Resolute Support Mission leaders train at JFC Brunssum

Dec 3, 2014
BRUNSSUM, The Netherlands - Allied Joint Force Command Brunssum is hosting Key Leader training for the Resolute Support mission in Afghanistan from 3-5 December.  
After an initial day at Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) in Mons, Belgium, the officers tasked to join the Resolute Support Mission in early 2015 arrived at JFC Brunssum for three days of training about the operational environment in Afghanistan. A second phase of the operational training process will take place during an In-Theatre Orientation later in the month.
Before jumping deep into the operational overview of their missions, the first day of the Key Leader Training was devoted to an geostrategic overview given by the JFCBS commander, General Hans-Lothar Domröse, who was followed by his Excellency, Ambassador Homayoun Tandar, the Afghanistan Ambassador to NATO.

Gen. Domröse and Ambassador Tandar - Photo courtesy of JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office

The aim of the training is to prepare key leaders for the Resolute Support mission, to establish cohesion, and to improve understanding of role and responsibilities, explained Gen. Domröse. "It’s a non-combat mission in a combat environment,” he said.  General Domröse also explained that the biggest change the audience will meet in Afghanistan is that their mission is now a train, advise and assist mission and that as key leaders "the expectations are high.” The General also emphasized that the role of this mission is to enable, to facilitate for the Afghan authorities and security forces to achieve their goals. It is a completely new "behind the wire” non-combat mission, he said.

Ambassador Tandar addressed the audience of colonels and generals and expressed his appreciation to see soldiers ready "to go to my country to help the state of Afghanistan”.  The Ambassador added that among the Afghan population "it is a common conviction that NATO is a friend of Afghanistan.”  Ambassador Tandar also expressed the goals of the civil authorities in Afghanistan, emphasizing the democratic political system in place in his country, and underlined that Afghanistan is a strong Islamic partner of NATO.

At the end of this year, the NATO led combat mission in Afghanistan will end and a new and different mission will begin to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces.
Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office
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