The Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Central Command, and Commander, 5th Fleet spoke on 8 May at the Pentagon with the Naval Institute’s Fred Schultz and Fred Rainbow. He talked about the naval aspects of prosecuting Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Proceedings: How did you coordinate air operations in Iraqi Freedom?
Vice Admiral Keating: Rear Admiral David C. Nichols, who is the commander of the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center [NSAWC] at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, was the deputy JFACC [joint force air component commander] for Enduring Freedom at Prince Sultan Air Base [Saudi Arabia]. He worked with the JFACC, [Lieutenant] General [T. Michael] Moseley's staff, and an augmentation team of 101 people, about 50% reservists and the rest from the weapons schools and the fleet. So we had a visible presence in key leadership positions. We had some Navy billets, but primarily they were purple [joint] billets fully integrated with the CAOC [combined air operations center].
Proceedings: So was it kind of an ad hoc augmentation?