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 10 June 2003
Bulletin Number 06-03

 

1.  "SABER SIX"   REGIMENTAL COMMANDER,  COL HASTON

a.      RETENTION AND RECRUITING  The State Report just came out and the Regiment's overall strength is 80.2%.  This is the third month that we have continued to decline in strength.  It is critical that each soldier of this Regiment assist in recruiting new soldiers into our ranks.  I have made distribution to all units, the new benefits sheets that clearly explain what the TNARNG has to offer.  We have great units that perform a significant role in our nation's security.  We all have work to ensure that we fill our ranks.

b.      CONDITIONAL RELEASES  The Regimental Headquarters reviews several request for conditional releases weekly.  Most of these requests are to go on active duty.  Soldiers who submit these requests must present sufficient documentation to be considered.  When soldiers enlist in the TNARNG it is a legal contract that can be broken only in extreme cases. 

c.      ANNUAL TRAINING  This month the majority of the Regiment will conduct Annual Training.  This year's focus is on crew gunnery.  Gunnery ranges are dangerous and constitute a certain amount of "administrative" environment to ensure safety.   This administrative environment has a tendency to dull our tactical skills.  Leaders cannot let this happen.  We all have worked to hard to meet the standards

d.      HOMELAND SECURITY  The Adjutant General has directed that Homeland Security Quick Reaction Forces be established across the state to respond in the event of a crisis to assist law enforcement agencies.  Volunteers, who meet the criteria, will be trained and assigned to a QRF team.  This will not affect the soldiers' status in the unit.  Soldiers that are interested should contact their Readiness NCO to determine if they meet the criteria.

e.      SECURITY OF EQUIPMENT  Recently a set of Night Vision Goggles was discovered to be missing from a units supply room.  It appears that they were taken from the armory.  Let me very clear, this is a felony offense!  At some point in time these items will resurface and they will be traced back to the individual who took them.  Troopers, it ain't worth it!  Training losses occur.  Equipment gets damaged when we use it training.  These losses are understandable but theft cannot be tolerated by any of us.  Everyone must be security conscience.

f.      TRAINING PIPLINE LOSSES  Tennessee looses 39% of REP 63 soldiers that enlist sometime between the time they raise their right hand and the time that they graduate from AIT.  These losses are for many reasons.  Units can help prevent these losses by having a strong sponsorship program.  Commanders and 1SGs must follow up with new enlistees in their units.  Visit then at Basic Training if you can.  Send them a letter.  Let them know that you give a damn!

g.      SAFETY  During the last two months the Regiment has lost two soldiers due to accident.  SPC Anthony B. Chumley, Det 1, CO A, 107th Aviation (4/278) was killed this past week while working on a vehicle at home.  Accident and injuries can occur anywhere and at anytime.  Do a personal risk assessment on everything you do.  At work or at home.  Please protect the Regiment's most valuable asset,  YOU!

h.      ENLISTED /OFFICER ASSOCIATIONS  We have very low membership in the TNARNG Enlisted association from soldiers in the Regiment.  This association does a great deal to get benefits for the soldier.  Pay raises to health care.  They work very hard for you.  Your support is needed.  Thanks to all units for having 100% in the Officers association.  Lets get 100% membership in the Enlisted Association.  

 

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

        A number of people have asked me "What's an Honorary Colonel and what does he do?"  I will try to answer that question this month.

        In 1981, the Chief of Staff the Army established The U.S. Army Regimental System.  NGR/AR 600-82 provides the policies and guidance for management of the U.S. Army Regimental System.  The system is designed to enhance combat effectiveness through a framework that provides the opportunity for regimental affiliation.  Affiliation with a Regiment is intended to develop loyalty and commitment, and fosters a sense of belonging.  Under this NGR/AR each Regiment may appoint an "Honorary Colonel, Warrant Officer, Adjutant, and Sergeant Major of the Regiment."  Each Regiment may also appoint Distinguished Members of the Regiment, and Honorary Members of the Regiment.

        Sergeant Major Jim Holloway, USA (Ret) of Knoxville, TN is the Regiment's Honorary Command Sergeant Major.  CW4 Walter D. (Pete) Peterman USA (Ret) of Sweetwater, TN is currently serving as the Honorary Warrant Officer of the Regiment.

        My job is outlined in NGR (AR) 600-82 para 7.a.(1) - (8):

        1.  Serve as the "symbolic" head of the regiment, is the custodian of regimental heritage and traditions.
        2.  Provides the link between all elements of the regimental family (including regimental veterans' organizations) to promote esprit de corps throughout the regiment via correspondence and personal visits.

        3.  May serve as the president of the regimental association.
        4.  As ceremonial head of the regiment, represents the regiment at military and civic functions.
        5.  Chairs regimental committees.
        6.  Although not in the chain of command, can assist battalion (Squadron) commanders with history, customs, esprit de corps and public affairs matters affecting the regiment. 

        7.  Directs the activities of the Regimental Adjutant, Historian, and Regimental Sergeant Major.
        8.  Serves without pay but may be reimbursed for official travel when authorized by the State Adjutant General and when sufficient Federal funds are available.

        The Honorary Regimental Sergeant Major NGR (AR) 600-82 para 7.c.(1) - (2) duties include:

        1.  Assist the Honorary Colonel in matters concerning esprit de corps, traditions, and enlisted affairs.
        2.  Coordinates the activities with the Honorary Colonel and the active sergeants major of the active squadrons/

        I am honored to serve as your Honorary Colonel of the 278th ACR.  If I can be of assistance in any way, please feel to contact me.  My e-mail address is [email protected]..

 

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

a.      BCBST  The Warfighter is upon us.  Make sure you have your products and TOC boxes ready.  Saturday night the 21st of June is not the time to start looking for an overlay.  Make sure you are ready.  We will conduct a rock drill Friday the 20th before the event kicks off.  A Fire Support rehearsal and a LOG rehearsal will also be conducted.

b.      SUPPLY ACCOUNTABILITY  During several recent CLRT inspections the following items continue to be found as major discrepancies.

        1.  Supply files were not maintained using the MARKS system.
        2.  Hand receipts had not been up-dated within the past six months and
                were signed by the previous commander.
        3.  Inventories were out of date and no cyclic inventories were
                being conducted.
        4.  Clothing records were not being maintained IAW regulations. 

        We continue to choke on these same issues over and over.  It doesn't take long to let the small stuff build up to where we cannot overcome the problem.  I expect each of you to conduct business IAW the rules and regulations that guide us on a daily basis.  We have sent the inspection criteria out; it's not hard to take the test when it's an open book exam.  If you need help, ask for it, send a request through channels and I'll make sure you get help, not killed for asking for it.  

c.      GUNNERY  We are not performing up to our standard on our gunnery program.  We have the finest tools available to prepare us for the live fire qualification gates as we get ready for Tank Table VIII.  Make sure you are utilizing your A-FIST and M-COFT to get your crew ready for your upcoming range time.  Nothing shows a weakness quicker than not spending the home station time prepping for gunnery than showing up on the range and spending hours getting ready.  I expect the Master Gunners to ensure the units are ready and that the maintenance posture on the tanks is FMC before the unit gets there.  Not on the ready pad.

d.      ANNUAL TRAINING  3rd / 4th /SPT/ ADA/Chem/ MI along with RHHT are all at Annual Training as this goes to press.  FT Knox is the same place it has always been and has not improved since last you were there.  As such you need to plan on not having the best of facilities for your enjoyment. Fort Campbell provides even fewer infrastructure facilities and Smyrna provides its own set of challenges.  Plan your load accordingly based on your mission analysis of where your AT is conducted.  Look for the bright spots and remember it could be worse.  My biggest concern is Safety.  Make sure you watch your soldiers, brief them, maintain accountability, use a buddy system.  What ever it takes, they are your soldiers.

e.      RECRUITING AND RETENTION  We must do better.  What else can I say.  Every one of us is a recruiter and each of us is retention NCO.  The benefits and reasons to stay in or join the guard are the same reasons you stay.  It's either for the patriotism or the challenges or for your friends or just to get out of the house once a month.  We have got to teach and demonstrate to every person we meet that the guard belongs to them.  We are what makes America strong because we represent the American spirit in ways the active component can never do.

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

a.      ACHIEVING GOALS  The same thing that it takes to be a good soldier will bring promotion, and the most important thing soldiers can do to enhance their careers is job performance.  You have to take the tough jobs and assignments so you can show what you can do.  Concentrate on doing the very best you can with your resources. The race will not only go to the swift but to the ones with long distance endurance, and the better prepared you are, the better chance you have at being successful.  Dreams are very important. That's what causes people to strive to achieve certain goals and to do their very best.  Remember you are part of history. 

b.      SOLDIER STANDARDS  Promotions are based on the whole person concept.  A soldier's ability to compete for promotion was never in the past, isn't today, nor will ever be based solely on a written report.  Certainly, the evaluation report plays a critical role, but there are many other areas considered by the promotion board members. Appearance of the soldier, experience, variety of assignments, difficult leader assignments, the disciplinary record, awards and decorations, physical fitness, NCOES attendance, academic reports, are all areas other than the evaluation report the promotion boards consider to determine promotion eligibility. If you do your job to the best of your ability, the rest seems to take care of itself.

c.      SCHOOL PRE-EXECUTION CHECK LIST  On 08 June 2003 in -processing for the 19D/K10 Phase 1 Course took place at RTI.  32 soldiers were enrolled in ATRRS, 23 were in-processed and 11 were sent home for HT/WT requirements. The following is a breakdown of the soldiers that were sent home:

        HHT 2 soldiers
        27.93% body fat (max 24.00%)
        26.14% body fat (max 24.00%)

        1/278 (B) 2 soldiers
        26.07% body fat (max 22.00%)
        26.50% body fat (max 22.00%)

        2/278 (E) & (F) 6 soldiers
        28.06% body fat (max 22.00%)
        28.26% body fat (max 24.00%)
        28.58% body fat (max 24.00%)
        29.50% body fat (max 24.00%)
        28.99% body fat (max 24.00%)
        26.18% body fat (max 24.00%)

        3/278 (M) 1 soldier
        30.79% body fat (max 24.00%)

        As you can see, these body fat percentages are way off the scale. The RCO and I are not going to be continuously beaten up by the TAG, ATAG and SCSM for not abiding by the PRE-EXECUTION CHECKLIST for schools. This is the last warning.

  1. "SABER 1" - PERSONNEL & ADMIN OFFICER (CPT (P) SPROUSE):

a.      MORALE, WELFARE AND RECREATION FUND  Reminder the Annual MWR Report is due to this headquarters, ATTN:  RS-1, NLT 1 September 2003.  Please remember to furnish receipts for all moneys received from the MWR account.  Your account will be frozen if receipts are not received NLT 30 days after issuance of check.  POC for this action is CPL Eileen McAfee at 865-582-3225. 

b.      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.

c.      71L PHASES OUT  71L MTOE positions will be phased over the next four years starting in Fiscal Year 05.  More information to follow.

d.      DIRECT APPOINTMENTS  If you are an E-5 with a BS degree and have 2 years experience in the Army National Guard you may be eligible for direct appointment to 2LT.  Please contact CW2 Fly at 865-582-3206 for more information.

e.      TRICARE FOR GUARDSMAN The Senate overwhelmingly approved a measure this month to make National Guardsmen and Reservists and their families eligible for military health care. Under the plan, which was approved by an 85-to-10 vote and attached to the 2004 defense authorization bill, Guardsmen and Reservists could enroll either as individuals or for family coverage in the military's Tricare health-care system.  There would be an annual premium-something active-duty members do not pay-but the fees would be waived upon mobilization. Enlisted members would pay $330 for individual coverage and $560 for family coverage. Officers would pay $50 more.  The premiums are about the same as military retirees and their families pay for a year of Tricare coverage.

f.      MGIB RECOUPMENT BEGINS  Recoupment of MGIB-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) benefits from soldiers who fail to complete their 6-year obligation in the ARNG is slated to begin this month.  Once recoupment records are validated by the State MGIB Manager, they will be returned to DMDC for recoupment action.  Recoupment of MGIB-SR benefits will only work if soldiers are properly coded when they become an unsatisfactory participant.  Your help in ensuring the MGIB-SR eligibility status of your soldiers is properly coded at discharge will ensure ARNG data is accurate and the recoupment process is effective.

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

        PERSONNEL SECURITY  The Regiment continues to lag in personnel security clearances, especially periodic reinvestigations (PR's). More specifically, the problem usually lies with the individual soldier who requires the clearance. Units in general are doing a good job of processing packets once they receive them. It is incumbent upon each soldier whom requires a clearance to submit his or her periodic packet in its entirety and ON TIME. Commanders at all levels must ensure their soldiers are in compliance. As a reminder, Confidential PR's are due every 15 years, Secret PR's are due every 10 years, and Top Secret PR's are due every 5 years. Personnel should be submitting their PR packets NLT 90 days prior to their clearance expiration. RS-2 personnel are working on a definitive plan to help alleviate the Regiment's backlog, and will publish more specific guidance in the near future. In the interim, make sure all soldiers with a delinquent PR get their packets in ASAP.

        Any questions regarding clearance issues should be addressed through your chain of command to SGT Joe Holloway at 865-582-3227 or [email protected], or CPT Ben Smith at 865-582-3229 or [email protected]. Follow your chain of command when addressing these issues! Troop/Company/Batteries should work through your Squadron HQ. Squadrons and separates should be working through the RS-2. In other words, DO NOT call/write/fax/e-mail or otherwise communicate directly with HQ STARC for information. Similarly, ALL packets must be submitted through your chain of command to the RS-2, ATTN: Personnel Security NCO.

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

a.      ANNUAL TRAINING  This week Regimental advance detachments will begin the important job of preparing for the arrival of their mainbody's on 7 June 03. The Support Squadron, Third Squadron, Chemical Company will conduct operations at Fort Knox, KY. Fourth Squadron will conduct Operations at Fort Campbell, RHHT and the MI Company will begin operations on 14 JUN 03 at Smyrna Training Site. The main focus will be Gunnery and 2003 BCBST War Fighter Exercise. As the 278th ACR begins moving to execute our Annual Training plans, risk assessments are critical to safety during operations. CW4 Stone (Regimental Safety Officer) has provided excellent guidance and resources during all operations. If you have any questions about safety please contact him.

        All crew gunnery at all levels requires rolling up your sleeves and getting dirty. Boresite, crew drills, and a sense of urgency on the range. If it can go wrong it will, break it will, commo will work sometimes etc.... Successful units plan for the expected and unexpected. THERMAL BLANKETS HAVE BEEN PURCHASED FOR YOUR TARGETS!....USE THEM!!!!!   POC MSG Fouts.

        The movement of Track Vehicles and Convoys on the Fort Knox installation has changed. You are required to have opening and closing times and a Fort Knox Range certified OIC/NCOIC to move.

b.      WARFIGHTER  Our warfighter has National significance and will require the professionalism of all the Regiment to show what we are capable of. I would like to thank all the units on your efforts to provide the products required in a timely manner. THANKS!

c.      REGIMENTAL YEARLY TRAINING CALENDAR (YTC)  This has become a critical tool in planning and resourcing all training events in the regiment.  CPT Turner cross checks this against TROUPERS to ensure that they match. If your training event is not on the Regimental YTC it will not have the visibility required to be resourced.

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

a.      LOSTISTICAL FOCUS  The Regiment's Logistical Focus for FY 03 is Pass CLRT.  To do this we must 1) Decrease Excess Property; 2) Complete Lateral Transfers; 3) Comply with CSDP; and 4) successful COMET's.

b.      CSDP  FY 03 CSDP, change 2 was published and distributed 6 Feb 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.

c.      NEW EQUIPMENT FIELDING  New Medical sets for each squadron, HHT,  and 190 EN Co is planned for 12-17 Sep 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 dtd 29 Jan 03 was distributed for specific unit execution.

e.      COMET.  FY 03 COMET schedule was distributed October 2002 and January 2003.  Requests for changes must be submitted to this office.  It is the Sr Sqdn Supply Sgt and Sep Unit Supply Sgt's responsibility to update AMSS data on the ULLS-G.  They must ensure it is updated based on new equipment, lateral transfers, or H/R.  The AMSS data is the number one "NO GO".  The number two "NO GO" is Primary Weapons and Equipment.

f.      AT 03.  Annex I (Service Support) to OPORD 03-01 was issued Friday, 24 Jan 03.  Please review and execute those items with suspense dates.  This includes updating the MATES Hand Receipts!!

9.      "SABER REDLEG" - FIRE SUPPORT OFFICER (MAJ McCONNELL):

a.      TARGETING  As we near the Regimental WFX, I thought I'd discuss an essential element of the Military Decision Making Process which too often falls completely on the hands of the fire support cell: Targeting. Targeting is the process of selecting targets and matching the appropriate response to them on the basis of operational requirements and capabilities. Targeting is a continuous process which begins during the planning phase and continues throughout execution. The commander's intent and target refinement are two critical areas that are most often neglected or completely overlooked. The emphasis of targeting is on identifying resources (targets) the enemy can least afford to lose or that provide him with the greatest advantage, and then further identifying those targets which must be acquired and attacked to achieve friendly success. Targeting is essential to focusing the battlefield operating systems to achieve the commander's intent.

        The targeting process is challenging and requires considerable effort from the commander and other key members from each BOS. Effective targeting is difficult, if not impossible, without the coordinated interaction among many groups. The groups working together are referred to as the Targeting Team, and include, but are not limited to, fire support, intelligence, operations and plans cells. In terms of responsibility, the S2, in conjunction with the S3, conducts the majority of the planning. Operations, intelligence and fire support form the core of the targeting team and are augmented by other staff agencies as necessary. The commander is responsible for the targeting effort, but the XO supervises and chairs the targeting team meeting to ensure the job gets done effectively and in a timely manner.

        FM 6-20-10 is an excellent resource to learn more about targeting, including the Army's targeting methodology (Decide, Detect, Deliver and Assess - D3A), the definitions of High Value Targets (an enemy's asset that's important to him), High Pay-off Targets (an HVT that, if attacked, substantially contributes to the success of friendly operations), Target Selection Standards, and Attack Guidance Matrixes.

b.      TARGETING SOP  The last thing I'll tell you is that each squadron should have a targeting SOP that lays out the process. Showing up at the WFX or to war and then determining the process is simply too time consuming and results in - you guessed it - the FSE attempting to target inefficiently in a vacuum. Remember - targeting is a STAFF responsibility, not just the FSE's responsibility. Good luck during the WFX!! Let's win the battle with effective massing of fires at the decisive point on the battlefield.

  1. "SABER SQUELCH" - SIGNAL OFFICER (CPT(P) SMITH):

a.      WFX  The Warfighter exercise is just around the corner. Please ensure that all of your commo assets that you will use for it are in working order and that you have more batteries than you think you need. This is a high visibility exercise and a great training opportunity for the staffs and we don't want commo to have a negative impact.

b.      EMAIL ADDRESS  All SIGOs who have e-mail please send me a short message so I can capture your e-mail address for my records. E-mail is a great way for us to communicate with each other inexpensively and effectively. Also, introduce yourself and tell me a little about you. I will reply and do the same for you. Please do this ASAP. My e-mail is [email protected] <>. If you ever need any support from me, just let me know. Saber Squelch, Out.

11.     S-5 CIVIL AFFAIRS OFFICER (MAJ KEISMAN):   (NO ENTRY)

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

a.      TABLE VIII  Well, 3/278th ACR  is under the gun this month of Jun 03 for gunnery Table VIII Conducting qualification for all assigned crews.  At the completion of their annual training 1/278th ACR  and ADA 278th ACR will be conducting their GT VII right behind them.  Keep in mind that good crew's drills and the crews' ability to fight their weapons systems are the keys to being 100% qualified.  Key areas of concern are boresighting of weapons systems, target acquisition, utilization of our primary sight -being the night sight-, and range operations.  Don't forget to use thermal blankets on the front of all targets and utilization of TGT signature devices

b.      PROJECTS "IN THE WORKS"
        To up grade the regiment's gunnery training program.
        FLIR.  Additional FLIR sight for range operations.
        Mobile Range System.  This system is a self contained mobile system which is exportable to a local training area.  Projected system will consist of 2 moving Tgt's  18 stationary scale lifters, 20 E type trp lifters. A trailer for transportation of all this equipment.

        SERTS.  Safety Evaluation Range Training System.  NGB may purchase this system for us.  This system will aid in AARs and safety evaluation of CFV and Tank crewmembers.

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

a.      COMMANDERS SAFETY COURSE  I need a list from every squadron and separate unit on those that are delinquent in completing the CSC.  Remember, commanders at ALL levels (regiment to detachment) must complete this course.  I strongly recommend each unit safety officer take the course.  The next step is having a sit-down with the RCO.  Don't go there.

b.      TICS & SNAKES  The latest word from installation safety at Fort Knox is tics and snakes have taken over the base.  You can bet it's the same at Campbell.  Be advised.

c.      BUDDY SYSTEM  Please, don't forget the Buddy System.  After an accident, one of the first questions asked is: "who was his buddy?"  The buddy system is a powerful tool towards accident prevention.  Of course, it starts with the commanders.  When I attend command and staff meetings at the squadron TOCs, I should get immediate answers from the Squadron and Unit Commanders, when I ask them who their buddy is.

d.      RISK MANAGEMENT  Risk Management - everyone has had more than enough time to build risk management worksheets during the planning process that leads up to AT and Warfighter

e.      PMCS  Supervisors must make sure it is being done.  Soldiers think they can hop into a HEMMT and drive away as they do at home in their Pinto or Vega.  There is quite a difference.  These are habits they must do instinctively.  As the RCO says: "Just because we are doing individual qualification and gunnery, let's not lose the frame of mind we had last year at NTC".  Better have a lot of 2404s and 5988Es if you see me coming.

f.      REFUELERS  Don't forget your most high risk units.  Insure grounding rods are used.  Don't work them to death.  Don't forget to feed them and provide PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) for them.  Make them wear it.

g.      CREW REST  Ensure you have a crew rest plan for your unit.....and remember, high morale is safety.  Be positive.