Its work done, JFCOM marches into history

After 12 years of effort put toward getting all of the military branches to work together more closely, the Joint Forces Command furled its colors in an Aug. 4 ceremony in Suffolk, Va., reports the American Forces Press Service.

The concept and tenants of operating joint are now embedded in military thinking, Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at the ceremony, noting that U.S. forces, through the course of two wars in Southwest Asia, “have built an incredibly joint force in ways that many of us could not have imagined.”

Since it was founded in 1999, JFCOM put in place procedures and techniques that have paid off at the highest levels of strategy, Mullen said, citing procedures that allows the United Sates and its allies to save lives in Libya by quickly putting together an operation to counter Moammar Gadhafi's forces from driving on the coastal city of Benghazi, and enabling U.S. forces to subsequently make a seamless transition of operations to NATO.

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