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  • 11 July 2019

    Major General Adam Joks, Polish Army, assumed the command of the Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC). He succeeded Major General Wilhelm Grün, who had led the Centre since July 2016. The Change of Command ceremony at the Bydgoszcz NATO training centre, led by French Air Force General André Lanata, the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT), was held on 11 July and gathered close to 200 guests.

    "When we gather to mark the departures of colleagues, it always elicits mixed feelings, especially when we work in such a great environment as NATO. Today is such an occasion, and we have to say goodbye to one of the finest generals I have had the privilege to work with, Major General Wilhelm Grün. In the same time, we say welcome to a new JFTC commander, Major General Adam Joks” – said General Lanata.


    The Supreme Allied Commander Transformation highlighted how the Joint Force Training Centre, under dynamic leadership of Major General Grün, evolved to adapt to the Alliance’s ever-changing requirements. ”During the last three years, under your distinguished leadership, JFTC did a great job in many areas” – General Lanata highlighted and stressed four main pillars of JFTC’s expertise. “First, JFTC continued to provide training for current NATO’s operations, such as conducting Resolute Support Mission training and NATO Mission Iraq. (…) Second, JFTC made significant progress in preparing for future operations. (…) Third, the Center’s contribution to warfare development, particularly through the Coalition Warrior Interoperability exploration, experimentation, and examination exercise (CWIX), NATO’s premier annual interoperability event and the largest exercise under the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (…) Finally, fourth, the work related to internal institutional development”.


    Welcoming Major General Joks to the ACT family, SACT expressed his confidence in prosperous future of JFTC under the leadership of the new Commander.


    Wilhelm set high working standards for this Centre, and I trust Major General Joks’ ability to continue to maintain it and work on its improvements” – SACT said, and added: “Major General Joks, I do not doubt that your extensive experience in combat and support units, and your rich educational background, will be excellent assets to succeed to Major General Grün (…) General, I am very much looking forward to working with you,”


    Having assumed the command over JFTC from the Supreme Allied Commander Transformation, the incoming Commander, Major General Adam Joks addressed the staff and thanked his predecessor for all his efforts for the benefit of JFTC. “Today I am honored to assume responsibilities of the commander of the NATO Joint Force Training Centre from my outstanding predecessor, Major General Wilhelm Grün. (…) It is remarkable what the Joint Force Training Centre has achieved under the professional leadership of General Grün: the highest quality and standards of work make the Joint Force Training Centre well prepared to meet all requirements and face new missions” – said the incoming Commander turning to General Grün.


    General Joks also thanked Polish military leadership for their trust. “I am coming to Bydgoszcz from Warsaw, from the Polish General Staff where I was a deputy to Lieutenant General Rajmund Andrzejczak, the Polish Chief of Defense, who honors us with his presence today. Sir, I do appreciate your confidence in me that was expressed by you recommending me for this important position”.


    Referring to the Centre’s broad experience and strong, greatly esteemed position in NATO training, General Joks expressed his conviction that the upcoming years would be very rewarding. “The Joint Force Training Centre is ready to meet new NATO challenges and implement new NATO defence strategies. General Grün has demonstrated an excellent example for me to follow, and I am ready to lead the Joint Force Training Centre forward along this path to achieve more success as NATO’s vital adaptation process continues” – said the new JFTC Commander.


    Before assuming the command over the Joint Force Training Centre, Major General Adam Joks had served as Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Polish Armed Forces.


    Source: JFTC