Future NATO commanders will conduct exercises for collective defence in Latvia

Exercise syndicate participants at a plenary session during Steadfast Pinnacle 14. Photo courtesy of: Latvian MOD.
Sep 9, 2015
SHAPE, Mons, Belgium – Between 14 – 25 September 2015, Latvia will host Exercises Steadfast Pyramid and Steadfast Pinnacle 2015 in Riga, Latvia. By organizing this key leader training event, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) brings together NATO’s newly appointed senior personnel and selected staff to enhance their analytical, planning and decision making skills by challenging them within exercise scenarios and issues that can be found in the arena of contemporary security policy.
Allied Command Operations (ACO) and SHAPE plays a vital role in translating political guidance into military direction, as well as providing guidance to the Military Committee. As a consequence, the training of commanders and senior staff across the NATO Command Structure, NATO Force Structure and troop contributing nations to the NATO Response Force, has become even more important for the Alliance.
"The exercises Steadfast Pyramid and Steadfast Pinnacle 2015 are our premier Senior Leadership Training Exercises”, stated General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe. "They serve as building blocks in the preparation of senior commanders and their staffs to exercise command and control during the planning, preparation and conduct of current and future operations.”
The Steadfast Pyramid and Pinnacle exercise was first organised in 1995. In the last 20 years, it has adapted to the ever changing security environment. The scenario has been designed to represent potential conditions or planning situations that may be of concern to NATO. The political, economic, military and civil conditions are also fictional, however, they represent conditions that could exist and be of potential interest as well.
"This exercise symbolise years of fruitful cooperation between Latvia and NATO”, emphasized Raimonds Bergmanis, Minister of Defence of the Republic of Latvia. "We are not only deeply honoured to host the twentieth Steadfast Pyramid and Pinnacle, but we consider this event as a vital opportunity for Latvia to develop host nation operational capabilities and to foster cooperation with NATO allies and strategic regional partners.”
The training audience will consist of 48 participants from NATO and partner nations.
The Steadfast Pyramid and Pinnacle exercise is hosted by Latvia, a valued NATO member state, for the fifth consecutive year, and represents an important step in the development of NATO’s military leadership. During the Operations Planning and decision-making processes, high ranking officers are translating military guidance into concrete actions and capabilities.
For further information regarding the conduct of STEADFAST PYRAMID 2015 and STEADFAST PINNACLE 2015, please contact:
Ms. Anete Gnēze
Head of Media Relations Section
Ministry of Defence of the Republic of Latvia
Military Public Relations Department
Phone: (+371) 6 7335093
E-mail: anete.gneze@mod.gov.lv, www.mod.gov.lv

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