From the Navy Times: Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, U.S. Joint Forces Command chief, late last month pitched to Defense Secretary Robert Gates a proposal to rename the Norfolk, Va.-based organization, aiming to reflect how much it works with non-American entities and officials.
The JFCOM commander wants “coalition” added to the organization’s name, according to a Dec. 22 memo Mattis sent Gates.
“In alignment with our mission and consistent with the continued importance of partnership with multinational partners, request your approval to immediately pursue the renaming of U.S. Joint Forces Command to U.S. Joint and Coalition Forces Command,” the memo said…
Mattis notes in his memo that 34 senior officers, from both NATO and “Partnership for Peace member nations, as well as Asia Pacific, African and Middle Eastern nations,” are hosted by the command. Nearly 90 officials from 48 nations “routinely collaborate” with the joint organization, Mattis wrote. (photo: USJFCOM)