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Joint Task Force Exercise 1-99

Theater Missile Defense Initiative 98
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NORFOLK, Va. -- More than 24,000 U.S. joint service members as well as personnel and units from allied nations will participate in Joint Task Force Exercise (JTFEX) 99-1. This exercise has been directed by Commander in Chief, United States Atlantic Command, Adm. Harold W. Gehman, Jr., USN. The exercise will be conducted by Vice Adm. William J. Fallon, USN, Commander, United States Second Fleet and Commander, Striking Fleet Atlantic. When in a training role, he is designated as Commander, Joint Task Force 950.

JTFEX 99-1 will feature the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Battle Group (CVBG) and the USS Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group (ARG). This JTFEX replicates the emerging threats and operational challenges our military forces may encounter around the world. The exercise is designed to meet the requirement for quality, realistic training to
fully prepare our forces for joint operations when forward deployed. Participating forces will train using equipment and systems which incorporate the latest advances in technology, and which support the full range of capabilities that may be needed in various geographic areas where forces serve during their deployment.

"This Joint Task Force Exercise will train operational units from all services in a battlefield environment that is designed to specifically prepare them for the types of challenges the military faces today," Fallon said. "It provides our battle group and amphibious ready group units valuable experience in operations with forces of other services and other nations, while giving them an opportunity to refine joint and combined warfighting skills. It also provides a challenging test of their capabilities, and completes the training and evaluation process which supports certifying the battle group and ARG as 'ready to deploy.'"

In addition to U.S. forces, units from Great Britain, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Bolivia and Brazil will participate in the exercise. This kind of "combined" training enhances the readiness of both U.S. and allied forces, and is representative of the way nations often assign forces to deal with modern crises today.

JTFEX 99-1 incorporates a significant special operations forces (SOF) participation, as well. More than 2,500 SOF personnel from Navy, Army and Air Force SOF units will come together during the exercise to practice many of the missions which they may be called upon to perform in a joint task force environment.

Theater Missile Defense Initiative 98
Within JTFEX 99-1, a second exercise called Theater Missile Defense Initiative (TMDI) 98 will demonstrate the transfer of the Joint Forces Air Component Commander and staff from an aircraft carrier at sea, to a field environment ashore at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field, Bogue, N.C. The goal of this related exercise will be to successfully support full air operations while completing the shift of functions ashore.

JTFEX 99-1 will take place in the waters off Virginia and North Carolina, as well as the Puerto Rican and Jacksonville, Fla., operating areas. The exercise will provide "graduate level" training for CVBG and ARG units prior to their deployment. During the exercise, participating forces will be tested on their ability to deploy rapidly, conduct joint operations during a crisis, and refine tactics, techniques and procedures in joint force operations.

Forces will train in a simulated high-threat environment that involves air, naval and ground operations, and which incorporates surveillance, rescue, and other operations such as maritime interdiction, embassy support and non-combatant evacuation.

Participating in the Theodore Roosevelt battle group JTFEX will be units from the U.S. Atlantic Fleet including the Theodore Roosevelt carrier battle group and Kearsarge amphibious ready group. In addition, the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), elements of the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army, and a number of allied units will participate.