LANDCOM conducts Exercise Loyal Bonus
Polish Army Brig. Gen. Stanislaw Kaczynski, the NATO Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) Deputy Chief of Staff (CoS) for Support, and Canadian Army Col. Joseph Martin Dufour, LANDCOM’s Assistant CoS for Engineers, participated in a Requirements Review Board (RRB) as part of a table top exercise during Exercise Loyal Bonus, a battle staff training program, conducted at the LANDCOM Headquarters, April 10, 2019. The participants in the RRB were debating on which projects to recommend for funding as they rehearsed and prepared for Exercise Trident Jupiter, which is a NATO exercise scheduled for November in Norway. LANDCOM and other NATO units continue to train, so they can be ready and prepared to defend the Alliance should they get the call to respond to a crisis.
Apr 12, 2019
IZMIR, Turkey – NATO Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) completed Exercise Loyal Bonus at the LANDCOM Headquarters today.
The purpose of the five day exercise was for LANDCOM military and civilian personnel to prepare and rehearse the systems they would use during Exercise Trident Jupiter scheduled for November 2019 in Norway.
During his opening remarks Monday, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. John Thomson, Commander of LANDCOM, explained his intent for the exercise. "This [event] is about transparency,” Thomson said. "This is about teamwork. This is about improvement.”
Turkish Army Col. Hakan Demirel, LANDCOM’s Assistant Chief of Staff for Training and Exercises (G7) agreed. The battle staff training this week and the table top exercise are part of Execise Loyal Bonus to prepare LANDCOM staff for their role as a multi-corps land component command, he explained.
"We have great people,” Thomson concluded. Our world is changing, so is NATO, to ensure we remain fit for purpose, we must be ready.
By U.S. Army Lt. Col. David Olson, LANDCOM Public Affairs