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U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force Join to Support European Command

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Story Number: NNS070201-07
Release Date: 2/1/2007 2:24:00 PM

By Dan Broadstreet, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Public Affairs

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (NNS) -- The U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) provided Tyndall Air Force Base a C-5 Galaxy jet and a C-17 Globemaster III jet from Jan. 25-28 to load the Deployable Joint Command and Control (DJC2) and deliver the system to U.S. European Command (EUCOM).

“This is a great opportunity for the Joint Team at Panama City to contribute to the readiness of our troops,” DJC2 Program Manager Steve Hunt said. “This capability enables our commanders to respond quickly any where in the world and represents the coordinated effort of hundreds of people from across the country and around the world -– all led by your neighbors here in Panama City.”

Once the system arrives at EUCOM, the DJC2 is destined for U.S. Air Forces Europe (USAFE), headquartered at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Upon arrival, it will be used to equip a joint force commander with a deployable, tent-based command and control headquarters complete with the networks, computers, and communications equipment needed to command a joint task force in the EUCOM theater of operations.

The Joint Program Office charged with developing DJC2 is located on Naval Support Activity (NSA) Panama City, Fla.; the DJC2 systems are engineered and built by technical personnel at Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City (NSWC PC), a tenant command of the Panama City facility.

Although Tyndall Air Force Base and the Naval Support Activity are neighbors in Panama City, Fla., different missions don’t often allow them to work together. This mission provided the opportunity for both services to work together and deliver a new system where it is needed.

“With this successful delivery to EUCOM we will have achieved in a short time what many systems seldom accomplish –- delivering a system that is fully capable and completely supported,” said DJC2 Deputy Program Manager Cdr. Scott Heller.



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