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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.

STAVANGER, Norway - NATO's Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) will host and conduct ISAF X Composite Headquarters Mission Rehearsal Training from 9-19 October 2006 at its Ulsnes Training Facility.

The First NATO Joint Computer Assisted Exercise Forum (CAX FORUM) was held at NATO's Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) in Stavanger, Norway, 26-29 September 2006.

On Wednesday, June 21, U.S. Air Force General Lance L. Smith, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, hosted a press conference in Radisson Atlantic Hotel, Stavanger, Norway, with Her Excelleny Anne-Grete Strom Erichsen, Norwegian Minister of Defence and His Excellency Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, NATO Secretary General.

Her Excellency Anne-Grete Strom Erichsen, Norwegian Minister of Defence formally signed today, 21 June 2006, a Memorandum of Agreement with Air Marshal Peter B. Walker, CB CBE BA, Royal Air Force, Director Joint Warfare Centre, declaring that Norway is "willing and able to provide substantial Host Nation Support to support the personnel at Joint Warfare Centre in fulfilling their important mission."

The SACT Seminar 2006 will be held June 20-22, 2006 in Stavanger, Norway. The Seminar Headquarters and conference sessions will be held at the Radisson SAS Atlantic Hotel in Centrum Stavanger. Additional conference sessions will be held at Joint Warfare Center training facilities.

NATO´s Infrastructure Committee has approved the funding for the Jåttå Permanent Office and Training Facility for the Joint Warfare Centre on 25 April 2006. The aim of this project is to build a facility using cutting edge technology to match the wide variety of requirements of staff coming from NATO´s operational level headquarters and JWC alike.

SPS CASTILLA LANGELAND 2006NATO exercise Steadfast Jackpot 2006 is currently taking place in two locations simultaneously: Stavanger, Norway at Joint Warfare Centre Ulsnes Training Facility and at a training area near Strasbourg, France. Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum (JFC Brunssum), The Netherlands, is conducting the exercise. 

NATO's Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) will train and prepare the Commanders and staff assigned to Headquarters ISAF IX for the successful conduct of their mission, which will run from 03-15 March 2006 at its Ulsnes Training Facility. The Mission Rehearsal Training (MRT) will aim at developing the operational awareness and staff processes of Headquarters ISAF IX and will comprise the following training blocks: Individual Training, Key Leader Training, Mission Specific Training, Functional Area Training, Battle Staff Training, Mission Rehearsal Exercise and Counterpart Training.

Dual-hatted as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander-Transformation (SACT) and Commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), Air Force General Lance L. Smith paid a visit to the JWC on 6 February 2006. It was his first time to visit the JWC, where he was warmly welcomed by Air Marshal Walker, Director JWC and Vice Admiral Jan Reksten, Commander National Joint Headquarters (NJHQ).

Allied Warrior (AW 05) is a SHAPE/Allied Command Operations (ACO) Computer Assisted Exercise (CAX) designed to integrate and certify combat readiness for the Land- and Air components for the NRF rotation January-June 2006 (NRF VI).

The Iraqis visited Stavanger's police headquarters on Tuesday as a part of their Joint Warfare Centre key leader training. What left them speechless in the end was that the cells were cleaned to perfection and the surprisingly low number of officers on duty each day who in addition are unarmed.