On 23 May 2019, Major General Andrzej Reudowicz, Commander Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), welcomed General André Lanata, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), for his first visit to the JWC; NATO’s premier operational-level training establishment located in Stavanger, Norway.
The visit began with a bilateral meeting with Major General Reudowicz, followed by a comprehensive mission briefing by Rear Admiral James A. Kirk, JWC’s Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff, focusing on the JWC-directed exercises, the 360-degree scope synthetic scenario design and management and the Centre’s contribution to NATO’s evolving warfare development. General Lanata then shared his vision and expectations at this crucial time for the NATO Alliance as it continues to adapt to complex threats and challenges.
In the afternoon, the visit programme continued with a guided tour of the Centre's state-of-the-art training facility, including visits to the JWC Bunker and the TV studio. Briefs conducted throughout the day highlighted JWC’s different functional areas and unique training requirements to provide NATO’s training focal point for full spectrum joint operational level warfare, sustaining readiness and advancing future warfighting capabilities of the NATO Forces.
General Lanata ended the visit with an All Hands Call to address the JWC staff, noting that the day was full with getting a first-hand look at how the mission at the JWC gets accomplished. “It is a great pleasure for me to be with you today. This visit is a great opportunity to underline the importance I attach to your contribution to NATO’s mission, and especially to NATO’s Transformation,” General Lanata said.
“The Joint Warfare Centre is a premier training establishment of the NATO Alliance at the operational level, where ‘train as you fight’ is not a slogan but a vital part of our Warfare Development.”
"I am impressed with how you take on these challenges of delivering exercises in a very positive and professional manner. No one does it better in NATO."
General Lanata talked about Allied Command Transformation’s warfare development efforts, examining the six trends of warfare development that range from understanding and shaping of the future security environment, through capability development, experimentation, doctrine and exercises, to lessons learned and analysis. “Of course, we must enhance interoperability in this warfare development model as that's what keeps all these trends connected,” General Lanata said, adding: “Joint Warfare Centre’s role in this process is vital with the delivery of increasingly complex exercises, especially with the change of direction to Article 5.”
General Lanata commended the JWC for the successful planning and execution of the computer-assisted command post exercise (CAX/CPX) portion of NATO’s TRIDENT JUNCTURE 2018, the largest exercise that NATO held in decades. “I want to publicly congratulate you all for your remarkable work and the results that you have achieved. I am impressed with how you take on these challenges of delivering exercises in a very positive and professional manner. No one does it better in NATO,” he said.
At the end of his address, General Lanata presented Sarah Denieul, Taylor Erickson and Commander Theo Hamburger1 with Certificates of Commendation, recognizing them for their excellent work and dedication not only to the JWC, but also to NATO’s whole Transformation family.
General André Lanata took over as Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) on 11 September 2018.
As NATO’s footprint in Norway and subordinate to HQ SACT, the Joint Warfare Centre is responsible for planning, developing and delivering operational level training and exercises that challenge NATO Command and Force Structure headquarters, while simultaneously supporting NATO Warfare Development through doctrine, concept development, innovation, and experimentation efforts. In doing so, JWC is at the heart of HQ SACT’s Transformational activities, with the ultimate aim to achieve high readiness and successful interoperability of the NATO Forces.
1 Colonel Peter Teeuw, the Netherlands Senior National Representative, took to the stage to accept the award on Commander Hamburger's behalf.
Photos from SACT's Visit
Major General Reudowicz and General Lanata, SACT, 23 May 2019, Joint Warfare Centre. Photo by Maj Marcus Lund, PAO
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