Commander Resolute Support Mission Visits JFC Brunssum
Brunssum, the Netherlands – General John W. Nicholson, Commander of NATO's Resolute Support mission (RSM), visited Headquarters JFC Brunssum to attend yesterday's change of command ceremony. On completion, he led a round-table discussion on Afghanistan with the new JFCBS Commander, General Riccardo Marchiò.
General Nicholson provided his personal insight to recent events in Afghanistan and outlined the major mission adjustments as NATO had transitioned from the former International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) to the current Resolute Support mission and provided his assessment of the year ahead. In doing so, he explained the primary challenges of the RSM Train, Advise and Assist mission; provided an update on the progress of the Afghan National Defence & Security Forces; and their "impressive ownership of the fight." The General concluded by thanking General Marchiò for the out-of-theatre support provided by JFC Brunssum that enabled him to concentrate on the in-theatre task.
Note: General Nicholson's visit comes just a month after the first NATO Operational Planning Course held in Kabul. The course has been designed to develop the future leaders of the Afghan National Defence and Security Forces and is part of NATO's overall effort to strengthen the enduring partnership between NATO and Afghanistan. The course itself was taught by trainers from both Resolute Support mission and JFC Brunssum.
Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office