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NFTF CJTF-OIR Future Operations Synchronization Board
Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) conducts the Future Operations Synchronization Board (FOSB) weekly in order to develop the weight of effort for CJTF- OIR future operations. The function of the FOSB is to allow the CJTF-OIR CJ3 (Combined-Joint Operations Officer) to synchronize operations and support to operations throughout the Combined Joint Operations Area (CJOA) for the short-medium timeframe.
NFTF: Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (EDRE) 366th CBRN Company
The CENTCOM Theater area of responsibility (AOR) has one forward deployed Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Company. The 366th CBRN Company (Maneuver Support) is located at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait and assigned to ARCENT. The 366th mission is to provide CBRNE response capability to sea and air ports of deployment in the CENTCOM AOR; including contingency response to the Levant providing hazard intelligence, monitoring, and surveillance capability of CBRN agents and Toxic Industrial Chemicals/Materials (TICs/TIMs) in support of CENTCOM’s Concept Plans (CONPLANs), and bilateral agreements with countries in the AOR. The Soldiers of the 366th CBRN used this Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (EDRE) to practice and refine their techniques for emergency deployment via air lift within the theater of operation.
NFTF: U.S./Kenyan Marine Operations and Maintenance Seminar
In January 2016 the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) invited members of the Kenyan Navy to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti for a seminar focused on tactical operations and maintenance techniques. Hosting the Kenyan Navy was the Coastal Riverine Squadron 10 (FWD) and members of the Fusion Action Cell and D/403rd Civil Affairs. The event proved beneficial for both sides. Expertise and knowledge was exchanged with each side learning from each other and laid the ground work for future engagements.
NFTF OPERATION DEEP BLUE 74th Engineer Dive Detachment
The United States (U.S.) Army recognizes that controlling inland waterways and ports is vitally important in the contemporary military environment. For this reason, the U.S. Army established Engineer Dive units during World War II. Since then, U.S. Army Engineer Divers have served in every major U.S. conflict and fulfilled the role of providing underwater reconnaissance, demolition, and salvage for the U.S. Army. The 74th Engineer Dive Detachment is currently deployed to Camp PATRIOT, Kuwait in support of U.S. Army Central Command (USARCENT) under the Brigade Special Troops Battalion (BTSB), as part of Area Support Group (ASG) Kuwait. The two main focuses of the 74th Engineer Dive Detachment are Anti-terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) and Vessel Husbandry. ATFP involves diving to clear vessel berthing slots of obstacles, obstructions, and potential threats. Vessel husbandry includes conducting maintenance and repairs to vessels from all the services.
NFTF 185th Theater Aviation Brigade (TAB) Search and Rescue Exercise (SAREX): Leveraging All Assets to Benefit Training
The Army’s experience in littoral areas with over the water operations in continues to grow as part of the Army’s goal to build its expeditionary capabilities. The 185th Theater Aviation Brigade (TAB) deployed to Camp BUEHRING, Kuwait in support of Operation SPARTAN SHIELD. Given the operational environment (OE) of the 185th TAB, they saw a need to develop and refine the techniques for Personnel Recovery (PR) in a maritime scenario. The TAB needed a means to practice these techniques as they developed them. They also needed an opportunity to learn and train on the survival equipment used in open water survival. The 185th TAB had conducted numerous land PR exercises in the past, and their aircrews trained extensively for ditching into a body of water. However, the brigade had not previously conducted a PR exercise in an open “blue water” environment. This SAREX was developed to test the TAB ability to conduct PR with aircrews ditching in the ocean, both with US forces and with coalition (Kuwait) forces in support.