STAVANGER, Norway – General Jeffrey L. Harrigian, Commander of NATO’s Allied Air Command (AIRCOM), visited the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) and received an up-close look at the Centre’s current and upcoming activities on Thursday, March 31, 2022.
General Harrigian was welcomed to the Centre by Major General Piotr Malinowski, Commander JWC.
Following the office call with the Commander, General Harrigian received detailed mission briefings on the JWC’s programme of work as NATO’s premier operational- and strategic-level training provider, with particular focus on the Centre's role in bridging the gap between NATO Operations and NATO Transformation. During his visit, General Harrigian was also given a tour of the JWC facilities.
As Commander AIRCOM, General Harrigian is leading the around-the-clock delivery of Air and Space Power for the Alliance, including the command and control of NATO’s integrated air and missile defence. He also commands both U.S. Air Forces in Europe and U.S. Air Forces in Africa and serves as the Director of the Joint Air Power Competence Centre (JAPCC) in Germany.
“We, at the operational level, need to be able to translate strategic guidance; operationalize it, and then put it in the hands of the tactical implementers – the war fighters – such that they understand it from top to bottom. And that is not easy.”
General Jeffrey L. Harrigian, Commander AIRCOM
Significantly, General Harrigian is familiar with the JWC’s unique role and mission within NATO, as he served here as the Chief, Joint Exercise Division from 2005 to 2007 as a Colonel.
Recollecting his time at the JWC and noting the expanded capabilities of the Centre and the Jåttå compound, General Harrigian said: “It is great to be back. It reminded me how much the Joint Warfare Centre influenced who I am today, and how I have refined the way we do business as a joint community, as a result.”
He added: “Now that I am back here, it just reinforces what a great opportunity it was for me to serve at the Joint Warfare Centre, and what a difference this Centre is making every day for NATO. And even in the exercises that I have had an opportunity to work with the Joint Warfare Centre, it really has helped AIRCOM cement some new concepts that we needed to work on. So, the Joint Warfare Centre has been instrumental in, what I would call, ‘AIRCOM success’ over the last couple of years.”
With regard to the JWC’s contribution to operational art and NATO readiness, General Harrigian underlined: “At the end of the day, we, at the operational level, need to be able to translate strategic guidance; operationalize it, and then put it in the hands of the tactical implementers – the war fighters – such that they understand it from top to bottom. And that is not easy.”
During his visit, General Harrigian also met with the U.S. Air Force personnel serving at the 426th Air Base Squadron in Stavanger. An earlier “The Three Swords” magazine interview with General Harrigian can be read here: https://jwc.nato.int/application/files/9616/0523/5433/issue36_07lr.pdf
Photos from the Visit
General Jeffrey L. Harrigian, Commander AIRCOM, and Major General Piotr Malinowski, Commander JWC
Brigadier General Douglas K. Clark, JWC Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff welcomes General Jeffrey L. Harrigian
Interview with General Jeffrey L. Harrigian