This was General Mercier’s farewell visit to the Joint Force Training Centre, as his tour of duty ends in September this year.
“It is a great pleasure to be here with you today – not only to say farewell as my command period comes to an end – but foremost to tell you how proud I am of what we as ‘ACT team’ have achieved, and will continue to achieve” – said General Mercier addressing Major General Wilhelm Grün, the Joint Force Training Centre Commander, and his staff during the all hands call.
General Mercier used his farewell visit to Joint Force Training Centre to sum up the past three years of tremendous work focused on transformation of the Alliance – which, according to Allied Command Transformation’s motto, consists of ‘improving its military capacity today, shaping tomorrow, and bridging the two’. He emphasized six areas, where the Allied Command Transformation and its subcommands’ efforts were ‘ground breaking” – Command and Control, Logistics and Sustainability, Partnerships, Training and Exercises, Capabilities and Human Capital. General Mercier stressed that Allied Command Transformation would continue the work commenced in those areas. He also mentioned the ongoing efforts related to implementation of the NATO Command Structure Adaptation. They aim at developing a Command and Control structure that remains "fit for purpose", and will be the first priority for Allied Command Transformation in the nearest future. “It is a very detailed work that will require a full staff engagement, while at the same time we need to continue to deliver our work, with the required quality on time” – General Mercier said.