AIR FORCE - AFI 10-251
AIR FORCE PARTICIPATION IN JOINT TRAINING TRANSFORMATION INITIATIVE (JTTI) AND JOINT NATIONAL TRAINING CAPABILITY (JNTC) EVENTS
|Publication Date:||25 June 2015|
This instruction provides guidance and responsibilities for Air Force MAJCOMs that are engaged as the Air Component for joint exercises and training. This includes Joint and Service exercise and training programs accredited within the JNTC. The intent is to provide realistic and scalable Joint/Combined products, processes and functionality appropriate to the organizational level of the training audience. Depending on the specific training program, exercise, or event, the training audience may range from the operational level of the Joint/Combined Force Commander to Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines at the tactical level. With consideration of funding and unit/personnel availability, this will present an accurate replication of a realistic and relevant Air Force Component participating in these Joint processes is essential to shape the sister-Services' understanding of USAF's role in these processes, as well as promotes understanding of our air, space and cyber capabilities. Overall this intent and instructions reinforces the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Vision for 2020 and interdependence of the Services.
Air Force participation provides replication of an Air Force Component's capabilities of air, space, and cyberspace power, utilizing established joint doctrine and processes. The intent is to facilitate an understanding of the capability of airpower to the training audience. Effective synchronization of air, space, and cyberspace power effects into the ground scheme of maneuver and/or maritime employment concepts will enhance future joint/combined contingency operations.
Air Force control members include Highly Qualified Experts (HQEs), Observer Coach / Trainers (OC/T), Command and Control (C2) Trainers/Supervisors
The replicated Air Force Component consists of a mix of Air Force training audience(s) who accomplish their warfighting functions, and response cells emulating various elements of the Air Force Component, i.e., Joint/Combined Air Operations Center (J/CAOC), the Joint Air Component Coordination Element (JACCE), when appropriate, and the Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group (EASOG) with subordinate squadrons to include an Air Support Operations Center (ASOC), Tactical Air Control Party (TACP) and Battlefield Weather (BW), etc. USAF participants may be designated as exercise training audiences or response cells. (T-3)
Specific requests for Air Force (training audience and or response cell) participation will be submitted by each MAJCOM or Joint/Service users on an annual basis utilizing the Joint Training Information Management System (JTIMS) to Air Combat Command. ACC/A3O7 will prioritize and provide process adjudication oversight through the Air Force Joint Exercise Coordination Team (AFJECT). Failure to submit a request for support in accordance with AFJECT established scheduling criteria will result in no support being provided.
Consistent with resource and fiscal constraints, this instruction will provide levels of effort to properly integrate air, space, and cyberspace power to meet AF and Joint/Service training objectives. ACC will notify Sister Service Component Commands who request Air Force support before the exercise main/mid planning conference/event of the ability to support or not support specific events. This decision will be educated by the AFJECT process. If for any reason subsequent to the main/mid planning conference/event, exercise support is expected to be degraded or is in jeopardy of not replicating joint processes and functionality, ACC, in close collaboration with concerned USAF participating units, will assess viability of supporting the exercise. If support is expected to be degraded to the point of reinforcing negative learning for the training audience (i.e., not able to replicate joint processes/functions)