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NECC Forces Kick Off Adaptive Force Package Exercise

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Story Number: NNS080314-12
Release Date: 3/14/2008 12:12:00 PM

By Senior Chief Mass Communication Specialist (SW/AW) Dave Nagle, Navy Expeditionary Combat Command Public Affairs

FORT PICKETT, Va. (NNS) -- Integrated active and reserve forces from the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command (NECC) will participate in a training exercise, which takes place at Fort Pickett and Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, March 10-20.

This integrated adaptive force package exercise, called NAT-EX (NECC Advanced Training Exercise) will focus on training an adaptive force package (AFP) headquarters staff element that will provide command and control of participating NECC unit's command elements.

"NAT-EX is a 'crawl' event that will help us establish command and control staff procedures and processes to prepare us for our participation in a joint task force exercise this summer," said Capt. Michael Jordan, Commander, Riverine Group 1 and AFP battle staff commander for NAT-EX. "What we learn here at NAT-EX is our first step toward integrating at the fleet level."

In addition, NAT-EX will increase interoperability and enhance cooperation among the Navy's diverse expeditionary forces that may be called upon as part of adaptive force packages responding to real-world scenarios.

Along with the integrated staff training, multiple NECC tactical units will receive tactical cultural awareness training designed to enhance their ability to assist local populations in developing their own security and stability.

"We have [regional experts] discussing Iraqi customs, culture and religion with our units," said Command Master Chief (SW/AW) Bill Smaltz of Riverine Squadron 3 training department. "The classroom setting also allows for our Sailors to interact and ask a lot of questions on how to interact with Iraqi nationals."

Based on operational requirements, NECC forces can be formed into an adaptive force package to provide a deployed commander with either a single specific expeditionary skill set or an integrated unit with multiple skills, such as riverine, EOD, and expeditionary logistics. If the operational scope and responsibilities dictate, NECC will assign a tailored command headquarters element to provide mission planning, oversight, and execution of a deployable AFP or multiple AFPs. That can integrate with other maritime, joint or coalition forces.

NECC units participating in NAT-EX include Riverine Squadron 3, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit 12, Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, Maritime Expeditionary Security Group 2, Maritime Civil Affairs Squadron 2, Navy Expeditionary Logistics Support Group and First Naval Construction Division. The headquarters staff element is comprised of a core staff from Riverine Group 1 with augmentations from other specialty areas within the NECC enterprise.

NECC is a global force provider of adaptive force packages of expeditionary capabilities to joint warfighting commanders. NECC serves as a single manning functional command to centrally manage the current and future readiness, resources, manning, training and equipping of the Navy Expeditionary Force.

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