By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Bryan Blair, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command Public Affairs

NAVAL SUPPORT ACTIVITY, Bahrain – U.S. Naval Forces Central Command (NAVCENT) hosted seventeen newly appointed Brigadier Generals and Rear Admirals as part of the CAPSTONE program, Feb. 12.

The CAPSTONE program was first introduced in 1982 and is a mandatory six-week course designed to ensure newly selected general and flag officers understand how to integrate the elements of national power in order to accomplish national security and military strategies; and how joint, interagency and multinational operations support national strategic goals and objectives.

Participants in the program, referred to as Fellows during the course, are involved in many seminars, discussions, field trips and exercises. One of which brought the Fellows to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility to meet with Vice Adm. John Miller, commander, COMUSNAVCENT, U.S. 5th Fleet, Combined Maritime Forces, and several other general officers and flag officers in the area, including Rear Adm. Kevin Scott, deputy commander, NAVCENT.

"The CAPSTONE program is an important building block in the transition to Flag Officer. The professional bonds and experiences stay with you throughout your Flag career," said Scott. "The relationships created across service lines, the regional engagement opportunities, and the interaction with senior military and government officials- all contribute to the learning experience and become tools in your toolbox. To this day, I still use most, if not all of those tools."

The following day, Fellows met with, His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa, Supreme Commander, the Crown Prince of Bahrain, His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, Deputy Supreme Commander, and the Foreign Affairs Minister of Bahrain, His Excellency Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa.

Fellows concluded their visit in Bahrain on Feb. 14, when they flew out to Amman, Jordan to continue their tour of the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.

NAVCENT is responsible for approximately 2.5 million square miles of area including the Arabian Gulf, Red Sea, Gulf of Oman, and parts of the Indian.


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