During this year’s final All Hands Call held at the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) on Monday, 18 December 2017, senior leaders along with staff bid farewell to Royal Norwegian Navy Commodore Hans Helseth, who served as the Centre’s Special Advisor to Commander for two years since taking up his post in September 2015.
In his farewell remarks, Polish Army Major General Andrzej Reudowicz, Commander JWC, thanked Commodore Helseth for his professionalism, leadership and dedicated service to the JWC.
One of Commodore Helseth’s additional duties with the JWC was his key role in the Higher Control (HICON) element as part of the overall exercise management, which is designed to “replicate” organizations such as Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (HQ SHAPE) in order to generate a realistic joint operational picture.
“The last two years at the Joint Warfare Centre have been excellent, including my special task within HICON,” said Commodore Helseth after conclusion of the event, adding: “I will always treasure my time here. I really enjoyed working with everyone as part of our collective, ‘One Team’ ethos. The Joint Warfare Centre is an excellent place to be; it's key to making sure that NATO forces are well-trained and interoperable. But, it must sustain this success and even build on it.”
Commodore Helseth joined the Royal Norwegian Navy in 1977, and upon completion of the Naval Academy, he was assigned to the submarine service. Through his military career, Commodore Helseth participated in a number of NATO operations including Sharp Guard (1995), Determined Guardian (1999), KFOR (2001), ISAF (Chief of Staff to NATO Senior Civilian Representative, 2008), and Ocean Shield (2009–2010).
Before his assignment to the JWC, Commodore Helseth served as Deputy Director, International Military Staff Operations (IMS OPS) at NATO Headquarters in Brussels.
Click on the link below to read an interview with Commodore Helseth, published in JWC's The Three Swords Magazine in December 2015.
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