NATO VJTF (SPEARHEAD) Exercise NOBLE JUMP Media Access
9-18 June 2015
19 May 2015
NATO will continue the process of testing and refinement of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) during part two of Exercise NOBLE JUMP, from 9 to 19 June 2015 in Zagan, Poland. A media day will be held on 18 June 2015, which will include a tactical firepower demonstration, media availabilities with senior NATO / Allied political and military leaders, as well as opportunities to interact with soldiers participating on the exercise.
The VJTF is being established as a part of an overall enhancement to the NATO Response Force in order to address new security challenges on NATO’s southern and eastern peripheries. Exercise NOBLE JUMP represents the first time that high-readiness units will deploy and conduct tactical manoeuvers under the new VJTF framework. As such, this event represents a learning process that will allow NATO military staff to identify both successes and shortfalls during the early stages of the development process. Increasingly complex exercises, trials, and evaluations will be conducted throughout 2015 and 2016 in order to develop, refine and implement the VJTF concept into the framework of the NATO Response Force.
This event is one of a wider series of training events occurring in June 2015 referred to as the ALLIED SHIELD series of exercises. The ALLIED SHIELD series includes Exercise NOBLE JUMP in Poland; exercise TRIDENT JOUST, a NRF command and control exercise in Romania; and two other exercises that will be announced shortly. In total, approximately 15,000 troops from 19 different Allies and 3 partner nations will participate in this series of training events taking place across the Alliance in June 2015. All of these exercises are defensive and are a part of NATO’s assurance measures in response to challenges on NATO’s southern and eastern periphery. The activity will focus on enhancing interoperability, readiness and responsiveness among Allied and partner nations. ALLIED SHIELD demonstrates that NATO members are united in their commitment to collective defence.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR MEDIA (for Administrative purpose)
The media day on 18 June should be the main focus for international media, as VIPs will be present and the best military visuals will be available on this date. There are limited opportunities to visit the exercise prior to 18 June, but these will need to be negotiated on a case-by-case basis with the NOBLE JUMP Media Operations Centre. The on-line registration is closed, the deadline was 9 June.
For the media day on 18 June, journalists should plan to arrive in Zagan, Poland no later than 8 a.m. local time on 18 June 2015. After clearing security, media will be given credentials and transported into the training area. After background briefings, the 90-minute-long tactical demonstration will begin at 11 a.m. A series of media availabilities will be conducted with senior NATO/Allied political and military leaders. Informal interview opportunities will also be available with leaders and exercise participants alike. Following this, troops and military vehicles will arrive in the media area and journalists will be able to collect imagery of NATO leaders interacting with Allied soldiers. The program is planned to conclude around 3 p.m. and media will be transported to work areas (with WiFi) to enable filing. Limited WiFi should be available at the site of the tactical demonstration, but this cannot be guaranteed due to austere conditions in military training areas.
NATO HQ is organizing a media tour to the exercise in Zagan, Poland departing Brussels, Belgium on June 17 and returning late on June 18. Space on this tour is limited. Journalists can apply for this media tour when registering on-line.
The deadline for registration for the media day is 9 June 2015. No registrations will be accepted after this time.
The deadline for registration for attending the exercise at another time (outside the media day) is 1 June 2015.
The deadline to register for the NATO sponsored media event is 4 June 2015.
ON LINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
Transportation for the media day will leave from the Willa Park Hotel. (http://www.willapark.pl) Located in the centre of Zagan, Poland
B-Roll Video and Imagery
B-roll video from the exercise will be made available to journalists during the exercise. Details will be published at this location as soon as material is available.
Photos will be regularly uploaded to the NOBLE JUMP Flickr Site starting on 9 June 2015. Some photos from part one of the exercise in April are available now.