Between March 18 and 29 “NATO-Georgia Exercise 2019” will take place at the Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC), Krtsanisi National Training Centre, near Tbilisi, Georgia. The Exercise will be officially opened at IV Mechanized Brigade in Vaziani on March 18.
NATO-GEO 19 is extremely important exercise for Georgia and a significant milestone in strengthening NATO-Georgia military-political cooperation.
It is the second NATO-Georgia joint multinational brigade-level, Computer Assisted, Command Post exercise (CAX/CPX), where for the first time JTEC acts as the Officer Directing Exercise and the Georgian General Staff has Officer Conducting the Exercise status according to scenario.
The exercise is further developing the interoperability of Georgian, Allied and Partner Forces, as well as Georgian command and control capabilities. It is also testing the ability to adopt a comprehensive approach to a non-article 5 crisis response, involving civil-military cooperation with international organizations and non-governmental organizations.
This is the second NATO-Georgia exercise to take place under the SNGP framework - a series of 15 defence capacity building measures agreed between Georgia and NATO at the Wales summit in 2014. The first NATO-Georgia exercise was conducted in 2016 involving NATO Allied and Partner Nations.
The brigade-level exercise is organized and supported by the NATO-Georgia Joint-Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC) of the Georgian Defence Forces, NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT), NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA), NATO LANDCOM, Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) and the Partnership for Peace (PfP) countries.
Unlike previous exercise, current training is larger in numbers. 23 Allied Member States and partner countries are providing officers including Albania, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, United Kingdom, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, United States, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Pakistan, Finland and Sweden.
Humanitarian bodies like the inter-governmental organization, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), “Save the Children” and the United Nations World Health Organization (observer) are also participating in it.
- March 18 - press conference to open the exercise.
Please arrive at IV Mechanized Brigade in Vaziani, near Tbilisi, Georgia.
- March 28 - Distinguished visitors and Media day to include press conference and brief tour of exercise activities.
Please arrive at the Joint Training and Evaluation Center (JTEC), Krtsanisi National Training Centre, near Tbilisi, Georgia.
A Media Information Centre (MIC) will operate at the exercise location from 18 to 29 March. It will be able to respond to media inquiries.
Media representatives interested in covering the above-mentioned events should apply for accreditation at the Ministry of Defense of Georgia starting from March 11 and ending on March 17 at 13:00 pm local time. Separate accreditation cards will be issued before the event.
Name - Media organization - Position - Mobile phone number - E-mail - ID number
For additional information please contact:
Strategic Communications & Media Relations Department, Ministry of Defence of Georgia