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REVISED 07/01/2008

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(Slide 1)

Why do you think that we have an entire class on command relationships? Aren’t
they easy to understand? I know who my boss is. And I know who my boss’s boss
is. However, above and beyond that the command and control structure can become
confusing. Ultimately what we should always strive for is to make command
relationships as consistent as possible to ensure continuity and to reduce the
potential for confusion. This information will assist the student in the
practical exercise portion of this course.

(Slide 2)

2. OVERVIEW. During this lesson we will discuss:

• Unified command structures

• Command relationships

• MPF Command and Control

• Command and control of MPF operation by phases

(Slide 3)


To familiarize students with the Unified Command Plan, the different types of
command relationships, and the past and present command relationships between
the Commander, Maritime Prepositioning Force (CMPF) and the MAGTF Commander.

a. TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVES. With the aid of a reference, the student

will be able to identify the command relationships used in an MPF Operation in
accordance with MCWP 3-32.


(1) With the aid of a reference, explain the role of the military
departments and services in accordance with MCWP 3-32.

(2) With the aid of a reference,

explain the role of the unified commanders in accordance with MCWP 3-32.

(3) With the aid of a reference, explain the type of command

relationship between the Commander, Maritime Prepositioned Force and the
Commander, MAGTF in accordance with MCWP 3-32.

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INSTRUCTOR NOTE. Take a minute to read over your TLOs and ELOs. Once everyone
looks up I will know when to begin.

(Slide 4)
These are the references associated with the lecture.

4. METHOD/MEDIA. This period of instruction will be given using the

informal lecture method aided by a powerpoint presentation.

5. EVALUATION. You will be evaluated during the practical application on

training day 4 and 5.


TRANSITION. Are there any questions about what we will be covering, how we
will cover it, or how you will be evaluated? Good, now let’s discuss unified
command structure.

(Slide 5)


1. Unified Command Structure (Joint Command and Control (C2))

The President and Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) make up the “Former National
Command Authority” and exercise authority and control of the Armed Forces
through a single chain of command with two distinct branches.

The first branch is the Military Departments and Services which is more
administrative in nature and the second is the Unified Command Structure which
is more operational. Both branches of this Chain of Command (COC) work together
to prepare, train, and employ the armed forces of the United States.

(Slide 6)

a. Paragraph Heading. President and Secretary of Defense (former National

Command Authorities (NCA).

The first branch in the COC runs from the President, to the Secretary of
Defense, directly to the commanders of combatant commands for missions and
forces assigned to their commands. The President and SECDEF exercise civilian
control over the Armed Forces. By law, the President is the only one granted
authority to deploy forces and execute military operations. The President and
SECDEF are also statutory members of the National Security Council (NSC).

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(Slide 7)

So what does this mean for MPF? It is the president and the Secretary of
Defense’s responsibility to 1) Provide a mission statement to the joint staff
(JS) and 2) Provide an initial decision to deploy or employ forces.

(Slide 8)

This graphic depicts those two distinct branches in the COC with the President
of the US and the SecDef together making up the Former National Command

(Slide 9)

b. Paragraph Heading. Military Departments and Services.

The Military Departments and Services are responsible for the support of the
Armed Forces. There are three Departments and four services. The Military
Departments, organized separately, each operate under the authority, direction,
and control of the Secretary of Defense.

(Slide 10)

The Secretaries of the Military Departments exercise the authority, direction,

and control through the individual Chiefs of the Services of their forces that
are not specifically assigned to combatant commanders.

The authority vested in the Military Departments in the performance of their

role to “administer, equip, train and support” forces runs from the President to
the Secretary of Defense to the Secretaries of the Military Departments to the
Chiefs of the Services forces. This administrative control recognizes the
preparation of military forces and their administration and support, unless such
responsibilities are specifically assigned by the Secretary of Defense to
another component of the Department of Defense.

Q) So what kinds of things does the CNO and CMC decide or us?

A) How we train, bootcamp, males and females separate? Equipment, uniform

(woodland and dessert camouflage utility pattern now digital). What equipment
to purchase (ie. San Antonion Class of ship, Joint Strike Fighter)

(Slide 11)

Here is an organizational chart of the 9 Combatant Commanders. There are 5

geographic Combatant Commanders and 4 functional combatant Commanders.

(Slide 12) is hidden b/c it has 10 combatant Commanders (6 Geographic) for when
AFRICA COMMAND comes on line as Unified Command on 1 October 2008.

(Slide 13 and 14)

Here is a list of the Geographic Combatant Commands along with their current
Commanders. The commands are in order from youngest to oldest.

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(Slide 15)

This graphic depicts the geographic Combatant Command’s AOR.

Northern Command stood up 1 October 2002. Its HQ is at Peterson AF Base,

Colorado. Its mission is homeland defense and also serves as head of the
Northern American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), a US-Canada command.

USCENTCOM was established January 1, 1983. It is the location where man service
members are currently deployed (ie Bahrain, Djibouti, Africa, Kuwait, Oman,
Pakistan, Qatar, and UAE. Its HQ is at MacDill AF Base in Tampa, Florida and
foreign HQ at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. As its name implies it covers the
“central” area of the globe located b/t the European and Pacific Commands.

After Pres. Jimmy Carter established the RRJTF in March 1980, President Ronald
Reagon took steps to provide a stronger, more lasting solution in the region and
transformed the RDJTF into a permanent unified command over a 2 year period.
Thus… Central Command.

European Command was established on 1 August 1952 and is a regional combatant

command with responsibility for all of Europe, Greenland and most of Africa
(until AFRICOM can be stood up), and parts of the Middle East. Its are of
responsibity covers 21 million square miles and 92 countries and territories.
Its HQ is in Stuggart, Germany.

Southern Command AOR encompases 32 nations in Central and South America. Its
HQ is located in Miami, Florida.

Pacific Command was established as a unified command on 1 January 1947, and it is the oldest and
largest of the United States' unified commands. There are 39 independent states within the
geographic boundaries of the USPACOM AOR. It includes the west coast of the US
to the east coast of Africa, encompassing EastAsia, Southeast Asia, Alaska,
Madagascar and Australia. Its HQ is in Camp Smith, Hawaii.

(Slide 16 and 17)

Here is a list of the Functional Combatant Commands along with their current

(Slide 18)

This graphic depicts the HQ of each of the Functional Combatant Commands.

Q) Of these four Functional Combatant Commands, which one do you think plays the
biggest role in MPF?

(Slide 19)

A) Transcom.

United States Transportation Command has three Transportation Component Commands

that play a special role in assisting the deployment of Maritime Prepositioning
Forces. These commands are:

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(1) Surface Deployment and Distribution Command (SDDC). SDDC provides ocean
terminal, commercial ocean liner service and traffic management services to
deploy, sustain and redeploy U.S. forces on a global basis. The command is
responsible for surface transportation and is the interface between DOD shippers
and the commercial transportation carrier industry.

(2) Military Sealift Command (MSC). MSC provides sealift transportation services
to deploy, sustain and redeploy U.S. forces around the globe. MSC provides
sealift with a fleet of government-owned and chartered U.S.-flagged ships.

(3) Air Mobility Command (AMC). AMC provides strategic and tactical airlift,
air refueling, and aeromedical evacuation services for deploying, sustaining and
redeploying U.S. forces wherever they are needed.

(Slide 20)

Combatant Commander

An MPF operation is conducted under the command of a combatant commander.

Combatant command (command authority) (COCOM) is the authority of a combatant
commander to perform those functions of command over assigned forces involving
organizing and employing commands and forces; assigning tasks; designating
objectives; and giving authoritative direction over all aspects of military
operations, joint training and logistics to accomplish an assigned mission.

Supported Combatant Commander is the commander in whose area of responsibility

(AOR) the operation will take place. His responsibilities are as follows:

-Determine military options and requirements

-Coordinate and facilitate HNS

-Issue ROE within the AOR

-Coordinate overall security and protection of assigned forces

-Allocate resources

-Coordinate with Commander, USTRANSCOM and supporting agencies and commands.

Supporting Combatant Commander provides personnel, equipment, supplies and

services to a supported Combatant commander. His responsibilities are as follows:

-Proved forces and/or support

-Provide and coordinate force protection in their AOR.

-Provide support of liaison linkages with the support combatant commander.

(Slide 21)

A good analogy for how the Military Department and services and the combatant
commander work together can be the board game of risk. For example, it would be
the military department and services that get to decide what colors to paint the

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individual game pieces in, if each piece should be given a sword or shield or
riding a horse. The combatant commander would then be the one to move those
individual pieces strategically around the world map to best support the mission.

(Slide 22)

Command Structures. There are four authorized command structures. All

combatant commands will have service components; and may establish joint task
forces (JTF's), subordinate unified (subunified) commands , and functional

We will discuss each of these.

(Slide 23)

So as you can see, we already talked about the Unified Command Structure, now we
will continue on down the COC first starting with the Service Component Commands.

(Down Arrow appears on wire diagram after click)

(Slide 24)

Service Components. All joint forces include Service components. Administrative

and logistic support for joint forces is provided through Service components.
The Joint Force Commander (JFC) also may conduct operations through the Service
component commanders, or at lower echelons, Service force commanders. Service
forces may be assigned or attached to subordinate joint forces without the
formal creation of a Service component of that joint force. This relationship is
appropriate when stability, continuity, economy, ease of long-range planning,
and scope of operations dictate organizational integrity of Service components.

These conditions apply when most of the required functions in a particular

dimension are unique to a single-Service force, or when Service force
capabilities or responsibilities do not significantly overlap. Conducting
operations through Service components has certain advantages, which include
clear and uncomplicated command lines. Logistics remain a Service
responsibility, with the exception of arrangements described in Service support
agreements or as otherwise directed by the combatant commander

(Slide 25)

Responsibilities of the Service component commander include: (1) making

recommendations to the JFC on the proper employment of the forces of the Service
component, (2) accomplishing such operational missions as may be assigned, and
(3) selecting and nominating specific units of the parent Service

(Slide 26)

This wire diagram depicts the command relationship between the Combatant Command
and the Service component Commanders.

(Slide 27)

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Q) Now if this Combatant Commander was Pacific Command, then who would be the
Navy’s Service Component Command?



(Slide 28)

Q) Again, if this Combatant Commander was Pacific Command, then who would be the
Marine Service Component Command?


A) Marine Forces Pacific (MARFORPAC)

(Slide 29)

The Commander of the Marine Corps Forces (COMMARFOR) is the Service component
commander to the JFC. Some of their responsibilities include: Provide
recommendations on Marine Forces employment, Coordinate planning efforts, and
Coordinate with Commander USTRANSCOM.

(Slide 30)

Fleet commander or the commander, naval forces recommends fleet employment

options to the JFC and designates and activates supporting Naval forces.

Broken down into Commander, Naval Surface Forces (ie Surfpac), Commander Naval
Air Forces, Commander MSC, Commander, Naval Construction Force, Commander Fleet
Hospital, Commander, Naval Expeditionary Logistics Support Force.

(Slide 31)

Functional Components Commands

Just exactly how it sounds, these types of commands perform a very specific
function for the JFC (IE. Air, Land, Maritime, and Sea)

(Slide 32)

Functional componency can be appropriate when forces from two or more Services
operate in the same dimension or medium. A joint force land component commander
(JFLCC) is one example. Functional component staffs should be joint with
Service representation in approximate proportion to the mix of subordinate

(Slide 33)

Selecting Component Commander

– Nature of operation
– Command and control capabilities
– Mix of service forces
Normally commanded by the service component commander with the preponderance of
forces in an operational area

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(Slide 34)

Subordinate Unified Commands. When authorized through the Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff (CJCS), commanders of unified commands may establish subordinate
unified commands (also called subunified commands) to conduct operations on a
continuing basis in accordance with the criteria set forth for unified commands.
A subordinate unified command may be established on a geographic area or
functional basis. Commanders of subordinate unified commands have functions and
responsibilities similar to those of the commanders of unified commands and
exercise operational control (OPCON) of assigned commands and forces within the
assigned joint operations area (JOA) or functional area. Currently, there are
seven authorized subunified commands; three within the U. S. Joint Forces
command, and four in the U. S. Pacific Command.

(Slide 35)

For example, in US Pacific Command there are four Subordinate Unified Commands.
They are US Forces Japan, US Forces Korea, Alaska Command and Special Operations
Command Pacific.

(Slide 36)

Joint Task Force (JTF). A JTF is a joint force that is constituted and so
designated by the Secretary of Defense, a combatant commander, a subordinate
unified command commander, or an existing JTF commander. Commanders of JTFs
(CJTFs) are responsible to the JTF-establishing authority and exercise OPCON
over assigned forces and normally exercise OPCON over attached forces. JTF
staffs are normally augmented with representatives from component commands of
the establishing headquarters. JTF operations are normally operational in
nature, conducted to achieve operational-level objectives. A JTF is dissolved
by the proper authority when the purpose for which it was created has been
achieved or when it is no longer required.

(Slide 37)

For example, in US Pacific Command there is Joint Task force Interagency West
(JIATF). This JTF is there to conduct activities to detect, disrupt and
dismantle drug-related transnational threats in Asia and the Pacific.

(Slide 38)

Let’s review the Command Structure for PACCOM.

US Pacific Command= Combatant Command

USARPAC, PACAF, PACFLT, MARFORPAC= Service Component Commands

US Forces Japan, US Forces Korea, Alaska Command and Special Operations Command
Pacific= Subordinate Unified Commands

JIATF West= Joint Task Force.

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(Slide 39)

Joint Force Commander (JFC). A JFC is a general term applied to a combatant

commander, subunified commander, or joint task force commander authorized to
exercise combatant command (command authority) or operational control over a
joint force.

Establishing Authority. The establishing authority may be a combatant commander,

an existing JTF commander or a subordinate unified commander. The establishing
authority deploys and employs the MPF.

(Slide 40)

Transition. Are there any questions on the material I just covered? If not,
let’s move on down the Chain of Command until to see how the C2 structure
affects the units who are apart of the MPF Operation.


(Slide 41)

Review of C2.

Again there is one COC that is divided into two distinct branches. One is more
administrative in nature and the other more operational. Both branches work
together to train, equip, support and employ the military forces.

(Down Arrow appears under Service Component Commands)

(Slide 42)

Now we are going to discuss our Operational Commanders.

(Slide 43)

The CG of the MEF is responsible for planning, executing and supporting MAGTF
Operations. Other responsibilities include: Establish units for MPF deployments,
liaison with Commander, USTRANSCOM, Help assist in COA development, TPFDD data
development and MCB and MCAS support.

(Slide 44)

Numbered Fleet Commanders (2d, 3d, 5th, 6th, and 7th) perform the following tasks
at the direction of the JFC, Service or functional component commander:
Designate the CMPF, Exercise OPCON over NAVFOR, Task organize NAVFOR, request,
coordinate and direct support forces, Provide protection for NAVFOR and MPSRON.

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(Slide 45)

Fleet Locations

Third Fleet - in the Eastern Pacific.

Second Fleet - in the Atlantic.

Sixth Fleet - in the Mediterranean.

Fifth Fleet - in the Arabian Gulf and Indian Ocean..

Seventh Fleet - in the Western Pacific.

(Slide 46)

How does this impact the MPF?

(Slide 47)

For example, Let’s say there is a crisis in the Philipines.

(click) and blast icon appears.

(Slide 48)

The Combatant Commander requests employment of the MPF.

(Slide 49)

The President decides to deploy and employ the MPF.

(Slide 50)

The Naval Component Cmdr provides trained Navy Forces and authoritative
direction to MPSRON

(Slide 51)

Numbered Flt Cmdr designates CMPF and provides security (ships come in after

(Slide 52)

Marine Forces Component Cmdr provides trained MAGTF

(Slide 53)

The MAGTF Commander deploys forces via either the Fly In Echelon or the Flight

(Slide 54)

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Are there any questions before we move on to Command Relationships?

(Slide 55)

There are four types of command relationships; Combatant Command (COCOM),

Operational Control (OPCON), Tactical Control (TACON) and Support. We will
discuss each of these.

(Slide 56)

Combatant Command (Command Authority) (COCOM). COCOM is the command authority

over assigned forces vested only in the commanders of combatant commands by
title 10, US Code, Section 164, or as directed by the President in the Unified
Command Plan, and cannot be delegated or transferred. COCOM is the authority of
a combatant commander to perform those functions of command over assigned forces
involving organizing and employing commands and forces, assigning tasks,
designating objectives, and giving authoritative direction over all aspects of
military operations, joint training (or in the case of USSOCOM, training of
assigned forces), and logistics necessary to accomplish the missions assigned to
the command. COCOM should be exercised through the commanders of subordinate
organizations. Normally, this authority is exercised through the subordinate
JFCs, Service and/or functional component commanders. COCOM provides full
authority to organize and employ commands and forces as the combatant commander
considers necessary to accomplish assigned missions.

(Slide 57)

Operational Control (OPCON). OPCON may be exercised at any echelon at or below

the level of the combatant command and can be delegated or transferred. OPCON is
inherent in COCOM and is the authority to perform those functions of command
over subordinate forces involving organizing and employing commands and forces,
assigning tasks, designating objectives, and giving authoritative direction
necessary to accomplish the mission. OPCON includes authoritative direction over
all aspects of military operations and joint training necessary to accomplish
assigned missions. OPCON should be exercised through the commanders of
subordinate organizations; normally, this authority is exercised through
subordinate JFCs, Service and/or functional component commanders. OPCON in and
of itself does not include authoritative direction for logistics or matters of
administration, discipline, internal organization, or unit training. OPCON does
include the authority to delineate functional responsibilities and geographic
joint operations areas (JOA's) of subordinate JFCs.

(Slide 58)

Tactical Control (TACON). TACON is the command authority over assigned or

attached forces or commands, or military capability or forces made available for
tasking, that is limited to the detailed and usually local direction and control
of movements or maneuvers necessary to accomplish assigned missions or tasks.
TACON may be exercised by commanders at any echelon at or below the level of
combatant command. TACON does not provide organizational authority or
authoritative direction for administrative and logistic support; the commander
of the parent unit continues to exercise those responsibilities unless otherwise
specified in the establishing directive. TACON is typically exercised by
functional component commanders over military capability or forces made
available for tasking.

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(Slide 59)

So to put it in simpler terms. COCOM is like owning the mortgage. What can you
so if you own a mortage to a house?

A) Paint walls, demolish walls, landscape, pretty much anything you want.

OPCON is like a short term lease. For example renting an apartment. What can
you do if you are renting an apartment?

A) Paint walls… but have to paint them back. A lot more restrictive.

Finally, TACON is like a one night stay like when you stay in a hotel. What can
you do if you are staying in a hotel? Can you pain the walls? Move the

A) No, very restricted.

(Slide 60)

Support. Support is a command authority. A support relationship is established

by a superior commander between subordinate commanders when one organization
should aid, protect, complement, or sustain another force. Support may be
exercised by commanders at any echelon at or below the level of combatant
command. The President and SECDEF establish such relationships between
combatant commanders when deployment and execution orders are issued to ensure
the combatant commander tasked to achieve national objectives receives the
support needed from other combatant commanders. JFCs may establish support
relationships within the joint force to enhance unity of effort for given
operational tasks, emphasize or clarify priorities, provide a subordinate with
an additional capability, or combine the effects of similar assets.

Obviously the most important type of support exercised in the MPF Command and
Control relationship is direct support.

(Slide 61)

Direct support is a mission requiring a force to support another specific force

and authorizing it to answer directly the supported force's request for
assistance. A support command relationship between the MAGTF Commander and the
CMPF may be appropriate when the establishing authority decides that the mission
and associated taskings do not require one force to have TACON of the other.
The establishing authority is responsible for ensuring that both the supported
and supporting commander understand the degree of authority the supported
commander is granted.

(Slide 62)

Background and Current Doctrine. Doctrine in the NWP 22-10/FMFM 1-5 used
amphibious doctrine as a starting point for MPF C2 structures. Traditionally,
the Commander, Maritime Prepositioning Force (CMPF) was designated and regarded
as the senior commander for leading the MPF operation. Below CMPF was a triad
of organizations: the MAGTF, Navy Support Element (NSE), and the Maritime
Prepositioning Force Squadron (MPSRON). These structures did not fulfill all

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the specific requirements in an MPF operation. Additionally, the C2 relations

were different by type and phase of the MPF operation. This required numerous
organizational charts. Realistically, CMPF has rarely been staffed or been in a
position to execute all the responsibilities associated with the billet. Also,
doctrine did not take into account the differences in MPF and amphibious

(Slide 63)

This graphic depicts how the C2 used to look for the MPF

(Slide 64)

Types of MPF Operations.

But this C2 structure didn’t really work b/c in MPF there are 2 different kinds
of operations.

(1) Independent MPF Operations. Independent operations are those in which the
MPF MAGTF becomes part of a JTF that involves no other MARFOR or those in which the MPF
as the JTF supports an Allied endeavor. The key identifier is that the MPF MAGTF
remains an independent entity that is not subsumed into another MARFOR.

(2) Augmentation MPF Operations. Augmentation operation is the transfer of

forces to the operational command of a supported commander during the execution of an
operation. It is further refined in the MPF context to mean those operations in which
the MPF MAGTF augments an existing MARFOR or amphibious task force (ATF).

(Slide 65)

Did not fulfill all the specific requirements in MPF operation b/c it did not
take into account the differences between MPF and amphibious ops

C2 relationship different by type and phase of operation and subsequently it

produced 8 different organizational charts.

Q) Now does this type of C2 seem clear and uncomplicated?

A) Definitely not.

(Slide 66)

Graphic depicts the 4 organizational charts for an Independent Operation.

(Slide 67)

Graphic depicts the 4 organizational charts for an Augmentation Operation.

(Slide 68)

Current Doctrine. A direct support relationship is established between the

Naval Force (NAVFOR) (the supporting force) and the MARFOR (the supported force)

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during MPF operations. If Army prepositioning forces require off-load after MPF
operations are concluded, then the NAVFOR could be given a general or direct
support mission to assist in their off-load.

It is no longer a CATF/CLF command relationship.

(Slide 69)

This graphic depicts the current doctrine where the CMPF is in direct support of
the Commander of the MAGTF.

(Slide 70)

This graphic depicts the current doctrine where the CMPF is in direct support of
the Commander of the MAGTF.

(Slide 71)

Planning Phase. The principal responsibilities are related to preparing the MPF
for deployment. The MPF MAGTF commander and CMPF will coordinate for the early
departure of the Survey, Liaison, Reconnaissance Party (SLRP) and the Off-load
Preparation Party (OPP)..

(a) MAGTF Commander. OPCON to the MARFOR commander (COMMARFOR) via

the MEF commander. Publishes the Arrival and Assembly plan, and the Deployment

(b) CMPF. OPCON to the numbered fleet commander.

(Slide 72)

Marshaling Phase.

The marshaling phase begins on the arrival of the first element at the
designated marshaling point and ends at the departure of the last troops from
the departure airfield. Operational control of the MAGTF and CMPF is passed to
the establishing authority (supported Unified Commander, JTF commander, CATF, or
Commander, Landing Force (CLF) (depending on the type of operation)).

(a) MAGTF Commander. Coordinating, assembling, and supporting

airlift of the MPF FIE (MARFOR and NAVFOR) via the Departure Airfield Control
Group (DACG) at the aerial port of embarkation (APOE).

(b) CMPF. Coordinating the marshaling of the NSE with the MAGTF.

(Slide 73)

Movement Phase. The movement phase consists of the movement of the force by air
and sea to the arrival and assembly area (AAA). The movement phase begins on
liftoff of the first aircraft from the departure airfield or when the MPSRON
begins transit to a designated AAA. This phase ends when the last Fly-in
Echelon (FIE) aircraft arrives in the AAA, and when the last ship arrives at the
off-load point. Successful performances of arrival and assembly functions are
dependent on a well-planned and executed movement plan. Responsibilities are

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shared by both commanders. The CMPF coordinates movement of the MPSRON and the
MAGTF Commander coordinates movement of all FIE elements.

(Slide 74)

The arrival and assembly phases begins on arrival of the first MPS or the first
aircraft of the main body at the designated AAA. This phase ends when adequate
equipment and supplies are off-loaded and issues to awaiting units, command and
control communications are established, and the MAGTF commander reports that all
essential elements of the MAGTF have attained combat readiness. Responsibility
during this phase separates at the port and beach (high water mark).

(a) MAGTF Commander. Deployment of the Fly-in Echelon (FIE) is

coordinated and complementary to the JFC's or CATF/CLF needs. The MAGTF
Commander is responsible for the safe and efficient throughput of MPE/S from the
beach and/or port to the Unit Assembly Areas (UAA’s). MPF MAGTF is prepared to
rapidly stand up its units for its operational mission.

(b) CMPF. Retains OPCON of assigned Navy elements and the MPSRON,
and conducts off-load operations according to priorities established by the
MAGTF Commander. The CNSE conducts the ship-to-shore (STS) movement of MPE/S.
Ensures MPS off-load safety, efficiency, and timelines are met.

(Slide 75)

A methodical approach to restore the MPSRON to its original strength and

properties, and to attain full operational capability. The goal is to
reestablish the full function of MPF assets with desired expeditionary
capabilities to support approved force modules as rapidly as possible.
Reconstitution must be accomplished as efficiently and effectively as possible.
The MAGTF Commander and CMPF coordinate Reconstitution of the MPSRON. The MAGTF
Commander and CMPF then coordinate and support the redeployment of the MPF.

(Slide 76)

Are there any questions on anything I covered during this POI?

(Slide 77)


This class has covered

command and control (C2) relationships in joint and MPF operations,
the specific support relationships for MPF operations, the two
types and five phases of MPF operations, and the duties and
responsibilities of the CMPF and MAGTF commander during an MPF

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Let’s take a 10 minute break.


1. Joint Pub 0-2, Unified Action Armed Forces (UNAAF).

2. Joint Pub 3-0, Doctrine for Joint Operations.

3. Joint Pub 3-02, Joint Doctrine for Amphibious Operations.

4. MCWP 3-32/NWP 3-02.3, Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) Operations.


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