Tactics and Sustainment Exam

Order DescriptionTHE SITUATION—30 minutes ago

You are the commander of the 1/8 ABCT, which is the lead element of the main body in the 8th Infantry Division’s attack to seize OBJ BRAVO, a city 80 kilometers west of BRIDGEPORT. 1/8 ABCT as the division’s decisive operation was to seize OBJ BRAVO NLT H+12 in order to protect the II Corps’ main effort. The division’s advance guard, 1/24 ABCT (attached to 8 ID), passed BRIDGEPORT without incident approximately two hours ago. In the period between 1/24’s departure from BRIDGEPORT and 1/8’s approach, the enemy quickly emplaced several obstacles (overturned vehicles and building materials) on ROUTE ORANGE south of BRIDGEPORT to cause friendly forces to deploy assets early and disrupt movement. As lead elements of 1/8 ABCT approached BRIDGEPORT, they received consistent and accurate mortar and RPG fire from the city. The intensity of these fires increased as the brigade approached the outskirts of town.

THE CURRENT SITUATION—H+4

The remainder of the division’s main body is approximately two hours behind your trail unit and will use ROUTE ORANGE as well. The lead company of 1/8 ABCT took up hasty defensive positions near the bridge over the CENTER RIVER on ROUTE ORANGE while the brigade developed the situation around BRIDGEPORT. As your S3 reports enemy contact to the Division Main CP, the Division G2 reports that a Redland maneuver brigade with two maneuver battalions (one armor with about 30 T80 tanks and one mechanized with about 36 BMP-3s) and one artillery battalion (18 2S1 self-propelled 122mm howitzers) have moved south of MARYSVILLE and occupied assembly areas approximately 40km north of BRIDGEPORT in the last four hours. The G2 assesses that this enemy brigade will attack the 8th Infantry Division’s main body when it passes through the area along ROUTE ORANGE. Additionally, the G2 estimates a company-sized irregular force (100-120 personnel) within the city of BRIDGEPORT equipped with light weapons (AK47 and RPK) and some RPG7V and 82mm mortars. The G2 believes this irregular force might coordinate actions with the Redland brigade to the north. The CG considers these developments a significant threat to the division’s northern flank and the corps’ future line of communication.

The CG contacts you with the following verbal directive: “I am concerned about the division’s northern flank and the situation around BRIDGEPORT. Your new mission is defeat the enemy on our northern flank to protect the division’s main body. I’m not sure how long this mission will take, but I want you back with us as soon as possible; be prepared for follow on operations. 1/24 ABCT will continue as the division’s advance guard, and 4/8 ABCT (currently approximately 30km behind your unit) will conduct your previous mission as the division’s decisive operation.”
2. Write the 1/8 ABCT Commander’s intent for this mission.

3. Identify the ABCT’s primary offensive task and the form of maneuver, OR defensive task and form of defense.
4. Identify and explain the ABCT’s decisive operation.
5. Identify and explain the ABCT’s shaping operations.
Section 2: Sketch and Explanation

6. Address each of the following items listed below. The answers you provided for exam questions 3, 4, and 5 will help you with items a through i below.

For parts a, c, e, g, and h, you will depict your answers on the exam sketch.
On the sketch, depict your visualization of the 1/8 ABCT’s operation for solving the tactical problem. You may use PowerPoint to make and place the symbols on the sketch, or you may hand-draw the symbols and then scan the sketch to make it a PDF.

For parts b, d, f, and i, state or explain your answers. Write one to five sentences for each part;
a. Depict the location of the cavalry squadron on the sketch. (2 points)

b. State the task and purpose of the cavalry squadron. (2 points)

c. Depict the location of EACH combined arms battalion on the sketch. (5 points)

d. State the task and purpose of EACH combined arms battalion. (5 points)

e. Depict the location of the fires battalion on the sketch. (2 points)

f. State the task and purpose of the fires battalion. (2 points)

g. Depict the boundaries of the combined arms battalions’ and the armed reconnaissance squadron’s area of operations on the sketch. (4 points)

h. Depict the locations for the main command post and the tactical command post on the sketch. (4 points)

i. Explain your decision for locating the main command post and the tactical command post. (4 points)

Section 3: Sustainment

7. Provide your vision for how the BSB will logistically support the ABCT’s change of mission.
8. Depict on the sketch where you would locate the BSA, and explain why.

9. Out of the eight principles of sustainment, identify the TWO principles you think are the most important for this mission, and explain why.
Section 4: Mission Command Essay. (20 Points)

10. Referring to your operations as the 1/8 ABCT Commander, write a one-to-two page essay describing your application of Mission Command in your tactical solution.

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