Lively conference – excellent host Slovenia

The NATO CIMIC Education & Training Conference 2014 (NCETC) has been conducted in Portoroz, Slovenia. It was the annual NATO discipline conference for CMI / CIMIC.

Following the Icebreaker on Tuesday 20th of May evening in a cozy and friendly atmosphere, the conference was officially opened by Colonel Martin Braterschofsky from the CCOE and Lieutenant Colonel Mark Russel from Allied Command Transformation on Wednesday morning.

More than 40 representatives from the NATO Command Structure, multinational Headquarters, CCOE Sponsoring Nations, NATO Nations and Partner Nations are forming the audience. The main focus of the first day was the annual update on the Discipline. It was provided by Allied Command Transformation (ACT) on behalf of the Joint Force Trainer – who is the NATO responsible for Education and Training – followed by the perspective of the Requirement Authority, Allied Command Operations (ACO) J9. This part was concluded with the briefing by the Department Head – Colonel Martin Braterschofsky.

The briefings were followed by an active and fruitful discussion on mutual support for CMI / CIMIC training opportunities. Even after the official end of the first day, the discussion continued throughout the evening.

The second day of the conference was emphasizing on collective training and the mutual support to NATO and national exercises in 2015. Further, the host nation provided a key note address by Colonel Samo Zanoskar, the head of the Slovenian Military Cooperation Branch, on the transformation of the Slovenian Armed Forces. The day was concluded by various inputs from the Community of Interest on current topics in CMI / CIMIC training. The conference ended on Thursday the 22nd of May.

The CIMIC Centre of Excellence first of all expresses its gratitude to Slovenia. The offer to conduct the conference, the choice of the location and the support throughout the event had a great contribution to the successful outcome. We also like to thank all the participants for the multiple inputs and huge commitments to CIMIC training opportunities. This true community effort demonstrates the importance and livelihood of the discipline of CMI / CIMIC.