CJTF-HOA holds Mission Manning Conference
As Camp Lemonnier reaches its maximum threshold for water, power, billeting and aircraft parking space, U.S. Africa Command along with the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa and Navy Region Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia hosted a mission and manning conference, Jan. 6-9, 2015.
Forty-five action officers from the Navy Region Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia, U.S. Central Command, Special Operations Command, Transportation Command and Africa Command came together to review, validate and consolidate the personnel and aircraft required to support the U.S. and coalition military operations here on Camp Lemonnier. Assessing critical camp Lemonnier capabilities will inform future infrastructure requirements to enhance the ability of camp Lemonnier to support multiple Combatant Command requirements.
“Currently, Camp Lemonnier lacks a central mechanism to regulate the flow of personnel and equipment onto Camp,” said Navy Capt. Daniel Pionk, CJTF-HOA Logistics director. “Our goal is to validate everyone's requirements for the next 10 years or so, informing the Navy master plan and establishing a gatekeeper Process.”
By formalizing a gatekeeper process, this will enable more transparent and informed decisions on future camp Lemonnier requirements.
“Once we have a clear understanding of what the requirements are for the camp, only then can we program new projects to expand billeting or other facilities that we need, like expanding the galley,” said Navy Capt. Rodney Worden, U.S. AFRICOM Logistics Support and Engineering director. “These facilities are needed to help provide common services support here at Camp Lemonnier.”
The action officers later divided into three groups to discuss mission requirements, gathering requests for personnel and aircraft metrics. Metrics included the total number of personnel and aircrafts on board, during both steady state and surge operations.
"After reviewing the requests on mission support requirements, AFRICOM will take the output from this conference and incorporate it into requirement documents submitted to the Navy who is the owner and operator of the base," said Worden. "In turn, camp operators will use the information to complete the camp's master plan."
According to Worden, the base master plan looks over a 20-year horizon to determine what facilities and camp capabilities there need to be for the long term. The master plan is updated on an annual basis by the U.S. Navy service component that owns the camp.
During the final day of the conference, three goals established for the conference were determined to have been met. First, validating infrastructure investment and surge requirements; second, creating a gatekeeper process; and third, informing the base master plan.
“CJTF-HOA is here to enable these types of conferences to happen. It opens a gateway for these COCOMS to come together in one central location to develop strategies to further camp operations,” said Maj. Gen. Wayne W. Grisby, Jr., Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa commander. “This conference allowed the COCOMs to provide better information and in turn build the camp of the future.”