In 2016 alone, the Corps underwent a series of demanding exercises and proved its capability to take command of the Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) if deployed in North-eastern Europe. At the same time, the two new NATO Force Integration Units – Hungary and Slovakia – were placed under the Corps' control. Also, another four states have joined the Corps, increasing the number of participating nations from 21 to 25.
"It is gratifying that more and more states notice the global importance of North-eastern Europe. – General Hofmann said – It was certainly reinforced through the 2016 NATO Warsaw Summit
"NATO is real and is delivering." – stressed the Commander. – We must not surrender our values, our freedoms and our friendships. We must demonstrate that our unity is not for sale."
Looking both back and ahead, General Hofmann particularly emphasized that no matter how talented we were as individuals, without cooperation and mutual respect we would be a corps in name only. A team spirit has always been the Corps' strength and core to its mission. Therefore, General Hofmann finished his address on a strong note:
"We are trained to work together, help each other whenever is needed and through that we continue to strengthen the Corps and NATO."