Our C2/COMMS award went to the Joint Staff J6 directorate for C4 and cyber for tactics, techniques and procedures (TTPs) to support en-route communications.

The TTPs address the use of technologies like: chat and voice; ISR data like full-motion video; video teleconferencing; email; and other viewable data for situational awareness for use by global response force teams while airborne and en route on a mission.

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These TTPs are now in use by the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, the 75th Ranger Regiment, and the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit. In addition, the Army's Project Manager WIN-T has incorporated the TTPS into its airborne Enroute Mission Command Capability (EMCC) program.

Accepting the award on behalf of the Joint Staff J6 was LTG Mark Bowman, the J6, along with Jeff Springer, EMCC test director, and Jon MacCartney, EMCC project engineer.

"En-route comms in today's enjoinment is absolutely a must," said Bowman. "You can't anymore get an update before you deploy and figure out what happened while you were in the air when you get there. We have to have the en-route mission command capability. And it has to be out there with the soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines."