The weeklong exercise trained SHAPE key leadership and staff to refine decision making processes, assess the command's understanding of roles and tasks while providing training in strategic-level planning, crisis management and warfighting. It serves as a precursor to Exercise Steadfast Jupiter-Jackal, which will enter its execution phase later this year.
"As the strategic-level headquarters, this is an exercise that is critical for the continued preparedness and readiness of our headquarters," said SHAPE's Vice Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Brice Houdet. "As we move forward with Exercise Steadfast Jupiter-Jackal, the command group and leadership's involvement are paramount."
Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) Vice Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Brice Houdet, right, attends a briefing during Exercise Steadfast Bonus 2020 held at SHAPE Headquarters in Mons, Belgium. (NATO Photo by SSgt Ross Fernie)
Steadfast Bonus began with a day of academic training, followed by three days of practical scenario-based training and finished with an assessment and review phase. These real-life, scenario-based events, designed to train for readiness and respond faster with agility, were supported by a Senior Mentor alongside training facilitators. The exercise was conducted internally and adapted to respect COVID-19 regulations.
"Despite our adaptive and dynamic approach to the exercise, I'm happy to note that the BST has been a success and our leadership is confident moving forward with Jupiter-Jackal on the horizon," said Lieutenant General Houdet.
The upcoming Steadfast Jupiter-Jackal is a SHAPE sponsored strategic, operational and tactical-level joint command and computer assisted exercise with intent to train and evaluate selected NATO Command Structure and NATO Force Structure Headquarters. The exercise will incorporate planning and executing a simulated Article 5 crisis response operation.