Exercises Steadfast Pyramid and Pinnacle Senior Mentors Turnover
Retired General Egon Ramms, left, the Exercise Steadfast Pyramid and Pinnacle Senior Mentor, and retired Admiral Mark Ferguson, the incumbent Senior Mentor, speak to participants and staff during an exercise debrief at the Latvian National Defence College on Friday, Sept. 14, 2018. Steadfast Pyramid and Pinnacle are annual NATO exercises that aim to prepare senior military officers to better support their commanders across the full spectrum of NATO military missions. (NATO photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brett Dodge)
RIGA, Latvia - Retired German Army General
Egon Ramms turned over as the Senior Mentor of Exercises Steadfast Pyramid and
Pinnacle with retired U.S. Navy Admiral Mark Ferguson during the 2018 iteration
of the annual exercise held in Riga, Latvia.
The two officers, with a combined total of
over 80-years in service, work with exercise participants during both Pyramid
and Pinnacle sharing their experiences working within NATO.
"I have trained as the senior mentor for
the exercises since 2011 and have taken on the responsibility to provide advice
and guidance based on the experience I have gained during my military tenure," said
Ramms, who finished his active duty career as the Commander, Allied Joint Force
Command Brunssum in 2007. "The exercise has always been very well received
procedural-wise and content-wise, but there is another important part in that
people get to know each other and may have to cooperate at a later stage in
NATO. Its quite helpful for them to network build."
As he steps down from his position as
senior mentor of the exercise, Ramms stated that training and engaging with
younger officers regarding their development within NATO has helped to keep him
motivated to continue his service even after transitioning into the civilian
"The people involved have a commitment to
the transatlantic security we enjoy with NATO; they have a commitment to the
next generation to pass on things we've learned," said Ferguson who finished
his active duty career as Commander, U.S. Forces Europe and Africa while
serving concurrently as Commander, NATO Joint Force Command Naples in 2016. "Quite
frankly, we have a spark to do things, we're not ready to retire and go to a
rocking chair on the front porch, and these dynamic activities have been such a
part of our life. I look at this as an opportunity to give back, it keeps me
involved and current."
Exercise Steadfast Pyramid participants attended a group dinner and city tour
before finishing their training Friday, Sept.14 with a final exercise debrief.
Exercise Steadfast Pinnacle participants are expected to arrive during the
weekend and conduct training the week of Sept. 16.
Story by SHAPE Public Affairs Office