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Appendix A

SIGNAL STAFF AND RESPONSIBILITIES (CORPS)

A-1. Corps Signal Brigade

The corps signal brigade commander fulfills a dual-hat role. He is the corps signal brigade commander and the corps signal staff officer, a member of the special staff of the corps headquarters.

As the commander, he--

  • Commands, directs, and supervises the corps signal brigade.
  • Directs the IOM of the corps communications systems and facilities required to implement plans developed by the corps signal staff and to support unit communications requirements.
  • Advises the corps commander on all communications matters.
  • Supervises corps signal communications use.
  • Coordinates corps subordinate units and allied services/forces integration with the corps communications system.

As the CSO, he--

  • Ensures adequate and continuous area coverage throughout the corps area.
  • Provides additional nodal assets when expansion is required.

The corps signal brigade staff provides guidance for corps communications network implementation. Staff sections are organized to plan and implement communications network design, OPCON, and administrative and logistics direction. The staff uses the corps communications plan taskings to develop the communications network. Active monitoring of the network's operational status ensures that it meets the corps' changing requirements. These responsibilities belong to the operations/intelligence section, in the brigade headquarters, which consists of four staff elements and personnel:

  • Corps signal engineering branch.
  • Network control branch.
  • Plans/intelligence section.
  • Brigade COMSEC office of records.

The corps signal engineering branch is part of the S3/system control (SYSCON) for the brigade and operates from an AN/MSC-25 shelter.

The signal engineering branch--

  • Conducts detailed systems engineering studies.
  • Develops plans for establishing communications systems.
  • Determines equipment suitability, adaptability, and compatibility with existing military communications systems.
  • Determines installation and employment required to provide quality transmission over installed systems.
  • Responds to frequency requests and maintains associated records for the brigade units.
  • Integrates allied, joint, and commercial communications into the corps communications network.
  • Analyzes traffic status reports.
  • Maintains direct coordination with the system control center (SCC)/SYSCON in the network control branch.
  • Informs the SCC/SYSCON of current and future facilities' needs throughout the corps communications network.

Key personnel and their responsibilities are shown below.

The systems engineer, MAJ (25E), analyzes all traffic status reports and studies to optimize system capabilities.

The traffic officer, MAJ (25E)--

  • Determines the information network architecture supporting battlefield operations.
  • Exercises network control.
  • Conducts network analysis.

The signal officer, CPT (25B); the telecommunications officers, CPT (25B) and (25D); the traffic officer, CPT (25E); and the data processing technician, CW4 (251A)--

  • Assist the branch chief in engineering communications in their respective fields.
  • Determine equipment suitability, adaptability, and compatibility with existing military and local communications systems.
  • Verify the capabilities and limitations of equipment.
  • Verify the quality of transmission facilities.

The radio officer, CPT (25C)--

  • Evaluates radio propagation data to determine RF allocation.
  • Allocates frequencies to units in the brigade.
  • Coordinates RF requirements.
  • Maintains records, prepares reports, and initiates correspondence to corps headquarters on all frequency matters.
  • Is responsible for engineering radio communications systems.

The operations sergeant, MSG (31W)--

  • Assists the branch chief and other officers.
  • Coordinates and supervises the enlisted technical specialists.

The frequency management NCO, SFC (31W)--

  • Assists the RF officer with frequency responsibilities.
  • Assists the communications engineer officers in preparing detailed engineering plans.

The programmer/systems analyst, SFC, SSG (74F)--

  • Supervises, prepares, analyzes, edits, and tests computer programs.
  • Conducts data system studies involving investigation, evaluation, and development of data processing systems.
  • Prepares specifications and proposals documentation.
  • Implements new or modified systems.

The programmer analyst, SPC (74F), assists the programmer/systems analyst(s).

The TACSAT radio section chief, SFC (31Y)--

  • Supervises, directs, coordinates, and manages the IOM of TACSAT systems.
  • Plans and provides technical guidance for TACSAT use, maintenance, and logistics support.
  • Prepares and interprets orders, system diagrams, related technical matrixes, and reports.

The clerk typist, SPC, and clerk, PFC (71L), perform all typing and clerical work in the section.

The graphics document specialist, PFC (25Q), draws charts, graphs, and other aids.

The network control branch provides the SCCs for the MSE system. It provides the following capabilities:

  • MSE radio automated frequency management.
  • Terrain analysis and path profiling.
  • Automated system engineering functions.
  • Equipment status reporting.
  • COMSEC key management.
  • Link and network load status.
  • Personnel management database.
  • System traffic flow and grade of service.

Key personnel and their responsibilities are shown below.

The operations officer, MAJ (25E)--

  • Supervises the network control branch and the functions referred to above.
  • Accepts responsibility as the regulator (authority and implementer) of essential networkwide operating parameters (that is, frequencies, COMSEC keys, nodal connectivity, electronic counter-countermeasures (ECCM), interfaces, and network software).
  • Is accountable for planning, engineering, controlling, and maintaining network operating parameters.
  • Assigns or reassigns variable network operating parameters.
  • Distributes all operating parameters network (for example, SOI, signal standing instructions (SSI), OPORDs, and SCC orders).
  • Establishes relationships among network components (for example, leader-follower, master-slave, or controlling terminal).

The network officers, CPT (25E) and LT (25C) (4 each) respectively, and the telecommunications officer, CPT (25B), assist the operations officer in executing his duties.

The operations sergeant, SGM (31W)--

  • Provides technical assistance, supervises, and assists in communications SYSCON.
  • Supervises the work activities of other enlisted personnel assigned to the branch.

The MSE SCC supervisors, MSG (31W) (4 each) and MSE network controllers, SFC (31W) (4 each), are responsible for the 24-hour operation of the SCC.

The MSE SCC operators, SSG (31F) (4 each), provide 24-hour system operation.

Clerk typists, SPC (71L) (3 each), perform all typing and clerical work in the section.

The plans/intelligence section provides the planning, coordination, and supervision of plans and intelligence requirements for the brigade. Key personnel and their responsibilities are shown below.

The plans officers, MAJ (25C) and CPT (25B)--

  • Are responsible for operating the section.
  • Report directly to the S3.

The chemical officer, MAJ (74B)--

  • Develops the training plans for the brigade's defensive chemical operations.
  • Assesses chemical operations and training situations.

The operations NCO, MSG (31W)--

  • Coordinates the efforts of the enlisted technical specialist.
  • Supervises the illustrator and clerical personnel.

The plans NCO, SFC (31W)--

  • Assists the branch officers in preparing plans and orders.
  • Assists in all brigade training requirements.

The chemical operations NCO, MSG (54B)--

  • Assists the chemical officers in appraising chemical operations and training situations.
  • Collects, prepares, and distributes material for chemical operations and training.

The senior intelligence analyst, SSG (96B)--

  • Assists in all brigade intelligence requirements.
  • Provides technical assistance in preparing intelligence annexes.

The clerk typists, SPC (71L) (2 each), prepare, distribute, and file the paperwork required to prepare extensive plans and training requirements.

The graphics document specialist, SPC (25Q), prepares graphs, charts, and other visual aids for training or intelligence activities.

The brigade COMSEC office of record is responsible for the brigade COMSEC account. It also provides COMSEC logistics support for the control and distribution of internal brigade and subordinate battalion COMSEC material. Key personnel and their responsibilities are shown below.

The COMSEC security technician, CW4 (250A)--

  • Is responsible for operating the office.
  • Serves as the signal brigade commander's COMSEC technical advisor.
  • Receives distribution of COMSEC material from the material management section.
  • Provides drop-off/pick-up point(s) for subordinate accounts.

The COMSEC material management supervisor, SFC (72E), and the COMSEC material manager, SSG (72E), assist the brigade COMSEC office of record technician with his responsibilities.

The automation management officers, LTC (53C) and MAJ (53C) (2 each)--

  • Plan, organize, and coordinate tactical automation support to the corps commander's C2 systems.
  • Integrate cryptographic, automation, and data transmission means to support automated C2 systems.
  • Provide technical direction for installing, operating, and maintaining database and teleprocessing systems. This includes hardware and software interoperability for automated telecommunications and teleprocessing systems.

The operations officer, LTC (25C)--

  • Plans and supervises communications support for corps headquarters.
  • Prepares signal plans to incorporate into corps plans and orders.
  • Coordinates with other headquarters staff sections regarding their communications needs.
  • Makes recommendations for signal troops procurement, use, and allocation to support the command.
  • Determines signal training requirements for nonsignal units.

The networking officer, MAJ (25E), plans, designs, and manages the integration and interconnectivity of tactical and nontactical information networks and communications systems.

The radio officers, MAJ (25C) and CPT (25C)--

  • Exercise staff supervision over radio communications activities.
  • Prepare signal plans and orders and radio communications SOI items.
  • Coordinate frequency allocation assignment and use.
  • Report and process interface problems.

The systems integration officers, MAJ (25B) and CPT (25B)--

  • Manage force integration of information systems resources.
  • Plan and coordinate with higher headquarters for information systems upgrade, replacement, elimination, and/or integration within units.
  • Plan BAS and information systems integration.
  • Provide staff supervision of analysis and software support and troubleshooting of automated systems.
  • Manage and supervise automatic data processing (ADP) related areas.
  • Design and develop command information systems.
  • Monitor unique "application program" development.
  • Supervise maintenance of tactical databases.
  • Plan newly assigned or attached unit database integration.
  • Provide automated resources security training.

The communications-electronics (CE) officer, MAJ (25C), publishes the corps SOI items pertaining to message service, authentication tables, and CT routing indicators.

The data processing technician, CW4 (251AO)--

  • Manages personnel, facilities, and equipment assets in ADP sections.
  • Conducts data systems analysis.
  • Designs or redesigns data systems.
  • Develops computer programs.
  • Supervises and coordinates activities of personnel.
  • Consults with staff officers and commanders to define priorities of tentative and continuing projects.

The chief signal NCO, SGM (31W)--

  • Assists the signal officer.
  • Manages the signal office.
  • Supervises and inspects the work of enlisted personnel in the section.
  • Assists the signal staff in the technical appraisal of signal operations and training.

The data processing NCO, SGM (74Z), assists the automation management officer in data transmission means to support C2 systems.

The operations sergeant, SFC (31W)--

  • Assists the operations officer in collecting, preparing, and distributing material and data pertaining to signal operations and training.
  • Assists in preparing signal orders and plans.

The frequency management NCO, SFC (31W), assists the RF engineering officer with frequency allocation and control.

The programmer/systems analyst, SSG (74F)--

  • Supervises, prepares, analyzes, edits, and tests computer programs.
  • Conducts data system studies involving investigation, evaluation, and development of data processing systems.
  • Prepares specifications and proposals documentation.
  • Implements new or modified systems.

The programmer analyst, SPC (74F), assists the programmer/systems analyst.

The clerk typist, SPC (71L), performs all typing and clerical work.

The graphics document specialist, SPC (25Q), draws charts, graphs, and other aids.

The corps COMSEC office of record maintains supervisory control over corps COMSEC assets through reporting channels for corps COMSEC accounts and reports to the theater COMSEC office of records as required. It also--

  • Establishes priorities for issuing COMSEC materiel.
  • Receives, processes, and controls all accounting transactions which affect COMSEC accounting records within the corps.
  • Serves during crisis/contingency operations, as a holding area for bulk-sealed Armed Forces Courier System shipments destined for COMSEC accounts operated by corps subordinate units.
  • Provides consolidated semiannual inventory reports.
  • Provides central accounting for all classified COMSEC material in the corps and reports to the theater central office of record.

Key personnel and their responsibilities are shown below.

The COMSEC technician, CW4 (250A)--

  • Serves as a cryptographic staff officer and supervises the corps COMSEC office of records.
  • Provides centralized accountability reporting for corps COMSEC items.
  • Receives distribution of COMSEC materiel from the Armed Forces Courier System.
  • Provides drop-off/pick-up point(s) for subordinate accounts.
  • Assists the signal officer by advising him on cryptographic matters.
  • Conducts corps cryptographic facility inspections.

The telecommunications supervisor, SFC (72E), and the telecommunications shift supervisor, SSG (72E), assist the COMSEC technician in the responsibility for the corps account and oversight of the subordinate accounts within the corps.

The telecommunications senior operators, SGT (72E) (3 each), and tactical Telecommunications center operators, SPC and PFC (72E) (3 of each rank), apply correct procedures for cryptographic material storage, receipt, and use.

A-2. The Corps Area and Support Signal Battalions

The corps area and support signal battalions provide signal facilities that support plans developed by the corps signal staff and the corps signal brigade staff to support unit communications requirements. The corps area signal battalion's operations/intelligence staff section coordinates installing 6 node centers (NCs), 1 large extension node switch (LENS), 40 SENSs, and 13 RAUs. The corps support signal battalion's operations/intelligence staff section coordinates installing 4 NCs, 1 LENS, 24 SENSs, and 8 RAUs. The SCC generates the orders to deploy these assets, but the S3 section oversees carrying out those orders. It also coordinates support for any assets from another signal battalion OPCON to their area of operation.

The key personnel of the two battalions are identical and are shown below.

The battalion commander, LTC (25C)--

  • Commands, directs, and supervises the area signal battalion.
  • Directs the IOM of battalion communications systems and facilities for implementing plans developed by the corps signal staff to support unit communications requirements.
  • Advises the brigade commander on all communications matters.

The signal officer, CPT (25C)--

  • Is responsible for the operation of the operations/intelligence section.
  • Plans and coordinates staff supervision of the master plans, requirements, and the battalion training program.
  • Plans and supervises communications support for the signal brigade plan.
  • Prepares signal plans for incorporation into signal brigade plans and orders.
  • Coordinates with other headquarters staff sections regarding their communications needs.

The radio officer, LT (25C)--

  • Exercises staff supervision over radio communications activities.
  • Prepares signal plans and orders and radio communications SOI items.
  • Coordinates frequency allocation assignment and use.
  • Reports and processes interface problems.

The systems integration officer, LT (25C)--

  • Manages force integration of information systems resources.
  • Plans and coordinates with higher headquarters for information systems upgrade, replacement, elimination, and/or integration within units.
  • Plans BAS and information systems integration.
  • Provides staff supervision of analysis and software support and automated systems troubleshooting.
  • Manages and supervises ADP related areas.
  • Designs and develops command information systems.
  • Monitors unique "application program" development.
  • Supervises maintenance of tactical databases.
  • Plans newly assigned or attached unit database integration.
  • Provides automated resources security training.

The operations NCO, MSG (31W)--

  • Is the senior NCO.
  • Provides technical assistance, supervises, and assists in communications SYSCON.
  • Supervises the work activities of other enlisted personnel assigned to the section.

MSE network NCO, SFC (31W)--

  • Provides technical assistance, supervises, and assists in communications SYSCON.
  • Provides technical assistance to section concerning NC switches.
  • Supervises the work activities of other enlisted personnel assigned to the section.

The NBC NCO, SFC (54B)--

  • Assists the S3 in appraising chemical operations and training situations.
  • Collects, prepares, and distributes material for chemical operations and training.

The intelligence NCO, SGT (96B)--

  • Assists in all battalion intelligence requirements.
  • Provides technical assistance in preparing intelligence annexes.

The clerk typists, SPC (71L) (2 each), perform all typing and clerical work.

The graphics document specialist, SPC (25Q), draws charts, graphs, and other aids.



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