On the 20th of January 2021, the NATO SFA COE Subject Matter Expert participated in the Resolute Support (RS) Training Event (TE) 21-1 by giving a virtual lesson introducing the Training Audience to key elements, concepts and thinking in relation to Functionally Based Security Force Assistance (FBSFA).
The RS TEs are recurrent events aimed to provide Pre-Deployment Training (PDT) to NATO Troops to be deployed to Afghanistan. Currently there are three RS TEs per year, and the Training Audience comprises Resolute Support HQ, Train Advice Assist Command (TAAC) West and North.
RS TEs are conducted at the NATO Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC) located in Bydgoszcz, Poland, which is the focal point of NATO pre-deployment training, but due to the COVID-19 restrictions the 21-1 iteration was conducted in distant learning mode.
JFTC conducts the mission-focused training for both headquarters and advisors deploying to the Resolute Support mission with the support, among others, of the NATO SFA COE and recently redeployed Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) who share their experiences in training, advising, and assisting in the Afghan theatre of operation.
NATO SFA COE is a key partner for the JFTC, and the cooperation between the two organizations has always been very effective.