Rīga the location of NATO's Steadfast Pyramid

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From September 9 until 21, the Latvian Defense Academy is hosting NATO exercises “Steadfast Pyramid 2018” and “Steadfast Pinnacle 2018” in Riga, the Ministry of Defense said September 7.

"This exercise will be attended by 58 senior and flag officers from NATO Member States and Finland, which is one of the NATO partner countries. The goal of “Steadfast Pyramid” and “Steadfast Pinnacle” is to boost senior and flag officers' ability to plan and lead joint operations. Training is based on Comprehensive Operations Planning Directive, one of the fundamental joint operations planning frameworks of the Alliance," the ministry said.

So-called Flag officers are those of high rank: colonels, brigadiers, generals, admirals and others with plenty of gold braid and stars on their tunics.  

NATO Steadfast Pyramid 2017
NATO Steadfast Pyramid 2017

“Steadfast Pyramid 2018” is the first session of the exercise, which will last until September 14, led by the Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe and the Allied Command Transformation.

“Steadfast Pinnacle 2018” is the second session of the exercise. It will be conducted from September 17 until 21 and will mainly focus on the commanders’ engagement during operations.

The exercise is designed to enhance the operational planning, decision-making and implementing skills of top-level officers and commanders.

"A hypothetical used during the training will be a simulation of a collective defense operation," the ministry said.

The first exercise “Steadfast Pyramid” and “Steadfast Pinnacle” in Latvia was conducted in 2011. By hosting the exercise, Latvia, as the host nation, will be able to develop its operational capabilities, and improve the cooperation with other NATO Member States and strategic partners in the region, the ministry said.

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