HEADQUARTERS
278TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT
Tennessee Army National Guard, P.O. Box 10167
Knoxville, Tennessee 37939-0167
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OLD’E BILL’S CHIPS

Publishing Date
9 August 2001
Bulletin # 01-08

 

  1. SABER 6 – REGIMENTAL COMMANDER (COL HASTON):
    1. Annual Training 2001: I keep getting asked the question "How do you think AT went?" My response has been good, but we can do better. I appreciate all the hard work that went into making this a successful Annual Training period. The results were proof. My intentions were to replicate our NTC rotation as much as possible and in may ways we did. We could not do something’s that we had planned so we will now have to plan all the more carefully to be successful in the desert. An AT 2001 specific AAR will be published by this office.
    2. Current Focus We have been pulled in many different directions during the past few months with BCBST/WFX and other "good" training events but now is the time to start 100% focus on our NTC rotation. We will have a few events that will assist us in getting ready but everything should be geared toward the actual rotation. Having said that, I want to start now by encouraging each soldier of this Regiment to plan on going to the NTC and that it will be a three(3) week Annual Training period. Tell your employer NOW! If we need to get ESGR involved lets do it now. Students, don’t register for summer school unless you are sure you can be excused. The Regiment had over 150 people who didn’t go to AT for some reason. These people not attending AT caused their fellow soldier to work twice as hard.
    3. Soldier Discipline: I have the greatest confidence in our tactical and technical abilities. What concerns me is our individual soldier discipline. FM-1 states it most clearly. "Discipline is based on pride in the profession of arms, on meticulous attention to details, and on mutual respect and confidence. Discipline must be a habit so ingrained that it is stronger than the excitement of battle or the fear of death." GS Patton
    4. Retention and Recruiting: Its almost county fair time within our region. Have you made plans to participate. This is the best time of the year to meet your target audience.
    5. Family Support Groups: In the very near future (1 October) we will start activating our units family support groups in support of NTC rotation. These people (your family) will play a significant role in our success while deployed. If your unit does not have a formally established group, do so now.
  2. SABER 5 – REGIMENTAL EXECUTIVE OFFICER (LTC BELEW):
    1. Equipment Accountability. Rehearsal Annual Training is over but the work doesn’t end. Inventories and maintenance of our equipment is now the primary effort. 100% inventories must be completed NLT the end of September.
    2. NTC Focus. The NTC rotation is now 18 days away. NTC specific training must be completed and documented with the reports sent in to Regimental HQ for posting. As we close on our deployment date we must insure we stay focused on the objective of meeting the training and maintenance goals for a safe, well executed rotation.
    3. Strength. Recruiting and retention as always are our biggest issues. We must take care of our soldiers that are part of the regiment and invite all those who would like to be Cavalrymen and women. There are hundreds of vacancies across the regiment that require dedicated soldiers to fill. I ask each of you to continue in your effort to take care of your soldiers and invite others to join our ranks.
    4. Active Duty Special Work (ADSW) Opportunities. There will be opportunities for dozens of our soldiers to have additional active duty next summer as we deploy the regiment. We will need track and wheel drivers as well as every maintenance MOS to assist us as we prep the vehicles for the rail move to the NTC. Start asking your soldiers now if they will be willing to assist in the deployment as well as the redeployment. Tentative dates are 1 May through 30 July.
    5. AT-01 Comments. I can say with a great deal of pride I am proud of each and every one of you that made the trip to FT Stewart. Without a tremendous amount of individual efforts we could not have moved over 1200 wheeled vehicles and 300 tracks to FT Stewart without any major incidents. The professionalism demonstrated by this organization in performing that deployment is beyond most people’s comprehension and I am extremely proud. I would ask you to ask those of us that elected not to participate in AT take a hard look at themselves and their membership in this great organization. There are several hundred soldiers who decided for a host of reasons they could not attend AT. That makes the job that much harder on each of us as we have to do our job and theirs as well. If you are part of the team then I expect you to be a team player. Annual training is a condition of your enlistment along with the IDT periods. Taking the oath makes a pledge of your personal honor that you will support the organization above your own desires.
  3. SABER 7- COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR (CSM PIPPIN):
    1. AT-01: I want to thank all of you for completing a successful Annual Training. It was proven that the Regiment can exercise the BATTLE FOCUSED TRAINING CONCEPT. Continue to improve during the next IDT periods for NTC.
    2. OBSERVATIONS: Since my arrival to the Regimental Headquarters several months ago, I have visited numerous units, soldiers and events. On the whole, I am very pleased with the individual soldier’s energy, focus and individual/unit discipline. But there are several key areas I would ask each of you to look at as you go about the business of being senior leaders. Each of us has the responsibility to enforce standards and policy, and we do not pick and choose those regulations and policies we enforce.
      1. SAFETY: I have yet to visit a unit, either in garrison or the field, which enforces the use of wheel chocks or drip pans. Wheel chocks are not only part of every tactical vehicle’s BII, but are part of the safety plan. I have personally seen the fatal effects of failure to do so. Please ruthlessly enforce this basic safety measure to include drip pans.
        1. HELMETS: The Regimental Commander has issued a directive which states all 278th ACR soldiers must wear helmets while traveling in tactical vehicles in the field. The directive doesn’t say except when on a LOGPAC run or except for senior leaders or except for soldiers not really in the problem play. It says all soldiers in the field in tactical vehicles. Meet the sprit and the intent – save lives and prevent injury.
        2. WEAPONS SECURITY: When soldiers stack arms in the field in order to accomplish basic tasks (erecting tents, unloading vehicles, etc) in some cases they are demonstrating that leaders do not enforce tactically sound policies, and are begging to lose a weapon. Soldiers can and must keep their weapons on their person. I witnessed at AT-01 a unit in the field stacking arms to set up their bivouac area, and not 300 meters away were civilians involved in their own activities. How easily could a weapon vanish? And will they repeat the same act in a fight as they do in training.
        3. APPEARANCE AND DRESS: A basic tenet of the noncommissioned officer is that we make on-the-spot corrections on all soldiers we observe needing correcting. Period. General military authority is granted in and charged by the Manual for Courts-Martial, and is the authority by which we do our jobs. Why then do so many NCO’s below us miss the soldiers we see that need to cut or pull their hair up, put on headgear, take hands out of pockets, put on helmets while driving tactical vehicles in the field, etc? Make corrections as needed.
        4. PHYSICAL FITNESS AND HEALTH: Several incidents, all indications pointing to heart problems, remind us all of our continual need to stress and focus on physical fitness, healthy eating and exercising habits, and the need for routine physical exams. Do yourself a favor and take care of you. We need you around!
    3. NCOERs: We are beginning to enter the window for NCOERs. I expect the NCO senior leadership do a better job than last year scrutinizing individual soldiers NCOERs.

    Thanks for being out there day in and day out. We need you, your uncompromising leadership, and your vision. Thanks.

  4. SABER 1 - PERSONNEL & ADMIN OFFICER (MAJ JONES):
    1. SGLI Change:
      1. Effective 1 April 2001 maximum coverage under SGLI will increase from $200,000 to $250,000.
      2. The law requires that all individuals be changed to the maximum on that date. On 1 April 2001, all members eligible for SGLI will automatically be insured for the maximum coverage of $250,000. The cost for the maximum coverage is $20.00. If you currently do not have insurance you must decline this coverage by filling out the new form.
      3. Should a member of the uniformed services desire less than the automatic maximum coverage, that member should complete SGLV form 8286 (April 2001 version) indicating the amount of coverage desired (including no coverage) and furnish it to his/her unit. Units should forward elections as expeditiously as possible to avoid the necessity for corrections in financial transactions. The rates of collection effective 1 April 2001 will remain $.80 per $10,000 of coverage. Any member who does not make a reduced or declined coverage during April 2001 will be charged for the full $250,000 of coverage for April, as well as for any other month in which the level of coverage remains in effect.
      4. The SGLV election (reduced coverage or declined coverage) must be completed no earlier that 1 April 2001 and no later than 30 April 2001 in order to receive an appropriate refund for the amount deducted for April 2001.
    2. Morale, Welfare, Recreation Fund: Do not forget to submit request for MWR Funds payment. This is due NLT 2 weeks after completion of Annual Training. Please send receipts for expenditures of MWR Funds NLT 2 weeks after expenditure of money.
    3. Officer Evaluation Reports: Reminder to all officers; It is your responsibility to complete an OER support form NLT 30 days after beginning a new rating period. Your rater should retain a copy of the support form. It is the responsibility of each officer to ensure his or her OERs are up to date. The new state policy does not allow promotion of officers unless OERs are accurate and up to date.
    4. Physical Examinations: Physical examinations are required every five years without regard to a soldier’s age. Please ensure all soldiers have a current physical exam prior to NTC.
    5. Line of Duty Investigation: Please ensure all Line of Duties are accomplished and forwarded to this Headquarters ASAP. There are still many pending LODs from Annual Training. Please do not delay in submission of these investigations, this is very important to the soldier.
    6. NTC Personnel Program: Units are reminded to continue to work on their NTC database. You must coordinate with cross-attached units for information on cross-leveled or attached soldiers. Annual Training should have locked in battle rosters and units should be preparing their final draft.
  5. SABER 2 - INTELLIGENCE & SECURITY OFFICER (MAJ KIEFER):
    1. AT-01. AT was a good exercise to show there are still some weaknesses in our intelligence gathering process. The good news is that the knowledge is there, we just need to refine our TTP's. The sustains and improves are too numerous to mention all here, so here is one of each.
      1. Sustain: HUMMINT collection. Went extremely well. Soldiers all across the Regiment seem to get the idea that good information will come from treating COB's with respect.
      2. Improve: Processing of Enemy Documents. Did not work at all. Documents took 36-48 hours to make it through channels. If they got to a point where they could be analyzed, the supporting documentation was incomplete and in one case totally incorrect. We were quite embarrassed to learn from the Corps G-2 that our conspiracy theory of a mole in the II Corps HQ was a nice "analytical exercise". However, we were informed the "evidence" that we had, was provided to one of our LNO's from an an allied army, and was not a "captured document" as it was reported.
    2. ASAS-Light. One area that we are working on the most is the ASAS-Light fielding. Basically this is a laptop computer that is able communicate over the TACLAN to the ACE. ASAS-Light users will be able to see the deep fight across the regiment as it is built in the ACE. INTSUM's will be pushed to the Squadrons via ASAS-Light.
    3. TACLAN. I know there may be skeptics that don't want to put too much stock in one single computer. However the dividends will be great, even if the TACLAN is up for a few hours a day. What would normally take a long time to communicate by voice can be transmitted in seconds, via the wonders of digital technology.
    4. Communications. It has been said that in today's military, if you can't talk bits & bytes, you can't fight. A large part of this burden to build the infrastructure rest on the SIGO's and supporting signal unit, the remaining responsibility to use the equipment as it was intended is ours.
  6. SABER 3 – OPERATIONS OFFICER (MAJ ARCHER):
    1. AT-01. What a rehearsal!!! In sports, you always want a tough game or loss right before the playoffs because it serves to focus the team on doing their absolute best and fixing problems (weaknesses). It was a tough rehearsal AT, but I think it will help us focus on the important things in preparation for the NTC. We must improve the following areas:
      1. Commo. Communications was extremely difficult, to say the least. The distances and heavy vegetation took its toll. However, I found numerous problems as I crawled around on M577’s and BFV’s. Antenna connections were not tight, radios were hooked to antenna bases with no antenna mounted on them, mikes were hooked to radios instead of the VAA’s, people were trying to communicate voice on Channel 6 (which is loaded with a KEK instead of a TEK for OTAR operations), etc. We also hurt ourselves by not having a lot of our commo equipment mounted and operational. For example, every CP from Regiment to Cav Troop level is authorized at least 1 MSRT to connect to the MSE system. This is basically a secure Army cellphone, and the coverage was up!! Only 3 MSRT’s in the Regt were up and operational. Furthermore, every tactical CP from Regt to Cav Troop level is authorized an AM radio to operate in the Regimental AM Command Net. None were up and operational! The Army realizes that an ACR operates and communicates over extended distances and has provided us the means to do so. Shame on us for not using every asset we have available! Remember, if you ain’t talkin’, you’re just camping out!
      2. Reporting. Difficulty with commo is no excuse for poor reporting. Reports often had to be pulled from below, including Corps pulling reports from Regt. This is not right. Always keep your higher Hqs informed, even if you have to send a runner (LNO). Our mission as an ACR is to be the "eyes and ears" for the Corps commander. This means timely and accurate reports. If we can’t provide them, the Corps doesn’t need us.
      3. Soldier discipline. I was proud of most of our soldiers at AT-01. They were in uniform and doing things right! However, we still have quite a few soldiers that don’t want to "play the Army game". They don’t stay in uniform and they don’t perform their jobs safely and correctly. The Army combat uniform is designed for safety mainly.
        1. Sleeves down on your BDU top don’t make you hotter. They DO protect your skin from UV rays resulting in skin cancer. They DO absorb perspiration and allow evaporation to keep your body cooler. They DO keep your skin cleaner for better cooling and better hygiene.
        2. Helmets are heavy, but they’re heavy to protect your head. You may never have to rely on your helmet to stop a bullet, but mine stopped several hard objects from raising a knot on my head this AT! Yours will, too, but you have to wear it – ALL THE TIME. Putting on your helmet after a falling camo pole has busted your head is not the answer.
        3. Getting seatbelts on around LBV is a pain, but it’s a regulatory requirement—and a good idea if you want to live a long time. Seatbelts keep you inside a vehicle where it’s safe. Being thrown out on the ground with a HMMWV or HEMMT or M113 or BFV rolling over you is DANGEROUS and DEADLY. Take time to buckle-up.
        4. Bottom line: Staying in uniform is your responsibility to be safe on the job, just like wearing a hardhat and steel-toed boots is mandatory on many civilian jobs. OSHA is not in the field with us, but leaders are, and they must enforce the standards.
    2. Simulation update for the Regiment: We will be getting 14 AFIST XXI systems in the regiment as of 1 Nov 01. All three squadrons will have a NET training at a central location in their squadrons. Dates are as listed for each Squadron: 7-9 Nov 01--1st Squadron, 14-16 Nov 01--2nd Squadron, 21-23 Nov 01--3rd Squadron.
    3. Battle rosters update reminder: Just a reminder, battle rosters are still due at this Hqs NLT the 1st of each month.
  7. SABER 4 - LOGISTICS OFFICER (MAJ HENSLEY):
    1. Combat Lifesaver Bags. There is still problem getting bags shipped from Depot. Depot is short a couple of items which must go in the bags to make them complete. DOL is watching our NTC deployment timeline and is considering ordering the individual pieces and constructing the bags for issue. Either way, units must continue to requisition their needed combat lifesaver bags. There were many combat life saver graduates during AT-01, requisition combat lifesaver bags for them ASAP. DOL must have a good requisition count on file if time becomes critical and they are forced to order the pieces and "construct" the bags.
    2. After AT Inventories. Reference 278-PBO (700) memorandum, subject: After Annual Training Inventory (100%), dated 20 July 2001. An inventory of all federal property must be accomplished annually, within forty- five days (45) after return from Annual Training. Upon completing the inventory a certificate of inventory, Annex J, TNARNG 710-1, copy attached, must be completed and forwarded thru channels to AGTN-DOL, and a copy furnished to the RPBO office NLT 4 September 2001. Discrepancies will be reported to the RPBO office by memorandum.
    3. WARNO. NTC Vehicle Shipment. We will conduct a two-day workshop to go over shipment plans for equipment, wheeled, tracked, and with rotors, to the NTC. While AT-01 is fresh on everyone’s mind, capture the data now on what units really need. As an example, what type of specialty trucks, i.e. command & control vehicles, should we ship? We must balance what is available budget wise, what is available at the NTC preposition yard, what can we man, what does the CSB need to support us and make a plan. The NTC team already has a draft plan so we are not starting at ground zero, but we must follow-up and complete the loop. Tentative date is Wed/Thur, 22/23 Aug 01. LOI to follow.
    4. Commercial Trailers. Units with commercial trailers (Xtra Lease) and M915 tractors must return them to this HQs NLT COB 31 August 01. POC is CPT Cheek at TNNET 3228.
    5. KY MATES WARNO. I expect to travel to KY MATES to inventory tracked equipment for turn-in in the near future (14-16Aug). We will take two reps from each squadron, one per separate company with tracks involved. LOI forthcoming.

    Quote of the Month

    Espirit de corps. What kind of difference can it really make? The history of World War One definitely proves what espirit de corps can do while it sometimes leaves us wondering who the real enemy was.

    .…At the end of the First World War the German Commander, Field Marshal von Ludendorff, spoke with some envy of the severity of British and French military discipline compared with that in the German army: "The Entente no doubt achieved more than we did with their considerably more severe punishments. This historic fact is well established." Certainly the British and French had many more executions then the Germans – the French during their 1917 mutinies shot an undisclosed number of mutineers to restore order – and the evidence from diaries and memoirs builds up a picture of numerous "unofficial" executions during the heat of battle. One French general ordered his artillery to bombard his own trenches when his men refused to leave them, and there are many examples of British officers using death or the threat of death to move their men forward. Lieutenant Colonel Lambert Ward recorded one occasion where a brigade of the Third Division had "cracked to a man. You could not send them back to base, yet they were in such a state that they would willingly have taken ten years’ penal servitude to stay out of the line. In these circumstances it was only the fear of death that kept them at their posts." Another British colonel was quite open about the fact that he ordered his machine-gunners to fire at some British troops who were in the process of surrendering in April 1918. As he said: "Such action as this will in a short time spread like dry rot through an army and is one of those dire duties which calls for immediate and prompt action."

    A large majority of the British soldiers executed during the First World War died to maintain discipline. Their "crimes" were insignificant in the context of a civilian criminal code – desertion, cowardice, disobedience, striking a superior officer, sleeping at one’s post – yet in the context of maintaining morale in an army, the victims not only had to die but had to be seen to die by their comrades. Their punishment was in no way retributive, only exemplary. British military authorities attempted to extend their draconian measures to the all-volunteer Australian force in France after 1916, but the Australian government refused to allow it. Most British officers regarded the Australians as undisciplined, untidy, and disorderly soldiers. On the other hand, they were the best shock troops in the British army, highly rated by their German opponents. Their high morale and low desertion rates were not maintained by fear of the gun or the firing squad, but by a healthy espirit de corps. It is significant that no British commander of the period seemed to grasp this fact and seek to re-create it in his own troops….

    For further reading see: Blue on Blue, A History of Friendly Fire, Author Geoffrey Regan, Avon Books, New York, New York, Copyright 1995. If you have a quote to submit for Old Bill’s Chips, please forward it to MAJ Hensley, email, or fax it to (865) 582-3208.

  8. SABER SQUELCH – RS-6 (MAJ JESTRAB)

    AT01 is behind us and some great lessons learned can be had by all. First I would like thank all of you for your hard efforts especially related to Frequency Hopping. We were very successful in getting out of the RSOI with all units fully Frequency Hopping. We now have to concentrate on our other communication methods. The foliage at Ft. Stewart caused us a lot of problems in distance reaching in both FM and MSE. The 115th Sig Bn put on a strong effort to get the shots in, keep equipment operable, reset after being jammed, and attempting to get all ULLS boxes blasting to the RSA. We as the Regiment need to help these efforts in providing as much warning of future moves so that the quartering party can set up FM (OE-254's) and MSE shots so that the moves will be able to communicate. We utilized ground and Aerial Retrans for FM, Relays for MSE, and disk pushing for ULLS. A lot of experience was gained from this AT. Now to the business at hand. We only had 3 MSRT's functional for the Regiment (115th Sig Bn had most of theirs operational), a lot of the equipment was not mounted, antennas not available, cabling missing. We must concentrate on this piece of equipment and get it fixed now. Send your MSRT's off for repair to CE Maintenance and complete the installation kits in your Hummves and 577. Each unit down to troop is equipped with this MSE transmitter/receiver that works off a MSE RAU. During our NTC tour this piece of equipment will prove invaluable, not only is it voice it can also Fax. Have your SIGO's evaluate all your equipment and get it working. We will be having some COMMEX's in the near future with MSE equipment established at Regimental Headquarters and will be using MSRT's, DNVT's, ULLS Blasting, and TACLAN. These terms should be second nature to each of us and we need to be ready to execute. The other piece of equipment that was not utilized was the AM radio's, who has operator manuals,(each user is required to have one), do you have all the antennas required for this equipment especially the inner cable within the tracks. This needs to be our second effort and it will get us communicating at the NTC. Even though this is not the preferred method it will cover any distances we could encounter. Retrans teams keep current and practice on doing multiple site retrans. Remember everybody likes to talk about communications, but nobody can talk without us.

  9. SABER REDLEG – FIRE SUPPORT (MAJ HART):
    1. Digital Workshop. Regimental fire support personnel, in coordination with 1/181 FA BN (MLRS), are planning a consolidate digital workshop to be hosted in Chattanooga during the October Drill period. LTC Quinn and his staff have graciously extended this invitation. All FSE personnel (Saber, Peacemaker, Raider, Desperado) with the responsibility to have the Regiment talking digitally need to attend. A more detailed MOI will be published. Here's how it’s shaping up. Attendees as follows:

      Regimental FSE - All section personnel (6)

      Squadron FSOs - All section personnel (4)

      Equipment List - All items necessary to establish Digital comms (wire) & one TA 312 field phone with wire.

      Lodging & Meals - Provided at Chattonooga Armory (bring your own cot & bedroll)

      Transportation - GSA or military vehicle

      Schedule - TBA

    2. FIST & COLT shortages. Currently, the Regimental need for fire planning and execution on the battlefield exceeds our capability. While FIST & COLT personnel are line and paragraph entries at the HOW BTRY level, the association and actual work is performed at the troop/company level. It is imperative that these deficiencies be corrected. Fire planning at the troop/company level with consolidation and refinement at squadron level is mandatory for effective fires and particularly essential in defensive operations. Troop/company fire planners provide critical information to their commanders and can be an invaluable set of eyes when necessary. I want to encourage our Sqdn FSEs, HOW BTRYs and troops/companies to review their fire planning requirements and address this shortage. BOTTOM LINE: DON’T GO TO WAR WITHOUT IT....YOU'LL LOSE.
    3. PLS & FLAT RACKS. While at our rehearsal for the NTC (AT 01 FT. STEWART), a misconception regarding the use of flat racks and ammunition transfer procedures arose. This misconception cost the HOW BTRYs hours of valuable live-fire time. SABER 6 & SABER 3 wanted to ensure this misconception DID NOT happen again and that all parties involved in handling ARTY AMMO fully understood the mission and intent. Command Guidance concerning this issue has been previously stated and will be succinctly reiterated. Flat racks are designed for the quick loading and rapid transportation of ammunition and should be used as such. Support squadron will transport artillery ammunition as far forward as practical, unhook and drop their ammo-laden racks. Ammunition is NOT to be off-loaded with rough terrain forks lifts or be reloaded on HOW BTRY flat racks. RACKS ARE TO BE EXCHANGED. HOW BTRYs are to drop their empty racks at the exchange point and pick up the ammo-laden racks for transport to the firing unit. Distribution of ammo to the PALADINS & their CATs occurs at a designated location determined by the HOW BTRY CDR and NOT at the locations where the FLAT RACKS ARE EXCHANGED. Flat rack serial numbers are NOT critical to accountability. This allows a one-to-one exchange at the user level.
    4. POF and What It Means. During our rock-drill rehearsal for the WARFIGHTER at Smyrna, I heard a side-bar conversation concerning the Fire Support term "Priority of Fire." While most maneuver commanders understand this term, a certain degree of confusion was apparent in this particular dialogue. For clarity and understand, I want to restate the obvious: Regimental DS and Reinforcing artillery is available to ALL requestors. Plans for FS usage and target nominations are expected from ALL maneuver elements and some combat support units. The priority of effort in planning fires, munitions delivery, and mission execution is orchestrated at the RFSE level to support the RCO's intent for fires. Artillery support with the desired, optimal effects requires synchronization. Never settle for anything less simply because you didn't have POF and opted not to request additional FS assets. BOTTOM LINE: JUST BECAUSE YOU AIN'T GOT PRIORITY OF FIRE, DOESN'T MEAN YOU WON'T GET FIRES. FAILURE TO PLAN OR REQUEST FIRE SUPPORT WILL ONLY ENSURE IT DOESN'T HAPPEN.
  10. SABER SAFETY (CW4 STONE).
    1. AT-01. Annual Training was a major learning experience for the Safety Office. Let’s take a quick look back:
      1. Heat Injuries: 30 soldiers went down the first 2 days. Two were heat strokes. Very scary. Luckily, the rain came to cool things off or there might have been a disaster.
      2. Risk Management: We are in the crawl stage of a crawl, walk, run program for RM. Many units filled out Risk Management Worksheets during AT, which was good - but not in a timely manner. Risk Management must start in the planning process. If you fill out the worksheet after the planning process, you are just doing paperwork. When leaders (CDRs, 1SGs, Platoon Leaders, Platoon SGTs, etc.) get together to plan an exercise (a convoy move, a PT test, IWQ, etc.) the RM process begins and this is when the worksheet is filled out. For tactical missions at the squadron level and higher, the RM Worksheet is filled out during the MDMP process. If we can get this idea across, we will be in the walk stage. The run stage will occur when we learn to update the worksheet as the mission, task, or exercise develops. You can add or subtract hazards or adjust your level of risk as needed. This is the goal of the safety office. You will be shut down at NTC if you don’t get this right.
      3. AGAR: Abbreviated Ground Accident Report (DA Form 2397-AB-R). The purpose of this form is for the Regiment, State and Safety Center to develop trends in accidents in order for us to direct our efforts in areas needing the most attention. We cannot do this without accurate, timely reports. These reports are required. Minimally, a report must be submitted if a soldier misses a day of work or there is equipment damage of $2,000 or more. There is more to it than that, but this is a good starting point. I have an instruction booklet that I can send you to help fill out the form. Call me if you need help.
    2. Safety Tips: One of the best ways to integrate safety into your unit is to hold safety tips. Of course, every time you have an exercise, mission, task (whatever you want to call it) you must brief it integrating safety into the brief. But besides that, every time you hold a formation, have your safety officer give a safety tip or two. Or, at least, ask for someone to volunteer a safety tip. Bottom line is that every time you have a discussion with your soldiers, you should throw in something about safety. I’ll make a list. You can pull it out of your pocket and read it. This is how you will get your soldiers to think safety.
  11. SABER JAG (COL ZIMMERMAN). I would simply like to remind everyone that, given the lengthy AT for next year, everyone needs to make sure that employers have notification of the exact dates they will be gone. Those personnel on the main body will either be gone 1-22 Jun 02 or 2-23 Jun 02, depending on what day you deploy. Please help your employer support you by giving them ample notification of this major deployment.
  12. SABER DESERT – NTC PROJECT TEAM:
    1. The NTC reporting matrix is due 10 AUG 01, make sure it is updated with accurate information. Great participation in the Combat Lifesaver classes during AT. I know that it was painful but it was definitely worth it. Make sure the CLS numbers are updated on the NTC reporting matrix. Continue to enroll your soldiers into the RTI Combat Lifesaver Classes.
    2. Right Seat Rides begin September 01. The dates are as follows:

      ROTATION RSOI FORCE ON FORCE

      02-01 17-21 SEP 01 24-28 SEP 01

      02-02 15-19 OCT 01 22-26 OCT 01

      02-03 19-23 NOV 01 26-30 NOV 01

      02-04 14-18 JAN 02 21-25 JAN 02

      02-05 11-15 FEB 02 18-22 FEB 02

      02-06 11-15 MAR 02 18-22 MAR 02

      02-07 08-12 APR 02 15-19 APR 02

      02-08 06-10 MAY 02 13-17 MAY 02

      Send requests through your chain of command to CPT Sharp on the NTC project team. The Center for Army Lessons Learned and the NTC Bronco OC team have web sites with a plethora of information, check them out (http//call.army.mil/call.html or www.irwin.army.mil/bronco).

    3. This month's Acronym lesson:

ASL - Authorized Supply Listing

ASP - Ammunition Supply Point

CSS - Combat Service Support

FMC - Fully Mission Capable

RSA - Regimental Support Area