On 14th of November 2016, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps – Greece (NRDC – GR), hosted the Public Affairs Seminar 2016 at the Headquarters’ premises. The subject of the Seminar was “Key Leaders and Spokespersons Media Engagement Training”.
Deputy Commander of NRDC-GRC, Major General Dimitar ILIEV (DCOM/NRDC - GRC) welcomed all the participants highlighted this kind of initiatives 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 personnel, 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 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 an hypothetical Joint Operational Area.
An effective initiative during the seminar took part which included video teleconference with the Defence Information School (DINFOS) of United States Department of Defense (US DoD), were several members of this high value training entity in US delivered lectures related to the subject of the seminar. Sharing experiences was the main objective of this initiative after which both sides agreed to strengthen such kind of interaction in the future.
The high level of presence in the training audience included: members of the Command Group & Military Staff from C’ Corps HQ, NRDC-GR HQ Affiliated Units, Officers from Air Force units located in the vicinity of Thessaloniki, Officers from the Supreme War College, post-graduate students from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and representatives from all NRDC-GR HQ branches.
The Public Affairs Seminar 2016 that conducted in a very friendly and 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.