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On short notice, the JECC provides planners, public affairs specialists, and communications capabilities to Combatant Commanders in order to enable the rapid establishment of a Joint Task Force Headquarters or in support of other missions, exercises, or planning efforts.
JECC consists of two subordinate commands that provide flexible, expeditionary joint planners, public affairs and communications experts who are experienced in complex joint operations.
Joint Communications Support Element, headquartered at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, provides rapidly deployable, scalable, en route and early-entry communications capabilities across the full spectrum of operations in order to enable rapid action by the joint force.
Joint Planning Support Element, headquartered at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, provides ready, tailored, rapidly deployable joint planners and public affairs professionals with expertise to accelerate the formation and increase the effectiveness of a joint task force headquarters during emerging operations.
The JECC's subordinate joint commands operate and train regularly with all geographic combatant commands, maintain cross-domain awareness and bring recent experience to rapidly evolving operational environments. The JECC's subordinate elements are highly adaptable and can be tailored in size and capability. Their performance in peacetime and in war has ensured that the JECC is the trusted enabler of joint command and control capabilities in complex operational environments.
Hover over one of the command emblems below to read about a joint mission that JECC participated in.
Here are some recent joint missions that JECC participated in:
In April 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil rig sunk, causing a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. JECC helped coordinate efforts between the U.S. Northern Command, the U.S. Coast Guard, and other federal partners to support response efforts.
In 2014, personnel from the JCSE joined the crew of the MV Cape Ray on a mission to neutralize chemical weapon materials on board a ship in the Mediterranean Sea. Through the use of a high-frequency mobile communications system, the JCSE team seamlessly maintained connectivity for the duration of the mission, providing situational awareness within the task force and its mission partners.
From 2011-2012, multiple personnel from JPSE supported joint operational planning efforts at the U.S. Africa Command, providing their expertise in key functional areas to help protect U.S. interests in Libya. The team helped develop mission analysis and support planning efforts, playing a key role in the successful evacuation of several wounded Libyan civilians in late October 2011.
Starting in November 2001, JCSE was continuously deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation New Dawn, providing critical communications requirements to various missions in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility. JCSE communications experts rapidly responded to emerging requirements from various units and forces across the USCENTCOM AOR.
A 9.0 earthquake hit the city of Tohoku, Japan in March 2011, triggering tsunami waves up to 133 feet in height and devastating much of the country. In the following days, fifty-three JECC personnel deployed to supply communications infrastructure and equipment in support of the U.S. Pacific Command and the Japan Self Defense Forces humanitarian relief efforts, helping to fill capability gaps during this crisis.