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Updated: 18-Jun-2008 IMS News Release

6 June 2008

 

Chairman of the NATO Military Committee visited the
NATO Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC)

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The Military Committee
During a visit to the NATO Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) in Bydgoszcz, Poland on 6 June 2008, Canadian General Ray Henault (centre), Chairman of the Military Committee, was hosted by General Franciszek Gągor, the Chief of the Polish General Staff (left) and the Director of the JFTC, Major-General Anger Rokos.

Canadian General Ray Henault, Chairman of the Military Committee, visited the NATO Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) in Bydgoszcz, Poland on 6 June 2008, where he and the 26 Military Representatives from the Military Committee were given the opportunity to meet the Director, Major-General Anger Rokos and see how the centre is enahcing its support to NATO operations.

The visit was hosted by General Franciszek Gągor, the Chief of the Polish General Staff, who provided the transport and other support to allow the Committee to conduct an Away Day at this NATO base in central Poland. "The Military Representatives and I are grateful for General Gagor's support for our visit but also for his committment to seeing the JFTC enhance its training capability through the provisiion of new, state of the art facilities, here in Bydgoszcz, said Gen. Henault. "I speak for all the reresentatives, when I say how impressed I am with the progress Major-General Rokos and his staff have made in bringing this vital training facility fully online." General Henault was briefed by the JFTC Director and General Franciszek Gągor that the JFTC will expand into new facilities later this year and that by early next year the unit will be able to provide more training to NATO troops, who are preparing to deploy to operations in Afghanistan.

At a news conference, General Henault expressed his gratitude to the Polish authorities for the support they have given to the JFTC over the past three years. He also thanked the JFTC staff for the important role they are playing to support NATO's mission in Afghanistan.

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