ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia - A mobile training team from JFC Naples’ training and exercise branch conducted a seminar in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 20-24, 2016.
The five-man team from Naples led by French Army Colonel Emmanuel Violante-Charbuy introduced the students to the fundamentals of NATO’s exercise plannning process (EPP) and trained the participants on how they could implement the NATO procedures in their exercises on operational and tactical levels.
The training event, which took place at the Ras Amba Hotel in Addis Ababa, was attended by 17 officers from several Regional Economic Communities (RECs) throughout Africa as well as 17 officers from the African Union Peace Support Operations Department (PSOD).
The event’s program included the explanation of the four phases of NATO EPP and detailed training on the preparation of training objectives and the list of main events and incidents of Operational/Tactical level exercises as well as experiences of the lessons learned process.
The head of African Union’s Peace Support Operations, Mr. Sivuyile Bam, addressed the course and thanked the instructors for conducting this very important partnership event.
"I wish that this event could be the first in a row of EPP trainings for the RECs and the African Union in order to further deepen the cooperation between our organizations,” Mr. Bam said.
He added that "right now, the African Stand-by Force is declared Fully Operational Capable, with the Eastern Africa Stand-by Force (EASF) to be stand-by from January 2017, the African Union wants to establish a more robust training and exercise routine.” Mr. Bam concluded saying "that NATO could be of great support in setting up and preparing these exercises.”
NATO’s mobile training teams support the NATO objectives and build trust and understanding for a better cooperation between Alliance and its partners.
Story and photos by Allied Joint Force Command Naples Training and Exercise Branch