U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers leverage NATO alliances during DEFENDER Europe

By Capt. Lorenzo LlorenteJune 10, 2021

British Army Warrant Officer Class 2 James Radcliffe, senior enlisted advisor to the joint security coordinator of the Joint Security Coordination Center, leads a formation filled with U.S. Army, NATO Allies, and Partnership for Peace Soldiers on Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany, May 27, 2021. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers and Civilians assigned to the 7th Mission Support Command teamed up with NATO Allies and partners from 18 different countries to provide a unique protection capability for U.S. Army Europe and Africa by serving as the JSCC in support of DEFENDER Europe 21. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Capt. Lorenzo Llorente)
1 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – British Army Warrant Officer Class 2 James Radcliffe, senior enlisted advisor to the joint security coordinator of the Joint Security Coordination Center, leads a formation filled with U.S. Army, NATO Allies, and Partnership for Peace Soldiers on Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany, May 27, 2021. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers and Civilians assigned to the 7th Mission Support Command teamed up with NATO Allies and partners from 18 different countries to provide a unique protection capability for U.S. Army Europe and Africa by serving as the JSCC in support of DEFENDER Europe 21. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Capt. Lorenzo Llorente) (Photo Credit: Capt. Lorenzo Llorente) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Deshawn Daniel, country desk officer for the Joint Security Coordination Center, 7th Mission Support Command, right, synchronizes information with NATO Joint Support and Enabling Command Lt. Col. Marko Unger on Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany, May 27, 2021. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers and Civilians assigned to the7th MSC teamed up with NATO Allies and partners from 18 different countries to provide a unique protection capability for U.S. Army Europe and Africa by serving as the JSCC in support of DEFENDER Europe 21. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Capt. Lorenzo Llorente)
2 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Deshawn Daniel, country desk officer for the Joint Security Coordination Center, 7th Mission Support Command, right, synchronizes information with NATO Joint Support and Enabling Command Lt. Col. Marko Unger on Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany, May 27, 2021. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers and Civilians assigned to the7th MSC teamed up with NATO Allies and partners from 18 different countries to provide a unique protection capability for U.S. Army Europe and Africa by serving as the JSCC in support of DEFENDER Europe 21. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Capt. Lorenzo Llorente) (Photo Credit: Capt. Lorenzo Llorente) VIEW ORIGINAL
Joint Security Coordination Center Chief of Protection Patricia Giera, 7th Mission Support Command, explains the JSCC structure to Hungarian military police officer Capt. Zoltan Szentpeteri on Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany, May 27, 2021. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers and Civilians assigned to the 7th MSC teamed up with NATO Allies and partners from 18 different countries to provide a unique protection capability for U.S. Army Europe and Africa by serving as the JSCC in support of DEFENDER Europe 21. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Capt. Lorenzo Llorente)
3 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Joint Security Coordination Center Chief of Protection Patricia Giera, 7th Mission Support Command, explains the JSCC structure to Hungarian military police officer Capt. Zoltan Szentpeteri on Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany, May 27, 2021. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers and Civilians assigned to the 7th MSC teamed up with NATO Allies and partners from 18 different countries to provide a unique protection capability for U.S. Army Europe and Africa by serving as the JSCC in support of DEFENDER Europe 21. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Capt. Lorenzo Llorente) (Photo Credit: Capt. Lorenzo Llorente) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers leverage NATO alliances during DEFENDER Europe
4 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. Wanda N. Williams, commanding general of the 7th Mission Support Command and joint security coordinator for the Joint Security Coordination Center, addresses a formation of U.S. Army, NATO Allies, and Partnership for Peace Soldiers on Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany, May 27, 2021. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers and Civilians assigned to the 7th MSC teamed up with NATO Allies and partners from 18 different countries to provide a unique protection capability for U.S. Army Europe and Africa by serving as the JSCC in support of DEFENDER Europe 21. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Capt. Lorenzo Llorente) (Photo Credit: Capt. Lorenzo Llorente) VIEW ORIGINAL
U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers leverage NATO alliances during DEFENDER Europe
5 / 5 Show Caption + Hide Caption – U.S. Army Reserve Col. Jason Ardnt, chief of staff of the 7th Mission Support Command and deputy joint security coordinator for the Joint Security Coordination Center, speaks with Romanian military police officer Capt. Razvan Matran on Panzer Kaserne in Kaiserslautern, Germany, May 27, 2021. U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers and Civilians assigned to the 7th MSC teamed up with NATO Allies and partners from 18 different countries to provide a unique protection capability for U.S. Army Europe and Africa by serving as the JSCC in support of DEFENDER Europe 21. (U.S. Army Reserve Photo by Capt. Lorenzo Llorente) (Photo Credit: Capt. Lorenzo Llorente) VIEW ORIGINAL

U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers and Civilians assigned to the 7th Mission Support Command teamed up with NATO Allies and partners from 18 different countries to provide a protection capability for U.S. Army Europe and Africa by serving as the Joint Security Coordination Center in support of DEFENDER Europe 21.

The JSCC was a concept developed in 2019 after a critical gap within the protection warfighting function showed a lack of coordination with security forces in United States European Command's rear security area, known as the Joint Security Area. The 7th MSC's staff led the efforts of centrally planning, coordinating, monitoring, and advising all security operations in the JSA.

"The JSCC as a proof-of-concept was a success. We assembled a team of security subject matter experts from 18 nations, NATO, and other organizations and created a new organization that ended up playing a critical role during DEFENDER Europe 21," said Patricia Giera, chief of protection for the 7th MSC and JSCC. "This was not an easy task. We had many challenges, including COVID travel restrictions, restriction of movement requirements, and nations who could only participate virtually. However, we all came together as one and made it work.”

Building relationships and having lines of communications with many organizations was an important part of the JSCC. The team worked parallel with the 21st Theater Sustainment Command's Regional Movement Coordination Center to ensure that multiple convoy support centers, ports of debarkation, and road movements had a scheme of protection.

NATO Allies and Partners were surprised they were working with U.S. Army Reserve Soldiers. "Honestly, it felt no different working with Reserve Soldiers. They were very professional and their expertise seemed like they did this job full-time," said Warrant Officer Class 2 James Radcliffe.

In the British Army, a Warrant Officer Class 2 serves as a senior advisor and is the equivalent to a U.S. Army Sergeant Major. In order to further exercise interoperability, Radcliffe served as the JSCC senior enlisted advisor to the joint security coordinator, Brig. Gen. Wanda Williams, commander of the 7th MSC.

"Having the opportunity to be the senior enlisted advisor to Officers, Warrant Officers, and senior NCOs from the U.S. Army and other NATO Nations was an amazing and invaluable experience that I hope I can do again in the future,” said Radcliffe. “We really are stronger together."

In addition to working with NATO and Partners for Peace countries, the JSCC efforts also included members from Installation Management Command-Europe and the 18th Military Police Brigade. In total, the team coordinated security for 399 road, 91 air, 6 rail, and 4 sea movements.