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
29 August 2000
Bulletin # 00-0

 

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

a. ANNUAL TRAINING 2000. The Regiment has just completed a very successful and safe annual training period. Each of you are to be congratulated for the work, dedication, and the "no quit" effort exhibited by you and your soldiers. Never has the Regiment attempted to under take a training schedule as complex and ambitious as the one you have completed. During this time frame you found that the Regiment could be segmented into three distinct AT rotations and function independently. You found that you could accomplish lanes and gunnery during the same time frame. You found that you could be separated over tremendous distances and accomplish your mission while maintaining FM communications. You found that you could operate in fully integrated lanes. I could continue with a number of other examples but you know what was done and how well it was done. Granted, there were and are a number of tasks, issues, and missions that needed additional emphasis but the same can be said of every annual training the Regiment has attended. Regardless, you were successful in completing one of the most demanding training periods that the Regiment has ever faced. To you I owe you thanks for a job well done. Now, you as a leader owe your thanks to your subordinates.

b. TRAINING YEAR 2001. I know we have not completed training year 2000 but you know as well as I do that we live from AT to AT. With this said, it is time that you look at those weaknesses that you know exist in your units. It is time that 2001 IDT periods are planned and supported in detail. Identify the junior leaders that drive your unit and involve them into to the planning and execution phase of upcoming training events. Your future successes depend heavily on the level of expertise of your junior leaders. Give them the opportunity and stand back--they may surprise you.

c. STRENGTH. I would be derelict in my duties if as the commander of the Regiment I failed to talk to our unit strength. The Regimental leadership, primarily LTC (P) Haston, has developed a comprehensive and aggressive retention and recruiting program for the Regiment. This program is not a short-term fix but rather one that addresses immediate, short term, and long term goals. Every soldier, regardless of your status, has been addressed in this work plan with specific responsibilities and tasks that must be accomplished within a specified time frame. I reviewed the program and find it to be sound, well organized, and executable. The leadership will support this program in every aspect. If you have any questions call me!

  1. SABER 5 – REGIMENTAL EXECUTIVE OFFICER (LTC HASTON):

a. It is an honor to be back in the Regiment among real soldiers. The past year, while at school and being among the US Army’s best officers, has clearly shown me how well known the 278th ACR really is and how well you are respected. I am glad to be back in the saddle. Now, let’s get back to work.

b. REGIMENTAL FTSP MEETING: The Regiment will hold a meeting in Knoxville for all Full Time Support Personnel, less OMS employees, 26-28 September 2000. It will begin at 1000 hrs, 26 September 2000 and conclude at 1300 hrs 28 September 2000. Breakouts will be conducted in the following disciplines: Personnel, Training/Security, Logistics and Administrative Officers. LOI to be published.

c. ANNUAL TRAINING 00: AT00 was a success at all level and gave each unit a glimpse of what will be expected during AT 01 and our NTC rotation. Each soldier must conduct their own personal AAR and determine how they can contribute in getting ready for future challenges. We must continue to focus on basic tactics and sustaining our force.

d. RETENTION AND RECRUITING: Still our number one priority. Each unit has one month left to assist in meeting our States end-strength goals. We all must be on a full court press to execute Phase I of OPERATION RESTORE STRENGTH. Phase II will begin 1 October 2000. Each unit must have an executable plan with realistic, achievable goals. Commanders at all levels must synchronize efforts of M-day soldiers, FTSP and recruiters.

e. ANNUAL TRAINING 01: Currently, Annual Training is scheduled for TY-01 at FT Stewart, GA 14-28 July 2001. Plans are being developed to replicate a deployment to the NTC including exercising the Theater Opening Force Module (TOFM) both in-bound and outbound as well as Reception, Staging, Onward movement and Integration (RSOI) into theater. Coordination is being made to ship the Regiments own equipment from FT Knox MATES as well as selected Home Station equipment to FT Stewart. This equipment will be the same equipment that crew will fight at the NTC. More to follow.

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

a. STRENGTH: As of 21 August 2000, the Regiment is at 82% required strength.

b. STAFF SERGEANT & SERGEANT PROMOTION BOARDS: Reference MOI dtd 23 Jun 00 w/endorsement, dtd 28 Jun 00, subject: SAB, Squadrons & Separate Units must have all actions completed NLT 10 Oct 00 so that we may meet our suspense to AGTN-DPER of 15 Oct 00. Requests for an extension of this suspense will not be approved.

c. 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. LOD’s 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.

d. MWR FUND: Units are again reminded of the requirement to report their Annual Training duty days at all levels down to detachments. This information will be used to request AT MWR dividends. A copy of the report form can be found in MWR SOP dated 1 Jan 99, Annex C. In addition, units must return receipts indicating expenditure of funds at the earliest opportunity. Spend the funds in accordance with the SOP. POC is SSG Wolfe (865) 583-3209.

e. Tennessee Valley Fair: Military Recognition and Appreciation Day – Wednesday, 13 September,. $2.00 off admission in uniform or with ID of current or past military service.

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

a. SECURITY CLEARANCE PERIODIC REINVESTIGATIONS: Soldiers holding security clearances who were included on last spring’s periodic reinvestigation (PR) list should submit a PR packet through channels ASAP. Packets must reach State Headquarters (ATTN: AGTN-DPER-C) not later than COB Tuesday, 26 September 2000. For personnel who no longer require a security clearance, readiness/personnel security NCO’s should submit Form DA5247-R and request administrative downgrade of the clearance.

b. FORT STEWART-AREA MAPS: Squadrons and separate units should submit orders for Fort Stewart-area maps at this time in preparation for AT-2001. This will give the National Imagery & Mapping Agency (NIMA) ample lead-time to reprint any maps necessary to fill our orders.

c. POC for both these matters is SGT Joe Holloway, (865) 582-3227 / DSN 921-3227 or [email protected]

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

a. IDT PERFORMANCE AND PAY SYSTEM: As many of you know, Tennessee implemented a new IDT Pay system this FY. It has allowed better tracking of IDT performance and pay, but as with any new automated system, it has some requirements (idiosynchricies) that must be met, such as:

(1) Units MUST perform the number of UTA's per month as stated on its quarterly Date-Site Report. The DCSOPS budgets IDT pay for each month in the new pay system based on this report. If the unit says it is performing a MUTA-4 on the DSR and then actually performs a MUTA-6, the IDT Pay budget goes "in the hole", which is very bad!

(2) Each soldier is only authorized 48 UTA's per FY. Prior approval from the DCSOPS is required to exceed this limit. The automated pay system will not pay the 49th UTA.

(3) Units must track rescheduled training. The first soldier that drills for a certain month begins a 90-day window in which all drills for that month must be performed. One unit this year allowed a soldier to conduct rescheduled training 88 days before the unit's last day of IDT. The unit came within 2 days of being "out of the window" and none of the soldiers that performed regular drill would have been paid! They would have been paid eventually, but only after much paperwork, explanations, and complaints. Pay attention to this!

(4) Soldiers CANNOT reschedule training across FY's. You cannot reschedule a soldier's October drill in September, or vice versa. As a matter of fact, DCSOPS wants all rescheduled training performed before 10 Sep 00 for this FY.

b. PLDC EXCESS BAGGAGE: We have had several soldiers going to PLDC that have gotten to the airport and been told that they would have to pay for excess baggage, which is required due to the amount of field gear they must take. Take care of your soldiers. When you receive their school orders, make sure that excess baggage fees are covered, and ensure the plane ticket also allows for excess baggage.

c. LEADER TRAINING PROGRAM: The Regiment will take 120 personnel to the LTP at the NTC. A roster of authorized positions will be forwarded to Squadrons and Separate Units before September drill. LOI to be published at a later date.

d. ANNUAL TRAINING 2001: To put all rumors to rest, the Regiment and all "in-the-box" NTC units will go to Ft. Stewart 14-28 Jul 01 for AT-01. As much as possible, we will conduct a full rehearsal of our NTC rotation.

f. LOSS OF ATP/RMP MONEY: Effective 31 Aug 00, units will lose all of their ATP/RMP money. If you owe someone an ATP/RMP, submit the paperwork NOW!

g. PALADIN NET: Paladin NET was terrific! I want to brag on the Howitzer Batteries and Support Personnel for a great job. The Paladin is a tremendous addition to the Regiment's firepower arsenal. I watched a battery do a "hip-shoot" at Camp Shelby. Elapsed time from "receipt of mission" to "steel-on-target" was 90 seconds! GREAT JOB!

 6. SABER 7 – COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR (CSM NELSON):

a. Recruiting and Retention : This is the number priority of every soldier in the Tennessee National Guard. The Rep 63 program is starting back 16SEP00 at Catoosa, GA. This has been a very successful program. We have enlisted 20 soldiers into the units and have about 20 more awaiting their 17th birthday. This program takes a lot of resources, but I do not know of any better one. Please support this and attend any training event you can.

b. Rules of Engagement (ROE): I just sent the latest copy to the CSM’s and SGM’s in the Regiment. This copy is dated 01 JULY 2000. Please read this material.

c. TACSOP REVIEW: The TACSOP is going to be reviewed and revised 19-20SEP00 at Regimental headquarters. I need your changes by COB 12SEP.

d. LEADERS TRAINING PROGRAM: We are going to the LTP at NTC from 15-22OCT00. The CSM coach at LTP is putting together a very good program for the CSS element. This will be a very valuable experience for the NCO corps. Please try to attend.

e. ENLISTED ASSOCIATION: Thanks for the effort put into the Enlisted Association membership drive. We have added 300 members, and now have over 500. Keep up the good work.

f. TENNESSEE TITANS FLAG CEREMONY: The Tennessee Titans, again this year, will be honoring the Nations Veterans on 12 November 2000. Both the pre-game and the half-time show will be a tribute to our veterans.

1. Last year, one hundred thirty of Tennessee’s finest Army Guard members had the opportunity to unfurl a one hundred yard by fifty yard American flag during the singing of the National Anthem. We have been honored again this year by being asked by the Titans to take this tasking.

2. Soldiers involved will get to watch the game from field level chairs and will be provided a lunch, compliments of the Titans. This game will be aired nationally by CBS at 1200 hours. The Titans will be playing against the Baltimore Ravens. You are probably aware that since the Titans made it to the Super Bowl last year, tickets are extremely difficult to purchase. This is a great opportunity to participate in a meaningful ceremony and see a home game free of charge!

3. This year, to enhance the strength of the TNARNG, each member that provides a lead that results in a recruit for the TNARNG will be given the opportunity to assist in this event and be a guest of the Titans and MG Wood, TAG. We are limited to the number of persons that we can take, therefore, the first one hundred thirty members that meet the criteria will be given the opportunity to participate. Soldiers with multiple leads will have first priority. These soldiers will be notified by 3 Nov 00 by the undersigned with administrative instructions.

4. Leads must be given to your recruiter and the new accession must be loaded in SIDPERS between 1 Sep and 31 October 2000 in order to qualify. The Recruiting and Retention Command will have flyers in each armory by the September drill. Recruiters will submit names, unit and telephone number of the soldier providing the lead, the accession’s name/SSN and PRN to RRC-OPNS.

5. This will be a highly visible event for all participants. With the game being Nationally televised and played before 69,000 fans, all soldiers must meet the AR 600-9 standards and wear a squared away BDU uniform.

    1. Good luck to each of you and let’s recruit for the TNARNG. Participation in this event will make goose bumps on your spine and make you proud to be a Tennessee Soldier.

Please contact me if any further information is needed at (865) 582.3226 or [email protected].

7. SABER REDLEG – FIRE SUPPORT (MAJ KNOTT):

a. PALADIN NET: All three howitzer batteries successfully completed the transition to the M109A6 PALADIN during annual training at Camp Shelby with no major injuries or safety incidents. Another major milestone was also accomplished with all fire missions during the live fire phase being sent digital and in frequency hopping mode. I personally want to thank everyone for the hard work, dedication and support during the PALADIN transition. Without this level work and dedication this transition would not have been so successful. As artillerymen, it is vital that we maintain the skills that have been developed during this transition and use them as the foundation of our profession. The Regiment now has an indirect weapon system that is capable of precision strikes against targets in a timely manner. During live fire it was evident that once all 5 requirements for accurate fires are met, first round fire for effect is possible.

b. MISCELLANEOUS: Upcoming tasks that need to be completed are the certification and qualification of our 13B and 13E. Also, final comments to the Howitzer Battery TACSOP Fire Support Annex to the 278th ACR TACSOP are due to Regiment NLT 6 November 2000.

c. OLD BILL’S UNIVERSITY: "Old Bill’s University" scheduled for 12-14 JAN 01 and is to be conducted in Smyrna, TN. Additional OBU information will follow in the near future.

 7. SABER DESERT - NTC PROJECT TEAM: The following is a list of project team members and their responsibilities:

a. MAJ ROBERT COVERT (TRAINING AND OPERATIONS), COMM: (865) 582-3234, DSN 921-3234

[email protected]

b. CPT JOHN CHEEK (LOGISTICS), COMM: (865) 582-3228, DSN 921-3228, [email protected]

c. CPT BETH SHARP (PERSONNEL), COMM: (865) 582-3228, DSN 921-3228, [email protected]

d. 1LT TONY MILLER (TRANSPORTATION), COMM: (865) 582-3228, DSN 921-3228, ANTHONY.MILLER@

TN.NGB. ARMY.MIL

f. CSM JAMES NELSON (SOLDIER ISSUES), COMM: (865) 582-3226, DSN: 921-3226, [email protected]

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

a. CLASS IX: Reference 278-RS4 memo, subj. Class IX Requisition Directive #01-00, dated 18 Aug 00.

Ensure that the spare track blocks your unit is ordering, matches the type of track blocks on the vehicle. For example, the M3A2 fleet currently has three different types of track blocks, the M1A1 fleet has two types. As a reminder, to build demands, complete your requisitions per each vehicle, do not "batch" requisition them.

b. SQUADRON SUPPLY SGT’S AND RPBO: Reference the KYMATES Hand Receipt Verification Trip #2. Dates are 11-14 Sept 00. Our objectives are to complete verification of hand receipts and capture changes, which must be made. Working with the RPBO, change documents will be completed and brought back to update the SPBS-R and provide new downloads to the units so they can update their MATES hand receipts and provide a "clean" copy to KY MATES for signature.

c. EXCESS 2 ½ TON & 5 TON TRUCKS: As you may already know, CW3 Molchon and SGT Curtis are working these turn-ins. They are contacting and coordinating with units across the Regiment to get these trucks turned in. Our objective is to have the turn-ins complete by 01 Sept 00.

d. WARNO CLASS IX, PLL/ASL WORKSHOP: I am attempting to coordinate a Class IX, PLL/ASL workshop. The objectives are aggressive management of our non-demand and demand supported items. If we work the system correctly, we can deploy to the NTC with a very robust PLL. More to follow.

f. PMCS: Defining the problem is the first step in correcting or solving any problem. We must identify the maintenance faults of our vehicles in order to correct them. For the first time since I can remember (I’ve been in the Regiment since 1983) we are taking some home station M1A1s and M3A2s, M1069s, M109A6’s, CATVs and others to Ft Stewart, Ga for AT01. Now is the time to do a by the book PMCS on this equipment so we can begin getting it ready. We must get smart on the status of services and plan that some A-Fist tanks will probably be going too. Do the right thing and get your equipment prepared to train your soldiers.

g. PALADIN NET: I want to express my thanks to the advance, main body, and STARC detachment for their efforts and cooperation in making Paladin NET a huge success. I feel it became one of the prouder moments of our Regimental History.

h. LOGEX WARNO: Together with the TSBn and JANUS team, we are developing the objectives for a LOGEX scheduled for Feb 01 base drill. Location is here at Knoxville. First look target audience is 1SGs, XOs, CTCPs, the LOC, and a Corps MMC. More to follow.

i. LTP WARNO: Leaders Training Program (LTP). LTP is 15-22 Oct 00 for main body. This year’s authorization has increased from 80 to 120. Looking at last year’s notes, logistically, we are working it the same except for these changes:

(1) Having a baggage truck. Some load plans on the vans were not safe last year plus this will help keep Squadrons pure in passenger van seating.

(2) Having a send ahead ground representative. Someone from the RS-4 shop will arrive at the NTC early enough to get required briefing info, beds marked by Sqdn/unit, etc.

(3) Having a return flight meal. Just in case, we hit another "Jet Stream" headwind on the way back.

An LOI is forthcoming.

Quote of the Month

Just coming off Annual Training from Ft Knox, Western Kentucky Training Area, or Camp Shelby, Mississippi we had a taste of what we thought it was to be hot. Let’s be thankful that we have not had to face the heat our World War II forefathers did. The setting is 1943, as a POW working on the Siam-Burma railroad for the Japanese. The term romusha is Asian prisoners of the Japanese. The term speedo is the job of quickly building the railroad."

…The Japanese did not allow funeral services for dead romusha. They begrudged the time it would take to bury the bodies; it was work time taken from the speedo. At Takanun, a coolie gang of British officers took a whole day to bury 161 romusha, and after that, the Japanese made them build the corpses into the railroad embankment. Dead POW choleras were burned, so many of them that cremating turned into a labor of hell, like everything else on the railroad. At morning sick call, the first thing the doctors did was tally the number of cholera dead, so that the cremation squads would know how much bamboo they had to cut. The longer the epidemic lasted, the farther the cremators had to go for bamboo; in bad camps it might be a mile’s march out and a mile dragging it back. Burning the bodies was afternoon work. That way the cremation gang could get the fire going in the morning, use it to make tea for their midday meal, toss a snake on the coals to cook, and when it was ready rake it out with some cremated cholera’s rib saved for that purpose, being prepared for the occasional toe joint or wristbone to turn up in the ashes. Once they were through eating, they would turn to stacking the corpses of the day: teal logs with the bodies laid across, or a layer of bamboo, a layer of bodies, more bamboo, more bodies. With wet bereberis, they speared the bodies first to drain them so that they would not burst and put out the fire.

If the bamboo was green, the water in it turned to steam and exploded. When the bodies started to char, their arms and legs twitched, and they sat up as if they were alive. Smoke came out of their burned-out eyes. Their mouths opened, and licks of flame came out; their lungs were full of steam, and noises came out.

The way to stop a dead cholera sitting up was to lay him on his stomach. The cremation gangs learned that one quickly…"

For further reading, see Prisoners Of The Japanese, POWs Of World War II In The Pacific. Author, Gavan Daws. Quill, William Morrow, 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.

 

Regimental Calendar

Event

Start

Finish

Labor Day

04 Sep 00

04 Sep 00

ADA Btry Chg of Cmd @ Clarksville

10 Sep 00

10 Sep 00

1A Opns & Ex Synch Conf @ Little Rock

11 Sep 00

15 Sep 00

NGAUS National Conf @ Atlantic City

11 Sep 00

15 Sep 00

MCCTT Prod Valid Test @ Knoxville

16 Sep 00

17 Sep 00

NTC TACSOP Review @ Knoxville

19 Sep 00

20 Sep 00

4/278 Golf Tournament @ Alcoa

21 Sep 00

21 Sep 00

NTC Hotwash @ McGhee-Tyson AB

22 Sep 00

24 Sep 00

MCCTT Prod Valid Test @ Knoxville

23 Sep 00

24 Sep 00

SPT/278 Chg of Cmd @ Knoxville, 1300

24 Sep 00

24 Sep 00

Intel Conf @ Ft Huachuca

26 Sep 00

28 Sep 00

278 ACR FTSP Meeting & APFT & USR @ Knoxville

26 Sep 00

28 Sep 00

Vet Standdown Rehearsal @ Knoxville, 1000-1230

29 Sep 00

29 Sep 00

278 Chem Tng

07 Oct 00

08 Sep 02

Regt Base Drill

07 Oct 00

08 Oct 00

Columbus Day

09 Oct 00

09 Oct 00

Tentative 278 USR Brief @ Nashville

11 Oct 00

11 Oct 00

Vet Standdown @ Knoxville Armory

13 Oct 00

15 Oct 00

LTP Adv Det

14 Oct 00

14 Oct 00

LTP @ NTC

15 Oct 00

22 Oct 00

Halloween

31 Oct 00

31 Oct 00

278 Pre-Camp Conf @ Ft Stewart

31 Oct 00

02 Nov 00

Regt Base Drill

04 Nov 00

05 Nov 00

278 ACR Chg of Cmd @ Knoxville

05 Nov 00

05 Nov 00

State Tng Mtg @ Smyrna

15 Nov 00

16 Nov 00

85 TSD Cdr Conf @ Arlington Hgts, IL

17 Nov 00

19 Nov 00

Thanksgiving

23 Nov 00

23 Nov 00

MDMP MTT @ Knoxville - All Battle Staffs

01 Dec 00

03 Dec 00

Regt Base Drill

02 Dec 00

03 Dec 00

ESB MTOE Scrub @ Nashville

04 Dec 00

08 Dec 00

278 ACR Christmas Ball @ Gatlinburg

08 Dec 00

10 Dec 00

Christmas

25 Dec 00

25 Dec 00

New Year

01 Jan 01

01 Jan 01

Regt Base Drill

06 Jan 01

07 Jan 01

USR Brief @ Knoxville

08 Jan 01

09 Jan 01

OBU @ Smyrna

12 Jan 01

14 Jan 01

ULLS Mid-Level Manager's Course

12 Jan 01

14 Jan 01

Martin Luther King Day

15 Jan 01

15 Jan 01

Regt LOGEX

02 Feb 01

04 Feb 01

Regt Base Drill

03 Feb 01

04 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 Base Drill

03 Mar 01

04 Mar 01

BCBST Seminar @ Ft. Leavenworth

04 Mar 01

09 Mar 01

USR Brief @ Knoxville

04 Apr 01

05 Apr 01

Regt Base Drill

07 Apr 01

08 Apr 01

Easter

15 Apr 01

15 Apr 01

Regt Base Drill

05 May 01

06 May 01

Mothers' Day

13 May 01

13 May 01

Regt HWB's: Arty LF Table VIII

18 May 01

21 May 01

Memorial Day

28 May 01

28 May 01

Regt Base Drill

02 Jun 01

03 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

04 Jul 01

04 Jul 01

Adv Det for AT-01

10 Jul 01

14 Jul 01

AT-01 @ Ft Knox (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

30 Jul 01

Regt Base Drill

11 Aug 01

12 Aug 01

Labor Day

03 Sep 01

03 Sep 01

Regt Base Drill

08 Sep 01

09 Sep 01

256 eSB NTC Hotwash @ NC

28 Sep 01

30 Sep 01