We`ll be back

The last day of the Combined Joint Staff Exercise, CJSE, 2017 and it's time to evaluate this year's exercise. Here are three exercise participants in the last two weeks.

Niko Koivula. Photo: Leah Jorsell/Försvarsmakten

Niko Koivula, student from Finland

What position do you have?
− I'm here for the second year but for the first time as Public Affairs Officer, and I have no experience of the service before. Everything is new to me but at the same time it's so fun.

How do you look at the cooperation?
 For those of us who have not had the opportunity to go abroad, this is a great opportunity to work with other nations and it is important that we use it.

What has been the best with CJSE 17?
 The best part is all the new people you have come to know and that they are easy to work with and competent, especially Swedish employees! They are incredibly skilled at explaining things and are well educated. Besides that, it's the environment itself and the learning of new things all the time.

What experiences do you take from here?
 Everything I've learned here is valuable to me, but above all, it's how to solve different issues and how to manage a staff team.

Would you like to come back?
 I hope I get the chance to come back.

Tairi Lappalainen. Photo: Leah Jorsell/Försvarsmakten

Tairi Lappalainen, volunteers from Estonia

What position do you have?
 I'm here as a Staff Assistant for the second time in three years.

How do you look at the cooperation?
 It's good, just positive and fun to be part of. This exercise is good when you consider what the world looks like today!

What has been the best with CJSE 17?
−To me personally, it is to see my old colleagues whom I met the first time I was here.

What experiences do you take from here?
 All the new meetings with the people here.

Would you like to come back?
 Yes, but preferably in another position. Unfortunately, I think it was a little bit too slow and not so developing for me because I can do tmuch of his already. I need something more challenging next time.

Vitalie Bunduchi, officer from Moldova

What position do you have?
 I am sitting on INFO OPS as (Information Operation Officer), and this is the first time I have participated in the exercise.

Vitalie Bunduchi. Photo: Leah Jorsell/Försvarsmakten

How do you look at the cooperation?
 Cooperation between the different countries is incredibly important. We must allie ourselves and work together, it's the only way to keep the peace at home but also internationally, especially as the world looks like it does today.

What has been the best with CJSE 17?
 That it is realistic, challenging and developing. Of course, the multinational environment in which we are, and that everyone is so ambitious and knowledgeable.

What experiences do you take from here?
 I have learned a lot in communication and collaboration.

Would you like to come back?
 Yes, absolutely, because it is developing on all levels.