Tennessee Army National Guard, P.O. Box 10167
Knoxville, Tennessee 37939-0167


Publishing Date 09 January 2004
Bulletin Number 01-04





a.   READINESS  Troopers of the Regiment, Happy New Year!!! I hope these greetings find you well and prepared to train hard to protect our country and state of Tennessee. Yes, Protecting our country and state is what you're doing when you put on this uniform regardless of status or location.  It is our duty to get betters every MUTA or UTA. As stated in my command philosophy, is we must try to increase readiness every chance we get and if we are not doing that we are wrong.


b.   MOSQ  I have issued two policy letters on NON-MOSQ soldiers in the Regiment. It is our duty to get qualified for the jobs we do. If you are in a job that you are not schooled trained for you must get qualified. Check with your RNCOs and CSMs to find out what your status is if there is a question.


c.   KFOR PREPARATIONS  HHT 4/278th ACR and O Troop have completed their training at Fort Stewart, GA, have loaded their equipment on ships and are in the process of deploying to Germany and then on to Kosovo. P Troop and 278 MI (-) are prepping to go.  Again, all of you need to be very proud of what you have accomplished. You have and will continue to make the 278th proud as you complete this very important mission in Kosovo. Good Luck!!!  


d.   OFFICER & ENLISTED ASSOCIATION OF TENNESSEE  The association is a very important part of our Tennessee National Guard Heritage.  It has been around for 74 years and the National Association for 124 years.  Our strong association has enabled us to either have or be programmed to have the following new benefits: Income Tax deductions for IDT travel, Unlimited Commissary benefits, New Equipment Fielding and Tri Care health insurance benefits for our drilling National Guard Troopers and their families.  The insurance benefit was a part of the defense budget approved recently by President Bush.  We are obligated to support our association because it supports us.


e.   2003 278TH CHRISTMAS BALL  The enlisted, Non Commissioned Officer and officer Christmas socials this year in Gatlinburg Tennessee were exceptional.  Both hospitality rooms were top notch and the fellowship was great. It was outstanding that fourth squadron was allowed to visit from Fort Stewart, GA. It truly made it a special time for the 278th ACR.


f.    COMMAND GUIDANCE  As the new commander, listed below are some goals that I would like to accomplish while I am in command:


      a.  Recruit and maintain our strength above 95%

      b.  Qualify every solider with a army duty MOS that is in the 278th ACR

      c.  Conduct CTT training to standard

      d.  Establish Family Readiness Groups in all units.

      e.  Be the best major command in the state of Tennessee and enhanced 

            Regiment in the country.

      f.  We will do what is "right" as an organization.

      g. We will cooperate with each other, other units in the Tennessee

            National Guard, and we will set the example.


VOLUNTEERS                    "TAKE CHARGE!!!!





      Team building appears to be the new watch word in the Regiment.  We all know that an Armored Cavalry Regiment is already task organized by the very nature of the MTOE, right?  Right! So Team Building is essential to blend all of the moving parts into a harmonious team. 


      When we first adopted the new training doctrine of training at the lowest level, we were forced by the First US Army to train individual platoons separately which was a huge mistake that wasted valuable training time.  The argument lasted for a while.  Only when MG Dennis Malcor (an Armor Officer) arrived at First Army did he realize that ACRs don't ever employ single platoons.  He agreed that we should change our training strategy to the scout/tank platoon concept.  That change allowed us to progress to qualify to go to the NTC.  The starting point for ground maneuver in an ACR is the Scout/tank team in the maneuver Cav Troops.  That is the basic building block for an ACR.


      Unlike our Cavalry brothers in DIVCAV Squadrons, an ACR's lowest level maneuver unit is the scout platoon/tank platoon team in the Armored Cavalry Troop.  There is nothing a scout platoon in an ACR Armored Cav Troop does without the tank platoon providing over-watch and supporting direct fires.  Team work between the tank platoon and the scout platoon is essential at the basic level but is not a simple process.  Scouts and tankers must learn to work together as a team so that the tanks can provide over-watch and direct fire in support of the scouts.  That is the reason why tank platoons are included in the Armored Cavalry Troop's MTOE.  Training below this level should be nothing more than honing individual crew tasks.  Sending a scout platoon to maneuver without the tank platoon is nothing more than saying "the enemy positions will be marked by burning Bradleys."  Some might contend this is Troop level training but it is not!  Troop level training involves maneuvering two scout/tank teams at the same time while working with the mortars and indirect fire support.  Troop level training also includes planning for logistic support, and maneuvering the CP to control the fight.  Team building must start with the scouts and tankers training together.  To do anything else is a waste of valuable time and manpower.  We learned this lesson once before, we don't need to travel down the same primrose patch again.  Don't let anybody ever tell you that we need to train platoons separately!  People who espouse this just plain don't know what they are talking about.








a.   RECRUITING AND RETENTION  This training year I am asking all leaders to do a better job in our recruiting and retention efforts. We need to make sure the 278th ACR is still the leader among all Tennessee MACOMs.  Retaining soldiers should not be a difficult task. When you develop a YOU-CAN attitude about unit recruiting, everyone wins.


b.   MOSQ  It has been brought to my attention recently that we have 80 no shows for schools. As a leader, you should take this seriously.  What is the problem?


c.   ENLISTED BALL  Thanks to all who attended the Enlisted Ball this year. RHHT, 190th, ADA, Chem Co and MI Co hosted an excellent Ball. Next year 1/278 is the host and has big shoes to fill.


d.   ANNUAL TRAINING  In just six more months the first unit will be departing for AT 04. Now is the time to get your soldiers motivated for serious training.  Individual soldier packing list, equipment load list, operation orders, troop leading procedures are just several of many items you need to dust off.


e.   REGIMENTAL SOLDIER OF THE YEAR BOARD  I look forward to seeing your top soldiers Sunday 11 January 04 at Regimental Headquarters. Send your best so that we can take the State again.







a.   SELECTIVE RETENTION BOARD  The Calendar Year 2004 Selective Retention Board (CY04-SRB) for officers will convene 1-3 March 2004 in Nashville.  The board will consider for retention all officers who have at least 20 qualifying years of service for retirement by 31 December 2003, who have been issued a 20 year letter, and who have not been selected for a current period of retention by a previous selection board.  Officers identified have one month to submit their paperwork to their units.  These packets are required to the Adjutant NLT 10FEB04.


b.   EPPS PACKETS  EPPS Packets will be reviewed at the Adjutant's office from 21 -28 JAN 04.  Units have been scheduled to attend during this week.  Ensure all documents are reviewed for correctness prior to arrival.


c.   W-2 FORMS  W-2 Forms are now available on MyPay.





      PHYSICAL SECURITY INSPECTIONS  For many subordinate units, particularly the line squadrons, it has been a while since you've had a physical security inspection by this headquarters.  In the coming months, you can expect visits from RS-2 Representatives to inspect physical security  and provide you with whatever assistance you need in improving your physical security.  We are currently developing a visitation schedule.



7.       "SABER 3 ALFA" - ASSISTANT OPERATIONS OFFICER                   



a.   AT04  Reference: OPORD 04-01.  Units will conduct gunnery and tactical lanes training with the focus at the platoon level. 


b.   KFOR 6A MI AUGMENTEES  The MI Company is looking for a few good men and women to deploy with them to Kosovo in support of the KFOR 6A rotation.  Squadron Commander should closely scrutinize and recommend approval of personnel on a case-by-case basis.  Keep this in mind, however: "consider all possibilities before giving away all intel analysis capability."  Approvals will only be granted by the RCO.


c.   MOSQ  The MOS Qualification of the troopers of this Regiment is a primary concern of both myself and the Regimental Commander.  Units should make every effort to: 1) identify soldiers that need MOS training 2) enroll them in the next available MOS-producing course, and 3) follow up with the soldier to ensure that he or she doesn't become a "no show" for the course they should be attending.  Given the proper information and guidance on attending a MOS-producing course, a soldier should have no trouble or concerns about attending.


d.   PRE-CAMP CONFERENCE  278th ACR conducts Pre-Camp Conference at Camp Shelby, MS 23-25 Jan 04.  Reference memo dtd 5 Jan 04, RS-3, SUBJECT:  2004 Annual Training Pre-Camp Conference.


e.   YEARLY TRAINING BRIEF  278 ACR conducts YTB 4 Apr 04.  Rehearsal is 3 Apr 04.  OPORD TBP.





a.   OCIE  All units supply sergeants need to gear back up on OCIE conversion.  Check the published schedule and contact MSG Lewis at the RS4 when your units are ready to complete the conversion.  All conversions must be completed NLT 1 March 2004.


b.   AT04 EQUIPMENT REQUIREMENTS  Get your wish list in now for AT04.  All applicable units were sent a spread sheet with available equipment at Camp Shelby MATES.  Fill out requirements for what you are willing to draw and want you want railed to AT04 and get it in to the RS4.  Be sure to include radio configurations with your requirements.


c.   LATERAL TRANSFERS  L/Ts continue to be a big issue.  Thanks to your efforts there has been much improvement.  Keep up the good work and continue to focus on getting all L/Ts completed.





      GREETINGS  I look forward to serving the cavalrymen of this great Regiment as the Regimental Fire Support Officer.  I will be providing my philosophy very soon and will include a copy in the February issue of Olde' Bill's Chips.




a.   REFERENCE MATERIAL  Here are some great websites for 31Us and S-6s. They have lots of tools and reference material you can download, but you have to have an AKO login to get to the "good stuff". 


      http://www.gordon.army.mil/stt/31U/ (31U Web Site)

      http://www.gordon.army.mil/442sig/s6/ (S-6 Web Site)

      https://uit.gordon.army.mil/ (University of Information Technology)


      The last one you can't even get to without an AKO logon. And of course, that's where the really "good stuff" is.


b.   S-6 COURSE  I just recently returned from attending the "Brigade/Battalion S-6" course during November and early December. This is a 30-day course at Ft. Gordon, GA that helps prepare you to perform your duties as an S-6. I highly recommend it, especially if you are not a school trained Signal Officer. It was well run and they covered a lot of topics that are essential to your survival as an S-6. Some of the topics were: HTML programming, SINCGARS/ASIP, ANCD, TACSAT, HF, FBCB2 and the S-6 in the MDMP process. And of course you get a chance to pick the brains of a lot of other smart guys and gals with a lot of different experiences. If your are interested, just ask your training officer or NCO to look it up in ATRRS.


c.   FBCB2  It looks like the Regiment will be getting the new FBCB2 system fielded soon. Don't know the timeframe yet, but if you aren't familiar with it you should start reading up on it. It is a part of the Army's Digital Transformation. It gives leaders at all levels a tremendous tool to command and control unlike anything that you have seen before. But, of course, it is a complex system. S-6s and our 31Us are critical to making the system work. In fact, the S-6 is the Network Administrator for the system and the 31Us are the tech support for it. Very much like in a civilian company's Management Information System that most of us are familiar with. I am including a recent article from the Knoxville News Sentinel that is actually a decent overview of the system from the end user's standpoint. Also, I recommend you read a recent article in the Nov/Dec issue of Armor magazine entitled "Digital Battle Command: Baptism by Fire" that gives a battalion commander's view of a modified/improvised version of it being used in Iraq by a unit in the 3rd ID (Mech). Infantry magazine ran the same article and you can access it here: http://www.infantry.army.mil/magazine/2003/2003_1/Index.htm if you can't get your hands on a copy of Armor. I recommend you show this to your Squadron Commanders and subordinate leaders in your units. We will be the first Guard/Reserve unit to receive this system. If you or your commander would like a briefing on the system, let me know and I can get some info to you or I can try to work out a time to do a briefing on it myself.  I have lots of briefing slides and some video clips of the system that give a good overview of it.





a.   SPECIAL RECOGNITION  Honored Soldier.  Staff Sergeant Virgil Palmer joined the Tennessee Army National Guard in 1990 after serving in the United States Marine Corps from 1964 to 1971.  He is assigned to the Analysis and Control Element (ACE), 278th Military Intelligence Company.  On December 7, 2003, Staff Sergeant Palmer was promoted to the rank of Staff Sergeant and issued spurs by the Detachment Commander, Captain Owen B. Ray, First Sergeant John Forgety, Sergeant First Class Paul Williams, and Staff Sergeant Jamey Murphy (FORSCOM NCO of the Year).


b.   LEGEND RETIRES  First Sergeant WB A. Melton of Allons, Tennessee retired from the Tennessee Army National Guard in November 2003 after serving 38 years, which spanned parts of five decades.  First Sergeant Melton enlisted in the Tennessee Army National Guard in November 1965.  During his years of service, First Sergeant Melton served in the 230th Reconnaissance Squadron, 3/117th Infantry Battalion, 4/117th Infantry Battalion and 3/278th Armored Cavalry Regiment.  First Sergeant Melton will be missed, but leaves a long legacy of honor and integrity for all soldiers to follow.


c.   CHANGE OF COMMAND (278TH ADA BTRY)  Major Barry T. Roberson relinquished command of the Air Defense Artillery (ADA) Battery, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment to Major Jimmie L. Cole, Jr. on December 7, 2003, at the National Guard Armory in Clarksville, Tennessee.  Major Cole was born in West Berlin, Germany at the height of the Cold War in 1966.  He earned a B.S. in accounting from Louisiana State University in May 1989.  He enlisted in the Army in 1989 as an Infantryman, then received his commission in 1991 through the Officer Basic School at Fort Benning, GA.  He attended the ADA Officer Basic Course and went to his first commissioned assignment with the 101st ABN DIV (AASLT).  During his career, Major Cole's duty stations included Vulcan Stinger Platoon Leader, 2/C/2-44th ADA, and Stinger Platoon Leader, HHB/2-44th ADA.  After completing his basic assignments in ADA, Major Cole was transferred to the Finance Branch and was assigned as Commander, C/101st Finance Battalion, Fort Campbell, Kentucky.  In June 1995, Major Cole transferred to the Tennessee Army National Guard where his assignments have included Commander, 1129th Finance Detachment; State Training Officer, HQ STARC (-), TNARNG; and S-3, 30th Finance Battalion.  Major Cole is currently assigned as the Finance Manager for the Tennessee Army National Guard.  His awards and commendations include: Meritorious Service Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal 2nd Award, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M Device.  Major Cole is married to the former Danya Watson.  They have two sons, Cameron, age 9 and Watson, age 2.


d.   HONOR GRADUATES  Troop K, 3/278th ACR  Sergeant First Class Jerry Dale Asbery of Troop K, 3rd Squadron, 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment recently graduated the Army's Armor Advanced Non-Commissioned Officers Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky as the "Distinguished Honor Graduate".  There were over 35 testable subject areas, both written and performance exams.  Sergeant First Class Asberry graduated at the Top of his class of 48 students, all of which were Active Duty soldiers except for him.


      Headquarters, Headquarters Troop 278th ACR  Captain Alan Mingledorff (Regimental Public Affairs Officer) was the distinguished honor graduate at his Military Intelligence Captain's Career Course at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.  He earned the highest academic average among students at the course.


e.   FAMILY DAY  HHT 278th ACR  Headquarters, Headquarters Troop 278th ACR celebrated its annual family day on Saturday, December 6, 2003.  The drill hall was festively decorated and the food was delicious.  The mess section fed approximately 260 soldiers and their families.  Each soldier received a present from the unit as a token of appreciation for a great year and several soldiers were specially honored for various reasons.  The unit presented pullover golf shirts to all of the soldiers who had recently re-enlisted.  Those soldiers were Specialist Mark Prince, Sergeant Joseph Holloway, Specialist Jeffrey Lawson, Sergeant First Class James Morrow, Specialist Kenneth Lamm, Staff Sergeant Jeffrey Morgan, Corporal Bartley Wilt, and Staff Sergeant Timothy Clouse.  Alana Simmons was promoted from Private First Class to the rank of Specialist.  Staff Sergeant Jamey Murphy received the Meritorious Service Medal.  Staff Sergeant Murphy was the 1st Army and FORSCOM Non-Commissioned Officer of the year.  Specialist Rebecca Estep and Specialist Charity Dreadin each received a Certificate of Appreciation for administrative services.  Specialist Joseph Merrell received the Army Commendation Medal.  Sergeant George King, Specialist Raymond Johnson, and Specialist Shelita Casey received coins from Lieutenant Colonel (Promotable) Dennis Adams.  And, on behalf of the Mess Section, Staff Sergeant Wayne Anderson accepted a plaque from Wackenhut Security Company, specially recognizing them for outstanding service.  Finally, to the delight of all the children present, Santa Claus arrived with small gifts and more importantly, an ear to listen to their requests.  Children and their parents lined up to greet the old fellow who wore his CAV Stetson the entire time.