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MANAMA, Bahrain - U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) played host to the Naval War College’s Combined Force Maritime Component Commander Course (CFMCC) for international flag and general officers held onboard Naval Support Facility Bahrain the week of November 1-5, 2009.
The course consisted of a week-long series of seminars and discussions, and was attended by more than 40 officers, including 26 flag officers from 18 different countries and brought together Gen. David Petraeus, Commander, U.S. Central Command, (CENTCOM), Vice Adm. Bill Gortney, Command, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT), among others.
The purpose of the flag-level course is to develop a network of international maritime leaders, focused on the operational level, in support of cooperation in theater, oriented toward maritime security.
The course also serves as a forum to develop and deepen relationships based upon trust and confidence among stakeholders/nations in the framework of regional challenges, and helps to evolve Combined Maritime Command and Control concepts and mechanisms, while advancing the understanding of those security issues facing participating nations.
The CFMCC Course uses experienced subject matter experts as session instructors to develop perspectives necessary to effectively employ naval forces in a joint, coalition, or interagency environment.
Senior mentors (retired 3- and 4-star Naval officers) ensure course and session objectives are met. The course is based upon the principles of transparency, non-attribution, and mutual respect for participants to provide a comfortable forum for open discussion of issues to facilitate a better understanding of the various perspectives involved in a combined force.
As the senior executive component of the U.S. Navy's Professional Military Education (PME) continuum, and part of the senior joint PME continuum, the CFMCC Flag Course addresses practical challenges confronting the maritime operational commander.

By Mass Communications Specialist First Class Russell Tafuri
U.S. Naval Forces Central Command public affairs