Tactics and Sustainment Exam

Order DescriptionTHE SITUATION—30 min” rel=”nofollow”>inutes ago

You are the commander of the 1/8 ABCT, which is the lead element of the main” rel=”nofollow”>in body in” rel=”nofollow”>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” rel=”nofollow”>in order to protect the II Corps’ main” rel=”nofollow”>in effort. The division’s advance guard, 1/24 ABCT (attached to 8 ID), passed BRIDGEPORT without in” rel=”nofollow”>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 buildin” rel=”nofollow”>ing 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 in” rel=”nofollow”>intensity of these fires in” rel=”nofollow”>increased as the brigade approached the outskirts of town.

THE CURRENT SITUATION—H+4

The remain” rel=”nofollow”>inder of the division’s main” rel=”nofollow”>in body is approximately two hours behin” rel=”nofollow”>ind 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” rel=”nofollow”>in 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” rel=”nofollow”>in the last four hours. The G2 assesses that this enemy brigade will attack the 8th Infantry Division’s main” rel=”nofollow”>in body when it passes through the area along ROUTE ORANGE. Additionally, the G2 estimates a company-sized irregular force (100-120 personnel) within” rel=”nofollow”>in the city of BRIDGEPORT equipped with light weapons (AK47 and RPK) and some RPG7V and 82mm mortars. The G2 believes this irregular force might coordin” rel=”nofollow”>inate 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 lin” rel=”nofollow”>ine of communication.

The CG contacts you with the followin” rel=”nofollow”>ing 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” rel=”nofollow”>in 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 contin” rel=”nofollow”>inue as the division’s advance guard, and 4/8 ABCT (currently approximately 30km behin” rel=”nofollow”>ind your unit) will conduct your previous mission as the division’s decisive operation.”
2. Write the 1/8 ABCT Commander’s in” rel=”nofollow”>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” rel=”nofollow”>in the ABCT’s decisive operation.
5. Identify and explain” rel=”nofollow”>in the ABCT’s shapin” rel=”nofollow”>ing operations.
Section 2: Sketch and Explanation

6. Address each of the followin” rel=”nofollow”>ing 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 solvin” rel=”nofollow”>ing the tactical problem. You may use PowerPoin” rel=”nofollow”>int 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” rel=”nofollow”>in your answers. Write one to five sentences for each part;
a. Depict the location of the cavalry squadron on the sketch. (2 poin” rel=”nofollow”>ints)

b. State the task and purpose of the cavalry squadron. (2 poin” rel=”nofollow”>ints)

c. Depict the location of EACH combin” rel=”nofollow”>ined arms battalion on the sketch. (5 poin” rel=”nofollow”>ints)

d. State the task and purpose of EACH combin” rel=”nofollow”>ined arms battalion. (5 poin” rel=”nofollow”>ints)

e. Depict the location of the fires battalion on the sketch. (2 poin” rel=”nofollow”>ints)

f. State the task and purpose of the fires battalion. (2 poin” rel=”nofollow”>ints)

g. Depict the boundaries of the combin” rel=”nofollow”>ined arms battalions’ and the armed reconnaissance squadron’s area of operations on the sketch. (4 poin” rel=”nofollow”>ints)

h. Depict the locations for the main” rel=”nofollow”>in command post and the tactical command post on the sketch. (4 poin” rel=”nofollow”>ints)

i. Explain” rel=”nofollow”>in your decision for locatin” rel=”nofollow”>ing the main” rel=”nofollow”>in command post and the tactical command post. (4 poin” rel=”nofollow”>ints)

Section 3: Sustain” rel=”nofollow”>inment

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” rel=”nofollow”>in why.

9. Out of the eight prin” rel=”nofollow”>inciples of sustain” rel=”nofollow”>inment, identify the TWO prin” rel=”nofollow”>inciples you thin” rel=”nofollow”>ink are the most important for this mission, and explain” rel=”nofollow”>in why.
Section 4: Mission Command Essay. (20 Poin” rel=”nofollow”>ints)

10. Referrin” rel=”nofollow”>ing to your operations as the 1/8 ABCT Commander, write a one-to-two page essay describin” rel=”nofollow”>ing your application of Mission Command in” rel=”nofollow”>in your tactical solution.

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