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Fighting As One Force: Joint Fires training graduates learn invaluable lessons

Feb 8, 2010

By 2nd Lt. Jason Kelly, Fires Bulletin

FORT SILL, Okla. -- Graduates of the Joint Operational Fires and Effects Course at the Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, Okla., say the center has provided them with invaluable training and information for using joint lethal and non-lethal Fires and effects in today's fight. Service members from the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps graduated from the course at Snow Hall, February 5.

The importance of working together as one fighting force was a reoccurring theme for two Sailors who graduated from the course.

"It was great to get to work with the Army and talk across the lines," said Lt. Cmdr Randy Neisius of 7th Fleet. "As services, we sometimes think about staying in our own lanes and marginalize the other services. This course really showed us how to work together."

Neisius left Fort Sill with more than a graduation certificate. He gained a better understanding of the Army's capabilities. "It's important to know about the boots on the ground in any war so we can provide them as much as possible," he said.

The course exposed Navy Capt. Bob Corrigan of 7th Fleet to fires for the first time. The center's instructors' ability to provide real world doctrine and its timeliness impressed Corrigan. His introduction to fires wasn't Corrigan's only first. The course also allowed him to work side-by-side with Soldiers for the first time.

"I'm impressed with their level of responsibility; I've gained a better appreciation for the work they do," Corrigan said.

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