STAVANGER, Norway – Commander NATO Joint Warfare Centre, Rear Admiral Jan C. Kaack, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the unveiling of the Centre’s new Senior Mentor Corner on April 30, 2020.

The NATO Senior Mentor Programme was established by Headquarters Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (HQ SACT) in 2006, involving former senior Flag or General Officers recommended by their respective Chiefs of Defence to NATO. The programme focuses on NATO’s military Transformation and it fully supports the Alliance’s Education, Training, Exercises and Evaluation requirements.

The Senior Mentors pass on their extensive military knowledge and invaluable experience to NATO Commanders and their staffs on the conduct of operations, including leadership and staff functionality, both for existing and developing concepts and doctrine, and support the JWC’s One Team during the entire planning and execution of NATO’s most demanding exercises. There are currently thirteen Senior Mentors, whose support is coordinated by German Army General (Ret.) Karl-Heinz Lather, the appointed NATO Lead Senior Mentor.

During today’s event, Rear Admiral Kaack highlighted the Senior Mentors’ special role as a cornerstone in the JWC’s delivery of realistic and challenging exercises. “The Senior Mentors’ programme is a perfect illustration of our motto, ‘Together, we make NATO better!’” Rear Admiral Kaack said.


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