COMMAND POST EXERCISE
This appendix provides you a simple scenario you can use to conduct an exercise within your unit. This exercise is designed to develop the skills of battle captains, and improve the ability of your TOC to process different types of information. This exercise can be conducted relatively easily with limited resources. Subordinate units can use this exercise as an opportunity to train their RTOs on radio procedures and in submitting reports. Provided is a tactical scenario and master events list. The master events list generates numerous SPOTREPs, call-for-fire missions, and BDA reports. These reports provide your TOC the opportunity to conduct the following: track unit locations, update friendly combat power, friendly unit locations, enemy SPOTREPs, and clear fires. It also provides your battle captains with simple scenarios where basic actions and decisions must be made. Also included is a list of recommended actions. This list provides you the problems that should have been identified during the exercise, and recommended actions your battle captain may have taken. It provides you the ability to assess the effectiveness of how well your TOC did. If this exercise does not meet your unit needs, use this as an example and develop your own. The scenario is generic in nature and can be used by most armor, mechanized infantry, and light infantry units. This scenario portrays a unit conducting a tactical road march at the NTC and facilitates exercising your jump TOC. If you are not ready to conduct split TOC operations, set up your main CP and conduct this exercise from a static location. As you conduct this exercise, ensure you have someone designated as an O/C. This O/C should not only observe the exercise to provide feedback, but also control and synchronize the exercise to ensure the training objectives are met. The O/C may want to review the script and answer key with all RTOs to ensure they understand the events.
NOTE: Realistically these events may occur over a five-hour timeframe. However, you may not have this much time to commit to the exercise. The exercise can be easily compressed and conducted in much less time. The intent is to provide you with a ready to use tool that will assist in increasing the effectiveness of your TOC.
Your Battalion TF completed a deliberate attack earlier this morning. Subordinate units have spent the last few hours consolidating, reorganizing, and preparing for future operations. From the previous Brigade order, you know that you are to conduct a tactical road march beginning at 1830 and immediately begin preparations for defensive operations. Your scout platoon and quartering party are to SP at 1500 and 1700 respectively. You are the S3 for TF 1-23.
Task Force 1-23 Task Organization:
TM C Armor
TM D Armor
A Co (AASLT)
B Co (AASLT)
Task Force Control
The enemy Motorized Rifle Regiment (MRR) is expected to attack in the next 36-48 hours. Contact with the enemy during the tactical road march is possible, but not expected. The S2 expects elements of the enemy Division Reconnaissance Battalion to enter into the brigade sector sometime in the next 12 hours.
1st Brigade is conducting a tactical road march along route red and blue. Upon closure into the brigade TAA, the brigade is to begin defensive preparations. The brigade is to be prepared to defend in 36 hours. TF 2-34 is first in the brigade order of march and will move along route red to its TAA. TF 1-23 is second in the order of march and will move along route red, to route blue, to the TAA. TF 2-34 currently has two company teams forward in the brigade sector conducting counter-reconnaissance operations.
TF 1-23 conducts a tactical road march along route red and route blue beginning 151830 Mar 95 to occupy TAA Bulldog (NK433105) and immediately begin defensive preparations.
Concept of Operation:
The task force scout platoon will SP at 1500. It will follow TF 2-34 along route red, and then move along route blue. The scouts are responsible for reconnoitering the TAA. The task force quartering party will be led by the TF CSM and will SP at 1700. The quartering party consists of representatives from each of the subordinate units. See movement table below for other march times. Convoy speed is 20 MPH. Separation times between units is provided. EENT is 1915, and the illumination is extremely poor.
Starting Combat Power is as identified below:
Master Events List:
|1||1700||Scout platoon leader reports RP and says he is beginning the reconnaissance of the TF AA.|
|2||1700||TF CSM reports quartering party SP.|
|3||1725||TF CSM reports quartering party CP 1.|
|4||1730||The scout platoon leader reports that he completed his reconnaissance of the TF TAA, and it appears clear of enemy activity.|
|5||1735||The TF CSM reports CP 2. He also reports that there is no brigade traffic control point (TCP) located at the intersection of Route red and blue as briefed in the movement order. He also states he is concerned this may create problems once it gets dark and that follow-on elements may miss the turn.|
|6||1745||Scout platoon leader reports that his platoon occupied the following OPs and has established his screen line along PL Hammer; OP1 NK367080, OP2 NK387093, and OP3 NK939121. (Note: The grid of OP3 has been intentionally transposed. The correct grid of the OP3 is NK399121. The battle captain should identify this problem because the incorrect grid does not make tactical sense.)|
|7||1753||TF CSM reports passing CP 3.|
|8||1810||TF CSM reports reaching the RP. Quartering party will immediately begin to establish the TF AA.|
|9||1830||The mortar platoon leader reports that he received a call from one of his vehicles that was enroute to the combat trains to get fuel. He states the vehicle ran out of gas and is located at vicinity NJ 405995. The crew attempted to contact the S4 on the A/L net, but is getting no response.|
|10||1830||TM C reports SP.|
|11||1850||TF CSM report that the TF AA is established. Quartering party representatives are all located at the RP and are prepared to guide respective units to the AA.|
|12||1855||TM D reports that he is scheduled to SP in 10 min. and he has not linked up with his attached mech plt.|
|13||1855||TM C reports CP1.|
|14||1900||TM D reports SP.|
|15||1910||TM C reports CP2 and that his lead platoon has become intermixed in a column of vehicles from another convoy. He is not sure where the platoon is located. He thinks he has a break in contact, but is not sure.|
|16||1915||Engineer platoon reports SP.|
|17||1920||TM C reports CP3 and that he has re-established contact with his lead platoon and is continuing to move.|
|18||1925||TM D reports CP1.|
|19||1930||Mortar platoon reports SP.|
|20||1935||TM D reports CP2.|
|21||1940||TM C reports RP and linkup with quartering party.|
|22||1940||Engineer platoon leader reports that with the heavy equipment in his convoy, he is moving slower than anticipated. He is enroute to CP1 and has lost one of his tractor trailers. He is not sure what happened. He also reports that he has lost visual contact with the trail elements of TM D.|
|23||1940||TM C commander calls and states he has lost one of his tanks due to maintenance. His mechanics are looking at it now, but they are unable to repair it and will need assistance. He has attempted to contact the BMO on the A/L net, but cannot reach them due to poor communications because of the terrain. Also reports CP 3.|
|24||1945||Engineer platoon leader reports CP1. Is sending platoon sergeant to look for missing tractor trailer.|
|25||1945||TOW platoon reports SP.|
|26||1953||TM D reports CP3.|
|27||1955||Mortar platoon leader identifies an overturned tractor trailer on the west side of the road vicinity CP 1. The platoon leader's RTO states that the trailer had a dozer loaded on the back of it. He is not sure who the dozer belongs to. He will confirm who it belongs to and notify the TOC. The RTO also states that there were no injuries involved, and the unit has continued its movement.|
|28||2000||Mortar platoon leader calls back and states the overturned dozer belongs to the engineer platoon attached to your TF.|
|29||2000||TM A reports SP.|
|30||2005||Mortar platoon leader reports CP2 and also observes the engineer platoon missing the turn at CP 2.|
|31||2010||TM D reports RP and linkup with its quartering party.|
|32||2010||Tow platoon reports CP1.|
|33||2015||TM B reports SP.|
|34||2020||Tow platoon reports CP2.|
|35||2025||Mortar platoon reports CP3.|
|36||2028||TM A reports CP 1.|
|37||2030||Engineer platoon leader reports that his platoon sergeant has linked up with the overturned tractor trailer. He confirms no injuries, but states that both the truck, trailer, and dozer have sustained damages and are inoperable. He requests assistance. He also says that he missed the turn at CP2 and is behind a convoy from TF 2-34. He states he knows where he is and will continue to follow TF2-34 and will link up at the RP.|
|38||2030||ADA platoon leader reports SP.|
|39||2030||TM C observes an enemy BTR vicinity NK400120. He requests indirect fires on this grid.|
|40||2037||Mortar platoon reports RP and linkup with quartering party.|
|41||2038||Tow platoon reports CP3.|
|42||2040||TM A reports that one of his 5-ton trucks loaded with infantrymen overheated and is unable to complete the tactical road march. He requests an additional truck. The vehicle is located between CP 1 and CP 2. Lead element just reached CP2.|
|43||2040||TM B reports CP1.|
|44||2045||S4 reports SP for combat trains.|
|45||2050||TM B reports CP2.|
|46||2055||ADA platoon leader reports CP1.|
|47||2055||Tow platoon leader reports RP and linkup with quartering party.|
|48||2055||TM A reports CP3.|
|49||2105||ADA platoon leader reports CP2.|
|50||2108||TM B reports CP3.|
|51||2110||TM A reports RP and linkup with quartering party. He requests a status on his downed truck.|
|52||2110||S4 reports CP1.|
|53||2115||Field trains report SP.|
|54||2120||S4 reports CP2.|
|55||2125||The scout platoon leader reports that OP1 observes two unidentifiable vehicles moving west to east at vicinity NK345080.|
|56||2130||The ADA platoon leader reports that one of his TCs is injured and needs an air MEDEVAC. The soldier was struck in the head and neck by the TC hatch. The hatch did not have a safety pin. The soldier is complaining of numbness in his lower extremities. He currently has his platoon sergeant and a combat life saver at the scene, but needs a medic. The soldier is located vicinity NK525115.|
|57||2145||Scout platoon leader reports his OP1 has lost visual contact with two unidentifiable vehicles previously reported.|
|58||2155||ADA platoon leader reports RP and linkup with quartering party. He also states his platoon sergeant is still at the accident site assisting in the MEDEVAC.|
|59||2155||Combat trains report RP and linkup with quartering party.|
|60||2200||Engineer platoon leader report RP and linkup with quartering party.|
Provided is a list of recommended action that should have been taken by the battle captain/TOC. It will also provide you with an update combat power report upon completion of the tactical roadmarch.
CSM reported no TCP at CP2. |
of Scout OP3. TOC should have realized the grid was inaccurate as the TOC attempted
to plot it. The grid sent by the scout platoon leader is not on the NTC map
Recommended action: Clarify location and disseminate correct grid to subordinate units.
vehicle out of fuel. |
D task organization not complete. |
convoy along same route. |
Recommended action: Notify brigade and TF 2-34.
C tank with maintenance problems. |
dozer update. |
unit misses turn at CP2. |
Recommended action: Contact engineer platoon, and verify route/location.
platoon confirms missing turn at CP2. |
Recommended action: Contact TF 2-34 of engineer convoy and intent of platoon leader.
of enemy BTR and request for fire mission. |
enemy spot report. |
platoon MEDEVAC. |
spot report/lost visual on two vehicles. |
Recommended action: Pass information to brigade and subordinate units.
Additional issues that should have been identified:
- Field trains only called in their SP, failing to call in any other CPs.
- TM B did not report RP and linkup with quartering party.
- Net call to all units.
Appendix A: Sample Charts
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