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



OLDíE BILLíS CHIPS

Publishing Date
4 November 2000
Bulletin # 00-10

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

I want to take just a few lines of "Ole Bills Chips" to express my deepest gratitude to the soldiers of the Regiment for making my tour as commander an absolute pleasure. No commander could have asked for more support than what I received during my tenure. The soldiers who stand in our ranks are as good as there are in the military. They are all dedicated, loyal, and patriotic Americans who do their jobs while trying to balance a full-time job and family. Life in the National Guard, particularly the Regiment, is not easy. It has and continues to take a special breed of being to remain in the 278th ACR. Those who have never spent time in the CAV have no idea of the heavy load our soldiers carry. Therefore, to all those hardy souls who continue to wear our three-starred patch and focus toward the NTC in 2002, I take my hat off to you. My thoughts and prayers will always be with you, and I stand ready to help anyone who gives a call. Before closing, I want to thank all for the parting gifts. They were deeply appreciated but not necessary. You had already given me a gift that I will cherish as long as I live-- being allowed to serve with you!

2. SABER 5 Ė REGIMENTAL EXECUTIVE OFFICER (LTC(P) HASTON):

a. PRE-ANNUAL TRAINING CONFERENCE: The Pre-Annual Training Conference took place Wednesday 1 November 2000 at FT Stewart, GA. This meeting was primarily attended by the Regimental staff with a single representative from each Squadron in attendance. Units will have the ability to go do to FT Stewart later for purpose of reconnaissance and planning. Units should ensure they have sufficient maps to conduct AT.

b. MTT/CRT: A team from FT Leavenworth will be here during the December IDT period to conduct Staff Combat Refresher Training. The Regimental Staff as well as the Squadron Staffs will participate. RS-3 will publish a LOI. The training will begin on Friday 1 December 00. My intentions is to have the training completed by Sunday morning to allow Commanders and Staffs the opportunity to be back to their units in time for the noon meal.

c. RETENTION & RECRUITING: The 278th ACR has now been provided with another Retention and recruiting tool, "Designated Unit Pay." This pay will only go to members of the 278th ACR, M-Day Enlisted soldiers. It will be $40.00 additional dollars per month. We must use this as another selling point to increase our numbers.

d. OERs/NCOERS: We all have to do much better at completing our OER Support Forms 67-9-1 and counseling our NCOs on 21-66-7-1. We have people going to boards without current evaluations and have NCOs that are not getting on the EPPS list in a timely manner because not having an updated evaluation. I intend on starting a hard look at this issue. Letís get our dirty laundry cleaned up.

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

a. STRENGTH: As of 23 October 2000, the Regiment is at 80% required strength.

b. REGIMENTAL CHANGE OF COMMAND: On Sunday, November 5th, 2000, at 2:00 p.m., Colonel Ronald G. Price, the Sixth Colonel of the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Tennessee Army National Guard, headquartered in Knoxville, will turn over the Regimental reins to the Seventh Colonel of the Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel (P) Terry M. Haston. This event will take place at the West High School Athletic Field and the public and those not participating in the event are invited to attend.

c. ANNUAL INACTIVE NATIONAL GUARD MUSTER ASSEMBLY: November is the designated Annual Muster Assembly Month for soldiers who are currently in the Inactive National Guard (ING). Be sure the soldier is briefed per directions in memo, Subject: ING Muster Day, dated 21 Sep 00. The suspense for completion of all actions is 1 Dec 00.

d. LINE OF DUTY INVESTIGATIONS: It is imperative that Line of Duty Investigations be completed correctly and in a timely manner. Commanders must emphasis this requirement. LODís effect the medical care of our soldiers, it also is the only means we have to pay their expenses for injuries received while performing military duty. Under no circumstances should a soldier have to wait longer than necessary for medical care due to our failure to complete required documentation. If a soldier is incapacitated from his/her injuries Incap pay could be their only source of income. The LOD must be completed as soon as possible, take care of the soldier, enough said.

e. FOLLOWUP PHYSICIAN APPOINTMENTS FOR SOLDIERS: To request follow-up visits for your traditional soldiers who were injured on duty status. You can call 1-800-876-1131, Ext 707 (Tri-Care), Ms Judy Isinro. You will be asked to provide a copy of the completed LOD (FAX), and she will then give you an authorization number which will authorize the soldier to obtain follow-up care. Keep this authorization number, because you will require it when you submit the medical bills to DPER-H for payment.

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

a. PERSONNEL SECURITY: At this time, the Defense Security Service (formerly Defense Investigative Service, or DIS) has a backlog of approximately 700,000 background investigations Department of Defense-wide. This has resulted in extreme delays in the investigation process. For this reason, HQ STARC has announced that the Tennessee Army National Guard will commission officers with interim Secret clearances (i.e., those granted at state-level while soldiers await completion of their background investigations).

Additionally, we anticipate the reinstatement by DSS of Secret-level periodic reinvestigations (PRs). Soldiers holding a Secret security clearance granted before 1990 should prepare a new Standard Form 86 (available on FormFlow) in anticipation of your PR. This will prevent having to rush to assemble a security packet when the call does come for it. Please contact SGT Joe Holloway, RS2 Intel Sergeant, at (865) 594-[3227] / DSN 921-[3227], should you have any questions.

b. TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES: 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 1LT Mitch Murray, (865) 594-[3262] / DSN 921-[3262].

c. SEARISC COURSE: 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. POC 1LT Mitch Murray.

d. NTC TRAINING: 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 118th eSAB 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].

5. SABER 3 Ė OPERATIONS OFFICER (MAJ ARCHER):

a. ADDITIONAL TRAINING PERIODS (ATP): Units should know by now how much ATP money they have by code. Code 91ís will NOT be used this year. Code 71 and 91 functions will both be paid using Code 71 ATPís. The S-3 section will continue to provide the monthly IDT Pay reports to Squadrons and Separate Units to assist them with tracking execution of these funds.

b. DCSOPS EMERGENCY NUMBER: The TNARNG Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations (DCSOPS) has established Emergency Operations twenty-four (24) hours a day, seven (7) days a week. Any unit or soldier encountering a problem can call 1-800-443-7243 (PIN 085965) and reach a person on duty. During duty hours, 615-313-3080 (DSN 683) is an alternate number, if the applicable section cannot be reached. All orders published by DCSOPS will have REMARK 77 entered; which gives the telephone numbers for emergencies. This is an attempt to aid soldiers traveling (weekendís etc) to attend schools, IDT events, etc. Soldiers reporting to school and incurring problems such as lodging, mess availability, in and around mileage, etc., will be given a control number by the person on duty. This will assist in problem solving and filing travel vouchers. Please pass this information on to your soldiers. The duty person will notify Major Subordinate Commands of calls received about accidents, serious incidents, transportation problems, etc.

c. LEADER TRAINING PROGRAM: The 278th ACR completed its LTP rotation during 15-22 Oct 00 at "Tierra del Diablo" (Ft. Irwin, CA). We trained approximately 120 leaders from the Regiment, 201st Engr Bn, 3-115 FA Bn (Paladin), 1-181 FA Bn (MLRS), 115 Sig Bn (MSE), and 544th QM Bn (CSB). It was an excellent training event, especially for those who have never seen Ft. Irwin, which is as large as Rhode Island. Only one more LTP before our deployment to "Tierra del Diablo."

d. COMBAT REFRESHER TRAINING AND MDMP MTT: Regimental Battle Staff will attend this training at Knoxville during 1-3 Dec 00. Training will begin at 1800 on Friday evening. Come prepared to conduct MDMP up thru the wargaming process. Schedule will be published as soon as it is finalized with Ops Group C (BCBST).

e. HOLIDAY BALL Ė GATLINBURG: This year we expect to have the best Regimental Holiday Ball ever on the weekend of 8 thru 10 December at the River Terrace in Gatlinburg! The cocktail party, dinner and dance are on Saturday night, but many of us arrive on Thursday or Friday and stay till Monday to make a weekend out of it. The Regimental Hospitality Room, sponsored this year by the Headquarters and Separate Units Association, will open at 1500 on Friday. There is so much to do in Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge with rides and games for the kids at Dollywood and other amusement parks, outlet malls for Christmas shopping, and many shows like the Lee Greenwood Theatre, Governors Crossing and NASCAR; not to mention excellent restaurants. Come and rub elbows with your commander and show your spouse or friend the great people you work with at your "part time" job. An LOI has been distributed to all units which answers any questions you may have. Ask your commander for a copy or contact MAJ Jeff Archer at (865) 582-3224 or and I will send one to you. Donít miss this chance to get away for a fun weekend!

6. SABER REDLEG Ė FIRE SUPPORT (SFC WILLIAMS):

a. TACSOP: Final comments to the Draft Howitzer Battery TACSOP and the Draft Artillery Gunnery SOP are due to Regiment NLT 6 November 2000. If no comments are received then the Battery TACSOP and Gunnery SOP will be implemented as is with no comments. Commanders this TACSOP will be the foundation for training for our deployment to NTC.

b. OBU/NTC: In preparation for OBU and NTC it is vital that we maintain our equipment in operational order. If you have equipment NMC than you must process the required paper work and follow up on its status. Getting your equipment MC should be of top priority. There are only six training days until OBU. Get the word out to all fire supporters.

7. SABER DESERT - NTC PROJECT TEAM:

a. RIGHT SEAT RIDE ALONG PROGRAM: There are several opportunities to go to the National Training Center (NTC). The first is a program called the Right Seat Ride-Along. In this program you ride along with an NTC Observer Controller (OC) for three days. The second is the OC academy. In this program you go to the NTC and learn how to be an OC, you then come back to the NTC and be an OC for another unit. The third is the augmentee program. In this program you fill positions in the Division TOC (on main post), the Blue Force (player unit) or the Red force (OPFOR) and go through a rotation. If you are interested in any of these programs see one of your unit's fulltime personnel.

b. NTR ACRONYM LESSON:

RUBA = Rotational Unit Buildup Area

RUFMA = Rotational Unit Field Maintenance Area

TOFM = Theater Opening Force Module

ISB = Initial Staging Base

VISMOD = Visually Modified

8. SABER 7 Ė COMMAND SERGEANT-MAJOR (CSM NELSON):

a. RECRUITING AND RETENTION: This is the number one priority in the Tennessee National Guard. The month of Oct was a very good month for the recruiting effort. The East Region enlisted 64 soldiers into the National Guard. The mission for the East Region is 65 soldiers. Please join in this effort to recruit new soldiers into the 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment, Tennessee Army National Guard.

b. LEADERS TRAINING PROGRAM: The LTP conducted during the month of October was a huge success. We have changed our SOP for casualty evacuation based on lessons learned at NTC. This is being circulated for comments.

c. ENLISTED ASSOCIATION: Please continue the membership drive. We are approaching 500 members and lead all MACOMS in membership. Thanks

d. CSS WORKSHOP: We will schedule this workshop during the Nov drill.

e. CHANGE OF COMMAND: Please make every effort to attend the Change of Command at West High school during the Nov drill. There will be a social event Saturday Night, 4 Nov 00, for Colonel Price.

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

a. LEADER TRAINING PROGRAM: Thanks to the 4th Squadron for handling inbound/outbound personnel and baggage at Knoxville and Smyrna. They opened great and finished well.

b. WARNO: Excess and Lateral Transfer Workshop. We are working to obtain funding for an excess property and lateral transfer workshop. Conceptually, units will bring all excess property and equipment to laterally transfer to Knoxville. We will coordinate with USPFO for representatives on the turn-ins and units will return to home station with property they gained on lateral transfers. Start gathering and preparing the equipment now. Target dates are late Nov or early Dec.

c. PMCS: Reference RS-4 memo, subject 5988Es, dated 25Sep 00. The suspense is 02 Nov 00. As of this writing (30 Oct 00), I would like to thank 1/278, 3/278, 278 Chem, G/2/278 for their submissions. We must ensure faults of our vehicles are correctly identified to prepare them for annual training. Those who were fortunate to attend the recent 218th NTC Hotwash learned the ramifications of a maintenance program. Unfortunately, after moving from their tactical assembly areas to begin their mission their vehicle fleet was plagued by maintenance problems. It took approximately two days to build enough combat strength to begin force on force operations. We must not fail in our maintenance arena, at home station, annual training, or mobilization. I just donít think there are many enemies who will give us two extra days to catch up on maintenance.

d. SUTLERíS STORE: The 278th STA-BRITE collar brass have arrived. Price $10.75 a pair.

e. ANNUAL CLASS IV INVENTORY: Class IX, Troop B, Support Squadron will be closed 06-17 Nov 00 for a wall-to-wall inventory. Units will be able to blast requests normally, but will not receive status. NMCS requests will be processed by "walk through" or by telephone. POC CW4 Reed, TNNET 3170.

f. LOGEX WARNO#3: Remember to keep your products from the LTP for the LOGEX. We will fight the plans produced at the LTP prior to the LOGEX weekend, and units will come in with the mission of regenerating combat power. LOI publish target date is 30 Nov 00.

Quote of the Month

Rehearsals. Fresh from the LTP, we know again the importance of rehearsals and the fact that changing plans at the LD is a bad idea, not a good one. This quote is a personal after action review that a Lieutenant completed after a battle. It is almost as if he went through the BOSs to write this AAR. He is obviously a very articulate officer. Can you guess who he is?

Observations: With the newly acquired company, the attack for September 9 was thoroughly rehearsed. The three assault squads were to advance as soon as the artillery preparation ceased, traverse the nearby enemy position without shooting, and capture the assigned objectives some 220 yards away. Mopping up operations were assigned the company units following in second and third lines.

Contrary to my orders, one assault team used hand grenades during the advance and wounded five of our men. (These were the only losses sustained in the attack proper.) In principle: Do not throw hand grenades during a charge, for our own people will run into them. The surprise achieved was complete. We were past the enemy forward position before he could grab a rifle, and our appearance at the entrance to his rear dugouts must have been regarded as Mephistophelian. The result was a relatively large number of prisoners.

After the attack, we shifted swiftly to defense, this time by using the positions at hand, and we had no trouble in repulsing their counterattacks. Again, after the assault, the company communications to the rear were interrupted for hours by artillery and machine-gun fire. The use of sandbags and armored shields greatly simplified the job of making contact with the rear.

These events occurred on Sept 8th and 9th, 1915. The Germans were attacking the French. The officer is Erwin Rommel. For further reading, see "Attacks". Author, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel. Athena Press, Inc.

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

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Task Name

Start

Finish

Farewell Reception for COL Price @ Knoxville, 1800 hrs

4 Nov 00

4 Nov 00

Regt Base Drill

4 Nov 00

5 Nov 00

278 ACR Chg of Cmd @ Knoxville, 1400 hrs

5 Nov 00

5 Nov 00

Election Day - VOTE!

7 Nov 00

7 Nov 00

Holiday - Veteran's Day

10 Nov 00

10 Nov 00

Veteran's Day

11 Nov 00

11 Nov 00

85 TSD Cdr Conf @ Arlington Hgts, IL

17 Nov 00

19 Nov 00

REP-63 Tng @ CATC

17 Nov 00

19 Nov 00

Holiday Ball Recon @ Gatlinburg

21 Nov 00

21 Nov 00

Thanksgiving 1

23 Nov 00

23 Nov 00

Training Holiday

24 Nov 00

24 Nov 00

TOE Pre-Scrub @ Knoxville, 0900

28 Nov 00

28 Nov 00

MDMP MTT @ Knoxville - All Battle Staffs

1 Dec 00

3 Dec 00

Regt Base Drill

2 Dec 00

3 Dec 00

ESB MTOE Scrub @ Nashville

4 Dec 00

8 Dec 00

278 ACR Christmas Ball @ Gatlinburg

8 Dec 00

10 Dec 00

Christmas 1

25 Dec 00

25 Dec 00

New Year 1

1 Jan 01

1 Jan 01

Regt Base Drill

6 Jan 01

7 Jan 01

USR Brief @ Knoxville

8 Jan 01

9 Jan 01

OBU @ Smyrna

12 Jan 01

14 Jan 01

ULLS Mid-Level Mgr's Crse @ Bldg 2, Knoxville

12 Jan 01

14 Jan 01

Martin Luther King Day

15 Jan 01

15 Jan 01

Regt LOGEX

2 Feb 01

4 Feb 01

Regt Base Drill

3 Feb 01

4 Feb 01

President's Day

19 Feb 01

19 Feb 01

NGAT Conf @ Nashville

23 Feb 01

25 Feb 01

ULLS GUNNERY Tng

24 Feb 01

25 Feb 01

Regt HWB's: Plt FDC Cert @ Maryville

3 Mar 01

4 Mar 01

Regt Base Drill

3 Mar 01

4 Mar 01

BCBST Seminar @ Ft. Leavenworth

4 Mar 01

9 Mar 01

USR Brief @ Knoxville

4 Apr 01

5 Apr 01

Regt Base Drill

7 Apr 01

8 Apr 01

Easter

15 Apr 01

15 Apr 01

Regt HWB's: Arty LF Table VIII

27 Apr 01

29 Apr 01

Regt Base Drill

5 May 01

6 May 01

Mothers' Day

13 May 01

13 May 01

Memorial Day

28 May 01

28 May 01

Regt Base Drill

2 Jun 01

3 Jun 01

BCBST WFX @ SMYRNA, TN

15 Jun 01

17 Jun 01

Fathers' Day

17 Jun 01

17 Jun 01

Regt Base Drill (for July)

23 Jun 01

24 Jun 01

USR Brief @ Knoxville

26 Jun 01

27 Jun 01

Independence Day 2

4 Jul 01

4 Jul 01

Adv Det for AT-01

10 Jul 01

14 Jul 01

AT-01 @ Ft Stewart (HHT, 190 EN, CM, ADA, MI, MP, 1/278, 2/278, 3/278, 4/278, SPT/278, 3-115 FA, 201 EN, A/115 SIG)

14 Jul 01

29 Jul 01

Regt Base Drill

11 Aug 01

12 Aug 01

Labor Day 2

3 Sep 01

3 Sep 01

Regt Base Drill

8 Sep 01

9 Sep 01

256 eSB NTC Hotwash @ NC

28 Sep 01

30 Sep 01

USR Brief @ Knoxville

2 Oct 01

3 Oct 01

Columbus Day 2

8 Oct 01

8 Oct 01

Regt Base Drill

13 Oct 01

14 Oct 01

Halloween 2

31 Oct 01

31 Oct 01

Regt Base Drill

3 Nov 01

4 Nov 01

Thanksgiving 2

22 Nov 01

22 Nov 01

Regt Base Drill

1 Dec 01

2 Dec 01

Regt Ball

7 Dec 01

9 Dec 01

Christmas 2

25 Dec 01

25 Dec 01

New Year 2

1 Jan 02

1 Jan 02

Regt Base Drill

5 Jan 02

6 Jan 02

USR Brief @ Knoxville

8 Jan 02

9 Jan 02

OBU @ Smyrna

18 Jan 02

20 Jan 02

Regt Make-up Gnry @ FKKY

26 Jan 02

27 Jan 02

Regt ULLS Gunnery Tng

2 Feb 02

3 Feb 02

Regt Make-up Gnry @ FKKY

2 Feb 02

3 Feb 02

Regt Base Drill

2 Feb 02

3 Feb 02

NGAT Convention @ Nashville

23 Feb 02

24 Feb 02

Regt Fire Coord Ex @ Smyrna

1 Mar 02

3 Mar 02

Regt Base Drill

2 Mar 02

3 Mar 02

LTP @ NTC

11 Mar 02

18 Mar 02

USR Brief @ Knoxville

2 Apr 02

3 Apr 02

Regt Base Drill

6 Apr 02

7 Apr 02

Regt Base Drill

4 May 02

5 May 02

REGT Drill (All Units)

18 May 02

19 May 02

NTC Rotation 02-09 (Actual "In the Box" 9-22)

2 Jun 02

22 Jun 02

Independence Day 3

4 Jul 02

4 Jul 02

USR Brief @ Knoxville

9 Jul 02

10 Jul 02

Regt Base Drill

13 Jul 02

14 Jul 02

Regt Base Drill

3 Aug 02

4 Aug 02

Labor Day 3

2 Sep 02

2 Sep 02

Regt Base Drill

7 Sep 02

8 Sep 02