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This short story was developed to emphasize the most critical synchronization tasks each company/team commander must accomplish to be successful on the battlefield. The importance of integrating and synchronizing available combat power cannot be stressed enough.

Throughout the story there are critical synchronization points identified for the reader. These points are not all inclusive. There are many equally important points left for the reader to pull out. In some cases, volumes could be or already have been written on specific synchronization points used in the story. Not enough can be said about the importance of any one specific task. Each is significant if success is the goal.

When this project started, the commandants of the Infantry and Armor Centers identified 18 offensive and 19 defensive critical synchronization tasks. These tasks were common to both offense and defense. These included:

a. Defense:

1. Prepare for Combat

2. Reconnoiter a Company Battle Position

3. Perform Fire Support Planning

4. Maintain Mobility/Bypass an Obstacle

5. Establish an Obstacle

6. Occupy a Battle Position

7. Coordinate Artillery Fires

8. Construct Survivability Positions

9. Prepare a Subsequent Company Team Battle Position

10. Develop a Company Team Fire Plan

11. Perform Logistical Planning

12. Organize a Company Team Engagement Area

13. Execute a Company Defensive Mission

14. Execute Fire Plan

15. Defend Against Air Attack (Active)

16. Displace to a Subsequent Battle Position

17. Perform Reserve/Counterattack/Force Activities

18. Reorganize

19. Provide Medical Evacuation and Treatment of Casualties

b. Offense:

1. Prepare for Combat

2. Perform Reconnaissance

3. Perform Tactical Movement

4. Perform Hasty River/Gap Crossing

5. Perform Passage of Lines

6. Breach an Obstacle

7. Perform Assault Position Activities

8. Perform Attack Position Activities

9. Perform an Attack by Fire

10. Assault an Enemy Position (Mounted)

11. Assault an Enemy Position (Dismounted)

12. Employ Indirect Fire in the Offense

13. Defend Against Air Attack (Active)

14. Perform Logistical Planning

15. Consolidate on the Objective

16. Reorganize on the Objective

17. Provide Medical Evacuation and Treatment of Casualties

It is important to understand that everyone in an organization is responsible for synchronization. Individuals may know chapter and verse about each task, but until they understand how each task is related to other tasks, synchronization cannot occur. There is no room on today's battlefield for someone to say, "It was somebody else who should have synchronized it."

Training is the passport to synchronization. Synchronization training requires a systemic approach at all levels. Standards must be set and met. If training events do not include all elements of the combined arms team, training opportunities are wasted. An orchestra does not play a symphony until all the musicians are there and have practiced together. Training must be done the same way. Each part learns its portion and practices. When each part knows its piece, all parts must come together and practice until harmony is achieved. Only then does the orchestra perform.

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