Brunssum, the Netherlands -From 11 to 14 February a team from JFC Brunssum (JFCBS) conducted an Expert Team Visit (ETV) to the Military Academy in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on the subject of Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) in NATO.
The delegation, comprising Commander Yasen Kenarov, Lieutenant Colonel Peter Houdijk, Lieutenant Colonel Jose Rodriguez and Major Peter Tomas, conducted a series of briefings that included: NATO Command and Force Structures; current Alliance missions and operations; NATO CIMIC Overview; the three CIMIC core functions in NATO; NATO CIMIC working with civilian actors and cross-cutting topics. The programme embraced classroom discussions and syndicate work, based on a CIMIC scenario, for the benefit of the 12 General Staff Course officers from the Uzbek Armed Forces.
On 14 Feb, for the first time, a video teleconference (VTC) between the Military Academy of Uzbekistan and JFCBS was conducted. The aim of the VTC was to initiate the process underpinning the facilitation of planning upcoming Expert Team Visits to the Military Academy in Uzbekistan.
At the invitation of Mr Sercan Evcin, Deputy Chief of Mission of the Republic of Turkey in Uzbekistan and the NATO representative in Uzbekistan, ETV members visited the Turkish Embassy.
Story by JFC Brunssum Public Affairs Office