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TACTICAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
OF HHC KEY LEADERS
by CPT Thomas Duffy

A current trend at the National Training Center is that key leaders of mechanized combat engineer battalion headquarters and headquarters companies (HHC) do not demonstrate an understanding of their tactical duties and responsibilities. This article discusses the duties and responsibilities of the following HHC key leaders who normally operate the engineer battalion field trains in the BSA:

  • HHC Company Commander
  • Company Executive Officer (XO)
  • First Sergeant
  • Support Platoon Leader
  • Support Platoon Sergeant
  • Company Operations Sergeant
  • Senior Aidman
  • Company Supply Sergeant

HHC COMPANY COMMANDER

a. Responsible for engineer battalion CSS execution.

b. Provides command and control of the company.

(1) Writes the HHC OPORD that supports the engineer battalion and the forward support battalion (FSB) commander's intent and concept.

(2) Conducts risk assessment during troop-leading procedures, and briefs the control measures during the company OPORD briefing.

(3) Conducts company PCC/PCIs and rehearsals; supervises platoon PCC/PCIs and rehearsals.

(4) Supervises execution of the company's engineer support (in most cases it will be an attached CSE platoon).

(5) Supervises the support platoon.

(a) Ensures LOGPAC conducts resupply with FSB elements during the allocated FSB timeline.

(b) Ensures that engineer company LOGPACs link up with maneuver task force LOGPACs in the BSA when a line company is attached or OPCON to the task force. In some cases, the LOGPAC should travel on the MSR with a maneuver TF LOGPAC for security, regardless of the command relationship.

(c) Ensures critical engineer Class V (Volcano, MOPMS, MICLICs) resupply is accomplished.

(d) Ensures that the battalion LOGPAC reaches the logistics release point (LRP) on time.

(e) Directs company supply sergeants in the formation of LOGPACs.

c. Serves as brigade rear engineer. Responsible for mobility/survivability planning, execution, and tracking in the rear area of the brigade.

(1) Responsible for the integration of the engineer battalion rear CP with the FSB staff and its C2 organization in the BSA.

(2) Advisor on HHC capabilities, limitations, and current status to the FSB commander.

(3) Responsible for keeping the engineer battalion main CP and the FSB TOC informed on the accurate and current status of the company.

d. OIC of the engineer battalion field trains in the BSA.

(1) Coordinates support for the engineer battalion through the FSB.

(2) Acts as the LO to the brigade rear CP.

(3) Coordinates the flow of information between the combat trains CPs and the field trains sections through communications with the S4.

(4) Makes decisions affecting CSS operations in the absence of the engineer battalion executive officer.

e. Responsible for setting up a replacement receiving point (RRP) in the field trains and informing the brigade S1 of its location. Responsible for the linkup of replacement troops with the correct company LOGPAC in accordance with the engineer battalion S1's distribution plan.

f. Responsible for the planning, coordination, and execution of the security of the engineer battalion field trains. Coordinates and synchronizes the HHC security plan with the BSA's defense plan through the FSB S3 and CSM.

g. Supervises the UMCP security posture and C2 structure.

HHC EXECUTIVE OFFICER

a. Assistant brigade rear engineer.

(1) Integrates engineer functions into future FSB operations.

(2) Participates in the FSB orders drill process.

(3) Integrates Terra Base II products into the IPB/EBA process.

(4) Writes the engineer annex to the FSB OPORD for each mission.

(5) Recommends engineer priorities of effort/support to the FSB commander.

(6) Informs FSB commander of capabilities, limitations, and employment of available engineer units for work in the brigade rear area.

(7) Establishes and coordinates BSA mobility/survivability work to be completed by engineer units.

b. Responsible for establishing the HHC CP as part of the engineer battalion rear CP. Tracks execution of engineer orders and the current battle/operations. Ensures HHC units send status and mission reports; consolidates and displays reports in the engineer battalion rear CP and submits to engineer battalion TOC and FSB TOC.

c. Second in command; helps the HHC commander direct the fight of the company. Assists the commander in preparation of the HHC OPORD.

HHC COMPANY 1SG

a. Commander's primary tactical advisor and expert on individual and NCO skills.

b. Provides quality control in the execution of engineer missions and logistics operations.

c. Occasionally rides with the battalion LOGPAC to check soldier welfare, enforce the unit TACSOP, and quality control LOGPAC operations.

d. Coordinates and enforces engineer unit mobility/survivability work timeline and standards in the BSA in conjunction with the FSB CSM.

e. Supervises the execution of the commander's field trains security plan. Enforces the commander's occupation and security priority of work timeline and ensures that it is completed to standard. Coordinates with the FSB CSM to ensure integration with the BSA defensive plan execution. Organizes and rehearses internal reaction force.

f. Responsible for the field trains CASEVAC plan, rehearsals, and execution.

g. Supervises the evacuation of enemy prisoners of war (EPWs) in the field trains.

h. Supervises the work of the company NBC specialist and enforces the current NBC defense posture.

i. Supervises field trains maintenance operations. Performs quality control of 5988E/2404s and ensures timely flow to the UMCP and back to the operator. Coordinates for maintenance and recovery support as required.

j. Receives, consolidates, and forwards all administrative, personnel, and casualty reports to the battalion S1.

k. Orients new personnel to the company, and assigns replacements to the platoons.

l. Maintains battle roster, and reports personnel status to the commander and S1.

m. Supervises company field hygiene and mess operations.

n. Supervises company supply operations.

o. Enforces control measures briefed in the commander's risk assessment.

SUPPORT PLATOON LEADER

a. The engineer battalion CSS executor.

b. Working with the S4 and HHC commander, coordinates the requisition, receipt, preparation, and delivery of Classes I, III, and V supplies.

c. Responsible for the receipt of supplies from the FSB as ordered by the S4 within the FSB timeline.

d. Supervises the company supply sergeants in their organization of company LOGPACs. Organizes the battalion LOGPAC convoy in the BSA.

(1) Conducts all troop-leading procedures for the battalion LOGPAC.

(2) Conducts platoon FORCE XXI risk assessment during TLPs and briefs during LOGPAC OPORD.

(3) Conducts PCC/PCIs.

(4) Conducts rehearsals for actions on contact at a minimum.

e. Coordinates with the S4 for the battalion logistics release point (LRP) and resupply plan.

f. Responsible for LOGPAC convoy and LRP security.

g. Conducts LRP meeting prior to LRP arrival time with company 1SGs to discuss logistics issues and receive a hardcopy LOGSTAT.

h. Reports status of LOGPAC IAW battalion TACSOP to rear CP.

i. Returns to BSA with company LOGPACs.

SUPPORT PLATOON SERGEANT

a. Assists and advises the support platoon leader.

b. While in the field trains, executes the commander's security plan and reports status of priorities of work to the HHC 1SG.

c. Executes platoon PCC/PCIs and rehearsals.

d. Manages the workload of soldiers to ensure that missions are completed and operators get adequate rest.

e. Coordinates and executes the resupply of the battalion LOGPAC with the FSB on a daily basis.

f. Reports platoon vehicle status to the platoon leader and HHC 1SG. Supervises the quality control of operator PMCS and turns in 5988E/2404s to the HHC 1SG. Coordinates with the HHC 1SG for maintenance and recovery support.

g. Supervises the HHC LOGPAC for the scouts, retransmission teams, TOC, and UMCP.

h. Establishes platoon CASEVAC plan.

i. Maintains the platoon's battle roster.

j. Consolidates and forwards all administrative, personnel, and casualty reports to the HHC 1SG.

k. Supervises LOGPAC's security posture at convoy halts and at the LRP.

l. Supervises assembly of company LOGPACs into the task force LOGPAC in the BSA; anticipates and responds as line company command and support relationships change per the task organization in brigade and battalion OPORDs.

m. Ensures adequate transportation for replacements.

n. Verifies personnel strength with the S1 and forwards to mess sergeant.

o. Supervises mess section operations.

p. Enforces risk reduction control measures issued in the platoon leader's OPORD.

HHC OPERATIONS SERGEANT

a. In the absence of the HHC XO, assumes role as assistant rear area engineer.

b. Helps the HHC XO develop the HHC OPORD and FSB engineer annex products (i.e. reproduction of graphics and OPORDS, production of the Terra Base II products, construction of terrain models). Keeps the XO informed on the current rear area engineer unit and mission status.

c. Operates the engineer battalion rear CP IAW the TOCSOP.

d. Coordinates with the S1 and S4 sections for engineer rear CP work shift duties IAW the TOCSOP.

e. Conducts TOC shift change briefs as one of the shift NCOICs.

f. Advises the FSB TOC NCOIC on force protection of the FSB TOC. Coordinates with the FSB TOC NCOIC for TOC security duties and responsibilities.

g. Supervises the HHC NBC and communications specialists. Trains them on TOC duties and responsibilities.

h. Ensures information is passed to the appropriate leaders in the TOC.

i. Supervises TOC equipment PMCS.

j. Receives, consolidates, and forwards FM radio LOGSTAT reports from scouts, communications sections, TOC, and UMCP to the S4.

k. Receives, consolidates, and posts HHC unit and mission status on tracking charts on the HHC map board.

l. Battletracks the current fight on the HHC map board.

m. Establishes a logbook for all HHC key events.

n. Ensures that the HHC communications specialist establishes FM, MSE, DNVT, TACFAX, and land line communications systems with all HHC units.

SENIOR AIDMAN

a. Supervises triage of wounded and ill in the field trains.

b. Advises the HHC commander on wounded and ill.

c. Provides first-aid and stabilizes injured for evacuation.

d. Evacuates seriously wounded to the FSB medical company.

e. Controls, issues, and requests resupply of Class VIII, including nerve agent antidote injectors.

f. Trains combat lifesavers and soldiers in respective first-aid procedures.

g. Advises HHC commander on field sanitation measures.

h. Advises the S1 on CASEVAC operations.

HHC SUPPLY SERGEANT

a. Receives hardcopy LOGSTAT reports from scouts, communications sections, TOC, and UMCP at the battalion LRP.

b. Assembles LOGPAC for the engineer battalion scouts, communications sections, TOC, and UMCP.

c. From the HHC LOGSTAT, requisitions Class II, IV, VII, and IX items through the S4.

d. Coordinates through the support platoon sergeant for Class I, III, and V resupply.

e. Maintains individual supply and clothing records.

f. Receives and evacuates KIA to the graves registration (GREG) point in the BSA.

g. Returns LOGPAC with EPW and damaged equipment to the BSA.

h. Picks up mail from PAC and delivers with LOGPAC.

Summary

This article listed the duties and responsibilities of HHC key leaders in a checklist format. Using this checklist will facilitate more efficient HHC operations as the HHC works to accomplish the service and support mission for the engineer battalion, mobility/survivability support for the brigade rear area, and conduct internal company operations.


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