Over the past several months, both the 21.TSC and the JSEC have been working together informally. Not only has this collaboration demonstrated that both commands are already good partners, but it is also an important indicator that their partnership is having a positive impact on their capabilities. The signing of the Memorandum now formalizes this fruitful cooperation, and deepens and strengthens their partnership relations.
We are natural partners on the operational level...
The goal of this partnership is to foster interoperability between functionally aligned directorates from the 21st TSC and JSEC. The partnership will focus on achieving human, procedural, and technical interoperability, as well as intelligence sharing within the NATO framework and building relationships to support cooperative engagement.
"It is most important to create a good working level relationship between the two commands, on a regular basis," emphasized Knappe, "we are natural partners on the operational level."
Lieutenant General Jürgen Knappe (l.), Commander of the Joint Support and Enabling Command, and Major General Christopher O. Mohan (r.), Commanding General of the 21st Theatre Sustainment Command. (JSEC picture by Lieutenant Arnim Jungnickel, DEU N).
JSEC as a NATO command, ensuring seamless, swift, and secure movements of NATO forces through European NATO states, with its 360° perspective, and the 21. TSC, responsible for US Army Europe reinforcement, sustainment and enablement, will grow a mature partnership, with the near-term objective of a collaborative parallel approach in the execution of DEFENDER EUROPE 24 / STEADFAST DEFENDER 24.
It is JSEC's first formal collaboration with another command and is therefore considered a major step towards the command's role as a networker on the European continent.