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Joint Forces Staff College

Joint Forces Staff College A college of the National Defense University, JFSC is the premier institution for educating national security professionals in planning and executing joint operations.

"...this is the only college in the school system where the basic mission will be to give instruction on the theater and major joint task force level..." General Dwight D. Eisenhower (in a memorandum to Admiral Chester W. Nimitz), 12 June 1946

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Wishing a happy, reflective, and healing ANZAC day to our brothers and sisters from Australia and New Zealand. Lest we f...
04/25/2022

Wishing a happy, reflective, and healing ANZAC day to our brothers and sisters from Australia and New Zealand.

Lest we forget.

#mateship #anzacday2022

Today we celebrate the 114th anniversary of the U.S. Army Reserve. Our #CitizenSoldiers  are a critical component of the...
04/23/2022

Today we celebrate the 114th anniversary of the U.S. Army Reserve. Our #CitizenSoldiers are a critical component of the world’s most capable army.

On April 23rd, America’s Army Reserve will celebrate the generations of Soldiers who, like many patriots before them, embraced their roles as “Citizen Soldiers,” continuing their proud and distinguished legacy of service in the Army Reserve. Through the Cold War, Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, and the Global War on Terror, and countless other crises, operations, emergencies, and natural disasters, Warrior Citizens of the Army Reserve have never failed to answer the Nation’s call.

April 23, 1908, Congress created the Medical Reserve Corps, a group of 160 doctors formed to provide the Nation with a reservoir of trained medical professionals for employment in times of national emergency.

A month after Congress established the Medical Reserve Corps in 1908, one of the Army Reserve’s greatest Citizen Soldiers, President Theodore Roosevelt, signed the bill into law. Later, under the National Defense Act of 1920, Congress created the Organized Reserves for officers and enlisted.

Today, that reserve force is known as the U.S. Army Reserve, a specialized and skill-rich force of more than 189,000 Warrior Citizens.
Throughout history, Citizen Soldiers have leveraged professional skills while serving in uniform, adding substantial value and depth to the force, with skills, education and expertise acquired in the private sector.

The U.S. Army Reserve has always been, and will continue to be, comprised of men and women with great talents and throughout history, Citizen Soldiers have leveraged professional skills while serving in uniform, adding substantial value and depth to the force, with skills, education and expertise acquired in the private sector.

The U.S. Army Reserve is comprised of men and women with unique talents and abilities, and they manifest themselves through leadership, bravery, and strong ambition. At the Joint Forces Staff College, Army Reserve officers are an integral part of our faculty, and they add a unique depth and perspective to our curriculum. Our Commandant, BG Voris McBurnette, is, in fact, a proud member of the Army Reserve.

Since the activation of the Medical Reserve 114 years ago, the United States government mobilized more than one million Army Reserve Soldiers for the defense of the nation. Since 2001, more than 300,000 Army Reserve Soldiers have been mobilized and routinely deployed in 30 countries around the world, to include every major combat zone.

The service of these patriots made a decisive impact on the history of our country and of the world for the cause of freedom and democracy.
As we begin our next 114 years of service, we do so as one of the most battle-tested and experienced forces in our nation’s history. We are Ready Now… Shaping Tomorrow! Chief of Army Reserve

Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS) faculty member Dr. John Manza was interviewed by the PBS Newshour yesterday to ...
04/21/2022
What to expect in the next phase of Russia’s war

Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS) faculty member Dr. John Manza was interviewed by the PBS Newshour yesterday to discuss the war in the Ukraine.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/what-to-expect-in-the-next-phase-of-russias-war

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As the U.S. and NATO ramp up billions of dollars in military aid to Ukraine, there are risks to consider -- including Russia's military reaction. Chief Correspondent Amna Nawaz talks with former Marine and NATO official John Manza about the next phase of the war, whether Ukraine will get the assista...

Today we reflect back on the Doolittle Raid, a joint mission courageously executed on this day 80 years ago.
04/18/2022

Today we reflect back on the Doolittle Raid, a joint mission courageously executed on this day 80 years ago.

What's our Commandant reading? We're glad you asked!1) A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administr...
04/16/2022

What's our Commandant reading? We're glad you asked!

1) A Preponderance of Power: National Security, the Truman Administration, and the Cold War by Melvyn P. Leffler
2) China’s Quest for Great Power: Ships, Oil and Foreign Policy by Bernard D. Cole
3) Education for Judgment: The Artistry of Discussion Leadership by David Garvin & Ann Sweet
4) Eisenhower at War 1943-1945 by David Eisenhower
5) Hope is Not a Method by Gordon R. Sullivan and Michael V. Harper
6) The Influence of Sea Power Upon History 1660-1783 by A. T. Mahan
7) It Worked for Me: In Life and Leadership by Colin Powell
8) The Leadership Pipeline: How to Build the Leadership Powered Company by Ram Charan, Steve Drotter, and Jim Noel
9) On War by Carl Von Clausewitz
10) Organizational Culture Leadership by Edgar H. Schein
11) Policy Analysis In National Security Affairs: New Methods for a New Era by Richard L. Kugler
12) Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin

JCWS Hybrid classes returned to in-person learning this week as class 22-1 completed thier 1st face-to-face session. App...
04/15/2022

JCWS Hybrid classes returned to in-person learning this week as class 22-1 completed thier 1st face-to-face session.

Approximately 65 students converged in Norfolk to practice operational design, learn about unified action from a distinguished panel, hear from an energy security expert, and to develop joint a greater sense of joint acculturation.

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Preventing, reporting, and eliminating sexual assault strengthen...
04/08/2022

April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Preventing, reporting, and eliminating sexual assault strengthens the Joint Force by promoting professionalism, respect, and trust within our community. #SAPR #RespectProtectEmpower

JFSC Commandant BG Voris McBurnette, Ed.D, recognizes Mr. Angel Febles, of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) J7, for orga...
04/08/2022

JFSC Commandant BG Voris McBurnette, Ed.D, recognizes Mr. Angel Febles, of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) J7, for organizing JCWS 22-2 Satellite course in Miami, Florida.

The JCWS 22-2 USSOUTHCOM satellite class was honored to host the JFSC Commandant during their first week of academics. The Commandant visited USSOUTHCOM to better understand the Combatant Command’s needs for JPME-II and build on a legacy of cooperation to codify their future JCWS related force development. Between engagements, He did not miss the opportunity speak with the joint students and offer his reserve component and joint experience.

Lots of cheers, applause, and fist bumps last week as Joint Combined Warfighting School students gathered in MacArthur A...
03/28/2022

Lots of cheers, applause, and fist bumps last week as Joint Combined Warfighting School students gathered in MacArthur Auditorium to celebrate their accomplishments at the college’s first in-person graduation celebration since before the pandemic.

151 students proudly walked across the stage to receive their graduation certificate and take a picture with Joint Forces Staff College Commandant BG Voris McBurnette, Ed.D. USAR and keynote speaker RADM John F. Meier, USN, Commander U.S. Naval Air Forces Atlantic.

We are so proud of your resilience and dedication. Today is a celebration of your accomplishments. Congratulations to the newest JFSC graduates!

This week JFSC instructors led a crisis planning workshop at Ft. McNair for Joint Task Force National Capitol Region’s c...
03/25/2022

This week JFSC instructors led a crisis planning workshop at Ft. McNair for Joint Task Force National Capitol Region’s crisis action planning team.

Over the course of two days, a group of two dozen practitioners discussed design, the Joint Planning Process, and DSCA authorities before applying those concepts to a pair of scenarios tailored to the JTF's joint operating area.

Not only was Tuesday the first JCWS Yorktown staff ride with resident students in two years, but it was even more specia...
03/23/2022

Not only was Tuesday the first JCWS Yorktown staff ride with resident students in two years, but it was even more special because Senior Chief Petty Officer Sara Muir, USCG, of Seminar 1 chose to hold her reenlistment at the French Grand Battery. Her fellow Sem 1 classmate Maj Charles Hollingsworth, USMC, was the reenlisting officer.

Seminar 1, and all JFSC, were honored to be part of such a memorable and significant moment of recommitment to the nation at the spot where the United States won its final major battle in the War for Independence.

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03/18/2022
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The National Defense University (NDU) educates joint warfighters and other national security leaders in critical thinking and the creative application of military power to inform national strategy and globally integrated operations, under conditions of disruptive change, in order to prevail in war,....

Honored to receive such a glowing endorsement from a former student, writing on the importance of JPME II.And while we m...
03/08/2022
Heading to a Joint Assignment? Complete Phase II of Joint Professional Military Education (JPME) - From the Green Notebook

Honored to receive such a glowing endorsement from a former student, writing on the importance of JPME II.

And while we may be biased, JPME II can absolutely set you up for succes on a joint assignment.

https://fromthegreennotebook.com/2022/03/02/heading-to-a-joint-assignment-complete-phase-ii-of-joint-professional-military-education-jpme/

by Thang Q. Tran It is an exciting time of the year as Assignment Officers and Detailers notify individuals of their upcoming assignments. A select group of field grade officers from across the Department of Defense will get assigned to a position listed on the Joint Duty Assignment List (JDAL) with...

After more than two years of COVID restrictions preventing JCWS classes from visiting Gettysburg, JCWS Class 22-1 studen...
03/01/2022

After more than two years of COVID restrictions preventing JCWS classes from visiting Gettysburg, JCWS Class 22-1 students and faculty were able to walk the hallowed grounds.

This elective course at the staff college brings together volunteer faculty and students from all seminars in an immersive experience of historical review. Faculty and students discuss command and control, leadership, honor, and courage throughout the trip on more than 15x stops along the battlefield. After a weekend of of acculturation, team-building, and analytical discussion, everyone shared reflections at the final stop, the Gettysburg National Cemetery. Closing remarks consisted of a review of our Constitutional Oath, and President Lincoln’s famous Gettysburg Address.

Reflecting on the desegregation of our military, consider listening to this podcast from the Army War College
02/25/2022

Reflecting on the desegregation of our military, consider listening to this podcast from the Army War College

Executive Order 9981 desegregating the U.S. armed forces turns 74 this year -- #ABetterPeace is pleased to re-release this second episode in honor of #BlackHistoryMonth #WAR_ROOM #EO9981 #diversity #inclusion

https://bit.ly/3JVBESp

On this final Black History Month Warrior Wednesday, we celebrate the accomplishments of LCDR La’Shanda Holmes.In 2010, ...
02/23/2022

On this final Black History Month Warrior Wednesday, we celebrate the accomplishments of LCDR La’Shanda Holmes.

In 2010, LCDR Holmes became the first African American female helicopter pilot in the United States Coast Guard. LCDR Holmes was also a White House Fellow assigned to NASA.

She was born in Plainfield, NJ in 1985 and lost her mom to suicide at the age of two. After spending time with family members, she went into the foster care system in Fayetteville, NC, from the age of 16 until the age of 21. Through determination and hard work, she graduated magna cm laude from high school.

In 2003, she joined the United States Coast Guard and later enrolled in Spelman College in Atlanta, GA where she graduated four years later. After meeting Lieutenant Jeanie Menze, the first African American female aviator in the Coast Guard, Holmes knew it was the path for her and enrolled in Officer Candidate School.

In 2010, Holmes completed flight school and became the first African American female helicopter pilot in the Coast Guard where she has logged over 2,000 flight hours.

In 2015, Former President Barack Obama appointed LCDR Holmes as a White House Fellow. For the next year, she would be the Special Assistant to the NASA Administrator General Charles F. Bolden.

If you were to visit Plainfield, NJ and drive down East 7th Street, there is a display banner celebrating Lieutenant Commander La’Shanda Holmes as one of New Jersey’s hometown heroes.

WE HOPE YOU FOUND THIS INTERESTING AND INSPIRING.
THE JFSC MULTI CULTURAL COMMITTEE

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For official information from or about the U.S. Department of Defense/National Defense University/Joint Forces Staff college, please visit our homepage at http://jfsc.ndu.edu/ The Joint Forces Staff College (JFSC) is a component of the National Defense University (NDU). The JFSC Commandant reports to the President of NDU who, in turn, reports directly to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The mission of JFSC focuses on Joint Professional Military Education (JPME). Military operations increasingly require the Armed Services to work jointly; the college provides students the tools to operate in that joint environment. The college is composed of four schools, each with different student populations and purposes. ∙ Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS) ∙ Joint and Combined Warfighting School (JCWS) ∙ Joint Command, Control & Information Operations School (JC2IOS) ∙ Joint Continuing Distance Education School (JCDES)

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I was there 2010 can I get the photo for graduation?
JFSC Graduates, Family & Friends, today is Graduation Day for the Joint Advanced Warfighting School (JAWS) Class of 2020! The link to watch today's ceremony is below. Slides begin at 0930 Eastern Standard Time (EST) and the ceremony speakers begin at 10:00 EST. Congratulations to all. The students did a fantastic job this year, showing remarkable resiliency adapting to the COVID-19 global pandemic, and I have no doubt all 43 will continue to serve our two great nations (U.S & U.K.) with honor and distinction. CAPT Miguel 'Boo' Peko https://livestream.com/accounts/23279375/events/9169009 The password will be disabled before the ceremony begins.
Can anyone tell me how USAF Reservists are paid? Via what kind of order?
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Looking for any of the guys that was in the Boy Scout Troop 59 at the college during the early 70's.
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I've tried unsuccessfully to locate a current edition of AFSC Pub 1, The Joint Staff Officer's Guide on the internet. My last edition is 1997. Has it been updated, has the pub number been changed, and is it available?
JCWS Rocks!
My experience there in 1986 was excellent in all regards.
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