Digital training exercise puts 45th Sust. Bde.’s TTPs to the ultimate test

| July 28, 2011 | 0 Comments
Officers, Soldiers and NCOs of the 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, pose for a picture with a mock congressman (center) during the UEX, held at Fort Hood, Texas, recently.

Officers, Soldiers and NCOs of the 45th Sust. Bde., 8th TSC, pose for a picture with a mock congressman (center) during the UEX, held at Fort Hood, Texas, recently.

Story and Photo by
Sgt. 1st Class Joseph E. Garcia
45th Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs, 8th Theater Sust. Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The digital exercise, known as Unified Endeavor 11-3, or UEX, put the 45th Sustainment Brigade, 8th Theater Sust. Command, to the test, at Fort Hood, Texas, recently.

Soldiers in the brigade tested their tactics, techniques and procedures, or TTPs, when they responded to simulated problems that are likely to arise during a deployment.

“The transportation process was just like going to Afghanistan or any deployment,” said Sgt. 1st Class Cedrick Bonds, noncommissioned officer in charge, 45th Support Operations Transportation Office, 45th Sust. Bde. “I have been working as a transportation Soldier for more than 17 years, and although the concept is the same, the process and policies differ from installation to installation.”

Bonds and his team executed a plan to bring Soldiers, training materials and other supplies that would sustain the UEX environment in the new location.

In addition to the movement of supplies and equipment, another important asset sent ahead of the main body was the communications section.

“I was part of the advance party and spent an average of 12 hours a day setting up the systems,” said Pfc. Daniel Garza, Co. B, 45th Special Troops Battalion, 45th Sust. Bde. “The goal for UEX was to set up all the (voice over Internet protocol) communications, so that the arriving units had a means of communication.”

Soldiers worked in various support operations roles and, in addition to improving their TTPs and standard operating procedures, developed better communication skills and employed those skills through various work groups.

Work groups were established based on the problem that needed to be solved. Soldiers consolidated their skills and knowledge of support operations to paint a common operating picture and develop courses of action to be presented to commanders, who would then be better able execute their decisions.

Soldiers interacted in several difficult scenarios to validate if battle drills currently in place were effective enough to react to the situation. If not, the unit had to adapt to the situation before it could become a potential issue and result in possible loss of life and/or equipment.

“The exercise presented the challenge of cross-talking among the team,” said Maj. Brook Hess, financial management officer, 45th Sust. Bde. “It helped the young leaders to realize the interdependency of the actions within their areas and how simple actions impacted other organizations.”

 

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