Joint Dawn - MRX 2012

Friday February 10, 2012

What is it?

The Army's Expeditionary Contracting Command conducted Joint Dawn 2012 Jan. 19 - Feb. 3, 2012 at Fort Bliss, Texas. U.S. Army Contracting Command designed the annual forum and exercise to train military and deployable civilian contracting officers in warrior and contracting specific tasks. This hands-on training exposes contingency contracting officers to challenges, while affording them the opportunity to develop and exchange solutions.

Joint Dawn was designed to minimize ramp-up time in theater and allow contracting officials to concentrate on their mission. Scenarios ensure participants are technically proficient, and include training and appointing contracting officer representatives and field ordering officers, preparing purchase orders and contracts, performing contract close-out actions, reporting commander's critical information requirements, resolving contracting ethics issues, handling confrontations with disgruntled customers, and working with foreign vendors.

What has the Army done?

The ACC's Expeditionary Contracting Command created a realistic training exercise to replicates what maneuver units receive at the training centers. Joint Dawn provides tools, techniques, and procedures necessary to deploy with confidence and the ability to survive and support our deployed forces. This two-week exercise trained 170 Soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Department of the Army civilians.

Joint Dawn MRX 2012 had four objectives:
-Provide real-world scenarios to minimize contingency contracting officer ramp-up time in theater
-Sustain contingency contracting officers' warrior skills
-Introduce theater specific contingency contracting officer training and tools
-Enhance contingency contracting officers' confidence to excel and work in a joint contingency environment.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future?

Lessons learned from this exercise will be incorporated into the expeditionary skill sets of Army contingency contracting officers and improve interoperability between the services' military contracting operations. The joint participants agree that future Joint Dawn exercises should expand to include the finance and comptroller community.

Why is this important to the Army?

The exercise leads to improved contract planning and execution in a joint environment and contributes to establishing expeditionary contracting as a core and enduring Army operational capability.

The better contingency contracting officers are trained the better they will be able to support the warfighter in any environment. Providing them with an opportunity to train in a realistic training environment and test their warrior and contracting skills prior to deployment has made a huge impact on operations in the Southwest Asia theater during Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.

Resources:

U.S. Army Contracting Command
U.S. Army Expeditionary Contracting Command

U.S. Army Contracting Command on Facebook
U.S. Army Contracting Command on Twitter
Joint Dawn 2012 images on Flickr

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