196th Inf. Bde conducts JPMRC small unit assessment

| March 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
MPs of the 29th BSTB, HIANG, stop Capt. Samuel Cosimano (left), Supt. Bn., 196th Inf. Bde., at a traffic control point. Cosimano was role playing as a “local national”  during the first live test of the JPMRC-IS, March 8. The exercise employed MILES gear to trap and funnel data for analysis.

MPs of the 29th BSTB, HIANG, stop Capt. Samuel Cosimano (left), Supt. Bn., 196th Inf. Bde., at a traffic control point. Cosimano was role playing as a “local national” during the first live test of the JPMRC-IS, March 8. The exercise employed MILES gear to trap and funnel data for analysis.

Story and photos by
Maj. Andrew K. Visser
196th Infantry Brigade

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The 196th Infantry Brigade (Training Support) took another important step towards validating the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Capability (JPMRC) concept, March 7-9, by conducting the first live test of the JPMRC Instrumentation System (JPMRC-IS).

The JPMRC consists of a deployable package of personnel and equipment designed to support Army, joint and multinational training exercises across the Pacific theater.

This live test allowed the 196th to provide training support to the Military Police platoon assigned to the 29th Bde. Special Troops Battalion (BSTB), Hawaii Army National Guard.

“We were fortunate to be able to leverage our existing partnership with the Hawaii Guard and to identify an opportunity to exercise the Instrumentation System in a manner that was mutually beneficial,” said Col. Michael Forsyth, commander, 196th Inf. Bde.

The JPMRC-IS allows the 196th’s observer-controller/trainers to track Soldiers and vehicles using the Multiple Integrated Laser Engagement System (MILES), to monitor voice and digital communications and to record live audio and video of the training event. This data is funneled through a computerized tactical analysis facility (TAF), where analysts assess the unit’s performance and assemble after-action reviews (AAR).

Using the recorded multimedia content gives the training audience a comprehensive look at itself to make suggestions for sustaining best practices and improving in weaker areas.

The first full test of the JPMRC-IS is scheduled for this summer when a battalion from the 25th Inf. Division will participate in the first unit assessment. However, the complexity of the system made it necessary to conduct a smaller-scale test in order to identify and correct technical or organizational issues, said Forsyth.

The small unit assessment began March 7, as the MPs mustered at their Barbers Point armory to receive a mission brief and begin preparing for the next day’s mission. During this time, Soldiers and civilian contractors brought the Instrumentation System online to perform system checks and soon had to address a significant technical issue, as the microwave towers used to transmit video, voice and digital data from the training area to the TAF inexplicably went offline.

(From right) Sgt. 1st Class William Fritzinger and Sgt. 1st Class Donnie Grogan, observer-controller/trainers, 1st Bn., 196th Inf. Bde., conduct a “hot-wash” with MPs of the 29th BSTB, HIANG.

(From right) Sgt. 1st Class William Fritzinger and Sgt. 1st Class Donnie Grogan, observer-controller/trainers, 1st Bn., 196th Inf. Bde., conduct a “hot-wash” with MPs of the 29th BSTB, HIANG.

By morning, March 8, JPMRC-IS technicians had developed a backup data link, bringing the most critical capabilities back online while the MP platoon was outfitted with MILES.

“We prioritized data streams and gradually re-established our ability to track the training unit’s movement, actions and communications in real time,” said Maj. Thomas Harris, brigade operations officer.

The formal AAR was held March 9 at the 29th Bde. Combat Team headquarters.

Maj. Sean Baxter, executive officer, 29th BSTB, said that he appreciated the flexibility of the AAR format and the detail and quality of the training feedback.

“I haven’t seen that level of fidelity in AARs outside of actual combat training centers,” said Baxter. “This capability is a great addition to our home station training.”

(Editor’s note: Visser is the executive officer for the 196th Inf. Bde.)

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