KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait – Subject matter experts from Allied Joint Force Command Naples conducted JFC Naples’ first-ever mobile training team to Kuwait with instruction on Civil-Military planning and support to include civil experts and disaster management capabilities, Nov. 08 – 10, 2016.
The experts from JFC Naples are part of the unit’s Civil-Military Cooperation branch, part of J9.
The JFC Naples team instructed 18 officers from Kuwait’s Armed Forces on topics including the mandate, mission and procedures thereof at the strategic and operational level. Furthermore, the training provided an initial overview on NATO mechanism and dynamics. To this end, several information sessions were provided. Event organizers said the syndicate activities were well received, and fruitful discussions allowed for an exchange of points of view and practical situations based on "real world” issues happening in a disaster emergency depicted in the case study. The possible courses of actions to face specific challenges was presented and discussed with the participants.
While addressing the group, the Director of Military Cooperation, Brig. Gen. Ahmed Al Khalaf expressed his gratitude to NATO and the JFC Naples MTT for such committed assistance. During his closing remarks, he also mentioned the forthcoming opening of the Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Centre that will provide training possibilities to the region. In particular, the Kuwait effort was highlighted.
"We are looking forward the opening of the ICI Centre that will be the hub to enhance the cooperation with Gulf Countries and where Kuwait will play a key role,” Al Khalaf said in his closing remarks.
The JFC Naples' MTT activity supports NATO objectives and helps build the trust and understanding that will lead to better cooperation in the region and promote increasing interoperability with NATO.Story and photos courtesy of J9