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Commander, Carrier Group FOUR
Commander, Carrier Striking Force

The mission of Commander, Carrier Group FOUR is to train and prepare Atlantic Fleet Carrier battlegroups and additional assigned ships to conduct joint and combined maritime operations. Maintaining standards of excellence in tactical warfighting competencies, it is prepared to operate as Commander Carrier Striking Force, Combined Joint Task Group or as a Joint Force Component Commander. The Battlegroup Staff is capable of operating forward-deployed to execute joint and combined tasking and capable of training carrier battlegroups to do the same. This is accomplished through planning, preparation, and continual enhancement of COMPTUEX, ITA and the JFACC portion of JTFEX, as well as staff leadership in Navy and joint tactical and training developments.

The mission of Naval Reserve Carrier Group (N.R. CARGRU) 0486 is to provide direct support and critical augmentation to it's gaining command: Commander, Carrier Group FOUR / Commander, Carrier Striking Force (CCG-4).

Joint Fleet Exercise 98-2 (JTFEX 98-2) was conducted April 27 to May 11 by Commander Second Fleet (C2F) and Commander Striking Fleet Atlantic, Vice Admiral William J. Fallon, as CJTF 950. The exercise provided the Eisenhower Battlegroup with realistic training in joint operations prior to deployment to the Fifth Fleet area of operations. The exercise required integration of the "IKE's" existing warfighting ability with other Joint and Combined assets to support warfare under a challenging threat scenario. The Joint Task Force staff for the exercise was embarked upon the USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20) and included significant active and reserve staff from C2F and Commander Carrier Group Four, augmentees from the U.S. Air Force, Coast Guard, Marines, and Army, and liaison staff from Canada, United Kingdom, and Italy. Navy Reservist support was lead by Naval Reserve Carrier Group (NR CARGRU) 0486.

As part of JTFEX 98-2, a sea-based Joint Forces Air Component Command (JFACC) was established onboard the Mt. Whitney to provide planning, coordination, deconfliction, and optimum use of all air components fighting in the littoral battle space. Naval Reservists were an integral part of the JFACC, providing over 20% of all Naval Officers assigned to the JFACC, and 80% of the Operations Cell. The areas supported by Naval Reservists included intelligence, Tomahawk Land Attack Missile planning, Guidance and Apportionment Targeting, Air Tasking Order production, and Operations. Of the six organizational "cells" comprising the JFACC, two cells, Intelligence and Operations, were lead by reservists.

In conjunction with the JFACC's Operations, "Fleet Battle Experiment-Charlie" was also conducted to evaluate new Joint Integrated Air Defense and Strike Warfare techniques and tactics. The latest version of the Contingency Theater Air Planning System (CTAPS) software was also tested.

Commander Second Fleet established a reserve unit in Norfolk dedicated to the JFACC mission and expects to increase the use of Naval Reservist in JFACC staffs. Reservist were able to provide valuable JFACC training to other active duty augmentees and the Eisenhower Battle Group as it prepared for deployment.

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