Multiple Personnel Recovery Events Take Place at JAPCC
Kalkar, Germany.From 3-7 December, 2018 the JAPCC hosted 3 events focused on Allied Joint Personnel Recovery (JPR)-related policy and doctrine. The events were the Allied Command Transformation Joint Personnel Recovery Conference, the Data Fusion Workshop AJP-3.7, and the NATO Personnel Recovery/Search and Rescue Working Group. Event organizers asked if JAPCC could host the events in tandem since there would be significant overlap in the expected delegates. JAPCC was pleased to accommodate the request as one of its objectives is to increase Allied capability through increased cooperation and decreased duplication of effort.
Major General Andreas F. Kraak, the Commander of NATO’s Deployable Air Command and Control Centre (DACCC) opened the week’s events with a keynote speech to the ACT Joint Personnel Recovery Conference. In his presentation Maj Gen Kraak made an analysis of the importance and the actual progress of the integration of personnel recovery in NATO operations. He challenged the JPR community to be continually mindful that their progress benefits the men and women who carry out NATO operations. Therefore, they must continue to increase the capability in NATO and work diligently to overcome obstacles.
Delegates to all events shared the progress of their own programs of work and identified obstacles to success and areas of possible cooperation. Attendees of the Personnel Recovery/Search and Rescue Working Group continued development of Allied Tactical Publications which standardize their field operations. The Data Fusion Workshop was the start of a review of the AJP 3.7 doctrine.
Nations in attendance to one or more events were CAN, GBR, ITA, NLD, USA, NOR, ESP, GRC, DEU, SVN, FRA, BEL, and TUR. Organizations which attended one or more event were the European Personnel Recovery Centre, the US Joint Personnel Recovery Agency, NATO Allied Command Transformation, the NATO Special Operations Headquarters, the NATO Joint Warfare Centre, Allied Air Command, the NATO Joint Personnel Recovery/Search and Rescue Working Group, and JAPCC.