Back to overview,Home naval-today Exercise Steadfast Jazz Ends with a Bang November 11, 2013 Exercise Steadfast Jazz Ends with a Bang Exercise Steadfast Jazz concluded successfully on Nov. 8 after two weeks of intense multinational joint military training in locations across Europe. About 6,000 personnel from 28 NATO member nations as well as three-partner nations (Sweden, Finland and Ukraine) trained together in a combined multinational setting.Joint Force Command Brunssum Headquarters succeeded in meeting a host of demanding training objectives and will be officially certified at a future ceremony to lead potential NATO Response Force missions in 2014. “As the ISAF mission winds down, NATO’s challenge is to maintain the cohesiveness and compatibility it has achieved through the years,” said Commander Joint Force Command Brunssum, General Hans-Lothar Domrӧse. “Exercise Steadfast Jazz was an important step in building and maintaining that high level of effectiveness and interoperability,” he said.According to NATO, its Response Force is the ‘tip of the spear’ in terms of NATO’s ability to respond to an emerging crisis, which is why realistic and demanding exercises like Steadfast Jazz are essential in maintaining and enhancing the effectiveness of Allied deployable forces. “The multinational soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines that I saw during the exercise demonstrated an exceptionally high level of skill and prowess,” said General Philip Breedlove, Supreme Allied Commander Europe. “The opportunity for troops from 28 different member nations, along with Alliance partners, to train and operate together is invaluable. Steadfast Jazz is what NATO is all about, our ability to defend ourselves together with a high-level of skill and effectiveness,” he added.“Steadfast Jazz was based on a scenario that allows NATO forces to train for all possible missions the Alliance might face,” said Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, General Jean-Paul Palomeros. “A wide variety of scenarios were added to the exercise including humanitarian missions, cyber defense, anti-missile defense, and collective defense operations. Realistic, combined multinational training helps ensure that the Alliance is prepared to meet the threats of the future,” he said.While headquarters staffs wrestled with ‘big-picture’ operational challenges, NATO troops deployed in the sea, land, and air honed their abilities to work together in a comprehensive multinational environment. Naval vessels deployed in the Baltic Sea, aircraft took to the skies of central Europe, and land forces participated in a live exercise in western Poland. The exercise culminated in a firepower demonstration attended by senior NATO officials, members of the diplomatic corps and invited observers from Russia and China. “I am fully satisfied that our combined joint force met all of our training objectives, and I commend all the troops that were under my command for a job well done,” said General Domrӧse. I would also like to thank Poland, Latvia, and Lithuania for the outstanding support they provided to the exercise over the past number of months. Without their efforts, resources, and hospitality we would not have been able to achieve the results that we see today,” he added.Exercise Steadfast Jazz was designed to test and certify elements of the NATO Response Force, which is the Alliance’s quick reaction force of up to 13,000 troops, which can be deployed anywhere, in different configurations, to perform a wide range of missions all on short notice.“NATO military commanders will now turn their attention to capitalizing on the lessons, experience and knowledge gained from Exercise Steadfast Jazz to ensure that the Alliance continues to build upon its capabilities, interoperability, and experience. NATO will conduct several exercises in 2014 to certify NRF forces and headquarters, and will conduct a significant combined live exercise in 2015,” NATO ACO said in a release.[mappress]Press Release, November 11, 2013; Image: NATO ACO Share this article
ROTARY TO SPONSOR TRIP FOR 4 TO TAIWANGroup Study Exchange Program for Local ProfessionalsIn its ongoing effort to support cultural and professional exchange, the local Rotary will be sponsoring an all-expense paid, month-long paid trip to Taiwan. Four individuals from the ages of 25 to 40 living in Vermont, New Hampshire or Quebec will be selected to participate in the international professional and cultural exchange program. Rotary’s District 7850 will sponsors the trip to Taiwan which will be conducted during the spring of 2009 with participants traveling to half of northern Taiwan and a third of central Taiwan.”This is a tremendous opportunity for international social and occupational networking,” stated Sara Sprayregen, Director of the Group Study Exchange Program. “It will truly promote understanding and goodwill between our countries.”The district-wide search will select four team members from various professional walks of life. An important stipulation is that team members cannot be Rotary members or related to Rotarians. “Our goal is to support young professionals and give them a unique learning experience” said Ms Sprayregen. Travel, room, and board is provided by Rotary International and the partnering district. Participants will have the opportunity to stay with families in Taiwan, network with professional counterparts and travel across the country interacting with Rotarians in Taiwan. The month long trip will occur March 21, 2009 to April 17, 2009.During October through March, the four team members will prepare for the trip by spending time learning the culture, the economy, traditions, and the geography. “We want to insure that our team members have a rich and valuable experience which will require a lot of preparation” said Caryn Crump, Team Leader for this year’s trip to Taiwan. Participants will also be required to present information about their professions to the various Rotary Groups in Taiwan. Language proficiency is not required.To apply for team membership, please contact Sara Sprayregen at [email protected](link sends e-mail) or 802-656-3251 or for applications go tohttp://www.rotary.org/en/ServiceAndFellowship/Fellowship/GroupStudyExcha(link is external)… . Applications are due no later than September 15, 2008.