HEADQUARTERS
278TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT
Tennessee Army National Guard, P.O. Box 10167
Knoxville, Tennessee 37939-0167
http://www.geocities.com/278acr/

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Publishing Date 03 February 2003
Bulletin Number 03-02

 

1.  "SABER SIX"   REGIMENTAL COMMANDER,  COL HASTON

a.      RETENTION AND RECRUITING  The Regiment essentially stayed the same last month as far as net gains and losses.  That's good retention but still does not improve our strength.  We must increase our numbers.  Commanders, what are you personally doing?  Are you visiting schools, are you working closely with your recruiter?  Do you even know who he/she is?  I have found that to be the case at some locations.  Each Unit should have a written "Recruiting Plan/Strategy".  It should be a collaborative effort between the unit and the RRM assigned and implemented to the newest soldier.   Each unit should be conducting and recording its monthly retention interviews. 

b.      COMBAT READINESS  This past weekend I attend the Senior Commanders Conference in Little Rock, AR.  I had the opportunity to hear numerous Senior Army Leaders speak about the role of the ARNG in the current world scenario but the most impressive was the Joint Forces Land Component Commander (JFLCC) from Camp Doha Kuwait.  He said that all soldiers coming into theater should focus on the following in priority:  1) MOSQ  2) IWQ  3) APFT  4) NBC Skills.   This is exactly what I have set forth in TY-03 training guidance and also in the upcoming TY-04 guidance. 

  1. Each soldier should be DUTY MOSQ!  If they are not, what is the plan to get them qualified?  We can no longer afford to "hide" soldiers because they won't or can't attend MOSQ courses.  Commanders at all levels must know the current status of your soldiers.
  2. Every soldier in the 278th ACR must qualify with his or her assigned weapon.  No excuses.
  3. Physical fitness is an individual responsibility.  Soldiers must stop creating excuses and hiding from the APFT.  If soldiers have physical limitations we must get them a profile. 
  4. Each soldier in the Regiment should be able to do the basic NBC task (10 level).  Don the mask, get in MOPP-4 and self decontamination.  Commanders, start this drill with hip pocket training to evaluate these tasks.

c.      SECURITY  Accountability of sensitive items is critical.  Inventories must be accomplished IAW published schedules.  Whoever signs the inventory is responsible. Serious Incident Reports (SIR) are on the rise nationwide.  Help me not have any with the 278th ACR name on them.

d.      SHOWDOWN INSPECTIONS  To the best of my knowledge, 100% show down inspections are not being accomplished.  This is being proven by soldiers showing up at training without equipment and the numerous reports of surveys.  This is Sergeants business and I expect it to be accomplished.  Nobody is exempt!

e.      PIPELINE LOSSES  The TNARNG looses soldiers each month either before they ship to basic training or while they are there.  Most units never know about the loss because they never knew about the soldier.  Keep up with these soldiers and know their status.  Get them involved in the unit now.  Teach them the basic skill's before they ship.  We loose soldiers because we don't take the time.

f.      SCHOOL PREPERATION Almost each month we have an issue with a soldier who has gone to school and arrived not having the correct equipment, over-weight or not meeting some other pre-requisite.  Units are supposed to be checking each soldier prior to departing.  This is not happening.  If you have a soldier who is scheduled to attend school, the checklist will be completed and signed by the 1SG or the Readiness NCO.

g.      EANGTN/NGAT  I encourage all of our enlisted soldiers to join or renew their membership in our Enlisted Association.  This is a great organization that has a positive effect on the entire TNARNG.  The NGAT conference in Nashville 21-23 February 03 and the EANGTN conference will be held in Memphis 22-24 March 03.  I encourage all to attend.

2.      HONORARY COLONEL OF THE REGIMENT (COL(R) McKNIGHT):

a.      CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS of the service we observe serve as the glue that binds our commonality as soldiers together. They set us apart form our civilian counterparts. It is amazing to see our Regiment perform ceremonies the way they were performed when I was a young man and when my grandfather was a young man. The only thing that changes over the years has been the faces. The 40th Colonel of the 11th ACR, BG Jimmy Leach, remarked after a change of command in Knoxville "I couldn't tell them apart from the Regular Army!" That simple remark was a high compliment. When you deviate from the Army's customs it brands you the offender as ignorant, careless, or ill-bred.

b.      SALUTING  A courtesy we observe that sets us apart is Military Courtesy or saluting. Saluting is not a one-way street. Enlisted personnel are expected to be courteous to officers and officers are expected to return the courtesy. Mutual respect is a vital part of military life. The following situation described in MARINE!, The Life of LT. GEN. Lewis B. (Chesty) Puller, USMC (RET), by Burke Davis, demonstrates this point.

        "A senior Marine Corps officer came upon a strange sight in a company street one day: a private at rigid attention saluted over and over like a robot, a second lieutenant who stood before him, hands on hips. 'What's going on?' asked the Senior Marine. "This Marine, sir neglected to salute me as we passed, and I've ordered him to salute one hundred times."

        "You're right," the senior Marine replied, "But you know that an officer must return every salute he receives-now let me see you do your share!"

        If you really think about it, military courtesy is respect shown to one other by members of the same profession.

c.      MILITARY RANK is a reflection of merit. You have a responsibility to treat all personnel with due respect. One way to demonstrate respect is to address each individual by his or her correct title. All lieutenants are addressed as "lieutenant" and lieutenant colonels as "colonel." The words "sir" or "ma'am" are used in military conversation by the junior officer in addressing a senior and by all enlisted personnel in addressing officers. Good judgment and courtesy indicate how frequently "sir" or "ma'am" is used during the conversation. Conversation carried on in the presence of troops should always be formal and proper. When not in the presence of troops, you may observe seniors introducing themselves using their first name and addressing junior personnel by their first or last name. However, this does not give the junior the privilege of addressing the senior in any way other than by his or her proper title. Individuals of the same grade generally address one another by first name except when in a formal situation or in the presence of troops.

d.      GUIDEONS, SQUADRON, AND REGIMENTAL COLORS are the only tangible/visible evidence of a unit. They are passed during change of command because whoever is entrusted with these flags commands the unit. An old tradition in the Army is posting the unit guideon in front of the Orderly Room door when the Company Commander was in his office. Squadron and Regimental Colors are normally posted in the same manner or maintained in the commander's office as a symbol of his command authority. General Officer colors are normally flown outside by the entrance only when the general is in the building.

        Next time I will talk about the privilege of wearing the Regimental Crest.

3.      "SABER 5" - REGIMENTAL EXECUTIVE OFFICER (LTC BELEW):

a.      SUPPLY ACCOUNTABILITY  We continue to have recurring faults during CLRT inspections.  Most of the items found to be at fault are easily correctable if you will use the checklists that have been sent out in several formats.  I expect you to use those checklists to insure you are in compliance with the regulation.  If you need help ask for it.

b.      GUNNERY  It's refreshing to hear the sound of the big guns once again.  Its been over two years since we got to smell cordite and put rounds down range.  As we move back into the gunnery cycle it is critical we remember safety.  Its been a long time since we hurt anyone and getting kissed by a breechblock is not the way to get reintroduced to a main gun.  As you go thru your TCGST/BCGST and gate tables remember that it only takes a split second to go from safe to dead. 

c.      BCBST  Here we go again.  I can hardly wait to climb into that C-130 and head out for Kansas City and knock out another BCBST Seminar.  We get to fight the new OPFOR formations and learn all the new terms and face a whole new set of challenges.  Some of the regimental staff is new and some of the Squadron Staffs are new.  As we prep for the event those of you that have done this before help the new guys pack for the event.  As you load your TOC boxes make sure you have all your tools gathered and all the supplies you need.  Continue to improve your education by completing the online SPC instruction.  We are required to complete the program by 14FEB03.

d.      NATIONAL GUARD ASSOCIATION OF TENNESSEE  Our annual NGAT conference is upon us.  This year we have the added convenience of having it begin the day we come home from FT Leavenworth.  It's hard to believe it's here again.  I hope to see as many of you as possible at the business meeting on Saturday morning the 22nd.  We have a new governor this year and as most of you know MG Hargett has been re-appointed as the Adjutant General.  It should be an interesting conference.

  1. "SABER 7" - COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR (CSM PIPPIN):

QUALITATIVE RETENTION AND PROMOTION  BOARDS  During the month of January I had the opportunity to participate as a member of several NCO/Enlisted Boards. After reviewing several files, I became frustrated in finding incomplete soldier records.  It appeared to me that year after year most soldier files have the same missing items.  These missing items are very important to a soldier's career. To elaborate more, here are a few major items I discovered that could have been corrected at the unit level:

  1. Incomplete NCOERs.
  2. QRB checklist not complete and not signed by the soldier.
  3. No unit Commander's statement to retain a soldier that is on the   "border line".
  4. 2-1 not current with latest information and not reviewed by the soldier.
  5. Not following directions in preparing for very important Boards.

As it is mentioned in the Future Vision of the NCO Corps- WE MUST ALWAYS BE AN NCO CORPS THAT: Leads by Example, Trains from Experience, Maintains and Enforces Standards, Takes Care of Soldiers and Adapts to a changing world.

  1. "SABER 1" - PERSONNEL & ADMIN OFFICER (MAJ JONES):

a.      PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS  Effective immediately, promotion to higher grade can not be completed with a copy of college transcripts. Any transcript that has Student Copy or any words to that effect will not be accepted. The transcript must be an original with the raised seal. This is in accordance with NGR 600-100 9-4 d. CNGB will not accept any other form of transcripts.

b.      FAMILY READINESS GROUP  We are looking for a volunteer to be the Family Readiness Group Leader for the 278th ACR.  The Family Readiness Group Leader would be responsible for coordinating with all Family Readiness Groups in the Regiment along with other responsibilities.  This person should be a non-MDAY volunteer.  Please contact the RS1 at 865-582-3206 if you know someone who would be interested in this position. There is a meeting on April 5th and 6th of 2003 concerning our Family Readiness. More information will be provided in future editions as we learn the details concerning this meeting.

c.      RETIREMENT SEMINARS  If you have a soldier with 19 good years of service or more and they have not been to a retirement seminar, please schedule them immediately for one. SFC Diana Moore is responsible for putting together these retirement seminars. She cannot help our soldiers without us helping them also. We our doing our soldiers an incredible injustice if they have 19 years and are not scheduled for a seminar.

d.      EPPS PACKETS  Due to circumstances out of our control State headquarters has changed their suspense date from 15 March to 01 March 03. This has forced the Regiment to put a suspense date of 15Feb03. I know this puts a hardship on the units and takes away a drill period to complete the promotion packets but this has to happen due to SRP's and other factors not considered at initial suspense date.

6.      "SABER 2" - INTELLIGENCE OFFICER (MAJ KIEFER):

a.      PHYSICAL SECURITY  The materials needed for each unit to have a complete Security Binder have been provided and are available.  Our initial visits to units have not been encouraging, as the old binders and tabs are still being used.  We can't help a unit "clean up" and revise the binder if it has not been updated in 5 years.  We can provide the expertise and can answer questions, but the bottom line is the unit has to do the work.... We can't do it for you. Physical Security CDs were sent to all units some time ago and another round is on the way. Be sure to copy these CDs, furnish to your subordinate units, and USE them!

b.      MILITARY MAPS  These should not be a problem for the BCBST/WFX.  However if you find yourself in a bind, you know who to call.  POC for these matters is SGT Holloway at Regimental HQ, (865) 582-3227 / DSN 683-3227 / TNNET 3227. 

c.      DOCTRINE  The R-Staff has started the Mission Analysis of the BCBST OPORD.  The most significant item we noticed was the new weapons now available to the OPFOR.  Many of the new weapons are European, specifically French (Hmm... they will sell to anyone I guess).  So it may be time to update your OPFOR weapons data cards in your Battle Books.  As time permits the S2/ACE will prepare some weapons characteristics on some of the new systems, but I can't promise that it will be available prior to BCBST or WFX.  At a minimum the new weapons and max ranges will be listed in the Annex B of the OPORD.

7.      "SABER 3" - OPERATIONS OFFICER (LTC ADAMS):

a.      BCBST  List of attendees has been finalized.  SPC will close on 14FEB, so if you are required to take this course do so by the above date.

b.      NBC  Leaders need to continuously assess their section, troop, or squadron's NBC readiness skills.  The RCO has placed special emphasis in our soldier's individual NBC skills.

        Tasks to be trained include:

        031-503-1035    Protect yourself from chemical/biological
        contamination using your assigned protective mask.

        031-503-1015    Protect yourself from NBC injury/contamination with the appropriate Mission Oriented Protective Posture (MOPP) gear.

        031-503-1019    React to chemical or biological hazard/attack.

        Other areas of interest are mask fit tests, optical inserts as required and serviceable/correctly sized MOPP suits for all soldiers.

c.      YTB FY04  Units have until 11FEB03 to have their slides submitted for our upcoming YTB which will be held at Regimental Headquarters from 08-09MAR03.  Practice will be conducted on the 8th, with the actual brief to be conducted on the 9thMOI to be published this week.

8.      "SABER 4" - LOGISTICS OFFICER (MAJ DARNBUSH):

a.      CSDP  FY 03 CSDP was published and distributed 2 Jan 03.  Each Separate Unit and Squadron HHT will receive two this FY.  The first visit's focus is the checklist provided in the CEP.  The second visit is to review corrective actions and focus on CLRT checklist.

b.      NEW EQUIPMENT FIELDING  New Medical sets for each squadron, HHT,  and 190 EN Co is postponed until 4th QTR, FY 03. 

c.      BCBST  Main body seminar dates are 16-21 Feb 03.  All personnel will billet on post at Hoge Hall.  Advance detachment dates are 14 -15 Feb 03.  LOI was published 23 Jan 03.

d.      CENTRAL ISSUE FACILITY (CIF) CONVERSION  ReferencesMemo dtd 27 Nov 01, AGTN-DOL; Memo dtd 11 Mar 02, USPFO-SS; memo dtd 5 Nov 02, AGTN-DOL.  Units were to complete 100% showdown inspection of all soldiers prior to 1 Oct 02.  Memo with specific guidance for the Regiment TBP and POC is MSG Lewis.  For planning purposes, each squadron and separate unit should notify this Hqs with anticipated date(s) when subordinate units are ready for the state conversion team visit.

e.      COMET  FY 03 COMET schedule was distributed October 2002 and January 2003.

f.      AT 03  Annex I (Service Support) to OPORD 03-01 was issued Friday, 24 Jan 03.  Please review suspense dates.

  1. "SABER REDLEG" - FIRE SUPPORT OFFICER:  NO ENTRY

10.     "SABER SQUELCH" - SIGNAL OFFICER:  NO ENTRY

11.     S-5 CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICER (MAJ KEISMAN):

a.      VIP LUNCHEON  The Employer Support Group (ESGR) plans to host a VIP luncheon on 25 April 2003 at the Dogwood Arts Festival Air Show.  The Blue Angles are the featured act.  The Friday event is closed to the public however a VIP tent will be set up for invited quests to see the show.  Please submit the names of any employers you would like to invite to MAJ Keisman at [email protected].  We need the list NLT 26 February 2003.

b.      PUBLIC AFFAIRS COVERAGE

        Company E, 107th AVN

        Some soldiers from Co. E, 107th AVN have been called to active duty.  They will be sent to Camp Bondsteel in Kosovo for 6 months to perform air traffic control services.  On January 18, 2003, they prepared to depart by participating in the Soldier Readiness Processing conducted in Smyrna, Tennessee.

        Co. E will provide radar and tower services for Camp Bondsteel's military airport.  The airport services over 8500 aircraft movements each month.  Most of the unit will train for a few months prior to being shipped out.  Several of the members will be deployed early to get a facility rating, so that Co. E can begin operations as soon as possible.

        Co. E has been deployed before, and is no stranger to active duty.  They have been deployed to Germany and Bosnia, and have participated in numerous training operations over the last several years.

  1. "SABER MIKE GOLF" -- REGT MASTER GUNNER (SFC FOUTS):

NO ENTRY

13.  "SABER SAFETY" -- REGIMENTAL SAFETY OFFICER (CW4 STONE):

        A good safety brief for your safety officer (SSG or higher) to give at a formation this drill.  Then post on your safety bulletin board.

        WINTER DRIVING TIPS

How to keep control in slippery conditions.

Over most of the country, winter driving presents new challenges and dangers for motorists, including slippery road surfaces, limited visibility, and freezing temperatures. Basic preparation and a gentle driving style will enhance your chances for skating through the season unscathed.

Pick the right tires. If you need to drive a lot in slippery conditions, it's a good idea to replace summer or all-season tires with a set of dedicated winter tires. These have tread patterns and rubber compounds specially designed to grip snow and ice, for optimum traction on slick roads. Winter tires typically have shorter tread life and generate more road noise than the all-season tires that your vehicle came with. But the extra safety they provide is generally worth the compromise.

For extreme conditions, studded snow tires or even tire chains may be warranted. Because they can be tough on road surfaces, check if they're legal in your area before making the investment. In addition, it's always important to monitor tire pressure, as incorrect inflation can compromise a vehicle's handling and road-holding ability.

Clear off the snow and ice before driving. If snow has fallen since your car was parked, take the time to thoroughly brush it off the vehicle and scrape any ice from the windows. This will ensure that you have optimum visibility and that no large clumps of snow fall off of the vehicle once you begin driving, which can be a hazard for other motorists. In addition, headlamps and taillights may need to be wiped clean from road salt and grunge. When entering the vehicle, kick as much snow off of your feet as possible. Snow tracked inside the vehicle can contribute to window fogging.

Accelerate slowly to reduce wheel spin. If starting from a standstill on slick snow or ice, start in second gear so the vehicle is less likely to spin the tires. The automatic transmissions on some vehicles have a winter mode that automatically starts in a higher gear.

Reduce your speed and drive smoothly. In slippery conditions, tires lose their grip more easily, affecting all aspects of your driving: braking, turning, and accelerating. The key is to drive as smoothly, as possible, avoiding sudden actions or rapid movements of any kind. Drive as if you have a bowl of water in your lap and don't want to spill any.

Allow longer braking distances. Plan on starting your braking sooner than you normally would in dry conditions to give yourself extra room, and use more gentle pressure on the brake pedal.

Don't lock your wheels when braking. Locked wheels can make the vehicle slide or skid. If you have a vehicle without an antilock braking system (ABS), you may need to gently apply the brakes repeatedly to avoid having them lock up the wheels. If your vehicle has ABS, simply depress the brake pedal firmly and hold it down. ABS typically sends a vibration or pulsing sensation through the brake pedal. If you feel this, don't let up; it's normal.

Perform one action at a time when accelerating, braking, and turning. Asking a vehicle to do two things at once-such as braking and turning, or accelerating and turning-can reduce your control. When taking a turn, for instance, slowly apply the brakes while the vehicle is going straight. When it's at the right speed to take the turn, let up on the brakes and smoothly turn the steering wheel. After you're through the turn, slowly depress the accelerator to regain your speed.

Avoid sudden actions when cornering. A sudden maneuver-such as hard braking, a quick turn of the steering wheel, sudden acceleration, or shifting a manual transmission-can upset a vehicle's dynamics when it's taking a turn. In slick conditions, this can cause it to more easily go out of control.

Be ready to correct for a slide. Should the rear end of the vehicle begin to slide during a turn, gently let off on the accelerator and turn the steering wheel in the direction of the slide. This will help straighten it out. If the front end begins to plow off course, again let up on the accelerator and hold the steering wheel in the direction you want to go. Once the car slows enough to regain traction, it should begin turning again.

Don't let four- or all-wheel drive give you a false sense of security. 4WD and AWD systems only provide extra traction when accelerating. They provide no advantage when braking or cornering. So use the above tips no matter what type of vehicle you're driving.

Be extra wary of other motorists. They may not be driving as cautiously as you.