Strategy chief says future fights will be joint effort
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Sgt. Louis Lamar
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers with the 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, learned the art of being a liaison at the operational level of war during an operational integration seminar, here, Aug. 6-10.
As well, they learned how to connect and integrate all key elements on a joint-warfighting team.
Soldiers from the 25th Infantry Division and U.S. Army-Pacific, and airmen from the 613th Air Operations Center also attended.
“Whenever a person requests a joint asset, we want to give them an idea about the processes, cycles and different teams within those processes to ensure their requests are met,” said Sgt. Maj. William Moore, senior enlisted leader, 5th BCD, 94th AAMDC.
“That is the reason this training was conducted with the tactical and operational personnel along with service members from other branches,” Moore said.
Seminar topics ranged from the roles of all joint forces and how they work together to achieve a common purpose to better understanding of integrated air and missile defense.
“This training was conducted so that the BCD and the Air Operations Center personnel would know what each organization brings to the fight and how they would work together to complete the mission,” said Maj. David Washer, chief of strategy guidance, 613th AOC.
“I would definitely like to see more of this kind of training,” Washer said. “It is crucial and a good thing because we work in a joint environment.
“Any fight that we have in the future is going to be joint,” Washer added. “The big challenge that this training will help with is bridging the gap between services and finding out who does what and how to contact them.”
“Connecting with people in a joint environment can often be a challenge,” said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Mauricio Martinez, senior targeting officer, 5th BCD. “This challenge increases when you attempt to connect with the other services that are significantly different from us. Air and ground integration is added into the equation.
“After the completion of this series of lectures, discussions, exchanges of experiences and implementation of new ideas, it is so rewarding to know how to connect with people in a joint environment and be a better integrator of air power requirements for (USARPAC),” Martinez added.