SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs) from Allied Joint Force Command Naples conducted a Joint Mobile Training Team (JMTT) to Bosnia and Herzegovina from October 17 – 21, 2016. Led by French Air Force Master Sergeant Marjorie Ripp, the JFCNP team provided NCO development and leadership training to 19 NCOs from the BiH Army.
This was Naples fourth JMTT mission this year in support of NATO’s Partnership for Peace program which directly supports one of Joint Force Commands key tasks of engaging with partners. Together with the JFCNP team, members of the Armed force of Bosnia and Herzegovina discussed such topics as NATO structure and history, ethics and effective communications, counseling, stress management and processes of decision making. The JMTT is based on the NATO-School and SWISS-NCO-School leadership course.
"It was a unique experience to instruct and learn from our Bosnia and Herzegovina Partners, said Master Sergeant Ripp.” The team members included U.S. Sergeant First Class Leverion Wynn, U.S. Petty Officer First Class Xica Johnson, British Sergeant Bitu Williams and German Staff Sergeant Hilke Lütt. Their collective experience from 5 different countries and from 3 different forces enriched the discussion on the role of the NCO in a multinational environment.
As well as successfully delivering the course, more importantly relationships were established and ideas shared with other NCOs from a valuable partner country. Overall, the Naples JMTT team graduated 19 Bosnian NCOs and fulfilled the motto of the JMTT program: "We train our own!"
Story and photo by Allied Joint Force Command Naples J9 Military Partnership Branch.