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Nov 18 2022

Exercising Force Flow Deployment and Their Sustainment Through European Territory at the Joint Support and Enabling Command

ULM, Germany – Experts for Reinforcement and Sustainment of Armed Forces from Allied NATO headquarters like the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE), Joint Forces Command Brunssum, the United States European Command and the 21st Theater Sustainment Command came together at the Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) for the wargaming exercise JETS 3.0 (Joint European Time-Phased Force Flow Deployment and Sustainment Series). During the four-day exercise from 14 to 17 November, conducted in the Wilhelmsburg Barracks, more than one hundred international participants executed the parallel deployment of several large Allied units through European territory.

JETS is a great opportunity for NATO and all Allied elements to identify requirements and deconflict areas of friction in order to enable SACEUR’s AOR

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  NATO’s experts for Reinforcement and Sustainment of Armed Forces met at the Joint Support and Enabling Command during the four-day exercise JETS 3.0 in Ulm from 14 to 17 November to exchange expertise and rehearse the deployment of troops and supplies through Europe
Photos: OR-4 AF Gina Seegert

JETS, which is hosted by JSEC and directed and designed with the help of the Joint Warfare Center, aims to train the target audiences in enablement, reinforcement by forces, projection and the sustainment of combat power into and across the Supreme Allied Commander Europe’s (SACEUR) area of responsibility (AOR). The purpose is for NATO to be prepared to counter hybrid, asymmetric and conventional threats to its Allies and strengthen the Alliance’s deterrence and defence. Sponsored by SHAPE’s Logistic Division, the exercise is conducted as an oversized boardgame displaying a map of European territory, part of SACEUR’s AOR.

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The exercise JETS is conducted as an oversized boardgame displaying a map of European territory, part of SACEUR’s AOR.  
Photos: OR-4 Gina Seegert

“JETS is a great opportunity for NATO and all Allied elements to identify requirements and deconflict areas of friction in order to enable SACEUR’s AOR. Intense discussions and the mutual exchange of knowledge supports us at JSEC and all of NATO to further improve and strengthen partnerships and cooperation with partners. The basis for strong deterrence and defence,” Lieutenant General Alexander Sollfrank, Commander JSEC, emphasized.

Every time we conduct cooperative events such as these, the team clearly gets better, further fortifying our deterrence and defense capabilities across the Alliance's logistics enterprise

On 17 November, JETS 3.0 concluded with a Distinguished Visitors Day, inviting high ranking representatives from NATO headquarters and nations to get insights on the exercise. JSEC’s Deputy Commander Major General Dariusz Ryczkowski welcomed guests, among others the Director for Logistics of the United States Joint Staff, Lieutenant General Leonard Kosinski and the Director of Logistics at the United States European Command, Rear Admiral R. Duke Heinz to JSEC and joined them for the deployment demonstrations on the boardgame.

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During the Distinguished Visitors Day on 17 November, high ranking NATO representatives from the Alliance’s field of Reinforcement and Sustainment of Armed Forces came together at the Joint Support and Enabling Command in Ulm to get insights on JETS 3.0
Photo: OR-4 Gina Seegert

"Last year, the logisticians at this exercise proved just how capable, resilient, and responsive our Alliance has become at sustaining deterrence operations. This year, with the Joint Support and Enabling Command at the helm, these logisticians once again have demonstrated NATO's ability to smoothly integrate and resolve multifaceted problems at scale and speed to counter hybrid, asymmetrical and conventional threats across the European Continent. Every time we conduct cooperative events such as these, the team clearly gets better, further fortifying our deterrence and defense capabilities across the Alliance's logistics enterprise," Rear Admiral Heinz summarized after the event.

Almost exactly one year earlier, in November 2021, JSEC already hosted the JETS rehearsal of concept (ROC Drill) in preparation of this week’s exercise.

Story by Joint Support and Enabling Command

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