SKOPJE, Republic of Macedonia — Over 60 people attended the Operational Planning Process workshop to improve their knowledge of NATO planning in preparation for LOGEX 09 here, Jan. 19-23.
Attendees included military personnel from U.S. European Command, Joint Forces Command, the NATO School, Albania, Croatia and Macedonia. Additionally, two observers from Bosnia-Herzegovina and Montenegro attended in anticipation of participating in future LOGEX events.
LOGEX 09 is an Adriatic Three (A3) led logistics exercise intended to build the three nations cability to conduct NATO logistics operations. The A3 nations consist of Croatia, Albania and Macedonia. The LOGEX exercise is a year-long series of workshops and training culminating in a Command Post Exercise (CPX), which simulates an out of area Deployment by the A3 in support of a NATO led mission.
"LOGEX 09 is an outstanding program to improve U.S./NATO-partner interoperability and to enhance contributions to ongoing coalition operations," said Mr. Pete Venoit, JFCOM LOGEX 09 program director.
During the week-long event the attendees received instruction on the NATO planning process and conducted practical exercises to reinforce their knowledge. The participants broke into operational planning groups (OPG) during the last two days to to develop the deployment plan which will be executed during the CPX in October 2009.
According to Lt. Col. Stojanovski, the Macedonian lead, "Learning the OPP process at the academic level and developing multinational cooperation between the A3 logistic communities are the most important things."
Lt. Col. Aleksander Pando, Albanian LOGEX lead said "LOGEX 09 prepares Albanians to train future logisticians in the Albanian military." He also remarked that "it also helps us prepare our units as future contributors to NATO operations."
EUCOM, JFCOM and the NATO School members worked as subject matter experts during the week, while A3 personnel facilitaed briefings and engaged the OPGs in their planning.
"The best part of LOGEX 09 is that it is focused on and built for logisticians," said Lt. Col. Damir Radocaj, Croatian LOGEX lead. "It gives us the chance to work on NATO logistics procedures."
Mr. Venoit noted that "in contrast to the previous LOGEX exercise, conducted in 2007, we are using experienced A3 personnel as facilitators during our workshops. This ensures we build upon the success of LOGEX 07."