The new Commander of the NATO Joint Training Center (JFTC), Major General Norbert Wagner, paid a working visit to Georgia. The purpose of the visit was to inform of the capabilities of the Georgian Defense Forces, especially, the future operation and cooperation plans of the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Assessment Center (JTEC).
Major General Norbert Wagner hosted by NATO-Georgia Training and Evaluation Control Center (JTEC). During the visit, the NATO General had meetings with the Deputy Commander of the Defense Forces, Major General Zaza Chkhaidze and Brigadier General Irakli Chichinadze.
Heads of the Joint Defense Training and Assessment Center of the Defense Forces and NATO-Georgia thanked the JFTC Commander for the visit and support. At the meetings the main topics were the ongoing reforms in the Georgian Defense Forces, the development of the capabilities of the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Assessment Center (JTEC) and increasing compatibility with NATO, as well as the organization of NATO-Georgia joint exercises planned for 2022 in Georgia.
During a three-day visit to Georgia, the Commander of the NATO Joint Training Center visited the Combat Training Center (CTC) in Vaziani. Major General Norbert Wagner also got acquainted with the interagency exercise "Didgori 21" on the territory of the General Military Center and visited the field component of the exercise in Vaziani.
JTEC has been working closely with the NATO Joint Training Center (JFTC) in Poland since 2017 under a mentoring program. Mentoring was aimed at preparing JTEC for the 2019 NATO-Georgia Exercise Oversight (ODE) role. In 2020, a partnership agreement was signed between JTEC and the NATO Joint Training Center (JFTC). The document promotes the development of JTEC as one of the full-fledged training centers affiliated with NATO.
Source: MOD of Georgia
The representatives of Jewish enterprise and Georgian Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze signed a mutual cooperation agreement on Wednesday to produce M4 carbines at the State Military Scientific-Technical Center DELTA area by the end of 2021.
According to the Ministry of Defence (MOD), the weapons made in the enterprise will be handed over to the Defense Forces. Also, product export is planned.
A new Georgian-Jewish enterprise will launch at the State Military Scientific-Technical Center DELTA area to produce M4 carbines by the end of 2021, Georgian Defense Minister Juansher Burchuladze briefed MPs within the ministerial hour on Thursday.
Moreover, Georgia has active talks with South African and Polish companies to set up a joint venture for small and large unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) at Delta, Minister stressed. The agreement will be signed this year, and UAV production will kick off in 2022.
Burchuladze added that Georgia would also secure an additional batch of Javelin Missiles from the US.
“It is critical to strengthen the defence capabilities, especially via the introduction of modern, NATO-standard weapons to maintain and greatly enhance the readiness of the defence forces,” the minister underscored.
With the purpose of preventing the facts of suicide within the Armed Forces, Ministry of Defence of Georgia launched an active campaign. Under the Suicide Prevention and Psychological Supporting Program, information booklets were distributed in the sergeants of West Command of Land Forces. The first seminar was also held for the military servicemen.
Deputy Minister Ana Dolidze briefed the sergeants on the steps taken within the frames of the program.
“The MoD introduces a new approach for the psychological support of the military. It is called as “Shoulder to Shoulder”. Appropriate psychological condition and high morale of each soldier is significant for us. We plan a number of events and we have talked about it with sergeants. The events include providing immediate psychological support, activating hot line service, conducting sport activities, holding seminars and lectures for the commanders at all level to be able to understand the moral-psychological condition of a soldier” said Ana Dolidze.
By the initiative of Minister of Defence of Georgia, vigorous measures are being implemented regarding prevention of suicide facts. A special booklet is prepared which will allow the sergeants and commanders to timely detect a fellow soldier needing help and to communicate with him in the right way. A hot line service was also activated and special seminars are planned for the commanders to develop necessary skills to timely prevent the facts of suicide. Psychological Selection and Monitoring Department of the MoD will be leading the seminars.
The event held in Kutaisi in the frames of the policy of mutual psychological support of military service members is only a part of the campaign “Shoulder to Shoulder”. Ministry of Defence will inform the society on the campaign on a regular basis.