Intelligence Soldiers focus on sustainment, humanitarian aid

| March 13, 2015 | 0 Comments
Intelligence Soldiers from within 8th TSC, 593rd ESC and 25th CAB, 25th ID, conduct intelligence exercise Perspicuous  Provider, Feb. 23-27, at Mission Training Complex–Hawaii. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Intelligence Soldiers from within 8th TSC, 593rd ESC and 25th CAB, 25th ID, conduct intelligence exercise Perspicuous Provider, Feb. 23-27, at Mission Training Complex–Hawaii. (Photo by Sgt. Jon Heinrich, 8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs)

Story and photos by
Sgt. Jon Heinrich
8th Theater Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from 8th Theater Sustainment Command and its subordinate units – 8th Military Police Brigade and 45th Sustainment Bde. – conducted intelligence exercise Perspicuous Provider, Feb. 23-27, at Mission Training Complex-Hawaii (MTC-HI), here.

Approximately 36 Soldiers participated in the training, which was meant to prepare units for intelligence operations focused around sustainment and humanitarian aid rather than combat.

The intent of the training was to have well-trained, sustainment-centric intelligence Soldiers within our command, according to Maj. Dion Houston, the deputy intelligence officer with 8th TSC.

“It’s specific training in the kinds of things that we as a unit are expected to be able to do,” Houston said. “It also has a general focus that we’re better able to provide answers to our leadership, because not only are we doing this exercise to prepare ourselves, but we’re also doing intelligence briefs to let people within our formation know the capabilities that we have.”

Along with 8th TSC were intelligence Soldiers from 25th Combat Aviation Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, and 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

The 500th Military Intelligence Brigade provided equipment and expertise for the training, along with Intelligence Electronic Warfare Tactical Proficiency trainers, who are responsible for intelligence exercises within MTC-HI.

Some of the different scenarios the Soldiers analyzed were flood ingress and egress, criminal activity, anti-American demonstrations and volcanic activity and eruption.

Houston stated that the training was less focused with force-on-force scenarios and more along sustainment and humanitarian aid situations.

“The key thing there is sustainment-centric intelligence,” Houston said. “We’re very concerned about sea states, anything that affects the amount of resources that are available to go through the ports, the capacity of roads. Basically, freedom of movement is a key consideration for sustainment-centric intelligence.”

“It’s completely different than what I thought it was going to be,” said Pfc. Kayla Walker, an intel analyst with 593rd ESC. “I’m actually really liking it. I’ve never done an intel-centered exercise.”

Walker, one of four 593rd ESC Soldiers who participated in the training, said she enjoyed being able to work with other units for the exercise.

“Over there, we do our intel in our section, so here we get to collaborate with all these different units and figure out how all this is fitting together,” Walker said. “It’s really awesome.”

“Just the fact that we can collaborate with all these different people, we don’t regularly work with, the fact that we’re able to come together as a team and be able to do this is just a great undertaking,” Houston said.

“This has been an awesome experience,” Walker said. “I’m very glad that I got the opportunity to come here.”

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