SKOPJE, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia* - The NATO Liaison Office Skopje (NLOSk) initiated visits to higher level Host Nation’s commands and units, with the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) in Veles and its subordinated Krivolak Training Area, September 13, 2016.
NLOSk Chief, Navy Captain Gorazd Bartol, led a delegation of the NATO Advisory Team (NAT) and were welcomed by TRADOC’s Chief of Staff Colonel Ivica Ampov and members of his staff.
The NAT delivered a short briefing on the history, mission and tasks of the office, and afterwards they provided a comprehensive brief on their collective capabilities, consisting of: mission and tasks, organizational and formational structure, available personnel and equipment, and most significant activities, like foreign and individual training courses as well as training of soldiers who voluntarily serve in the Army.
A topic of high interest was the Centre for Simulations that has been established under TRADOC, is being currently developed and expected to reach full operational capability in 2017, with donated software from the USA (JCATS). During a briefing, the participants received details on future plans and the particular areas in which NAT’s assistance could be extended.
The visit concluded at the Krivolak Training Area with an insight view on the realistic pre-deployment and mission-oriented unit training showing its capabilities. During a walk-through, the delegation got an impression of the Camp Strela’s new accommodation facilities, which have been set up with donations from the Kingdom of Denmark.
The NAT will continue the visits to various high-level formations on the ground in the following months to emphasize the close efforts to achieve the common goals.
*Turkey recognizes the Republic of Macedonia with its constitutional name.