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.

Joint Warfare Centre hosts this week its first training event after its inauguration on 23 October 03. Some 130 personnel from NATO’s Southern Command in Italy will participate.