HOHENFELS, Germany – A Ukrainian military delegation recently visited the Joint Multinational Readiness Center for a military-to-military exchange, looking for ideas to help modernized their country's own armed forces.
Hosted by the Vampire Fire Support Observer Controller Trainer Team, six members of the Ukrainian Landforces spent two days talking with military training planner and touring training facilities at JMRC.
Ukraine participates in the NATO's Partnership for Peace Planning and Review Process (PARP), which jointly develops goals for shaping force structure and capabilities to help countries like the Ukraine meet their objectives for interoperability with the Alliance.
The Ukrainian military leaders said their country continues to strive towards forming a modern armed force that will meet all the necessary European standards in military training, efficiency, equipment and protection. The modernization also will enhance the country's military interoperability with NATO forces for joint participation in NATO-led operations, military leaders said.
NATO mainly improves its Partner countries' military interoperability and quality through its Planning and Review Process (PARP), which bears resemblance to NATO's own force planning process.
Col. Andrii Vovk, chief of Ukraine's Planning and Review Process said establishing an Observer Control Training system similar to what JMRC uses would help train Ukraine troops as the country pushes toward meeting NATO military standards.
Vovk said he was impressed with the supplies, equipment and training support JMRC provides to troops who train here. The Ukraine has training centers but they are not as equipped as JMRC, he said.
"We basically want to upgrade our training centers,” Vovk said.
Maj. Artem Larionov, deputy chief of Ukrainian Landforces Mobile Simulations Training Group, was particularly interested in JMRC simulation training center. What he learned about equipment, documents and procedures used here would help improve his own military's simulations training, he said.
"We don't extensively video training or record radio communications,” Larionov said.
The Ukrainian visit here follows on the footsteps of a recent JMRC trip to the Ukraine, where a small team of Vampire OC-Ts visited a Ukrainian training center.
Lt. Col. John Dunleavy, senior leader of the Vampire OC-T, said the discussions with the Ukrainian delegations there and here were extremely productive.
"It went well. It was a very open exchange with very candid comments back and forth,” he said.
Dunleavy said many of the Ukrainian military leaders questions related to JMRC tactics, techniques and procedures that would help them refine and improve their own training.
"We are the dirt training facility in Europe. Units from all of our partnering nations come here to train. We are kind of their azimuth check,” Dunleavy said.