Dual-hatted as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander-Transformation (SACT) and Commander of the U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM), Air Force General Lance L. Smith paid a visit to the JWC on 6 February 2006. It was his first time to visit the JWC, where he was warmly welcomed by Air Marshal Walker, Director JWC and Vice Admiral Jan Reksten, Commander National Joint Headquarters (NJHQ).

Located in Norfolk, USA, HQ SACT directs ACT's various subordinate commands including the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC), The Joint Forces Training Centre (JFTC), the NATO Undersea Research Centre (NURC), various NATO Schools, the Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC), and various Centres of Excellence.

The aim of ACT's top Commander's visit was to familiarize himself with JWC's activities and to learn more about some of the priorities on the way to the Centre's Full Operational Capability in June this year. General Smith also visited the National Joint Headquarters (NJHQ) to gain understanding of how the NJHQ operates.

During his visit he was guided and briefed through the JWC and NJHQ. General Smith received briefs from several officers on the JWC's Program of Work in 2006, the current and future training events, concept development and experimentation, new building and Cold Weather Operations (Norway provides ideal conditions in a NATO-wide context for Cold Weather Operations). General Smith will also visit JWC's training facilities at Ulsnes.

During his visit, General Smith also addressed the JWC members and thereafter listened and responded to questions and issues that were raised.