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In early May, after months of preparation, several hundred members of Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) will begin exercise TRIDENT JAGUAR 15 (TRJR 15) to certify as a NATO Force Structure Joint Task Force (JTF) HQ for land-centered operations.

The certification places ARRC as one of NATO's available operational HQ response forces beginning this July.

Conducted at the NATO Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) in Stavanger, Norway, the multinational exercise is focused on testing thesynchronized actions among the joint force headquarter's staff.

A large scale scenario set over land, sea and air will push the staffs’ core land abilities to coordinate resources, synchronize assets, disseminate information, develop courses of action and provide recommendations to the commander.

Since Exercise ARRCADE FUSION2014 last November, the headquarters has refined many of its joint capabilities through experimentation, preparing to manage more complex air and maritime issues under its authority.

TRJR 15 is a command-post/computer-assisted dual exercise sponsored by Allied Command Transformation (ACT) and directed by Major General Reinhard Wolski, Commander of Joint Warfare Centre (JWC).

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A Command Post Exercise (CPX) is a computer assisted simulation with no live fire or maneuver exercises associated.

Created by JWC's Scenario Section, the complex training scenario, SKOLKAN 2.0, challenges the staff with restoring security in a failing state set in an unstable region, pressured by political, military, and civil turmoil.

Furthermore, the force issimulating a deployment in the early months of conflict to add expeditionary problems to the equation.

Information and pictures from Norway will be posted routinely during the two-week exercise on official ARRC and JWC online sites.

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Photographs (top and bottom) by Sgt Mike O'Neill, RLC ABIPP, HQ ARRC

Check JWC's Facebook page for more pictures: facebook.com/NATO.JWC