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[United States Joint Forces Command flag] image by Zoltan Horvath, 7 May 2011



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United States Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) is one of ten Unified Combatant Commands of the United States Armed Forces. Unlike the six commands with responsibility for war plans and operations in specified portions of the world, USJFCOM is a functional command that provides specific services to the military. USJFCOM was formed in 1999 when the old United States Atlantic Command was renamed and given a new mission: leading the transformation of the U.S. military through experimentation and education.

Photo:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Lance_L_Smith.jpg
Seal:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:USJFCOM_SEAL.gif

Official web-site of JFCOM: www.jfcom.mil/
Zoltan Horvath, 7 May 2011

United States Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) is being disestablished this year.
Dave Fowler, 7 May 2011


United States Atlantic Command

Let me add my speculation on the flag of the former US Atlantic Command (USACOM), before it became the United States Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM) in 1999. I found an image of the former Atlantic command patch, which looks similar to the current USJFCOM seal. My guess is that they took elements from the USACOM seal when they made the USJFCOM one. My speculation on the former Atlantic Command flag was the USACOM seal on a blue flag, but I have no proof of such a flag yet....

Here is the USACOM patch: hatnpatch.com/zencart/images/EC-70064.jpg 
Ben Cahoon, 12 May 2011

I saw the Atlantic Command seal image on the patch linked at http://hatnpatch.com/zencart/index.php?main_page=popup_image&pID=5818 in other places. My feeling is that this is the Atlantic Command Seal prior to 1993, just how far back I do now know. In 1993 the U.S. began a post cold war military reorganization. Atlantic Command (LANTCOM) was renamed U.S. Atlantic Command (USACOM) on 1 Oct. 1993. Although the name change seems trivial, the scope of its authority was expanded and changed to include not only command of the 'Atlantic theatre' but it was supposed to encompass a united command for the CONUS (Continental United States) area as well as special forces and special training. "After the end of the Cold War, a 1993 reorganization gave the Command a new acronym, USACOM, and brought United States Army Forces Command and Air Combat Command under its authority. In 1999, USACOM was renamed and given a new mission as United States Joint Forces Command (USJFCOM). USJFCOM was closed in 2011. Northern Command was created as a united Command for northern North America in 2002.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Atlantic_Command

That is why I think the later version of the patch that I used as c.1993-1999 was the one in use at that time. And that is why the later U.S. Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) 1999-2011 flag looks so similar, because it was its direct successor.

The seal version I used as the 1993?-1999 flag came from the Together We Served website, i.e., the profile of McDowell, Leo B., CPO who served at USACOM 1993-1995: http://navy.togetherweserved.com/usn/servlet/tws.webapp.WebApp?cmd=ShadowBoxProfile&type=Person&ID=452471

I would like to stress again that I have only seen these two seals for the Atlantic Command, not an actual command flag (color) from a photo, so I it is my speculation that the exact seal images were on a flag (and that its background color was the same color as the 1992-2011 JFCOM flag, but I could be wrong on that point).
Ben Cahoon, 13 August 2014