NATO Parliamentary Assembly Sub-Committee on Transatlantic Security and Co-operation paid a visit to the Joint Warfare Centre/National Joint Headquarters Jatta on June 16, 2005.

The Chief of Staff of the Norwegian National Joint Headquarters, Brigadier General Gustavsen and the Chief of Staff of the Joint Warfare Centre, Brigadier General Mueller warmly welcomed the visitors and after the Command Briefing at NJHQ, they were briefed about Cold Weather Operations. According to NATO's New Command Structure, a number of nationally or multinationally sponsored Centres of Excellence will focus on specific military felds and Norway was selected as the Centre of Excellence for Cold Weather. The visitors then visited JWC's training facility at Ulsnes where the ISAF VIII Mission Rehearsal Training will be held from 10-23 June 2005.  

In order to accommodate the ever-increasing demand from the JWC staff and attain required standards, NATO's Senior Resource Board approved the construction of an interim office accommodation at the JWC. The construction has already started and work is continuing through the month of June.  When completed, the IOA will be able to accommodate 150 people. "The aim is to upgrade the internal structure of the JWC to fulfil its role to the best potential," said Maj Danielsen, who has been involved with the project since its birth.

JUNE 2005 RUMSFELD VISITDuring the visit to Norway, 7-8 June 2005, US Defence Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld met with Norwegian Defence Minister, Kristin Krohn Devold at the JWC/NJHQ Jatta to sign a bilateral Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the reinforcement of Norway; to discuss multilateral security cooperation between the United States and Norway and the role of the Alliance's future security environment and NATO's role. After his visit to Norway, Mr Rumsfeld will travel to Brussels on Thursday, 9 June 2005, to participate to the North Atlantic Council (NAC) Defence Ministers' formal meeting that is held twice a year at the NATO Headquarters.

May 11, 2005, Sant Climent, Spain - NATO is testing and certifying NATO Joint Command Lisbon`s ability to stand up a Deployed Joint Task Force (DJTF) and Combined Joint Task Force Headquarters (CJTF). The NATO Response Force (NRF) will conduct operations during exercises that will start on 17 May and will end on 3 June 2005.

Air Marshal Walker, Director JWC, was joined with the Directors of the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC), Bydgoszcz, Poland; and the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC), Lisbon, Portugal during the Offsite Meeting at JWC's Training Facility in Ulsnes, 18-19 April 2005. The Offsite Meeting demonstrated viable means of information sharing between the three Centres on their way to Full Operational Capability. The Offsite aimed to identify the roles and responsibilities between the elements of the three Centres, to effectively manage how they deliver their products and eventually, to develop a shared understanding that link the products to the training objectives of the Operational Commanders.

In the continuing contribution to NATO’s training of Iraqi security forces, JWC provides a bilingual course, which covers the full spectrum of managing an operational-level headquarters; including crisis management, joint command and control of forces, the operational planning process, civil-military cooperation.

STAVANGER, Norway — 27 key leaders from Iraq’s security forces are training here at NATO’s Joint Warfare Centre (JWC). This is the second key leader course held at the Centre in support of NATO’s Iraqi Training Mission announced at the Istanbul Summit in June 2004, and is one of several training opportunities planned at NATO´s training and education facilities in 2005.

Conducted from 1-3 February 2005 in Norway, Exercise Allied Reach 2005 (AR 05) allowed over 300 representatives under the lead of the two NATO Strategic Commanders, U.S. Marine Corps General James L. Jones, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe (SACEUR) and Admiral Edmund P. Giambastiani, Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) to train in the context of the NRF implementation scenario.

The Acting Director of the Joint Warfare Centre, Major General Short, relinquished duties during a Change of Command Ceremony at Ulsnes.  Air Marshal Walker, UK Air Force, took over the Command of the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) from Major General Short, UK Army, in a Change of Command Ceremony at JWC’s Training Facilities in Ulsnes today.

On the second day of the Exercise Allied Reach 2005, participants worked in syndicates at the Joint Warfare Centre Training Facilities at Ulsnes.

According to Admiral Giambastiani, Supreme Allied Commander, Transformation (SACT), training is the key part of the transformation process.

In a Change of Command Ceremony to be held at the JWC Training facilities at Ulsnes on Thursday, 03 February 2005, Air Marshall (AM) Peter Walker, UK Air Force will take over as Director of the JWC from Major General (MG) James Short, UK Army.

NATO commanders involved with NRF will deploy to Stavanger to attend a three-day study seminar called Allied Reach 05 (Exercise AR 05) 1-3 February 2005. For the last two weeks, much work has been done by the JWC staff to put this event on.

Commanders and staff from NATO Deployable Reaction Corps Turkey (NDRC-T) has been at NATO s JOINT WARFARE CENTRE to prepare and train for operations in Afghanistan as the core part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) Headquarters.

This Monday NATO’s Deployable Joint Task Force (DJTF) from Allied Forces Southern Europe, in Naples, Italy, started receiving training at the Ulsnes site, a former naval station hosting the JWC training facility, where some 130 personnel have gathered for this week’s event.

2004 COMMUNITY MEETINGSJÅTTÅ: 39 local community key leaders attended the reception given for Community Leaders at Mount Jåttå on Wednesday 12 May. Among them were the Mayor of Stavanger, Leif Johan Sevland, the Mayor of Randaberg, Tom Tvedt and the County Governor, Roald G. Bergsaker.

2004 MGSHORT NATO VISITJÅTTÅ/ULSNES: This week 26 members of the Senior Resource Board visited the Joint Warfare Centre to gain understanding of how the centre operates. ”Our general impression of this centre is very good,” said the chairman. The Senior Resource Board consists of one representative from every member nation in the alliance, which makes a total of 26. It has the superior responsibility for providing premises and facilities for the Joint Warfare Centre in Stavanger and its subordinate Joint Force Training Centre in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

ULSNES / ISAF VI TRAINING: This week 400 people have prepared at Ulsnes for a training period the next four days. “This is the final exercise for the 6th ISAF headquarters,” said Major General James Short. Of the 400 participating at the training facilities at Ulsnes 165 will be part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF VI) headquarters. Nearly 40% of them are augmentees from different areas, and have not been working together earlier.

2004 IRAQ DEPLOYMENT MGSHORTStavanger: On 10 August 2004 the Allied Command Transformation (ACT) Training Team gathered at Stavanger to undertake pre-deployment training for NATO's Training Implementation Mission in Iraq.

2004 ESTABLISHING JWCThe new Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), officially inaugurated on October 23rd, is a result of NATO’s ongoing transformation. It comes into being as the old Joint Headquarters North (JHQN) ceases to exist. NATO has indeed got the JWC off to a fast start, as the reform of the defence organization’s Command Structure was endorsed as recently as June.