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Brigadier General Timothy J. Daugherty, USA-A, offers opening remarks to kick off CTC


Combined Training Conference

By Major Holloway
Deputy Department Director Academic Operations

On 11 Dec 17, military leaders from Europe and the North Atlantic region gathered once again at the NATO School Oberammergau to participate in the bi-annual Combined Training Conference (CTC). The Conference sponsored by U.S. Army Europe (USAREUR) and NATO’s Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) brought more than 36 nations together to coordinate upcoming training opportunities.

This conference brings together multinational military planners to coordinate exercises through 2021 to include TRIDENT JUNCTURE, SABER GUARDIAN, DYNAMIC FRONT and SABER STRIKE. These exercises improve the training and exercise element of the Readiness Action Plan agreed to at both the Wales and Warsaw Summits. The CTC strives to continuously improve the quality and efficiency of combined training, while maintaining the relationships and interoperability forged between NATO allies and partners through past and current operations.

Colonel Mark Nelson, USAREUR G3 Training Readiness Exercise Division Chief, USA – A, stated: "I have seen this conference develop from its inception when USAREUR was still in Heidelberg. By shifting to a week in which the NATO School Oberammergau is solely hosting us and expanding the number of participants, this iteration has been by far the most successful to date."

The results of this conference and the partnerships maintained and new relationships forged enhances NATO collective defence. An estimated 15.000 service members will participate in near-term training events planned at this conference. The CTC continues to shape the training and exercises conducted between NATO nations for years to come, and is a demonstration of U.S. and NATO commitment to regional security.