JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- (June 3, 2015) More than 25 representatives from across the DOD, Department of State, Transportation Command and joint staff met here May 26-29 for a concept development event and training objectives workshop in preparation for the Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise 2016.Officials said OCSJX-16 is the premier joint contracting and operational contract support readiness exercise for the joint force."The purpose of this event is to conduct the formal exercise planning and development process to enhance joint and service operational contract support capabilities for the combatant commands, service components and DOD-wide training audiences," said Col. Tim Strange, commander for the 412th Contracting Support Brigade.The joint exercise trains operational contract support, or OCS, personnel in the planning and execution at various command, service and tactical levels. OCSJX-16 also serves as a platform to train and enhance operational contract support capabilities as well as to advance warrior tasks for deployable contracting officers.As part of the concept development event, officials discussed the purpose, objectives and strategic goals of the exercise as well as training objective considerations. Discussions also included the confirmation of training audiences and a joint metrics and readiness guide. Participants also separated into smaller working groups to develop and present training objectives. Officials wrapped up the weeklong event with discussion on exercise location and a control plan as well as strategic engagement."Discussions made during the concept development event will significantly shape the exercise and frame preparation activity from design through execution," said Lt. Col. Joshua Burris, who will serve as the exercise director.Officials from the Army Contracting Command at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, plan to conduct OCSJX-16 next spring.OCSJX has evolved from a multi-service annual exercise, to now include participants representing various services and agencies throughout joint staff, DOD and other federal agencies. More than 1,000 people participated in the 2015 joint exercise conducted earlier this year at Fort Bliss, Texas, and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.