One of the few Army Reserve units supporting the joint DoD mission, the Joint Capabilities Command Army Reserve Element (JECC ARE), changed command recently at a ceremony celebrating the military tradition and the passing of leadership from commander to commander, Aug. 5, at the Wind & Sea Recreation Center Auditorium, Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia.
The incoming commander, U.S. Army Reserve Colonel John J Kaikkonen, received the JECC ARE sights from the outgoing commander, Colonel Steven J. Robertson. Throughout the ceremony, the two commanders shared highlights from the occasion.
Maj. Gen. John H. Phillips, commanding general, 335th Signal Command (Theater), presiding, ensured continuity of leadership between outgoing and incoming commanders during the ceremony attended by U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Stephen F. Jost, JECC Commanding General; Marshall Ramsey, JECC Executive Director; U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Kimberly K. Hamilton, JECC Vice Commander; U.S. Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Stephanie A. Purgerson, former JECC Vice Commander; and U.S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Brian L. Bischoff, senior enlisted leader of the JECC.
Phillips began his remarks by acknowledging the accomplishments of JECC ARE under Robertson’s tenure and the culture of leadership Robertson fostered.
“Camaraderie, esprit de corps and confidence in leadership are important aspects, as is Colonel Robertson’s endorsement of exacting confidence, commitment and character throughout his training,” Phillips said.
“His soldiers are as confident as can be, engaged in a demanding mission and display the highest character.”
“Colonel Robertson has proven that this mighty organization can be the best of the best,” Phillips continued. “I’m so proud of all of you and your team, but prouder of the soldiers you lead.”
Phillips also welcomed Kaikkonen, sharing with the audience that the unit is passing through good hands and heading towards a bright future.
“Welcome, Colonel Kaikkonen and his wife Darby! They are the right teammates at the right time to lead this outstanding organization and move the ball into the “red zone”, Phillips said.
Robertson, who had served as the commanding officer of JECC-ARE since September 2, 2017, paid tribute to JECC-ARE of the soldiers, civilians and families who made the unit successful.
“During my tenure, the JECC has accomplished incredible things. We have participated in over 55 missions over the past two years in almost every combat command including Afghanistan Retrograde, EUCOM, NORTHCOM and Operation Warp Speed,” Robertson said.
“The JECC is disproportionate to the reserve element of the army, [having] disproportionate promotions to lieutenant colonel, colonel, selections for command, and in my opinion, it’s just talent that’s attracted to the unit…great people come into the organization, and because of from this, they continue to do great things.
“But great organizations are about people,” Robertson said, “and you can have processes and products…but clearly people are what make it great.”
Kaikkonen assumed command of JECC-ARE, recognizing the current challenges of a complex world and the need to have an army reserve ready to answer the call of the nation when needed.
“We are currently living through the most difficult times our nation has faced since the start of World War II, where issues emerge with lightning speed and have immediate, lasting and global impacts on people and society. economy,” Kaikkonen said.
Kaikkonen charted the course for the JECC ARE under his command.
“The organization needs to stay whole, fully ready to go and constantly relevant,” Kaikkonen said. “The mission we carry out is vital because crises and problems are no longer confined to a single region of the globe.
“The JECC ARE must be staffed with ready and capable planners who anticipate these impacts and wield the tools necessary to manage the conditions, whatever the nature of the problem,” Kaikkonen continued.
The JECC ARE is a complex organization that receives ADCON, or administrative support, from the Army Reserve’s 335th Signal Command (Theater), while working under OPCON, or operational control, from the Joint Enabling Capabilities Command (JECC), through through the JECC’s two subordinate units, the Joint Planning Support Element (JPSE) and the Joint Communications Support Element (JCSE). The JECC ARE provides joint planning, public affairs, knowledge management and communications capabilities to combatant commanders to enable the rapid establishment of a joint force headquarters, or in support of other missions, exercises, or planning efforts with formed and ready, rapidly deployable formations, JECC ARE Army Reserve soldiers and their subordinate unit, the 4th Joint Communications Squadron Element (4th JCS).
“In today’s environment, disasters and emergencies are more ‘exportable’ than ever, and JECC ARE must be prepared to provide operational teams that understand this and are ready to respond with options that secure US interests and those of our allies,” Kaikkonen said. .
As a team, the JECC relies on JECC ARE and 4th JCS personnel to provide joint operational command and control tools to joint force commanders conducting full-spectrum operations.
“We translate capacity into its two important elements. The Joint Communication Support Element (JCSE) in Tampa, McDill AFB, Florida consists of six squadrons,” Phillips said. Three on active duty, two from the National Guard and only one from the Army Reserve, the Fourth Squadron.
The Army Reserve’s only airborne signals battalion, the 4th JCS “is dedicated to providing full spectrum, en route and early entry, command and control communications and scalable computer support for orders wherever needed across the globe,” Phillips said.
The JECC-ARE supports the JECC in the rapid deployment of tailored sets of Joint Planners, Operators and Functional Specialists to enhance and augment the new Joint Force Headquarters. These include public affairs and knowledge management specialists, as well as joint planners from multiple branches to provide expertise in plans, operations, logistics and intelligence support.
“This critical, short-notice mission requires a level of readiness typically unachievable by traditional reserve component organizations,” Phillips said, “As the Department of Defense transitioned to a continental U.S.-based military with limited assets forward in operational areas during times of competition, the JECC has a heavy burden: closing the gap before a conflict or crisis, providing exceptional capability at all times.
Personnel supporting these capabilities include Army Reserve Officer and enlisted soldiers from Public Affairs (PA), Military Intelligence (MI), Civil Affairs (CA), Psychological Operations (PO), Judge Advocate General (JAG), Signal (SC), Information Operations (IO), Engineer (EN), Medical Service and Nursing (MS), Logistics (LG), Chief Financial Officer (FC) and other ready branches to mobilize and deploy at any time.
“JECC ARE teammates should be trustworthy, respectful, honest, tough and tenacious, and show empathy,” Kaikkonen said. “As an organization, we have to be flexible, adaptable and willingly do the hard stuff.
“We should do things that make us feel uncomfortable and, in turn, feel comfortable with that feeling.”
For more information on the JECC, JPSE and JCSE, including news and how to join, visit the JECC webpage at https://www.jecc.mil/JECC -Home/.
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