U.S. Joint Forces Command began its Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa Mission Rehearsal Exercise this week at the Joint Warfighting Center in Suffolk, Va. to train personnel to conduct joint operations within the Horn of Arica.
By Robert Pursell
(SUFFOLK, Va. – Jan. 8, 2008) -- U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) began an annual Mission Rehearsal Exercise (MRX) this week at the Joint Warfighting Center (JWFC) to train personnel to conduct joint operations within the Horn of Africa.
The Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) MRX, also supported by U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM), will train Standing Navy Joint Command Element Commander (SNJCE) staff and individual augmentees over the next two weeks by providing realistic scenarios.
Frank Lang, the USJFCOM lead for the CJTF-HOA MRX, explained the purpose.
“We’re providing the best training possible to the incoming core staff and other individual augmentees going to the Horn of Africa to assume the role as the [Joint Task Force],” he said.
Most of the scenarios are taken from real life situations and are recommended by personnel already stationed in the region. They will be driven by the JWFC’s Master Scenario Events List by providing a common operational picture to the training audience. The scenarios will provide an opportunity for personnel to work with each other.
The mission of the CJTF-HOA is to prevent conflict, promote regional stability and protect coalition interests in east Africa and Yemen through humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, consequence management, and civic action programs.
“There’s a variety of ongoing operations or events that are happening in the Horn of Africa that we’ve replicated in the exercise to give them practice or familiarization of what’s going on when they get there,” said Lang.
Over 250 participants, including SNJCE, subject matter experts from USCENTCOM and several interagency organizations, are on hand for in the event. Multinational participation includes representation from Djibouti, Republic of Mauritius, United Kingdom and France.
Lang stated on Jan. 17, at the conclusion of the MRX,
a final after action review will be conducted with senior
leadership to discuss their staff actions and decisions
which happened over the course of the exercise. This report
will be used for future MRXs.