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News | Jan. 10, 2019

Senior enlisted leaders from Army Futures Command and JTF-CS talk the future

By Air Force Lt. Col. Karen Roganov Joint Task Force Civil Support

When two headquarters are located nearby, synergy is bound to happen.

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Paul E. Biggs, the senior enlisted leader for the Futures and Concepts Center of Army Futures Command, based at Ft. Eustis, visited Joint Task Force Civil Support Jan. 7, 2019.

“It is hard to fully appreciate the level of preparedness that must be continually rehearsed for an event that you hope will never happen,” said Biggs. “I have a much better understanding of the scope and breadth of JTF-CS' disaster-response mission.”

Biggs met with JTF-CS leadership and toured work spaces, talking to various JTF-CS people to get a personal understanding of the catastrophic chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear response mission in support of civil authorities.

“It was great to have Command Sergeant Major Biggs visit our command,” said Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James L. Brown, JTF-CS senior enlisted leader. “The commanding general and I are always proud to tell our mission story and discuss the great things our teammates are doing.” 

Army Futures Command was activated in August last year in Austin, Texas. Its Futures and Concepts Center is at Fort Eustis where Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) is based and sits adjacent to JTF-CS. The TRADOC-based Army Capabilities Integration Center was re-designated the Futures and Concepts Center under AFC. Army Futures Command is the fourth Army command and is the most significant Army reorganization effort since 1973.

The visit suggested commonalities between JTF-CS and Army Futures Command through the JTF-CS mission overview, resulting in shared understanding of operations and a dialogue with personnel.

“JTF-CS and Army Futures Command have common characteristics,” said Brown. “Both are small agile headquarters focused on flexibility, collaboration, and speed. Also, both organizations strive for unity of effort: Army Futures Command with the Army's modernization effort, and JTF-CS with a crisis response while working with the interagency.” 

While this meeting was simply a courtesy visit between military neighbors, both CSELs agreed good things are to come in the future.

“With the units being located next to each other on Fort Eustis and thus increasing easier collaboration, the likelihood of synergy of innovation is high, whatever the effort may be,” said Brown.