History of the JECC

The Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC) is the result of the transformation of an organization originally known as the Standing Joint Force Headquarters (SJFHQ). The idea of an SJFHQ arose as a result of the need to improve the response capabilities for operational level headquarters. The problem was the lack of command and control from the beginning of a crisis until a capable joint task force headquarters could form. Moreover, members of the new headquarters did not always understand the nuances of joint operations or details of a regional crisis. The solution: the SJFHQ

• 2002: Following the successful use of the SJFHQ concept during the Millenium Challenge 2002 experiment, DOD decided to move ahead with implementation of the concept. The former U.S. Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) assumed the mission of developing the prototype organization, while simultaneously acting as an advocate of the SJFHQ concept within the other combatant commands (CCMD).

• 2005: By this time all CCMDs had developed their own SJFHQ organizations (except for U.S. Central Command and the newly forming U.S. Africa Command). However, the USJFCOM SJFHQ still retained proponency and doctrinal responsibility towards other CCMD SJFHQs.

• 2007: In addition to the skill sets provided by an SJFHQ, many other joint capabilities were in need by a joint force commander and many of those resided within USJFCOM. In 2007, the then-SJFHQ Director (U.S. Marine Corps Brig. Gen. William D. Beydler) also became the Chairman of the Joint Enabling Capabilities Board to provide better coherence and control over the enabling capabilities offered by USJFCOM. As such, he coordinated the availability of enabling capabilities to the supported commander and exercised oversight over the readiness of these capabilities within USJFCOM.

• 2008: In July of 2008, the USJFCOM Commander approved the establishment of the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command and the standup of the JECC occurred on October 1, 2008.

• 2011: On July 1, 2011, the JECC was officially reassigned to U.S. Transportation Command as a result of the USJFCOM disestablishment.

• Present: Currently, the JECC is commanded by U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Sam C. Barrett and headquartered at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. The JECC consists of a headquarters organization and three subordinate commands – the Joint Planning Support Element and the Joint Public Affairs Support Element, both co-located with the JECC headquarters at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. and the Joint Communications Support Element, stationed at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.

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