MC VISIT JUNE 2009On invitation of Headquarters Allied Command Transformation, NATO's Military Committee visited the Joint Warfare Centre on 17 June 2009. The visit is part of the Committee's annual visit schedule, which is designed to enable the Committee to receive detailed updates on activities of NATO commands as well as its wider agenda.

STEADFASTJUNCTURE09 MAY 2009STEADFAST JUNCTURE 09 emulates the planning and execution of a NATO Crisis Response Operation using a fictitious exercise scenario that takes place beyond NATO´s geographical area using the NATO Response Force (NRF) and Deployable Joint Staff Element (DJSE) concepts.

The foundation stone for Joint Warfare Centre's (JWC) new training facility was laid during a ceremony on 23 October, which is exactly five years to the day that JWC was officially inaugurated in 2003.

COS 2008 SCOTT WESTIn a handover ceremony held at the Joint Warfare Centre on Tuesday 19 August 2008, Brigadier General Scott D. West, US Air Force took over as Chief of Staff of the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) from Brigadier General Philip M. Ruhlman, US Air Force.

HEERESMUSIKKOPRSWorld renowned German military band "Heeresmusikkorps 12" performed yesterday at Stavanger Concert Hall (Stavanger Konserthus), the city’s main venue for concerts and shows, in the context of Stavanger 2008 European Capital of Culture programme.

JWC will conduct Exercise Steadfast Juncture 08 from 19-29 May 2008 at Ulsnes Training Facility. Exercise Steadfast Juncture 08 is an Allied Command Operations (ACO) sponsored NRF exercise designed to train, evaluate and certify NATO's JC Lisbon for the 11th rotation of the NATO Response Force (NRF).

Exercise Steadfast Joist 2008 Phase III EXCON was conducted at the Joint Warfare Centre Training Facility, Ulsnes, between 4 and 15 April 2008. The exercise was an Allied Command Operations (ACO) sponsored Command Post/Computer Assisted (CPX/CAX) exercise assigned to JFC Brunssum and Allied Maritime Component Command Headquarters Northwood, Allied Air Component Command Headquarters Ramstein and NATO Rapid Deployment Corps Spain.

SACT MATTIS VISIT JWC 2008On 6 February 2008 the Commander of the Supreme Allied Command Transformation, General James Mattis, United States Marine Corps, made his first official visit to the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) in Stavanger. General Mattis, who assumed command of Allied Command Transformation (ACT) on 9 November 2007, met with the senior officers of the Joint Warfare Centre, led by the Director, Lieutenant General Wolfgang Korte, German Army.

From 1 December until 14 December Joint Warfare Centre will conduct the NATO Response Force (NRF) Exercise STEADFAST JAW. This exercise is the final step in the process of training, integrating and certifying of NRF 10 forces.

The exercise is a command post and computer assisted exercise with a geographically wide spread training audience. Key participants apart from the Joint Warfare Centre are NATO’s Joint Force Command Headquarters in Naples with it's sub commands in Izmir and Madrid together with the STRIKE FORCE NATO.

Key players
Other key players are the German/Netherland Corps in Germany, the French Maritime Force at sea, The German Psychological Operation Center and The German Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Joint Assessment Team.

Expeditionary capabilities
The exercise will comprise elements that test and develop NATO´s expeditionary capabilities, and ensure that relevant NATO concepts are trained. It will prepare key leaders and their staff for conducting a Crises Response Operation.

Joint Warfare Centre will conduct training for ISAF XI Core Staff Elements at Ulsnes, Stavanger from 3rd until 13th of November.

The aim of the training event (TE ISAF 07-3) is to prepare ISAF XI Core Staff Elements for successful conduct of their mission in Afghanistan.

Joint Force Training Centre
Almost in parallel of this event in the timeframe of 4th until 17th November the Joint Force Training Centre will be conducting their training event for ISAF Headquarter Regional Command South at the same venue and for the same purpose.

800 persons involved
Approximately 800 persons will be involved in the two training events. The event will consist of Mission Specific Training (MST), Functional Area Systems (FAS) training, Functional Area Training (FAT) Integration Training and Mission Rehearsal Exercise (MRE).

JWC together with National Joint Headquarters conducted an Offsite in Narvik, North – Norway on 15 and 16 October to enhance relations between the two Headquarters. When questioned Lt. Gen Korte, Director JWC, said: "We have conducted a very successful offsite together with The National Joint Headquarter and strengthening existing linkage between NATO and Norway. Joint Warfare Centre and NJHQ are two headquarters with different tasks but one military community with several mutual areas of interest. "

These discussions have resulted in a list of agreed actions that leads to increase synergy between the two organizations and enhance the interpersonal relationship between JWC NATO and Norwegian personnel at NJHQ. One example is the upcoming ISAF HQ exercise, which will take place in Stavanger 3rd -14th of November where we will have several officers from NJHQ participating in our exercise control staff. In parallel with the offsite JWC also had a Battle staff ride focusing on the Narvik campaign of spring 1940 which also took place in the same area. You will find a more in depth report from this event in the next issue of "The Three Swords".


SEP JJJ 2007Lieutenant General Wolfgang Korte, Director JWC, hosted this year's first "JJJ" meeting yesterday, September 20, which proved to be a resounding success. "JJJ" represents the three fundamental pillars of NATO's training, namely the Joint Warfare Centre, Stavanger, Norway; the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC), Bydgoszcz, Poland and the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC), Lisbon, Portugal.

JWCCOM COC JULY 2007July 16, 2007
Lieutenant General Wolfgang Korte, German Army, assumed command of the NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre during a change of command ceremony, which took place on July 13, 11.00 a.m. at the Ulsnes Training Facility. During the ceremony, JWC international staff and family members also bid farewell to United Kingdom Royal Air Force Air Marshal Peter B. Walker, who served as the Centre’s Director for two years since taking up his post February 3, 2005.

U.S. Navy Reservists played a leading role in the NATO exercise STEADFAST JACKPOT 2007, which concluded recently at various sites in Europe. About two thousand troops from all 26 NATO countries participated in the exercise, which ran from June 4 through June 14. Primary locations were NATO's Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger, Norway; Strike Force NATO in Naples, Italy; Allied Air Component Command Headquarters in Izmir, Turkey and Special Operations Component Command Headquarters in Spain. Smaller outposts included Solbiate and Persano, Italy.

STEADFAST JACKPOT is a computer-assisted exercise.  It focuses on the training of the NATO Response Force (NRF) by using a scenario centered on a fictitious group of islands in the North Atlantic off the coast of Africa.

The purpose
The purpose of the exercise is to train the three Joint Force Commands with their air, maritime and land components prior to their actual deployment to the NRF.  This gives them the chance to correct deficiencies in capability and doctrine in a hypothetical environment without the risks and disruptions of real-world maneuvers.

Staff officers and enlisted Reservists
Participating in JACKPOT were staff officers and enlisted Reservists from SACT detachments in Battle Creek, Mich., Norfolk, Va., Washington, D.C., Salt Lake City, Utah, Kansas City, Mo., Dubuque, Iowa, Buffalo, N.Y., Bessemer, Ala., and Spokane, Wash.

Capt. Jeff Smith, Commanding Officer of SACT Det 113 in Battle Creek, Mich., said this operation represented a lot of hard work. "All of the training and mission preparation our unit accomplished over the past 18 months has culminated in this major deployment to Europe," Smith said.

Cmdr. Bill Nooney of SACT Det 113 was assigned to the media cell at Solbiate.  There, he and his colleagues assumed the role of reporters and photographers, interviewing commanders and their lieutenants, writing news stories and shooting pictures and video of the exercise. 
Nooney said, "I feel we made a contribution.  Our job was to interact with the PIO (public information officer) of the Land Component.  He was new to his job, so any training we could give him was good. And we all learned together."

Lt. Ayana Wilson, SACT Det 113, was Officer-In-Charge of the Visitors and Observers Bureau, located in Persano, Italy.  Her chief assignment was to coordinate visits of Distinguished Visitors with members of their staffs to make sure everything ran smoothly. "This was my first time doing a NATO exercise," Wilson said.  "I was surprised to see so many countries and so many services working cohesively.  Every branch of the U.S. military was represented, too.  It was great to see everybody coming together and working together."

Capt. Smith agreed and was understandably pleased to watch the men and women under his command excel in a demanding, up-tempo environment. "I couldn´t be more proud of the officers and sailors of this unit who I know will have a tremendous impact on the readiness of the international forces deploying in support of the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) mission in Afghanistan," Smith said.

Streamlined planning process
This is the last year for JACKPOT and its counterpart, STEADFAST JAW.  Starting next year, the training and planning process will be streamlined with three major exercises in Brunssum, Naples and Lisbon. 
The NATO Joint Warfare Centre is a subordinate command of Allied Command Transformation, commissioned in October 2003.  Navy Reservists played a major role in the initial setup of the site, a former navy base in Stavanger, Norway.

2007 HALF MARATHONTreated by wind and rain, a colorful, fancy dressed but well equipped crowd of 41 bikers, skaters and runners, ready to cover the 21.1 km around Hafrsfjord waters, assembled at the 3 Swords to await the JWC Director's Start signal at exactly 1200 hrs.

STAVANGER, Norway - Around 2000 personnel from various headquarters and units assigned to the ninth rotation of the NATO Response Force (NRF 9) will take part in Exercise STEADFAST JACKPOT 2007 (SFJT07) from 1 to 14 June 2007. Personnel from all 26 NATO countries will participate in the exercise that will take place simultaneously in Italy, Turkey, Norway and Spain.

In March 2007, 213 staff came together from organisations across NATO in JWC's Ulsnes Training Facility for an intense week of experimentation and training in "Enabler 07". ACO, ACT, JFC Brunssum, JFC Naples, JC Lisbon, JWC, JFTC, LCC Heidelberg, MCC Naples, MCC Northwood, ACC Ramstein, ACC Izmir, CIMIC COE, COE DAT, CJOS COE, CIMIC GN, NC3A, NCSA and NOBLE were all represented.

NATO's Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) is currently conducting a modified ISAF training for Composite Headquarters at its Ulsnes Training Facility until 14th of February.

CAPEX 2007CAX Planners Exercise (CAPEX 07) was conducted in Ulsnes between 15th and 19th of January 2007. On the first day of CAPEX, briefings about CAX processes and CAX tools were given. After syndicate work on the second day, a two-day mini CAX was conducted.

NATO will conduct Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) Exercise Steadfast JAW 06 (SFJW 06) between 9 and 22 November 2006. SFJW 06 will take place at several locations, including Ulsnes, Norway; Ramstein, Germany; Istanbul, Turkey and Northwood, United Kingdom.