On October 25th, 2017, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Greece (NRDC-GR), conducted the second Public Affairs Seminar for the year 2017 at the Headquarters’ premises in Thessaloniki Greece. The subject of the Seminar was “Key Leaders Media Engagement and Spokespersons Training”.
Deputy Commander of NRDC-GR, Major General Dimitar ILIEV, welcomed all the participants highlighting the importance of this seminar in the frame of the current ever changing global information environment and the comprehensive approach.
The aim of the seminar was to improve the skills of key leaders and spokespersons, providing the appropriate background in order to enable effective communications during media engagements and a high level relationship with media representatives during operations or exercises.
Subject Matter Experts from the Hellenic National Defense General Staff (HNDGS), Multinational Peace Support Operations Training Centre (MPSOTC) in Kilkis Greece, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and NRDC-GR Public Affairs Office, as well as journalists from the local media and press agencies, were among the speakers.
Significant part of the seminar included notional scenarios play, where journalists from the local and national media interacted with the military staff in specific incidents, created to simulate different types of media engagements, within a hypothetical Joint Operational Area.
Video teleconference with the Defence Information School (DINFOS) of United States Department of Defense (US DoD) took place during the event, where members of this high value training entity in US shared experiences and lessons identified from real operations. This was the main objective of this second year’s initiative started in 2016 where both sides agreed to strengthen such kind of interaction in the future in more areas.
Staff members and key Leaders from the Supreme War College, the Hellenic 1st Army, C’ Army Corps, European Union Operations Headquarters, NRDC-GR Affiliated Units, as well as the Command Group, multinational staff representatives from NRDC-GR HQ branches and members of the HQ’s internship program where among the training audience.
The Public Affairs Seminar 2017, that conducted in a very constructive atmosphere, was part of NRDC-GR HQ training program in the frame of its preparation for the upcoming National and NATO evaluation in 2017 & 2018 respectively, and its future role as NATO JTF HQ.