Lt. Gen. Nicholson explained this exercise tested LANDCOM’s ability to successfully execute complex ground to air operations and rapidly deploy those forces to threatened areas of the Alliance, if a threat arises.
Multiple prior training exercises went into the two-year-process resulting in LANDCOM being the first deployable component command in the transformed NATO Force Structure.
"So many men and women across the entire Alliance, 23 nations in this headquarters and augmentees for 21 nations, have worked very hard to support the exercise. So, I want to thank all of them of behalf of the Alliance,” said Lt. Gen. Nicholson. "At LANDCOM we recognize the challenges associated with this, we’ve learned a tremendous amount from this exercise. But we are also confident that coming out of this exercise we are very capable, that we as an Alliance are capable, of conducting large scale land operations.”
With the completion of Trident Lance, NATO is looking to the future to build on its strengths and focus on a more prepared NATO.
"There will be more strategic exercises ahead [specifically] Trident Juncture 2015, with more than 25,000 troops in Spain, Italy, and Portugal, will have high visibility,” said Supreme Allied Commander Gen. Jean-Paulomeros. "But in the same time, we are able to carry on a very dynamic posture through exercise and training in support of the action measures.”
Story by Sgt. Jeff Shackelford, (US) 343 Mobile Public Affairs Detachment