWC does is important; but to see it first-hand is priceless.”