Brunssum, the Netherlands - From 21 to 25 May a team of four JFCBS personnel conducted an Expert Team Visit (ETV) to Ukraine, where they delivered lectures on the subjects of Military Legal Advice (LEGAD), Strategic Communications (STRATCOM) and Public Affairs (PA).
The team was led by Captain Pol Rakower of the JFC Brunssum Military Partnership Branch and comprised: Colonel Bart Haverman (LEGAD); Lieutenant Commander Jerry Parker (PA); and Major Justin Koper (STRATCOM). The ETV was conducted at the National Defence University in Ukraine's Capital City of Kyiv, commencing Tuesday, 22 May, with introductory briefings on NATO.
Over the three days a wide range of briefings were given on topics including the Law of Armed Conflict, STRATCOM Frameworks and Social Media. A large part of the course included interactive practical sessions to practice techniques and test procedures. The ETV was well received by the Ukrainian Military whose feedback and whose own experiences of operations were of great value to the ETV team. The Ukrainian military displayed a considerably high proficiency and awareness of key issues.
The NATO team were also able to take a short tour of beautiful Kyiv's cultural and historical sites.
Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office