278TH ARMORED CAVALRY REGIMENT
Tennessee Army National Guard, P.O. Box 10167
Knoxville, Tennessee 37939-0167
OLD’E BILL’S CHIPS
6 September 2001
Bulletin # 01-09
1. SABER 6 – REGIMENTAL COMMANDER (COL HASTON):
a. Retention and Recruiting: This is the time of year when they are numerous events that provide an excellent target audience—football games, county fairs, fall festivals etc…. We must take advantage of those events. They must be factored into your training plan. As the initial entry-recruiting season begins to lighten we must focus on retaining our current soldiers and on recruiting prior service soldiers. Each Squadron Commander and Squadron Command Sergeants Major attended the Command Readiness seminar in Smyrna. Each unit received a document indicating the soldiers in that particular unit scheduled to ETS within the next year. I recently sent this list out again reminding each Commander and 1SG of their responsibility to schedule counseling of these soldiers. Make this program work. Myself and the Regimental CSM will be checking these programs.
b. Civilian Education: We have numerous soldiers throughout the Regiment that have a lot of college credit but their hours are not compatible. This is especially true of some Captains that cannot be promoted to Major because they don’t have a degree. The Army National Guard Institute is a new program that helps. Each soldier who is seeking a degree should investigate this program. It can apply and give credit for skills that you do in your military job and schools. It can take your civilian life skills and award credit. It can take non-associated college credits and configure them to earn a degree. Soldiers may apply on-line at www.arngi.org or call 1-888-205-4065. A former Regimental Officer, LTC(R) Tim Furches is administering the program. He wants to help. This is worth your time and effort!
c. MAINTENANCE: I know everyone gets tired of hearing about 5988e’s, but once again we must get a grip on our maintenance program. Vehicle commanders must take charge of this responsibility and not only ensure this process gets accomplished but it is done with validity and quality. It all starts at the user level. If it is not to standards at that level, then it creates problems throughout the entire process. I want Commanders at all levels to schedule at least one IDT weekend that allows the crews to get on THEIR vehicle and ensure that it is ready to go to the NTC. Vehicle Commanders must take ownership and pride in their rides! I heard a lot of compliance during AT this year that the “maintenance” system” doesn’t work. It does work, but it has to start at home station with building confidence and a supply demand history on each vehicle. We have got to have 90% in crossing the LD!
d. Adjutant General’s Policy : Recently the Adjutant published a policy letter regarding utilization of TNARNG facilities for personal profit, gain and convenience of TNARNG soldiers. This includes the utilization of maintenance facilities and equipment for repairs to POVs unless extremely unusual circumstances prevail. Under no circumstances will POVs remain overnight in these facilities. Make sure that all personnel assigned to your command understands this directive.
e. Soldier Care and Priorities: The next training year will be the most exciting that the Regiment has ever had. The NTC rotation will be a culmination of many years of hard work and dedication to those who have gone before us and to those who are currently assigned. We need every soldier assigned to the 278th ACR to attend this training. Start advising your employer now. More training and time will be required of the leadership. Get training dates from your Readiness NCO and plan accordingly. The priority for training is the NTC rotation itself. I want to make sure everyone clearly understands that the NTC rotation is the priority. Not schools. If soldiers can do both, great! But if a question arises, the NTC has the priority. MOSQ re-certification will be considered on a cases-by-case basis.
f. Public Information: We got a lot of great press form our AT period at FT Stewart. We must continue to exploit this resource to sell the Army National Guard story.
2. SABER 5 – REGIMENTAL EXECUTIVE OFFICER (LTC BELEW):
a. Inventories and maintenance: Inventories and maintenance continues to be our primary focus. The equipment we will depend on at the NTC in 20 days is now our primary effort. We must complete 100% inventories and insure we order those items we need to survive in the desert. Maintenance of our vehicles must be done to standard and parts ordered now to maximize the time available to bring them to optimal condition.
b. NTC: The NTC rotation is now days away. NTC specific training must be completed and documented with the reports sent in to Regimental HQ for posting. As we close on our deployment date we must insure we stay focused on the objective of meeting the training and maintenance goals for a safe, well executed rotation.
c. Recruiting & Retention: Recruiting and retention as always are our biggest issues. We must take care of our soldiers that are part of the regiment and invite all those who would like to be Cavalrymen and women. There are hundreds of vacancies across the regiment that require dedicated soldiers to fill. I ask each of you to continue in your effort to take care of your soldiers and invite others to join our ranks.
d. Additional Duty Available: There will be opportunities for dozens of our soldiers to have additional active duty next summer as we deploy the regiment. We will need track and wheel drivers as well as every maintenance MOS to assist us as we prep the vehicles for the rail move to the NTC. Start asking your soldiers now if they will be willing to assist in the deployment as well as the redeployment. Tentative dates are 1 May through 30 July.
e. NTC Excusals: There are soldiers already trying to get out of AT. Excuses from AT at the NTC will not be granted unless life and limb are at stake. We expect every soldier to do his duty next summer and be at the NTC. All of you are part of a team that depends on everyone doing there job to make that team perform. That makes the job that each of us has to do easier instead of having to do our job and theirs as well. If you are part of the team then I expect you to be a team player. Annual training is a condition of your enlistment along with the IDT periods. Taking the oath makes a pledge of your personal honor that you will support the organization above your own desires.
3. SABER 7- REGIMENTAL COMMAND SERGEANT MAJOR (RCSM PIPPIN):
a. NCO-ERs: The NCO-ER is a permanent part of a NCO’s official record. It is the single most important document in a NCO’s file in that it is a primary factor in determining promotions, assignments, and schools. Therefore, the overall quality of the NCO-ER is of utmost concern, both in substance (content) and format. The biggest concern, however, is the attitude that exists from some in the field that we should not be concerned about format and administrative points as long as the NCO-ER can be read and understood. Some raters have expressed their frustration about receiving NCO-ERs back for correction of errors in format and administration. I cannot emphasize enough that consistency in the preparation of NCO-ERs is crucial to ensuring a level playing field across the board.
b. Commander’s Yearly Training Guidance for TY-02: I expect all E7s and above to be thoroughly familiar with the CYTG 02. You are the key trainers in your units. The above referenced document sets the stage for our training events starting October 01.
c. Family Readiness Training: I am excited about the Family Readiness Program this weekend. This is the first time, as I recall, that the Regiment has formally produced a program of this type. A hearty thanks to CPT Beth Sharp for planning and coordinating a well organized program.
d. APFT: Yes, it is that time again especially for M-Day soldiers. You must take physical fitness seriously these days. NTC is just right around the corner and your physical well being will determine how we measure up to the opposing force. My challenge still stands for all E7s and above to make a minimum score of 270. I am pushing for 300+ as your Regimental Command Sergeant Major.
e. Soldier Discipline and Standards: These two seem to link to each other. I am asking all E7s and above to assist me in taking the Regiment to a new level concerning soldier discipline and soldier standards.
f. Recruiting, Retention, and MOSQ: All three of these should be imbedded in our minds by now. Since I have been tasked (AS A DIRECTIVE) to improve the Regiment’s MOSQ percentage, I am asking all of you to make sure your unit is at least 90% MOSQ as a minimum.
g. Enlisted Ball: The Enlisted Ball will be 15 December 01 at the same location as last year (Gatlinburg). By now you should have seen the announcement.
4. SABER 1 - PERSONNEL & ADMIN OFFICER (MAJ JONES):
a. SGLI Change:
(1) Effective 1 April 2001 maximum coverage under SGLI will increase from $200,000 to $250,000.
(2) The law requires that all individuals be changed to the maximum on that date. On 1 April 2001, all members eligible for SGLI will automatically be insured for the maximum coverage of $250,000. The cost for the maximum coverage is $20.00. If you currently do not have insurance you must decline this coverage by filling out the new form.
(3) Should a member of the uniformed services desire less than the automatic maximum coverage, that member should complete SGLV form 8286 (April 2001 version) indicating the amount of coverage desired (including no coverage) and furnish it to his/her unit. Units should forward elections as expeditiously as possible to avoid the necessity for corrections in financial transactions. The rates of collection effective 1 April 2001 will remain $.80 per $10,000 of coverage. Any member who does not make a reduced or declined coverage during April 2001 will be charged for the full $250,000 of coverage for April, as well as for any other month in which the level of coverage remains in effect.
(4) The SGLV election (reduced coverage or declined coverage) must be completed no earlier that 1 April 2001 and no later than 30 April 2001 in order to receive an appropriate refund for the amount deducted for April 2001.
b. Morale, Welfare, Recreation Fund: Do not forget to submit request for MWR Funds payment. This is due NLT 2 weeks after completion of Annual Training. Please send receipts for expenditures of MWR Funds NLT 2 weeks after expenditure of money.
c. Officer Evaluation Reports: Reminder to all officers; It is your responsibility to complete an OER support form NLT 30 days after beginning a new rating period. Your rater should retain a copy of the support form. It is the responsibility of each officer to ensure his or her OERs are up to date. The new state policy does not allow promotion of officers unless OERs are accurate and up to date.
d. Physical Examinations: Physical examinations are required every five years without regard to a soldier’s age. Please ensure all soldiers have a current physical exam prior to NTC.
e. Line of Duty Investigation: Please ensure all Line of Duties are accomplished and forwarded to this Headquarters ASAP. There are still many pending LODs from Annual Training. Please do not delay in submission of these investigations, this is very important to the soldier.
f. NTC Personnel Program: Units are reminded to continue to work on their NTC database. You must coordinate with cross-attached units for information on cross-leveled or attached soldiers. Annual Training should have locked in battle rosters and units should be preparing their final draft.
5. SABER 2 - INTELLIGENCE & SECURITY OFFICER (MAJ KIEFER):
a. AT-01: AT was a good exercise to show there are still some weaknesses in our intelligence gathering process. The good news is that the knowledge is there, we just need to refine our TTP's. The sustains and improves are too numerous to mention all here, so here is one of each.
(1) Sustain: HUMMINT collection. Went extremely well. Soldiers all across the Regiment seem to get the idea that good information will come from treating COB's with respect.
(2) Improve: Processing of Enemy Documents. Did not work at all. Documents took 36-48 hours to make it through channels. If they got to a point where they could be analyzed, the supporting documentation was incomplete and in one case totally incorrect. We were quite embarrassed to learn from the Corps G-2 that our conspiracy theory of a mole in the II Corps HQ was a nice "analytical exercise". However, we were informed the "evidence" that we had, was provided to one of our LNO's from an an allied army, and was not a "captured document" as it was reported.
b. ASAS-Light: One area that we are working on the most is the ASAS-Light fielding. Basically this is a laptop computer that is able communicate over the TACLAN to the ACE. ASAS-Light users will be able to see the deep fight across the regiment as it is built in the ACE. INTSUM's will be pushed to the Squadrons via ASAS-Light.
c. TACLAN: I know there may be skeptics that don't want to put too much stock in one single computer. However the dividends will be great, even if the TACLAN is up for a few hours a day. What would normally take a long time to communicate by voice can be transmitted in seconds, via the wonders of digital technology.
d. Communications: It has been said that in today's military, if you can't talk bits & bytes, you can't fight. A large part of this burden to build the infrastructure rest on the SIGO's and supporting signal unit, the remaining responsibility to use the equipment as it was intended is ours.
6. SABER 3 – OPERATIONS OFFICER (MAJ ARCHER):
a. Communications Exercise: Due to the obvious need for mounting, maintaining, and training on our commo equipment, the Regiment will conduct a Commo Exercise on 3-4 Nov 01. This exercise will focus on both primary and secondary means of communication, especially MSE and AM. For MSE, 711th Sig Bn (ALARNG) will provide a RAU so that we can check out and train on our MSRT’s. We are authorized and have on hand our MSRT’s down to Cav Trp CP level. I expect all of them to be here in Nov! For those mounted in wheeled vehicles—no problem. For those mounted in tracks, pull out the VRC-97 and the KY-68 and bring them with you. You can slide them into a wheeled mount here to make sure they work. Then, if they don’t work when you put them back in the track, you’ll know it’s probably a mount or wiring problem. We are also authorized AN/GRC-193 (or AN/GRC-106) AM radios down to Cav Trp CP level. We will conduct a net call to ensure these systems are working. Make sure you have them mounted and in working condition. We may have to do these commo checks for several months to check everyone because of the AM’s being mounted in M577’s that may or may not be at home station, but, before the NTC, we will have checked everyone off the list as having a working AM radio. An MOI on this COMMEX will be published by the RS-6. Get them working now because OBU, LOGEX, and the TEWT will each emphasize good communications!
b. Battle Rosters: No one is updating and reporting—and what we do have are WRONG! Therefore, we will use the week of 17 Sep 01 to concentrate on fixing battle rosters. Right now, neither the RS1 nor I can tell the RCO how many Tanks, BFV’s, or Paladins are fully manned! And it only gets worse when it comes to CS and CSS personnel. I expect every S-3 and Sqdn Training Officer and Separate Unit RNCO to know where every soldier is slotted and what vehicle, by bumper number, every soldier rides in! According to your MTOE’s, this Regiment is 100% mobile. That means every butt has a seat in some vehicle and I want to know where that seat is! So do they, and we haven’t been doing a good job of telling them. I began comparing a Cav Trp’s battle roster to the RS1’s database today to see how we looked. The first 5 people on the battle roster weren’t even in the database, which is pulled directly from SIDPERS! We’ve got problems—and we’re going to fix them, period! More info to follow—quickly!
c. SAWE/MILES Training: This training will be conducted at Catoosa, GA, 1-4 Oct 01, for M1A1 and M3A2 vehicles. Reference MOI
d. Holiday Ball – Gatlinburg: It will soon be that time of year again. This year, we expect to have another great Regimental Holiday Ball at the River Terrace Resort in Gatlinburg on the weekend of 30 Nov - 2 Dec! This is a change from years past, so mark your calendars now. 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 1/278th ACR Officers’ 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; 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 will be distributed soon to all units which will answer 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. Don’t miss this chance to get away for a fun weekend!
7. SABER 4 - LOGISTICS OFFICER (MAJ HENSLEY):
a. Excess and Lateral Transfers: With everyone focused on Annual Training many units are delinquent on excess turn-ins and lateral transfers. Review and correct.
b. Reminder: After AT Inventories. Reference 278-PBO (700) memorandum, subject: After Annual Training Inventory (100%), dated 20 July 2001. An inventory of all federal property must be accomplished annually, within forty- five days (45) after return from Annual Training. Upon completing the inventory a certificate of inventory, Annex J, TNARNG 710-1, copy attached, must be completed and forwarded thru channels to AGTN-DOL, and a copy furnished to the RPBO office NLT 4 September 2001. Discrepancies will be reported to the RPBO office by memorandum.
c. WARNO. NTC Vehicle Shipment: Within the next two weeks the Regiment will conduct NTC unit reviews for personnel and equipment. On the logistics side specifically, we will go line by line for each piece of equipment to ship or draw, with radio configurations and crew served weapons info. The work will go unit by uniy with personnel, training, and logistics disciplines in attendance.
d. Commercial Trailers: 2/278 and 4/278 still have commercial trailers (Xtra Lease) and M915 tractors. These must be returned to this HQs immediately. SPT SQDN begins their practice loads this weekend (08-09 Sept 01). POC is CPT Cheek at TNNET 3228.
e. LOGEX: LOGEX is 03-04 Feb 02 at Grubbs/Kyle Training Center in Smyrna. LOI publish date is 30 Nov 01.
f. Maintenance Training: TSBn is developing a maintenance training LOI in response to training deficiencies discovered at AT01. My objective is to coordinate dates with each SQDN/BN and Separate Units to make class sizes manageable and more efficient. More to follow.
g. Quote of the Month:
Appomattox, Virginia, 1865. This month’s quote is a personal narrative of Brevet Major-General Joshua Chamberlain. Most remember him from the Battle of Gettysburg, Little Round Top fame and many are not aware of his service beyond that battle. MG Chamberlain served with great distinction to the end of the Civil War and this book is about the final campaign of the Army of the Potomac to bring the war to an end. Let him take us now to the surrender ceremony of the Army of Northern Virginia. What was his mood? What were his thoughts of his former enemy? Of note, General Grant and General Lee were not present for the ceremony, they departed Appomattox the day before.
It was now the morning of the 12th of April. I had been ordered to have my lines formed for the ceremony at sunrise. It was a chill gray morning, depressing to the senses. But our hearts made warmth. Great memories uprose; great thoughts went forward. We formed along the principal street, from the bluff bank of the stream to near the Court House on the left, -- to face the last line of battle, and receive the last remnant of the arms and colors of that great army which ours had been created to confront for all that death can do for life. We were remnants also: Massachusetts, Maine, Michigan, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York; veterans, replaced veterans; cut to pieces, cut down, consolidated, divisions into brigades, regiments into one, gathered by State origin; this little line, quintessence or metempsychosis of Porter’s old corps of Gaine’s Mill and Malvern Hill; men of near blood born, made nearer by blood shed. Those facing us – now, thank God! the same.
As for me, I was once more with my old command. But this was not all I needed. I had taken leave of my little First Brigade so endeared to me, and the end of the fighting had released the Second from all orders from me. But these deserved to share with me now as they had so faithfully done in the sterner passages of the campaign. I got permission from General Griffin to have them in the parade. I placed the First Brigade in line a little to our rear, and the Second on the opposite side of the street facing us and leaving ample space for the movements of the coming ceremony. Thus the whole division was out, and under my direction for the occasion, although I was not the division commander. I thought this troubled General Bartlett a little, but he was a manly and soldierly man and made no comment. He contented himself by mounting his whole staff and with the division flag riding around our lines and conversing as he found opportunity with Confederate officers. This in no manner disturbed me; my place and part were definite and clear.
Our earnest eyes scan busy groups on the opposite slopes, breaking camp for the last time, taking down their little shelter-tents and folding them carefully as precious things, then slowly forming ranks as for unwelcome duty. And now they move. The dusky swarms forge forward into gray columns of march. On they come, with the old swinging route step and swaying battleflags. In the van, the proud Confederate ensign – the great field of white with canton of star-strewn cross of blue on a field of red, the regimental battle flags with the same escutcheon following on, crowded so thick, by thinning out of men, that the whole column seemed crowned with red. At the right of our line our little group mounted beneath our flags, the red Maltese cross on a field of white, erewhile so bravely borne through many a field more crimson than itself, its mystic meaning now ruling all.
The momentous meaning of this occasion impressed me deeply. I resolved to mark it by some token of recognition, which could be no other than a salute of arms. Well aware of the responsibility assumed, and of the criticisms that would follow, as the sequel proved, nothing of that kind could move me in the least. The act could be defended, if needful, by the suggestion that such a salute was not to the cause for which the flag of the confederacy stood, but to its going down before the flag of the Union. My main reason, however, was for one for which I sought no authority nor asked forgiveness. Before us in proud humiliation stood the embodiment of manhood: men whom neither toils and sufferings, nor the fact of death, nor disaster, nor hopelessness could bend from their resolve; standing before us now, thin, worn, and famished, but erect, and with eyes looking level into ours, waking memories that bound us together as no other bond; -- was not such manhood to be welcomed back into a Union so tested and assured? ….
For further reading see: The Passing Of The Armies, Author Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, Brevet Major General U. S. Volunteers, Morningside Press, Dayton, Ohio, Copyright 1992. If you have a quote to submit for Old Bill’s Chips, please forward it to MAJ Hensley, email, or fax it to (865) 582-3208.
8. SABER SQUELCH – RS-6 (MAJ JESTRAB):
a. Priority on Communications: It is past time to knuckle down on communications. This must be a high priority for all units. If you cannot talk using your authorized equipment you will have a terrible RSOI and not be released to the BOX. Command Emphasis
b. COMMEX NOV 3 & 4, MSRT'S and AM Radio's: We must concentrate on these piece's of equipment and get it fixed now. Send your MSRT's off for repair to CE Maintenance if required and complete the installation kits in your Hummves and 577. Each unit down to troop is equipped with this MSE transmitter/receiver that works off a MSE RAU. During our NTC tour this piece of equipment will prove invaluable, not only is it voice it can also Fax. Special attention needs to be placed on having the correct antenna's, antenna bases and cabling. Have your SIGO's and Commo Sections evaluate all your equipment and get it working. For the commex if you have track mounted MSRT's they need to be pulled, brought to Regt Headquarters during the Commex and tested by swapping these transmitters in your Hummers that are MSE equipped. All MSRT's and Hummer equipped units will be tested during this Commex. The 711 SG Bn will have some experts to help in troubleshooting this equipment at Regt.
c. Operator Manuals: Make sure your have the -10's for all your communication equipment and your maintenance sections need the -20. This is part of the PCC/PCI that will be checked during RSOI.
d. Commex's, LOGEX, Old Bills University: During all these exercises and at any unit training your communication assets needs to be pre-planned and AAR's completed. These exercises will be testing MSRT's, DNVT's, AM radios, ULLS Blasting, and TACLAN.
e. Frequency Planning: Your units complete communication listings will be required shortly. Our Tactical Phone books will be generated prior to NTC and changes will not be available after it issue. It is paramount that all unit fixed call signs, equipment type, using location (such as CTCP), user name by position, be correct. This equally applies to all attached units. Some units will be operating in single channel including CNRI (FM through MSE system) and these (Red frequencies) must be identified.
f. Information Requested: Mr. Newsom will be needing the following information from all units going to the NTC:
(1) Fixed (static) call sign.
(2) Fixed call sign suffixes required if not already listed in TACSOP. These two items will be include in Tactical Telephone directory to be published by 711th SC BN
(3) List of combat net radios by frequency mode and LIN. Specify if secure or non-secure.
(4) List of MSE equipment
(5) List of each automation system Specify operating system.
(6) List of crypto-variables required. All will be supplied by COMSEC Custodian
(7) Any special communication equipment not included above.
9. SABER REDLEG – FIRE SUPPORT (MAJ HART):
MET (meteorological) data is important to artillery men. Enough said. The Regiment's need for MET data is critical and must be disseminated to the user level in order to have a beneficial effect. Though our PALADINS are our biggest fire support provider, they are not the only indirect fire system on the battlefield that can benefit from this timely information. Troop mortar sections also require MET for accurate fires. In the CAV, squadron FSOs are responsible for disseminating MET data to the troop mortar sections. Mortars may require a ballistic MET if computing firing data manual with a M16 plotting board or using a mortar ballistic computer (MBC) with a 2a processor. Most MBC have now upgraded to a 3a processor and can accept the standard computer MET. While MBC are capable of generating a standard MET, weather conditions and terrain effects on the battlefield rarely mirror these ideal circumstances. All indirect fire assets must always pursue the five elements of accurate fire whenever possible. Avoid putting MET data in the "to hard to do" block and hoping for accurate fires. HOPE is not and never will be an acceptable method for determining firing data. BOTTOM LINE: FSOs NEED TO DISSEMINATE MET DATA TO ALL SQUADRON INDIRECT FIRE ASSETS.
While most artillery missions are planned and executed in a virtual environment (CCTT, SIMNET, JANUS, WARFIGHTERS), our deployment to the NTC will be unique. Successful fire planning will require a visualization of one's self, with respect to the enemy and the battlefield. During our recent virtual battles, most all fire missions have been executed as standard grid missions at the request of the observer. This luxury of having a grid transposed on the actual battlefield is unrealistic. Grid missions at the NTC may not provide the most accurate method of targeting. Without the ability to actually determine the exact target location on the ground, fires may prove less than lethal. An alternate method for determining target location, more related to knowing your position on the battlefield, is polar missions. M1A1s, using GPS instruments (PLGRS) can readily determine accurate target locations using laser range finders (LRFs). This technique requires a direction to the target and a distance from your known position. When the enemy forgets to follow your plans, accurate fires may be better facilitated with polar missions.
Most FSOs have completed their post-AT 100% inventory. I want to remind all REDLEGS- "possession is but 9/10ths of the law" -your equipment must also be mission capable. I know some of our digital equipment is broken or possibly misplaced. Immediate actions are required. OBU requirements will mandate the consolidation of digital equipment at RHHT NLT December. Some set-up for OBU will be done prior to the actual schoolhouse dates. More on OBU later.
We must continue to work on helping to fill our Regimental shortage of 13Fs ( FIST/COLT). These positions are critical and will have a direct impact on our performance at NTC. Keep looking for and talking about our FIST and COLT requirement. Your effort will pay big dividends in the Mojave Dessert.
10. SABER SAFETY (CW4 STONE):
(1) I am concerned about the HAZMAT Transportation Certification Course. Completing this course gives an individual the right to certify hazardous loads for transportation and to teach the Drivers Certification Course. The HAZMAT Transportation Certification Course is an 80 hour course (2 weeks). You cannot move fuel or ammo at NTC (or anywhere) without a hazardous load certifier and a certified driver. We have few of these individuals throughout the Regiment. According to my records, 1/278 and 2/278 have none. We are in serious shape. There is a class at Fort Campbell from 10 Sep thru 21 Sep in which we have 5 students attending - none from 1st or 2nd Squadron.
(2) We are hoping Ft Campbell will schedule more classes in the future. We need to be proactive. If a class becomes available, who would you send? Be prepared. Here are some helpful guidelines. The individual should be:
(a) Reasonably smart since the failure rate is approximately 40%.
(b) Reasonably motivated because it is a dry course.
(c) Preferably associated with fuel and/or ammo. If not, supply or an OMS Shop.
(d) Preferably a full time soldier to get the most use of him/her.
(e) Going to NTC and beyond.
(f) Able to go to the class for 2 weeks on short notice.
(3) The certification is good for 2 years. If anyone out there is certified, send me the certificate ASAP.
(4) Next, we have to get these people to certify the drivers of hazardous materials. Believe me, NTC will shut you down without these certifications and the related paperwork.
b. IWQ and PT Test: It is time to plan for these events which means integrating Risk Management into the planning process. Start developing good Risk Management habits.