U.S. Air Force ninth staff members have undergone an exercise as part of training to become eligible as a joint task force headquarters.
STAFFEX 18-2, a four-day exercise series, occurred Jan. 16 to 19 under the supervision of David Goldfein, Air Force chief of staff, USAF said Tuesday.
The exercise’s first day was allotted for preparation, while the next two days were used for a joint planning process wherein teams developed analysis-based schemes on how to pursue given missions.
The final day was used for breakout sessions wherein teams executed strategies developed during the JPP.
Joint Enabling Capabilities Command members joined the event to provide guidance for the participants.
Another STAFFEX is scheduled to occur in March, and expected to involve JECC staff, systems and equipment for a more realistic approach.
By January 2019, after receiving JTF capability, the 9th Air Force staff is expected to serve as an option in support of Goldfein’s goal to provide a global response force that the chairman and the secretary of defense may access in times of crisis.