JFCNP Military Partnership Branch delegation takes part in Expert Staff Meeting in Montenegro

Dec 18, 2015

PODGORICA, Montenegro— Brig. Gen. Reinhard Kloss, Assistant Chief Of Staff, J9 Division, Allied Joint Force Command Naples, led a delegation from JFC Naples' Military Partnership Branch (MPB) to visit the Montenegro Armed Forces (MAF) on Dec. 18.

The meeting was in the framework of an annual military cooperation Expert Staff Meeting (ESM).  It aimed to enhance NATO's understanding of the Host Nation's military interests and partnership goals, while showcasing the various partnership opportunities available. 

Discussions included a review of the cooperation program between Montenegro and NATO in 2015, JFC Naples MPB's role in facilitating this partnership, topics of interest presented by Montenegro and a presentation on worthwhile cooperation program activities and exercises available to Montenegro in 2016.  Brig. Gen. Kloss congratulated the officials for receiving the invitation to accession talks, stressed the benefits of JFCNP's Regional Exercise program and its Mobile Training Teams and shared Operational Capabilities Concept perspectives. 

Brig. Gen. Kloss also met with Adm. Dragan Samardžić, Montenegro Chief of Defense.  Adm. Samardžić stressed the importance of close cooperation with JFCNP, especially during the upcoming Accession and Integration process.  Brig. Gen. Kloss confirmed that JFCNP J9 will continue to support Montenegro in the area of partnership activities during the Accession and Integration process. 

Meeting attendees noted that frankness and transparency characterized the exchanges and the quality of the discussions.

These ESMs enable the delegation of the MPB and its partners to openly discuss progress under various initiatives and to ensure that our partners were correctly supported by NATO through JFC Naples. 


Story by JFC Naples J9, photos by Montenegro.


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