SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, HAWAII--The 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment hosted an operational integration seminar from the 6th to the 10th of Aug. 2012 at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

The seminar was held in an effort to teach the 5th BCD Soldiers the art of being a liaison at the operational level of war and how to connect and integrate all of the key elements on a joint war fighting team.

"Whenever a person requests a joint asset we want to give them an idea about the processes, cycles and different teams within those processes to ensure their requests are met," said Sgt. Maj. William Moore, the 5th BCD sergeant major and an EL Paso, Texas native. "That is the reason this training was conducted with the tactical and operational personnel along with service members from other branches."

"This training was conducted so that the BCD and the Air Operations Center personnel would know what each organization brings to the fight and how they would work together to complete the mission," said Maj. David Washer, the chief of strategy guidance for the 613th AOC and a Columbus, Ohio native. "I would definitely like to see more of this kind of training. It is crucial and a good thing because we work in a joint environment and any fight that we have in the future is going to be joint and so the big challenge that this training will help with is bridging the gap between services and finding out who does what and how to contact them."

"Connecting with people in a joint environment can often be a challenge and this challenge increases when you attempt to connect with the other services that are significantly different from us, air and ground integration is added into the equation," said Chief Warrant Officer 5 Mauricio Martinez, the 5th BCD senior targeting officer and an EL Paso, Texas native. "After the completion of this series of lectures, discussions, exchanges of experiences and implementation of new ideas, it is so rewarding to know how to connect with people in a joint environment and be a better integrator of air power requirements for the United States Army Pacific Command."
Soldiers from the 5th BCD, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, 25th Infantry Division, USARPAC along with Airmen from the 613th Air Operations Center attended the seminar.

Topics during the seminar ranged from roles of all joint forces and how they work together to achieve a common purpose, better understanding of the integrated air and missile defense, building a solid base in the Army and Air Force doctrine that can be used at the operational level and digital exercises at the 613th AOC.

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