On 26 September the Distinguished Visitors Day of the exercise “Steadfast Pinnacle” was held at the National Defence Academy.
Artis Pabriks, Minister of Defence of Latvia, and Lieutenant General Raimonds Graube, Chief of Defence, together with Members of the Defence, Internal Affairs and Corruption Prevention Commission of Parliament visited the exercise site. They were informed about the developments and main achievements of the exercise by DSACEUR General Richard Shirreff and a Deputy Chief of Staff Vice Admiral Javier Gonzalez-Huix from Supreme Allied Commander Transformation.
“I would like to thank for the support we are receiving from Latvia in organisation of the exercise. All the help which is provided by the Ministry of Defence, Armed Forces, Defence Academy is very useful. We are delightful to work here”, General Shirreff stressed during the meeting with Latvian representatives.
"Steadfast Pinnacle" provides a unique opportunity to promote NATO's higher command operational cooperation and improve operational planning in a multinational environment. NATO representatives highlighted the importance of the exercise and discussed the opportunities of its further development so that it would reflect the future challenges of the Alliance after the end of combat mission in Afghanistan.
This year „Steadfast” exercise became even large-scaled and involves higher decision makers in the rank of generals. 15 NATO nations, more than 50 senior and flag officers and 70 lecturers, administrative support staff, planning specialists, experts and observers participate in „Steadfast” exercise.
From 2011 the exercise is conducted in Latvia by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (SHAPE) and Supreme Allied Commander Transformation (SACT) and it is one of the proofs of NATO's openness in cooperation with the partners. Year-by-year, exercise delivers more capable senior staff, commanders and officers with better skills of planning and conducting operations.