OCSJX-15 enters next phase at Schofield Barracks

| April 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
A4_AMRDEC_OCS_at_Schofield_003 U.S. Service members and Department of Defense civilians participate in combat training during Operational Contracting Support Joint Exercise 2015 on March 25. OCS encompasses the planning, execution and oversight of government contracts for good or services in support of military operations. One goal of OCSJX-15 is to train OCS acquisition and non-acquisition professionals in OCS planning and execution. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett, U.S. Air Force)

Service members and Department of Defense civilians participate in combat training during Operational Contracting Support Joint Exercise 2015 on March 25. OCS encompasses the planning, execution and oversight of government contracts for good or services in support of military operations. One goal of OCSJX-15 is to train OCS acquisition and non-acquisition professionals in OCS planning and execution.

Story and photos by  Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett, USAF
Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise 2015
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SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Part B of Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise 2015 (OCSJX-15) began, here, March 24.

Part B exercises the Joint Theater Support Contracting Command (JTSCC), which coordinates contracting actions and assists OCS analysis in an operational environment.

“We transitioned the leadership structure of the contracting organization from lead service for contracting coordination to a joint theater support contracting command,” said Col. Kevin Nash, commander, 413th Contracting Support Brigade.

When the scale, duration and complexity of a contracting mission require increased coordination, a JTSCC may be used, Nash said.

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Erin Conley orders her team to move during dismounted counter-improvised devices training as part of Operational Contracting Support Joint Exercise 2015 on March 25. Conley is a contracting specialist stationed at Misawa Air Base, Japan. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett, U.S. Air Force)

U.S. Air Force 2nd Lt. Erin Conley orders her team to move during dismounted counter-improvised devices training as part of Operational Contracting Support Joint Exercise 2015 on March 25. Conley is a contracting specialist stationed at Misawa Air Base, Japan.

Part B of the exercise is unique from Part A, which took place at Fort Bliss, Texas.

The first part focused at the tactical level, whereas the second concentrated on the operational and strategic levels with the JTSCC and COCOM integration.

The goals of OCSJX-15 are training contracting and non-contracting members in OCS planning and execution, increasing senior leader awareness and involvement in OCS, and improving OCS capabilities, such as contract support integration, contracting support and contractor management.

“OCSJX-15 provides contracting professionals training to execute the mission and implement Operational Contract Support,” said Command Sgt. Maj. Gerald Wright, 413th CSB. “As contracting professionals, our utilization of commercial enterprise supports the warfighter directly impacting meals, living conditions, transportation or other logistical and maintenance support.”

More integration and continued improvement will result in OCS becoming a routine part of planning, said Wright.

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christina Kidwell helps Erica Talley, left, and Kazzandra Dexter, right, with their M-4 Carbines during Combat Arms Training and Maintenance as part of Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise 2015 on March 25. Kidwell is a contracting specialist stationed at 413th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Shafter. Talley is a contracting specialist and officer stationed at Albuquerque District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dexter is a contracting specialist stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Robert Barnett, U.S. Air Force)

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Christina Kidwell helps Erica Talley, left, and Kazzandra Dexter, right, with their M-4 Carbines during Combat Arms Training and Maintenance as part of Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise 2015 on March 25. Kidwell is a contracting specialist stationed at 413th Contracting Support Brigade at Fort Shafter. Talley is a contracting specialist and officer stationed at Albuquerque District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Dexter is a contracting specialist stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

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