STAVANGER, Norway – Lieutenant General Yngve Odlo, Chief of the Norwegian Joint Headquarters (NJHQ), and Major General Torgeir Gråtrud, Commander of the Norwegian Special Operations Command (NORSOCOM), visited the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) on March 15, 2022.
They were welcomed to the Centre by Major General Piotr Malinowski, Commander JWC.
The visit focused on Exercise COLD RESPONSE 2022 and the strong partnership between the JWC and NJHQ.
NJHQ operates around the clock and has the overall command and control of all military activity in Norway, as explained on their website.
Lieutenant General Odlo serves as the Officer Conducting the Exercise (OCE) during COLD RESPONSE 2022.
COLD RESPONSE 2022 is one of the largest exercises this year. It brings together approximately 30,000 troops from NATO Allies and Partners, testing their ability to work together in cold weather conditions across Norway – on land, in the air and at sea.
This year, the biennial exercise, which is underway in south-eastern, central and northern Norway, will specifically focus on operations conducted by allied amphibious and land forces, training on “mastering the transition between sea, coast and land”, according to the exercise fact sheet.
For NATO, this scheduled exercise, which was first announced over eight months ago, is important in order to train the deployment of the NATO Response Force (NRF). For Norway, it is important to train on host nation support and the total defence concept.
The JWC’s modern, adaptable exercise facilities and high-tech communications systems ensure ideal training conditions for the COLD RESPONSE 2022 participants.
The Commander JWC, Major General Piotr Malinowski, said: “I would like to underline the excellent cooperation between the JWC and NJHQ, which extends to exercises and other joint training projects. We are excited to work together and continue to build on our strong foundation to enhance each other’s capabilities to make NATO better.”
Lieutenant General Yngve Odlo (left) and Major General Piotr Malinowski
Major General Torgeir Gråtrud and Major General Piotr Malinowski