source: Resolute Support

The 5th edition of the Introduction to the Operational Planning Course in favor of different Afghan Ministries and the Afghan National Defense Security Forces (ANDSFs).

Led by Afghan instructors under the supervision of NATO staff mentor

​The Closing Ceremony of the 5th Introduction to Operational Planning Course (IOPC-5) was held in the morning of Tuesday, July 23, 2019 in Kabul, at the auditorium of the Afghan Ministry of Defense. At the course, conducted for the first time by Afghan instructors under the supervision of a mentor of the NATO Joint Forces Command Brunssum (JFCBS), 45 visitors successfully participated, including 5 women.

Present at the ceremony were the NATO Senior Civilian Representative for Afghanistan, Sir Nicholas Kay, Deputy Commander of the NATO Resolute Support Mission (RS) and Italian Senior National Representative, Army Corps Lieutenant General Salvatore Camporeale, Afghan Deputy Defense Minister, Lieutenant General (AFG) Hilaluddin Helal, and Director of Unified Training, Education and Doctrine Command (UTED-C), Lieutenant General (AFG) Payenda Mohammad Nazim.

Lieutenant General Camporeale, in his speech, highlighted that IOPC courses are a fundamental part of NATO's Enduring Partnership; in particular, in the formation of future generations of Afghan leaders. "I hope that, during this period, you have had the opportunity to make strong bonds of friendship and that these remain alive when you return to serve in their respective ministries." - he continued addressing course-goers - "This network will make your organizations more efficient, stronger and more resilient."

The ceremony ended with the delivery of participation certificates and patches depicting the IOPC emblem; moreover, the most deserving of them was awarded by the Lieutenant General Camporeale with a memorial plaque, in recognition of the excellent results obtained.

The IOP courses have the purpose of preparing the personnel to work in staff appointed to operational planning activities, according to NATO doctrine. This ability is essential for conceiving and organizing all types of operations.

Resolute Support Mission is made up of military personnel from 41 nations, all united in a single purpose, to contribute to training, assistance and advice to local Institutions and Security Forces in order to facilitate the conditions for creation of a state of law, credible and transparent institutions and above all, autonomous and well-equipped security forces. In this way, Afghan Security Forces can protect the country and the coutrymen.