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Joint Enabling Capabilities Command was formed from the transformation of an organization originally known as Standing Joint Force Headquarters. The idea of 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. In addition, members of the new headquarters did not always understand the nuances of joint operations or details of a regional crisis. The solution: SJFHQ.

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

• 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 Joint Enabling Capabilities Board chairman to provide better coherence and control over the enabling capabilities offered by USJFCOM. As such, he coordinated their availability to the supported commander and exercised oversight over the readiness of these capabilities within USJFCOM.

• 2008: In July 2008, the USJFCOM commander approved the establishment of Joint Enabling Capabilities Command. JECC standup took place Oct. 1, 2008.

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

• Present: JECC is now commanded by US Army MG Sean M. Jenkins and headquartered at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. It consists of a headquarters organization and two subordinate commands – the Joint Planning Support Element, collocated in Norfolk with a detachment of public affairs experts, and Joint Communications Support Element, which operates out of MacDill Air Force Base, Florida.