Utrecht, On 29 November 2016, during the first day of NATO Lessons Learned Conference in Lisbon, the Signing Ceremony of the NATO Force Structure (NFS) Joint Task Force (JTF) HQ Handbook took place. The signees were Brigadier General Mário Barreto (PRT AF), Commander of The Joint Analysis and Lessons Learned Centre (JALLC), Captain (NLD N) Renée van Pamelen-Hollenberg, Director of NATO Command and Control Centre of Excellence (NATO C2COE), and Lieutenant Colonel Jacek Ropejko (POL A), Branch Chief, Quality Assurance (Lessons Learned) of the Joint Warfare Centre (JWC). Lieutenant Colonel Ropejko represented Major General (POL A) Andrzej Reudowicz, Commander of the JWC.
The NFS JTF HQ Handbook is the result of a three-year cooperative, common effort between the JALLC, the JWC, and the NATO C2COE. It combines observations, insights, and analysis from the TRIDENT JAGUAR series of NATO exercises, which took place in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The handbook’s objective is to support the commander of a NATO Force Structure HQ to transform into a JTF HQ in order to lead a small joint operation.
During the Signing Ceremony, Director of NATO C2COE said: “It was not an easy job. It took us three years teamwork with JALLC and JWC and would not have been possible without the contributions from each of the commands, organisations, and individuals who supported and contributed to the production of this Handbook. I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the JTF handbook. As the director of the NATO C2COE I’m very proud of the result. The NFS JTF HQ Handbook is signed and it is ready for distribution.”
It is intended that the NFS JTF HQ Handbook remains a living document. It will incorporate user advises and recommendations and will be regularly updated to reflect latest NFS JTF HQ experiences in ongoing TRIDENT JAGUAR exercises and ongoing doctrinal developments.