NORFOLK - Joint and Combined Warfighting School Class 08-1 began Monday at the Joint Forces Staff College. Major General Bryon S. Bagby, U.S. Army, 27th Commandant, addressed the more than 250 students, including 19 students from foreign nations, gathered in the General Douglas MacArthur Auditorium during opening ceremonies. He told the students "In all of the jobs I've held in 29 years of military service, there has been at least one thing that has kept me awake at night. As Commandant of Joint Forces Staff College, it is to ensure that we are providing the absolute best possible joint professional military education to our customers, the students, to equip them with the joint competencies they need to be successful, contributing joint staff officers."
JCWS is one of four Schools that make up the Staff College. The JCWS students are enrolled in a ten-week course of instruction focusing on National Military Strategy, Theatre Operational Planning, Contemporary Operating Environment, and Command and Control of Joint Operations under a Combatant Commander. Graduates are prepared to serve as operational campaign planners at the various Combatant Commands around the Globe as well as on the Joint Staff in Washington.
Originally established as the Armed Forces Staff College in 1946, JFSC continues to educate national security leaders in joint, multinational, and interagency operational-level planning and warfighting, to instill a primary commitment to joint, multinational, and interagency teamwork, attitudes, and perspectives.