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JNOC/SMAC activation brings new facets to J-GSOC increasing warfighting capabilities

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David H. Donatelli II, outgoing 608th Strategic Operations Squadron commander, relinquishes command to Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr., 8th Air Force and J-GSOC commander, during a deactivation ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 15, 2018. The 608th STOS has supported joint operations since June 4, 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa Corrick)

U.S. Air Force Col. George A. Holland III, Standoff Munitions Application Center commander, assumes command during an activation ceremony for the SMAC and the Joint Nuclear Operations Center at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 15, 2018. The SMAC is a planning cell that works directly with geographic and global combatant commands and their air components to develop standoff weapons plans. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa Corrick)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David H. Donatelli II, outgoing 608th Strategic Operations Squadron commander, relinquishes command to Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr., 8th Air Force and J-GSOC commander, during a deactivation ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 15, 2018. The 608th STOS has supported joint operations since June 4, 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa Corrick)

U.S. Air Force Col. Kelvin J. Townsend, Joint Nuclear Operations Center commander, assumes command during an activation ceremony for the JNOC and the Standoff Munitions Application Center at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 15, 2018. The JNOC provides situational awareness of bomber, missile and reconnaissance capabilities to U.S. Strategic Command for planning and execution. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa Corrick)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David H. Donatelli II, outgoing 608th Strategic Operations Squadron commander, relinquishes command to Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr., 8th Air Force and J-GSOC commander, during a deactivation ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 15, 2018. The 608th STOS has supported joint operations since June 4, 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa Corrick)

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. David H. Donatelli II, outgoing 608th Strategic Operations Squadron commander, relinquishes command to Maj. Gen. James Dawkins Jr., 8th Air Force and J-GSOC commander, during a deactivation ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., Oct. 15, 2018. The 608th STOS has supported joint operations since June 4, 2004. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tessa Corrick)

BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, LA. --

Deactivation of the 608th Strategic Operations Squadron and the activation of the Joint Nuclear Operations Center (JNOC) and Standoff Munitions Application Center (SMAC) was officially recognized during a ceremony at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, Oct. 15.

 

While the 608th STOS has played a valuable role in the past, today Air Force Global Strike Command conducts bomber mission planning, tracks fleet movements and communicates to combatant commanders through the Joint-Global Strike Operations Center (J-GSOC). Both the SMAC and JNOC are working parts of the J-GSOC.

           

The SMAC is a planning cell that works directly with geographic and global combatant commands and their air components to develop standoff weapons plans. The JNOC provides situational awareness of bomber, missile and reconnaissance capabilities to U.S. Strategic Command for planning and execution. 

 

Overall, these new units represent an important addition to the capabilities and efficiency of the J-GSOC.


“Deactivation of the 608th STOS and activation the J-NOC and SMAC is going to greatly increase our warfighting capabilities and increase the lethality of the J-GSOC,” said Maj. Gen James Dawkins Jr., Eighth Air Force and J-GSOC commander. “I am looking forward to see what these units accomplish in the future.”