As 2017 comes to a close and the holiday season approaches, on the current issue of the Northern Star we reflect upon the many accomplishments of JFC Brunssum over the past year and look forward to the many challenges to be faced in 2018, with the Headquarters remaining on the forefront of NATO operations and adaptation efforts, daily contributing to the cohesion of the Alliance.
In this issue, besides highlights from 2017 condensed in a photogallery, you will also find:
• Our Commander’s trip to the Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania - to meet with commanders and key leaders on NATO’s Eastern Flank;
• Exercises Silver Arrow and Iron Wolf II, training venues for the enhanced Forward Presence battlegroups in Latvia and Lithuania respectively;
• A recap of the year in the maritime domain – with the Standing Maritime Groups - and in the skies – with the Baltic Air Policing - for the Alliance;
• The Norwegian Armed Forces contribution to security and defence;
• Remembrance events in the Netherlands in November;
• JFC Brunssum Christmas charity event;
• Visits and activities from November;
• #WeAreJFCBS featuring the Base Support Group;
As an addition to this issue you will also find - both in the hard copies available at the HQ and to our address list, and electronically in pdf version
– the JFCBS 2018 Calendar, with a selection of images from enhanced Forward Presence battlegroups, Baltic Air Policing, NATO Standing Maritime Groups, Resolute Support in Afghanistan and Exercises;
The next edition of the Northern Star will be issued in February.
The Editorial Staff wishes you all a happy holiday season!