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PRACTICE EXERCISE 2

The following items will test your knowledge of the material covered in this lesson. There is only one correct answer for each item. When you have completed the exercise, check your answers with the answer key that follows. If you answer any question incorrectly, study again that part of the lesson which contains the portion involved.

GENERAL SITUATION: You are the Assistant S3 (Plans) of a brigade in an infantry division. The brigade has been made the core of an air assault task force (AATF) as part of a field training exercise (FTX). You are starting to write the plans for the air assault operation.

1. You, as the S3 plans officer, are preparing the ground tactical plan for the FTX. In order to capitalize on the element of surprise characterized by air assault operations, you will attempt to have the AATF
     
A. land away from the objective and build up combat power.
B. land recon elements close to the objective and the remainder of the AATF away from the objective.
C. land on or as close to the objective as possible.
     
2. After preparing the ground tactical plan, you begin drafting the landing plan. One area in which you must pay particular attention when preparing the landing plan is cover and concealment. When selecting the LZs, you must ensure that they
     
A. deny the enemy observation of air elements going into or departing the LZ.
B. provide immediate concealment for the troops as they exit the aircraft.
C. provide immediate cover for the troops as they exit the aircraft.
     
3.

While preparing the landing plan, you are deliberating on whether to select single or multiple LZs for the AATF. In order to do this, you want to compare some of the advantages of selecting single and multiple LZs by placing a 1 in the space provided if it is an advantage of a single LZ and a 2 if it is an advantage of multiple LZs.

   
    Facilitates control of the operation.
    Concentrates supporting fires in and around the LZ.
    Reduces the enemy's ability to detect and react to the initial lift.
    Centralizes any required resupply operation.
    Forces the enemy to fight in more than one direction.
     
4.

The success of the ground tactical plan that you have just developed relies on massing combat power close to the objective area as quickly as possible. This will mean landing a lot of the helicopters in a short period of time. As you develop the landing plan, this requirement suggests that you should

     
A. select a single LZ close to the objective.
B. select multiple LZs close to the objective.
C. brief pilots to hover and let the troops jump out to save time.
     
5.

You are beginning to prepare the air movement plan and are developing the flight routes. You tentatively select the routes from a map reconnaissance. The flight routes are

     
A. determined by a start point and a release point.
B. planned in coordination with the S4 for best resupply routes.
C. planned so they are short as possible.
     
6. Along with the air mission commander, you are developing the flight routes within the air movement plan. While the flight route is in use, you do not desire any other aircraft flying through your airspace nor do you desire artillery firing through the airspace. Therefore, you are
     
A. developing a flight axis.
B. developing a restricted flight route.
C. developing a flight corridor.
     
7.

As the S3 plans officer you are concentrating on the loading plan for an air assault operation for a battalion-size element. In most cases, loading plans for units smaller than a brigade are

     
A. drafted by the plans officer.
B. established by SOPs.
C. established by the battalion commander.
     
8.

You are briefing a lieutenant assigned as the PZ control officer. You inform the lieutenant that in addition to organizing and controlling operations in the PZ that he is also responsible for

     
A. coordinating the operations.
B. drafting the loading plan.
C. briefing the aircrews.
     
9.

While concentrating on the loading plan, you decide that there are too many aircraft in the first lift in order to maintain proper control. Therefore, you

     
A. organize the lift into a number of loads.
B. organize the lift into a number of groups.
C. organize the lift into a number of serials.
     
10.

The last plan you are developing is the staging plan. You must formulate this plan so that the aircraft are not waiting on the PZ for the troops to arrive. Therefore, you plan for the troops to be

     
A. positioned for pickup 15 minutes before the aircraft arrive.
B. moving toward the PZ 6 hours before the aircraft arrive.
C. arriving in the area 2 hours before the aircraft arrive.
     

 


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