By Pfc. Alexander Hellmann and Sgt. Nasir Stoner,
133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment
FRANKFORT, Ky- Soldiers and Airmen are hard at work in the Kentucky National Guard’s Joint Operations Center in Frankfort, starting in March.
Amidst rising cases of COVID-19 the Kentucky Army and
Air National Guards pulled together representitives from each major command in
the state to form the JOC. The JOC serves as a collection of individuals in one
place to more efficiently communicate and coordinate the Guard in its response efforts.
An Officer in Charge or Battle Captain heads up the JOC
and accompanied by a Battle Sergeant or Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge.
Capt. Arlene Litchfield, the JOC OIC, and Sgt. 1st
Class Harold Broughton, NCOIC, act as the directing forces for information
coming from the field and guidance from the senior officers of the states Army
and Air Guard.
“We are a conduit of information for the Joint
Operations of the response for COVID-19,” said Sgt. 1st Class Broughton. “We
take in and push out all the information that we receive to assist with the
Those that make up the JOC are Liaison Officers and
members of the different support staff sections.
Liaison Officers, or better known as LNO’s, are
representatives from each of the commands that comprises the Kentucky Guard.
These officers are present to receive and push out information to their
respective commands, speeding along the mobilization process and more
efficiently coordinating relief efforts across the state.
“We always prepare to handle any type of mission,”
said Maj. Jose Batista, LNO for 75th Troop Command. “I am responsible to see
that all transportation and communication requirements of the mission are met
between the operations center and our unit.”
Along with each major command, the JOC divides tasks
based on specialty groups to increase efficiency.
The G-1 (personnel) section logs the administrative
tasks and keeps track of Soldiers and Airmen of the Guard.
The G-2 (Intelligence) section collects and
disseminates intelligence gathered from different assets in the field.
The G-3 (Operations) section coordinates and plans operations
by notifying others what the objectives are and when to have people ready to receive
the necessary commands.
The G-4 (Logistics) section responsibility is to supply
and transport personnel and equipment for COVID-19-related missions.
“We support all logistic requests for the COVID-19
response,” said Staff Sgt. Sean Morris, G-4 Liaison. “Our primary role is
providing food and lodging to all the Soldiers currently on mission for the
response. I’d like to think we’ve done our part in making sure people can do their
Guard members in the JOC, as well as assigned state
personnel, have been working together as a team to complete their missions for
the response with very few issues while running at a high level
“Overall I think we’ve been extremely successful,”
said Broughton. “The biggest thing is teamwork. There are hurdles, but we look
at those and we find a solution for those problems.”
*Other sections represented in the JOC but not
mentioned are the G-6 (Information Communications, Computers, and Intelligence)
the G-9 (Army Family and morale, Welfare and Recreation) and the JFHQ Command