RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany – Exercise TRIDENT JET ended here Dec. 11, completing the final training for Headquarters NATO Allied Air Command to serve as a joint headquarters. The exercise ran Dec. 7 -11, providing senior leader and battle staff training in AIRCOM’s first vignette-based joint headquarters assessment.
During the exercise outbrief, General Gorenc commended the success of TRIDENT JET.
"Along with being Fully Operational Capable, I am confident that, if asked, AIRCOM could successfully serve as a Joint Headquarters for a Small Joint Operations, Air Heavy,” the general said. "In addition, the awareness gained here this week also makes us a better Joint Force Air Component.”
Gen. Frank Gorenc, AIRCOM Commander, discusses
the Joint Warfare Center’s mock news coverage with JWC Media Simulation and
Training team members during Exercise TRIDENT JET Dec. 10. The exercise provides senior leadership and
battle staff members training in a many aspects of joint planning. Photo by
Cynthia Vernat, HQ AIRCOM Public Affairs.
The unique, five-day exercise scenario drove joint planning at the operational level, accounting for strategic guidance and direction, for a NATO-mandated joint force headquarters in a fictitious regional conflict. Each day, a new vignette was presented to the entire AIRCOM headquarters, driving leadership and staff planning and decision making to solve operational military and humanitarian assistance dilemmas.
Role players from NATO’s Joint Warfare Center in Stavanger, Norway, acted out key roles.
"From ambassadors to host nation soldiers, international media to Non-Government Organization members, the JWC team provided realism in the exercise scenario,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Lee Hages, Joint Action Management team member responsible for coordinating the TRIDENT JET exercise across eight different NATO headquarters.
Members of NATO’s Joint Warfare Center team helped
execute Exercise TRIDENT JET Dec. 7-11, many playing mock roles throughout the
presented scenarios. The exercise provided senior leadership and battle staff
members training in many aspects of joint planning. Photo by Cynthia Vernat, HQ
AIRCOM Public Affairs.
General Gorenc thanked all of the exercise participants, from the component commanders, senior mentors and syndicates, to the leadership, AIRCOM JAM team and the JWC.
"It takes a village, and I’m really proud of the work we’ve done here this week,” he said. "I fully intend to carry this tabletop exercise concept forward to see where it can benefit future exercises.”