The GER Minister of Defense Dr. Ursula von der Leyen paid a visit together with the USA Secretary of Defense, S.E. Ashton Carter, the NLD Minister of Defense Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert and the NOR Minister of Defense Ine Eriksen Søreide to the Headquarters of 1 (German/Netherlands) Corps (1GNC) on 22 June 2015.
The ministers met soldiers who were previously in Zagan, Poland. There they tested – together with 2100 other soldiers from nine nations – the quick deployment of NATO’s “spearhead”, the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF). Afterwards, the commanding General of 1GNC, Lieutenant General Volker Halbauer, informed the ministers about the operational capability of the VJTF and presented the first outcome of exercise NOBLE JUMP.
The visit to the Headquarters ended with a press conference in the Vom Stein Saal in which U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter stated that the United States will increase their support for – and roll in the NATO Response Force and specifically in the VJTF.