Story and photo by
Sgt. Louis Lamar
94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command Public Affairs
JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM — The 5th Battlefield Coordination Detachment, 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command, hosted an operational integration seminar, here, Feb. 28.
The seminar was held in an effort to teach 5th BCD Soldiers the art of better understanding 1972 close air support (CAS) request procedures and fixed wing capabilities.
“It is important to conduct training like this because everything is always changing,” said Sgt. 1st Class Miguel Martinez, fire support specialist, 5th BCD. “Having the most-current information from the actual guys who we would talk to downrange benefits us by making sure we are on top of our game.”
The Army’s Field Manual 7-0 states, “Unified action and joint interdependence require leaders aware of the institutional cultures of organizations making up or working with a joint force. This awareness includes understanding how joint and multinational, military and civilian partners operate and make decisions.
“Individuals, units and their leaders develop that understanding only by continuous education and by regular training with these partners,” it continues.
“The overall goal of my training was to give the Soldiers of 5th BCD a better awareness of CAS capabilities and 1972 production,” said Staff Sgt. Derek Snyder, a joint terminal attack controller for the 25th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS).
Topics during the seminar ranged from roles of all joint forces and how they work together to achieve a common purpose, better understanding of the integrated air and missile defense and building a solid base in the Army and Air Force doctrine that can be used at the operational level.
“Working with the 25th ASOS is great because we deal a lot with them,” said Martinez. “Having their point of view on what they want to see in (CAS requests) and how it works up the chain of command gives us a better understanding of the process.”