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Appendix C

SIGNAL BATTALION RESPONSIBILITIES (DIVISION)

The division signal battalion staff provides guidance for implementing plans to establish the division's communications network. It also implements and manages division COMSEC keys and IOM of division communications assets. The division signal battalion's staff sections are organized to plan and implement communications design, OPCON (in STAND-ALONE mode), and administrative and logistics direction. The staff uses the communications taskings from the corps communications plan to develop the communications network. When operating in the STAND-ALONE mode, it develops its own communications plan. Active monitoring of the network's operational status ensures that it meets the corps' changing requirement and its own. This responsibility belongs to the operations/intelligence section. Key personnel and their responsibilities are shown below.

The assistant S3, CPT (25B)--

  • Is responsible for the operation of the section.
  • Plans and coordinates staff supervision of the master plans, requirements, and the battalion training programs.

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

  • Manages force integration of information systems resources.
  • Plans and coordinates with higher headquarter 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 troubleshooting of automated systems.
  • 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 databases integration.
  • Provides automated resources security training.

The tactical automated network technician, CW2 (250B)--

  • Assists the systems integration officer.
  • Plans, designs, and manages the switching networks (to include COMSEC key management), and the integration and interconnectivity of tactical and nontactical information networks and communications systems.

The operations sergeant, MSG (31W)--

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

The MSE network controller, SFC (31W), and the MSE supervisor, SFC (31W), are responsible for the 24-hour SCC operation.

The MSE SCC operators, SSG (31F) (2 each), provide 24-hour systems operation.

The NBC NCO, SFC (54B), collects, appraises, prepares, and distributes chemical operations and training material.

The intelligence NCO, SGT (96B)--

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

The radio team chief, SGT and the two single-channel radio operators, SPC and PFC (31C) respectively, install, operate, and maintain the operations radio net and associated equipment.

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

The MSE transmission systems operator, PFC (31D), is responsible for operating and maintaining the assistant S3's vehicle.

The division signal office includes personnel and equipment to support the ADSO. This office is part of the division special staff. It--

  • Provides detailed planning and coordination for preparing and maintaining the signal portion of division SOP plans and directives.
  • Assists and coordinates with other division headquarters staff elements.
  • Prepares and distributes the division SSI and SOI.
  • Assists in planning automated systems and the division telephone directory.
  • Controls the RF allocation.
  • Provides division RF management.
  • Functions as part of the communications system planning element (CSPE).
  • Provides automation management.

Key personnel and their responsibilities are shown below.

The automation management officer, MAJ (25E)--

  • Plans, organizes, and coordinates all tactical automation to support the division commander's C2 systems.
  • Integrates cryptographic, automation, and data transmission means to support the C2 system.

The signal officer, CPT (25C); the data processing technician, CW2 (251AO); the data processing NCO, MSG (74Z); and the programmer/analysts, SFC, SSG, and SPC (74F) (1 each), assist the ADSO with his automation management responsibilities.

The radio officer, CPT (25C), assists in radio communications and RF matters.

The automation management officer, CPT (25 B)--

  • Manages information systems resource force integration.
  • Plans and coordinates with higher headquarters for information systems upgrade, replacement, elimination, and/or integration within units.
  • Plans BAS and other information systems integration.
  • Provides staff supervision of analysis and programming support and troubleshooting of automated systems.
  • Manages and supervises ADP related areas.
  • Designs and develops command information systems.
  • Supervises tactical database maintenance.
  • Plans newly assigned or attached units' database integration.
  • Provides automated resources security training.

The telecommunications officer, CPT (25B), provides expertise in data systems, operating systems software, teleprocessing systems, and associated networks.

The data processing technician, CW2 (251A)--

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

The tactical automated network technician, CW2 (250B)--

  • Assists the telecommunications officer.
  • Is responsible for planning division communications and cryptonetting.

The operations sergeant, MSG (31W)--

  • Assists the ADSO in collecting, preparing, and distributing signal operations and training material and data.
  • Assists in preparing signal orders and plans.
  • Develops, changes, and updates the division SOI.
  • Supervises the work activities of other enlisted personnel assigned to the office.
  • Establishes ADSO field operation.
  • Assumes signal office operational responsibility in the absence of the officers.

The data processing NCO, MSG (74Z)--

  • Assists the data processing technician.
  • Supervises the programmer/analysts assigned to the office.

The frequency management NCO, SFC (31W), provides the expertise for RF management and allocation in the division.

The programmer/analysts, SFC and SSG (74F)--

  • Supervise, prepare, analyze, edit, and test computer programs.
  • Conduct data system studies involving investigation, evaluation, and development of data processing systems.
  • Prepare specifications and proposals documentation.
  • Implement new or modified systems.

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

The telecommunications senior operator, SGT (72E), and tactical telecommunications center operators, SPC and PFC (72E), prepare and maintain the division SOI and telephone directory.

The clerk typists, SPC (71L) (3 each), provide office clerical support.

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

The COMSEC technician, CW2 (250A)--

  • Is responsible for operating the office.
  • Serves as the COMSEC technical advisor to the division signal commander.
  • Manages operational COMSEC matters for security, inspections, and COMSEC operations, plans, and policies.
  • Implements COMSEC policies within the division.
  • Performs command COMSEC facility inspections.
  • Is responsible for COMSEC investigations and reports.
  • Establishes priorities for issuing COMSEC material.

The COMSEC material management supervisor, COMSEC material manager, and COMSEC material management sergeant (SFC, SSG, and SGT respectively) account for and control cryptographic material and equipment.

In a stand-alone division, the key personnel and staffs are responsible for their aforementioned functions, and they must assume additional responsibilities normally conducted at corps level. The division signal officer assumes responsibility for advising the division commander, his staff, and division units on communications matters. These matters include using signal troops, communications facilities availability and augmentation, COMSEC, and how the division CP location affects communications. This information may be first passed through the chief of staff or general staff officers according to division SOP. Under the stand-alone division concept of operations, the division signal officer takes on more responsibility as every combat operation requires detailed signal planning and coordination. To ensure proper planning, coordinating, and supervising of signal matters, the division signal officer uses the following written instructions and orders:

  • Signal estimate.
  • Signal plans.
  • Signal portion, paragraph 4, division OPORD.
  • Paragraph 5, division OPORD.
  • Signal annex to division OPORD.
  • Signal portion of the division administrative order.
  • Signal battalion OPORD.
  • ECCM portion of EW annex to the division.
  • SOI.
  • SOP.

The first eight must be prepared for particular operations. The SOI and SOP must always be current.



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