Mobile war-gaming prepares 130th Eng. Bde. for upcoming exercises

| August 11, 2011 | 0 Comments
Soldiers of the 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, set up a tent to house their mobile command post. This task was part of an exercise to test their ability to provide command and control in a field environment, in preparation for their upcoming exercises on the Korean peninsula.

Soldiers of the 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, set up a tent to house their mobile command post. This task was part of an exercise to test their ability to provide command and control in a field environment, in preparation for their upcoming exercises on the Korean peninsula.

Story and Photo by
1st Lt. Scott Rupnow
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers and officers took to the field to test their ability to share horizontal information among staff sections and vertical information between brigades and battalions, Aug. 1.

Information exchange is a common task during normal operations, but in an austere field environment, managing the flow of information can become a very complex task.

Operating under a theoretical, full-spectrum wartime scenario, the 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, along with its subordinate 65th and 84th engineer battalions, set up computer networks to mirror the systems they would use in a wartime environment.

These systems need to be setup quickly and work soundly for the unit to be prepared for a land war where the frontlines are constantly shifting.

“These exercises are needed in order for us to practice the mobility aspect of our profession,” said Sgt. 1st Class Hans Drupiewski, chemical noncommissioned officer in charge, 130th Eng. Bde. “In the current wars we are fighting, we have gotten away from having to constantly set up and tear down command posts. It’s becoming a lost art.”

Not for the 130th Eng. Bde., though.

“Seeing how seamlessly the staff sections at both brigade and battalion levels were able to fall back into regular battle rhythms was motivating,” said 1st Lt. Michael McDaniel, brigade adjutant for the 130th Eng. Bde.

In addition to testing out their mobility, the staff sections were also able to produce useful products that they will use in upcoming exercises on the Korean peninsula, including Ulchi Freedom Guardian 11. The upcoming, monthlong, theater-level UFG 11 exercise (with the 2nd Infantry Division and the Republic of Korea army) will benefit from the work that these Soldiers and officers did during the week.

“We were able to war-game multiple scenarios and produce solutions that would not have been possible, had we not been producing them in the field,” said Capt. Matthew Miller, plans officer, 130th Eng. Bde.

With the end of the command post and staff integration training, staff sections have little time to recover before they will apply what they learned in UFG 11. The end of the CP and SIT comes just a day before the beginning of UFG 11.

An advantage of this condensed timeline is that all the lessons learned are still fresh in the

Soldiers’ minds, and the 130th Eng. Bde. is ready to go “Sappers In.”

 

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