An airfield seizure such as the one executed as a part of JOAX 13-03 illustrates the cumulative effect of uncertainty inherent in a complex operation and the utility of an adaptive organization.
(15) With this emphasis on the importance of network-enabled mission command, planning at all echelons for JOAX 13-03 focused on a robust set of command posts and communications infrastructure.
JOAX 13-03 identified two of those critical periods: the approach to the objective area and the tactical actions within the airhead line.
JOAX 13-03 tested the capabilities of a modified utility vehicle with satellite and FM communications and achieved notable digital and voice communications successes.
The JOAX gave the battalion an excellent opportunity to train with personnel from several units, including the 615th Contingency Response Wing from Travis Air Force Base, California; the 689th Rapid Port Opening Element (RPOE) from Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia; and the 550th Area Support Medical Company from Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
"An exercise such as the JOAX gives the Army and Air Force an excellent opportunity to train together and create a strong partnership," said Major Alton Williams, executive officer of the 11th Transportation Battalion.
At the culmination of the JOAX, flights landed on the airfield every 30 minutes nonstop for 18 hours.