Becoming “better joint war fighters at the operational and strategic levels of war fighting” is the focus of the course, Kries added. Another aspect of JFMCC that enhanced learning was the interaction with senior mentors, faculty members and fellow students.
Retired admiral Greg Johnson is a senior mentor for JFMCC and said students learn needed skills to transition from “tactical experts to operational experts.”
“The maritime component commander is the meat in the middle of the sandwich,” Johnson said. “He has to translate lofty goals from above into practical results. It’s very much an art at the operational level.”
More than 180 have completed the course since it began in 2005, including 60 international officers from 37 nations. Nearly all have been one and two star leaders. All U.S. military branches, as well as State Department and CIA representatives, have attended.
“The maritime commander’s job is very complex,” Bayley noted. “The commander has to deal in multiple domains – air, land, sea, surface and beneath the surface, as well as the cyber domain.”
Bayley noted that JFMCC students, as future maritime component commanders, need to embrace new perspectives and concepts to help them deal with operations as diverse “as tsunami relief to the invasion of Iraq.”
By Doug Kimsey, Mass Communications Specialist First Class, NWC Public Affairs