1st Cav Sustainment increases the operational tempo at the National Training Center | Herald of Fort Hood

FORT IRWIN, Calif. – For the past two months, Armored Brigade Combat Teams from the 1st Cavalry Division have conducted training at the National Training Center. While improving brigade lethality is a key training objective, commanders must also learn to leverage combat support capabilities, including logistics, to be effective on the battlefield.

Colonel Anthony Wilson, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division Support Brigade, visited the NTC several times during armored brigade rotations to oversee “first team” logistics support and to mentor and mentor junior logistics officers on maintaining readiness, teamwork, and supporting the commander. intention.

“Sustainment and logistics must be there to perform and support during the planning and execution phases of training and real-world operations,” Wilson said. “Support includes food, water and logistics as well as responsibility for personnel on the battlefield.”

While two 1CD Brigades, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team and 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, participated in the 21-day training rotation, 1st Cav Sustainment Brigade provided incremental support to help units build and maintain combat power from the docking station to Fort Irwin, then with the regeneration and redeployment of equipment to Fort Hood.

“We began the first phase in February at home station building up combat power and ensuring all equipment was fully mission-ready,” Wilson said. “We continued to build combat power once units arrived at Fort Irwin and prepared to enter the training area, or ‘The Box’. Success comes when maneuver units are able to execute force-on-force against the opposing force during the training rotation.

1st Cav Commander Maj. Gen. John Richardson also emphasized the importance of sustaining maneuver units in order to maintain momentum during combat.

“A big consideration for battalion and brigade commanders is sustainment,” Richardson said. “Especially in an armored formation, a commander’s ability to maintain strength is essential. They can be great tacticians, but without logistical support they won’t be able to keep the fight going.

Throughout the rotation, sustainment leaders at the battalion, company, and platoon levels must push various classes of supply by land or air from the rear area to the front lines.

“There are a few things that keep a soldier’s morale up and getting meals on time is one of them,” 2nd Brigade executive officer Major Rob Pough told sustainment teams as they provided briefs on logistical support plans for an upcoming operation to the NTC.

During Wilson’s trips to The Box, or training area, he visited sustainment teams from the division support area to service support units on the front lines and offered coaching. and mentorship to help young leaders understand the fight and how they can sustain the fight once maneuvered. battalions come into contact with opposing forces.

“Sustainers must understand the commander’s intent and anticipate supply requirements,” Wilson said. “If a commander goes on the attack, a logistician must anticipate a demand for fuel and ammunition. If the commander goes into a defensive position, he will need more Class IV supplies such as construction materials to install barriers and Class IX supplies like spare parts to begin maintenance operations to restore their floats in good condition.

Once brigades exit The Box training area, they enter a regeneration phase which lasts 10-12 days and provides units with an opportunity to clear and repair equipment so they are ready for possible follow-up missions.

“During the REGEN process, the support brigade deploys a six-person team to work behind the scenes to obtain parts to rebuild combat platforms from nine different systems, including tanks, Bradleys and paladins,” Wilson said. “The goal is to return combat brigades to their home stations at a readiness rate of 90% or better, with the ability to take on future missions anywhere in the world.”

“In the 1st Cav Division we have a saying; “Sustainment is the lifeblood of Op Tempo and enables commanders to engage and destroy the enemy,” Wilson said. “Our team is constantly looking forward to ensure commanders successfully achieve their mission objectives.”

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