A two-week “Newcomers Training” started at Joint Warfare Centre (JWC) on Tuesday, 18 August to welcome 45 new staff members and their families to Stavanger. The training aims to get newcomers up to speed as quickly as possible on JWC’s mission, organization and activities and to make it easier for them to integrate into the larger JWC community.

The training is planned and conducted by the Internal Training Section, responsible for coordinating the development and delivery of internal and external training needs for JWC staff.

UK Royal Navy Lieutenant Commander Jon Taylor, the training event director, said: “JWC has been continuing the welcome process to those that have recently joined the organization over the last few months with a two-week package of Newcomers Training. This will provide all of the ‘new joiners’ with an overview of the role and output of JWC. Additionally, it will inform them about the make-up of each Directorate and provide them with an introduction to key personnel. With this, we want to enable them to further understand the composition and battle-rhythms of JWC. Briefs and bespoke training will be provided so that the newcomers can integrate and contribute to JWC’s core role in as short a time as possible.”

The training is also designed to build a deeper understanding of NATO’s changing strategic environment and some of the key ongoing initiatives such as the Connected Forces Initiative, the Readiness Action Plan and the implementation process of a Very High Readiness Joint Task Force, or VJTF, as part of the adaptation measures approved at the NATO Wales Summit.

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Major General Reinhard Wolski, Commander JWC, opened the Newcomers Training with a personal welcome and said: “I wish you all a warm welcome as you start your new assignment at one of NATO’s most prestigious organizations. This training is a great opportunity for you to learn about JWC and our complex range of activities and capabilities.”

Major General Wolski then highlighted JWC’s role in the process of Transformation and talked about JWC’s working relationship with its higher HQ, Allied Command Transformation (ACT), and the roles between ACT and Allied Command Operations (ACO) as related to collective training.

Major General Wolski said: “JWC offers the best possible training and ideal environment where operational staff can be trained in a wide range of missions assigned to the Alliance. In essence, JWC is one working muscle of ACT. We have high visibility, not only in exercises and training, but also in the time between those exercises, supporting NATO’s doctrine development and adapting to new concepts. The good news is that we have a very good foundation and great teams that can make all this happen.”

The Newcomers Training is conducted in two parts: the first part includes preliminary briefings on topics ranging from JWC’s mission to its new optimized trial structure, and from upcoming exercises to its innovative work in areas such as doctrine and concept development, computer simulation (CAX) technologies as well as broadcast, print and online media simulation.

The second part will be heavily focused on the NATO Exercise Planning Process.

Lieutenant Commander Jon Taylor said: “In addition, there will be a team-building Sports Day at Madla Camp and Community Support briefs on ‘Life in Norway’ for all, including the spouses and partners. Overall, I think, this training is a unique event in JWC calendar.”

Commander’s address to the staff

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Prior to the Newcomers Training, Major General Wolski held an All Hands Call on 14 August and welcomed the new staff members to JWC, reviewed the Centre’s key achievements of the recent months and talked about what the fourth quarter of 2015 holds for JWC, with NATO’s largest exercise in over a decade, TRIDENT JUNCTURE 15 (TRJE 15), commencing.

As reflected in a NATO release, TRJE 15 will “demonstrate NATO’s new increased level of ambition in joint modern warfare and will show-case a capable, forward-leaning Alliance equipped with the appropriate capability and capacity to meet present and future security challenges.” It will also facilitate “the testing of intelligence, interoperability, Strategic Communications and efficiency and sustainment for the VJTF.”

“This exercise is, again, a very ‘big rock’ for JWC,” Major General Wolski said, adding: “Our job is to make sure that Joint Force Command Brunssum, our Primary Training Audience, will gain the most out of the CAX/CPX (computer-assisted/command post exercise) portion.”

After referring to various upcoming TRIDENT Series of Exercises, Major General Wolski continued: “However, exercises are not all of it. We have a very demanding programme of work at JWC. We support the NATO Defence Planning Process with CAX and we integrate doctrine, concepts and experimentation into exercises. We ensure continuous improvement and innovation of our CAX, media and IT capabilities --- which all together are paramount for our significant participation in ACT’s delivery to the Readiness Action Plan and the Connected Forces Initiative --- post-Wales Summit and pre-Warsaw Summit --- and further on.”

Major General Wolski then highlighted the importance of a high-performing culture, which can lead to better productivity and effectiveness. He said: “We are a constantly learning organization. And, key to our success is the ‘One Team’ culture programme, which has never been more important than in the months ahead of us. I encourage everybody to contribute actively to it. It is imperative to work as a ‘One Team’ to accomplish our important mission.”

The Newcomers Training will run until the end of August.