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.”