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JTF-HD Participates in Operation Noble Eagle Exercise

By JTF-HD Public Affairs


Fort Shafter, HI – Navy Rear Adm. Scott Swift, United States Pacific Command (PACOM) J-3, hosted an Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) Table Top Exercise (TTX) at the Joint Task Force Homeland Defense (JTF-HD) Joint Operations Center (JOC) at Fort Shafter, Hawaii on Dec. 9, 2010.

The TTX was attended by several senior military and civilian leaders to include: Maj. Gen. Joe Chaves, Deputy Commander of JTF-HD; Rear Adm. Paul Bushong, Commander Joint Region Marianas; Brig. Gen. Michael Keltz, Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) A3/A5/A8D; and Mr. Ed Teixeira, Vice Director of Hawaii State Civil Defense.

Participants gather during the Operation Noble Eagle (ONE) Table Top Exercise (TTX) at the Joint Task Force Homeland Defense (JTF-HD) Joint Operations Center (JOC) at Fort Shafter, Hawaii on Dec. 9, 2010. Approximately 60 personnel from various military, federal, state, local and civilian government agencies and private organizations participated. The TTX enabled key people and organizations to meet and gather for the first time and provided a forum for all agencies to identify contacts for follow on synchronization and coordination. (Official JTF-HD photos by Darrell Ames)

Approximately 60 personnel from various military, federal, state, local and civilian government agencies and private organizations participated in the TTX. The TTX discussion was held at the “For Official Use Only” (FOUO) level and began with an overview of the ONE process and command and control relationships. Two different air threat scenarios were presented and discussed; a hijacked commercial aircraft inbound to Oahu, and a small private aircraft breaching a no-fly area. Situation update presentations/briefings were followed by a period of dynamic free-flowing discussions and questions /comments. Many questions were answered while others were noted for further research and follow-up.

Rear Adm. Swift promised that this was the first of a series of joint/interagency ONE meetings and TTXs, during which participants will focus on synchronizing efforts towards a common homeland defense goal. As the TTX enabled many key people and organizations to meet and gather for the first time, it also provided a forum for all agencies to identify contacts for follow on synchronization and coordination. He encouraged that functional working groups be developed to resolve specific issues (i.e.: secure and non-secure communication flow among agencies).