Bronco Brigade tests readiness with tactical operation exercise

| February 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
The Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division worked together to tear down all the shelters and network equipment of their tactical operations center during an exercise, at Schofield Barracks, Jan. 20-28. (Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Catrina Herbert, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

The Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division worked together to tear down all the shelters and network equipment of their tactical operations center during an exercise, at Schofield Barracks, Jan. 20-28. (Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Catrina Herbert, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Staff Sgt. Catrina Herbert
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, set up shelters and network equipment of their Tactical Operations Center during an exercise, here, Jan. 20-28.

The Bronco Brigade executed readiness training by putting together the Deployable Rapid Assembly Shelter (DRASH) and establishing communication as part of the TOCEX.

The two-week exercise ensured the brigade headquarters has a fully functional operations center when it deploys. It also ensured all systems were fully functional, integrated, tested and proven to work.

The exercise began the morning of Jan. 20. Many truckloads of equipment were transported from the motor pool to the field site. Equipment included vehicles, tents, generators, computers and networks. Six hours later, the DRASHs were assembled and providing air conditioning; plus, electricity was installed.

Capt. Jordan Smiley, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, works on the CPOF computer system during the brigade’s TOCEX on Leaders Field, Jan. 20-28. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Catrina Herbert, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Divsion)

Capt. Jordan Smiley, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, works on the CPOF computer system during the brigade’s TOCEX on Leaders Field, Jan. 20-28. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Catrina Herbert, 3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Divsion)

After completing the set-up, the perimeter and communications equipment were installed.

The event continued with help from the communications shop, which wired each section with network cables to build network and connect a wide variety of digital systems to each other.

Capt. Jordan Smiley, brigade S-3, a native of Las Vegas, Nevada, said the tactical systems used to report to the brigade commander the situation on the battlefield, and the systems used to talk to the subordinate units, were important.

With laptop computers set up on folding tables, the exercise participants engaged in battle drills designed to let each staff section practice its role in a variety of scenarios that could affect the 3rd BCT on deployments.

“It is difficult to simulate combat operations, but the military intelligence section provided excellent interjects to help with the training,” said Smiley. “The planning portion of the TOCEX demanded long hours.”

The Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, set-up all shelters and network equipment of their tactical operations center during an exercise at Schofield Barracks, Jan. 20-28. (Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Catrina Herbert, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

The Soldiers of the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, set-up all shelters and network equipment of their tactical operations center during an exercise at Schofield Barracks, Jan. 20-28. (Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Catrina Herbert, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Staff Sgt. Selexter Jones, infantryman, assigned to 3rd BCT and a native of Magnolia, Mississippi, said, “The purpose of the TOCEX is to better prepare us for future missions.”

During the TOCEX, the brigade worked on real-world issues surrounding its upcoming training mission at Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, Louisiana. As well, some of the staff sections performed all their day-to-day garrison operations from the TOC.

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