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

 

 

OLD’E BILL’S CHIPS

Publishing Date
2 June 2000
Bulletin Number 00-06

 

1. SABER 6 - REGIMENTAL COMMANDER (COL PRICE):

a. AT 2000. Annual training is breathing down the neck of the Regiment. The Warrior Squadron departs for annual training in less than a week. With annual training comes the most dangerous part of our training year. Convoy operations begins this high-risk window with units traveling long distances over interstate and two lane roads. We have been extremely fortunate that we have not had some of our soldiers seriously injured or worst killed. I attribute the success of our past convoy operations to leaders doing their jobs by assuring that each member of their road march is informed and supervised with respect to highway safety.

Arrival at Fort Knox and then transitioning to a field environment will bring an additional culture shock to many of our soldiers. Many will come from air conditioned environments and will struggle with the heat, dust, and insects. The first three days in the field will be critical in that this will be the most difficult part of their transition period. Hot and dry weather is usually the norm for this time frame and with it comes heat problems for several of our soldiers. Leaders must assure that his subordinates are well hydrated with water, Gatorade, and food. Leaders at all levels must be fully aware of the condition of their troops and must make them aware of the dangers of a field environment. To ensure a higher degree of safety awareness medical support personnel must be present and highly visible in all training events and activities. Additionally, medical support personnel must be present during all unit rehearsals and brief as to their location during the execution of the upcoming mission. In the event of an accident or the need for first aid everyone should know where to look for help and within the minimum amount of time receive help.

There is nothing any more important than the safety of our soldiers. We as leaders must take the lead in this extremely important aspect of our training. No one wants the responsibility of answering to the family of one our soldiers that has been injured or killed. I expect leaders to practice their "trade."

b. STRENGTH: Our strength continues to be a tremendous problem. However, we have found that the greatest positive impact on our soldiers’ retention is well developed, supported, executed, and evaluated training events. Poor training consistently produces down or idle time for our soldiers which in turn produces dissatisfied soldiers. People like to stay active and involved. They like to be included in the decision process that will hopefully produce positive results. Leaders at all levels must understand that their performance has a direct bearing on unit strength--it can be good or it can be bad. You are the one that makes the decision and you are the one that will answer for the results.

 

2. SABER 1 - PERSONNEL & ADMIN OFFICER (CPT(P) JONES):

a. STRENGTH: As of 1 June 2000, the Regiment is still at 82% strength.

b. ARMY PAY CENTER MILITARY PAY INFORMATION LINE: The Army Pay Center (DFAS) now has a military pay information line. The number is 1-800-755-7413. The soldier must go to the Army test menu by pressing 1. Then simply follow the instructions. This number should be used by all TN ARNG soldiers for pay inquiries to include amount and deposit date of last payment.

c. TRAVEL COSTS: Federal employees who travel on government business should be aware of the new GSA policy with regard to hotel taxes. Previously, a federal traveler might wind up paying for hotel taxes out of his or her own pocket because the hotel rate was set at the prevailing per diem rate. Under the lodgings-plus system in effect, travelers are only reimbursed for actual hotel rates up to a fixed maximum for a locality. The new system allows hotel taxes to be reimbursed as a separate miscellaneous expense.

d. MGIB KICKER: Effective 1 October 1999 thru 1 March 2000, the MGIB kicker is $100.00 per month:

1. NPS (CAT I-IIIa)(minimum ASVAB score 50) for designated high-priority units; and currently serving personnel in high-priority units who have served at least 3 consecutive years in the ARNG and who extend to show a six year obligation on or after 1 Jul 99.

2. AD Army soldiers who come from active duty (no more than 30 days after discharge) to the ARNG for 6 years can receive the Kicker amount only for the $100.00 per month.

3. Recruiters and unit personnel are reminded that 1 copy of the Kicker contract (NGB Form 5435-1-R) should be given to the recruit/soldier and the ORIGINAL must come to the ESO.

e. NATIONAL GUARD ASSOCIATION’S OF TENNESSEE (NGAT) SCHOLARHIP PROGRAM: NGAT Scholarship Program: NGAT has allocated $9,000.00 for scholarships. One scholarship ($1500.00) is exclusively for active members of the Tennessee Army or Air National Guard. Two scholarships ($1500.00) are for active annual or active life members of the NGAT (these scholarships may be awarded to son or daughter of an annual or life member. Two scholarships ($1500.00) are for active members of the Tennessee Army or Air National Guard (if an active member does not qualify the scholarships may be awarded to any qualified son or daughter of a member). One scholarship ($1500.00) is for active members of the Tennessee Army or Air National Guard or their qualified son or daughter, who were mobilized in support of Desert Storm. Interested individuals contact unit representative for applications. Application must be submitted to NGAT NLT 15 June 2000. An additional scholarship of $500.00 (MG Jerry R. Wyatt Memorial) is also being awarded. Criteria for application may be obtained through your unit representative.

f. ANNUAL MEDICAL CERTIFICATES: Commanders are reminded of the annual requirements to inspect soldiers prior to Annual Training periods. The Annual Medical Certificates (AMC) is an additional requirement for soldiers to complete during the first two quarters of the training year and before any AT period. DON’T FORGET A REMARK MUST BE ENTERED ON DA FORM 1379. Commander should excuse any soldier who has a statement from a civilian or military doctor stating the training could medically harm the individual. Pregnant soldiers may be taken to AT with approval from the soldier’s doctor.

g. CIVIC LEADER FLIGHT: Information has been forwarded concerning the Civic Leader Flight for Annual Training 2000 at Ft Knox, KY. The date has been set for 12 July 2000 flights that will be leaving from both Alcoa and Johnson City, TN. We have forty seats available so get your nominee's submitted at the earliest opportunity. Suspense for all nominee applications to this headquarters is 5 June 2000. POC is SSG Wolfe, (865) 582-3209.

h. SOLDIER PROMOTION LIST FOR EPPS: The Soldier Promotion List (SPL) has been published for SSG's, and SFC's. Units are encouraged to review and insure that the soldier's who elected to be placed on the SPL are on it. Many soldiers regretfully were not added to the SPL because of administrative errors or failure of units to forward completed packets to PSB. We must take care of our soldiers or they will not stay around to take care of us.

i. MWR FUND: Units are again reminded that if the wish to expend monies from their MWR Fund account they must request funds far enough in advance. Normally it takes at least two weeks to process and forward a check to the unit. All payments will be done by check. POC is SSG Wolfe (865) 583-3209

 

3. SABER 2 - INTELLIGENCE & SECURITY OFFICER (MAJ NALLS):

a. There are several training opportunities available for MI soldiers. These opportunities span periods from two weeks to a month or more. These range from live exercise augmentation, SCIF work in Utah, or drug work in South America. Any interested soldier should contact their S2 or contact SGT Joe Holloway, (865) 594-[3227] / DSN 921-[3227].

b. The SEARISC is conducting S2/ACE Combat Operations courses on the following dates 18-24 January, 03-14 April, and 21 August - 01 September. The course will be conducted at the RTI Smyrna, TN. They are also are having ASAS workshops 18-28 January, 03-14 April, and 21 August-01 September. POC 1LT Mitch Murray.

c. There are numerous opportunities to learn the intricacies of the NTC; Right-Seat Ride, OC Academy, OPFOR Augmentation, and Rotational Augmentation. The S2 shops need to take full advantage of these opportunities. The 218th eSIB is in need of 98G and 96R OC's for their rotation. This would be a fantastic opportunity to see the NTC operations from the inside. POC CPT Robert Covert (865) 594-[3234] / DSN 921-[3234].

d. Soldiers holding Confidential and Secret Clearances are now subject to periodic review. If a soldier has not had a periodic review in the last ten years is required to accomplish a SF 86 and request a review. STARC can now grant interim TS Clearances after completion of the complete Security Clearance packet and review by DPER-C. If there is ANY derogatory information in the packet the interim TS will not be granted by STARC.

e. The S2 Company, http://www.s2company.com , homepage is a great resource for intelligence templates and how-to information.

f. The Regiment has recently acquired laptops for WARLORD. These will have the newest version of the program and be fielded to the Squadrons NLT AT 00.

g. MAP UPDATE FOR FORT KNOX-AREA: Any units requiring maps of Fort Knox and surrounding areas should submit their map orders to Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and/or National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) immediately. These maps are out-of-stock at the NIMA source. The NIMA inventory control representative advises that 1:50,000-scale Fort Knox Specials and various sheets in the multi-panel Fort Knox set are about to be printed. This will be the only batch printing of Fort Knox-area maps for some time to come.

The numbers of Fort Knox maps printed will depend solely on how many orders DLA/NIMA have in their system at time of printing. NIMA strongly suggests that all units of the regiment have their orders in ASAP so that enough maps may be printed. Please contact SGT Joe Holloway at (865) 594-[3227] / DSN 921-[3227] with any questions.

h. WARLORD MAPS OF FORT KNOX-AREA: For those squadrons employing WARLORD systems, RS2 has just received 1:50,000-scale Fort Knox Specials, multi-panel 1:50,000-scale Fort Knox-area maps, and 1:250,000 JOGS on CD-ROM in ADRG format. These CD-ROMs will be issued to the squadrons by RS2 shortly. POC: SGT Holloway at (865) 594-[3227] / DSN 921-[3227].

 

4. SABER 3 – OPERATIONS OFFICER (MAJ ARCHER):

a. NEW ROLLOVER PROCEDURES FOR THE BFV. The February 2000 issue of Countermeasure has an article on BFV rollovers, to include a chart that describes the new crew drill for Bradley rollover. Leaders must ensure that they train this new procedure, especially as we prepare for AT-00.

b. AT-01. The plan has changed a little. The changes are in bold.

1 NTC Ground Sqdn w/ Avn, Engr, ADA, MI, & MST slices

31 Mar 01 - 14 Apr 01

HHT/278, 4/278(-), 3-115 FA, 201 Engr Bn, SPT/278(-), 278 Cm, 278 ADA(-), 278 MI(-), 1/269 MP Co, A/115 Sig (MSE)

7 - 21 Apr 01

1 NTC Ground Sqdn w/ Avn, Engr, ADA, MI, & MST slices

14 - 28 Apr 01

Non-deploying personnel

Schools and AT Support roles as needed


c. SOP's. The common SOP's for Squadrons, Troops and TOCs are on the street. Read them and use them during AT-00. In late Aug or early Sep 00, we will meet at Knoxville to discuss and make all changes that need to be made. After that date, the SOP's are in concrete until after NTC!

d. RULES OF ENGAGEMENT FOR AT-00. I now have an electronic copy of the ROE Handbook that our O/C's will be using at Ft. Knox during AT-00. It is available in my Share folder if you're on the RCAS Network. If you're not on the network and you want a copy, send me an email and I will email it to you. I didn't want to send it out to everyone because of its size (1.44 Mb zipped). You also need Office 97 to open the file -- it's in an OBD (binder) file.

 

5. SABER SQUELCH – SIGNAL OFFICER (MAJ JESTRAB):

a. Train, Practice, Practice. That is the secret for having all radios talking Frequency Hopping. Make sure you have your ANCDs loaded and have verified a good fill. Time needs to be based off the Plugger. The base units need to be loaded prior to a drill or AT so that the soldiers don't have delays. The user needs to be able to operate this equipment effectively and know when the equipment is not working properly.

b. New Ground. We are stepping into new ground with extended distances for FM operations. With the 4/278th at Western Kentucky we are proceeding to set up retrans (three sets) to accomplish this task. We will need assistance from the Support Squadron for one of the legs.

c. Additional information: The 115th Sig Bn out of Alabama is our MSE support from now and including NTC. It is expected that our units interface and utilize their organic MSE equipment (during our Main Body annual training period). This unit will be establishing a satellite link (limited usage time only) during this AT period that has accesses from MSE and NRI (Net Radio Interface). Additionally they will establish MSE via a repeater between Western Kentucky and Fort Knox.

d. Lesson Learned. Major lesson learned from my recent NTC right seat ride: Batteries. Unit did not have HUB batteries. As operators of the equipment, we must insure we have the proper batteries on hand and reserves especially for the PLGR, ANCD, and the SINCGARS. With all our modern equipment, each device needs it own special type battery to make it serviceable. Be extra careful when ordering and using batteries. This is a last minute warning that needs to be addressed to the troops.

 

6. SABER DESERT - NTC PROJECT TEAM:

a. NTC PROJECT TEAM MEMBERS.

MAJ Rob Covert - Project Leader/Operations/Training 865.582.3234

CPT Jeff Brown - Training/Operations 582.3234

CPT John W. Cheek – Logistics/Transportation 582.3228

CPT Beth Sharp – Logistics/Personnel 582.3228

1LT Tony Miller – Logistics/Maintenance 582.3228

CSM Jim Nelson – Enlisted Affairs/Information Management 582.3226

b. REGIMENTAL NATIONAL TRAINING CENTER DATES. 2 – 22 June 2002!! Exactly 2 years.

c. O/C ACADEMY AND RIGHT SEAT RIDES: Opportunities are available for attending the NTC O/C Academy at Ft. Irwin. Academy attendance, which is 23 days in length, will be accompanied with an O/C tour commitment of 22 days, for a total of 45 days (not consecutive). Updated license for HMMWV (DD Form 348 and valid SF46) is required. A list of specific MOS and pay grade requirements has been sent to the unit RNCO’s. Please contact the project team by voice (above) or at for a list of opportunities. This is a great way to become familiar with the terrain, ROE, and understand the NTC ‘process’ without being an evaluated player.

Right Seat Rides are less of a commitment (only 4 days), and involve accompanying an O/C through the RSOI (Reception, Staging, Onward Movement and Integration) process, NOT tactical play in the maneuver box. This opportunity is available for E-5 and above in key positions, and is especially good for Squadron soldiers with logistic emphasis (i.e. S-4/SMO/Supply), but will still pay dividends to line troops/companies/batteries as well. MAJ Greg Jestrab, RSIGO, did an RSR in March, and found it very beneficial for personal knowledge of the environment and future Regimental planning. Please contact the Project Team or the Unit Readiness NCO for more information.

d. RISK MANAGEMENT CLASSES. Required for all leadership, specifically green-tabbers, prior to the NTC rotation. The first certification class for this task is at RTI, Building 500, Smyrna, 030900JUN00, and will last approximately 8 hours. Plenty of seats are available, and a Sunday class could be scheduled based on demand. This is a one-time certification on a high-profile leader task that will be looked at closely at the NTC! Have your Unit RNCO contact the Squadron Training Officer to reserve a seat. Future classes will be requested to accommodate as many schedules as possible.

 

7. SABER 4 - LOGISTICS OFFICER (MAJ HENSLEY):

a. WARNO. LOGISTICS SUSPENSE FOR AT2001. All log requirements for AT2001 are due to this office 06 Nov 00. Rations, Fuel, Equipment, Billeting, and Convoy Requests. I realize that we will not know our AT2001 task organization until after the completion of AT2000, but we must be ready to act quickly in logistics planning and preparation. The Regiment must review, consolidate, and forward the request to STARC NLT 145 days prior to AT2001.

b. SQUADRON SUPPLY SGTS AND SEPARATE UNIT SUPPLY NCOS. Reference the KYMATES Hand Receipt Verification Trip, 24-28 Apr 00. Please forward an advance copy of the hand receipts you will have KY MATES sign to SFC Thompson’s KYMATES office. They are working now to be prepared for your arrival, and this will help the mission execution.

c. WELCOME. I’d like to welcome CPT Joe Hartman to the Transportation Officer slot in the RS-4 shop. He has exposure as a previous transportation company Commander and is ready to learn about the Regiment and contribute to the mission.

d. EXCESS 2 ˝ TON TRUCKS. If you have an excess 2 ˝ ton truck, gather the BII for it now. We received guidance that we can turn them in, as-is complete. Working with the RPBO I shall resource missions to come and get them from your location. This will occur prior to the core AT2000 period.

e. WARNO EXCESS 5TON TRUCKS. Same idea as above, except immediately following AT2000. Get serviceability checks completed ASAP, turn-in is 10/20 standards. My objective is to have all excess vehicles not on a DA4610-R turned in to USPFO by the end of fiscal year 2000.

 

Quote of the Month

Just coming off of Memorial Day, I wanted to share a book quote that demonstrates unimaginable sacrifice by an American family. You’ll see that there is a thread of truth to the storyline background of the motion picture "Saving Private Ryan." The setting is sometime around June 15th, 1944, near Carentan, Normandy, E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne.

"…The company went into a defensive position south of Carentan. The second day in this static situation, someone came down the hedgerow line asking for Don Malarkey and Skip Muck. It was Fritz Niland. He found Muck, talked to him, then found Malarkey, and had only enough time to say good-bye; he was flying home.

A few minutes after Niland left, Muck came to Malarkey, ‘his impish Irish smile replaced by a frown.’ Had Niland explained to Malarkey why he was going home? No. Muck told the story.

The previous day Niland had gone to the 82d to see his brother Bob, the one who had told Malarkey in London that if he wanted to be a hero, the Germans would see to it, fast, which had led Malarkey to conclude that Bob Niland had lost his nerve. Fritz Niland had just learned that his brother had been killed on D-Day. Bob’s platoon had been surrounded, and he manned a machine-gun, hitting Germans with harassing fire until the platoon broke through the encirclement. He had used up several boxes of ammunition before getting killed.

Fritz next hitched a ride to the 4th Infantry Division position, to see another brother who was a platoon leader. He too had been killed on D-Day, on Utah Beach. By the time Fritz returned to Easy Company, Father Francis Sampson was looking for him, to tell him that a third brother, a pilot in the China-Burma-India Theater, had been killed that same week. Fritz was the sole surviving son, and the Army wanted to remove him from the combat zone as soon as possible.

Fritz’s mother had received all three telegrams from the War Department on the same day.

Father Sampson escorted Fritz to Utah Beach, where a plane flew him to London on the first leg of his return to the States…."

For further reading, see, Band of Brothers, E Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne, From Normandy To Hitler’s Eagle’s Nest. Author, Stephen E. Ambrose. Touchstone, New York, New York.

If you have a quote to submit for Old Bill’s Chips, please forward it to MAJ Hensley, email, or fax it to (865) 582-3241.

 

June 2000

3-4

Regimental Base IDT

COL Price

6-7

State Training Meeting & State Training Site Scheduling Conference @ Smyrna (Sqdn Tng Officers attend)

MAJ Archer

10-24

AT-00 @ Ft. Knox, KY

1/278(-), O/4/278, (-)SPT/278

COL Price

24-25

Regimental Base IDT (ILO Jul IDT)

COL Price

27-28

USR Briefings @ Knoxville

MAJ Archer

29

1st Draft of NTC Deployment Plan & IPR

MAJ Hensley

July 2000

8-22

AT-00 @ Ft. Knox, KY -- 278 ACR (-)

COL Price

11

State Readiness Committee Meeting @ Nashville

MAJ Archer

12

Employer Support/Civic Leader Flight to Ft. Knox

CPT(P) Jones

21

Final Draft NTC Deployment Plan due to State

MAJ Hensley

29-12 Aug

AT-00 @ Ft. Knox, KY
3/278(-), Q/4/278, (-)SPT/278

COL Price

29-18 Aug

Paladin NET @ Camp Shelby - All HWB's

MAJ Archer

August 2000

5-6

Regimental Base IDT

COL Price

16-17

D-720 NTC Conference with NGB @ Smyrna, TN

MAJ Covert

September 2000

4

Holiday – Labor Day

 

9-10

Regimental Base IDT

COL Price

22-24

218th SIB (SCARNG) NTC Hotwash AAR @ McGhee-Tyson Airbase

MAJ Covert

23-24

HHT/278 Drill

CPT Gipe

October 2000

7-8

Regimental Base IDT

COL Price

15-22

Leader Training Program @ NTC

MAJ Archer