The BCD concept originated in the mid-1980’s as an answer to deal with the Soviet Union’s tactic of attacking in successive echelons in order to overwhelm the NATO ground defense. The mission for Air Force deep fires at that time, was aimed at attacking the Soviet Union’s second and third echelons, and command and control nodes thus disrupting the synchronization, timing and overall effectiveness of their attack. This mission called for an Army organization to provide required close and continuous coordination between the Air Component Commander (ACC) and the Land Component Commander (LCC) in order to pass critical targeting and intelligence information between the Army and the Air Force. As a result, the Battlefield Coordination Element (BCE) was created to work as an Army liaison team in the United States Air Force Tactical Control Center (TACC), now the Air Operations Center (AOC), to ensure continuous coordination and exchange of information.

Operation Desert Storm in 1991, was the first operational deployment of a BCD during war and it’s mission and role were validated. Today the BCD mission entails coordination between the Commander Army Forces (COMARFOR) and the Joint Forces Air Component Commander (JFACC) to synchronize maneuver, fires, and interdiction in the ARFOR Area of Operation (AO). The BCD supports the COMARFOR by providing preplanned and immediate targeting support, intelligence exchange, airspace coordination, theater airlift coordination and overall friendly and enemy situation awareness.

United States Army Europe (USAREUR) Command created the USAREUR BCE in June 1997 from the old 7th Army Liaison Group to USAFE. On 13 July 1999, the BCE was activated as a regular TOE unit and redesignated the 19th BCD stationed at Ramstein AB, Germany. Since its formation as a BCE in June 1997, the 19th BCD has participated in numerous large and small-scale exercises and contingency operations. In recent years, the 19th BCD has deployed in support of OPERATION ALLIED FORCE (Mar-Jul 99), the war in Kosovo; OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM (Feb-Jun 03); and, most recently, two deployments to the USCENTAF’s Combined Air Operations Center (Sep 04-Sep 05 and Jul 07-Oct 08) in support of OIF and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM.

In 2004, the Department of the Army designated all Battlefield Coordination Detachments as DA Selected Brigade-level Commands. Recent Army modularity initiatives and refinement of joint effects integration doctrine has positioned the BCD at the top of the joint effects integration hierarchy for land component forces. The USAF Chief of Staff and CSA agreed to establish a habitual training and warfighting relationship within each Geographic Combatant Command that aligned BCDs with the “Falconer” Air Operations Centers (AOCs) of Numbered Air Forces (NAFs). The 19th BCD is USEUCOM’s BCD and is aligned with the 3rd Air Force at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Currently, there are four other Battlefield Coordination Detachments serving the United States Army; the 1st BCD is located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Arizona (USSOUTHCOM / USNORTHCOM and 12th Air Force); the 3rd BCD (US Forces, Korea/7th Air Force) is located at Osan Air Base, South Korea; the 4th BCD (USCENTCOM/9th Air Force) is located at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, and the 5th BCD is located at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii (USPACOM/PACAF and 7th Air Force). Additionally, a training BCD is located at Hurlburt Field, Florida.


  • Integrate Fires (ART 3.1)
  • Integrate Air-Ground Operations (ART 3.3)
  • Establish Coordination and Liaison (ART



  • 19th BCD Commander
    DSN 314-480-6701
    CIV 06371-47-6701
  • 19th BCD DCO
    DSN 314-480-6701
    CIV 06371-47-6701
  • 19th BCD SGM
    DSN 314-480-6701
    CIV 06371-47-6701
  • Headquarters Section
    DSN 314-480-6580
    CIV 06371-47-6580
  • Operations Section
    DSN 314-478-4856
    CIV 06371-405-4856
  • Air Lift Section
    DSN 314-478-2025
    CIV 06371-405-2025
  • Air Space Section
    DSN 314-478-5135
    CIV 06371-405-5135
  • Air Defense Section
    DSN 314-478-3320
    CIV 06371-405-3320
  • Plans Section
    DSN 314-478-2937
    CIV 06371-405-2937
  • Intel Section
    DSN 314-478-5050
    CIV 06371-405-5050
  • 349th GLD Aviano AB, Italy
    DSN 314-632-8409
    CIV 011-39-0434-30-8409
  • 348th GLD Lakenheath AB, England
    DSN 314-226-4036
    CIV 011-44-1638-524-036
  • 547th GLD Spangdahlem AB, Germany
    DSN 314-452-4815
    CIV 06565-61-4815


Last updated: June 22, 2016

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