Bronco Brigade conducts Mission Command Conference

| November 6, 2015 | 0 Comments
Col. Scott Kelly, commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, addresses Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza (bottom left), commander, I Corps, Joint Base Lewis McCord, and battalion command teams and staff officers, during the brigade Mission Command Conference, Oct. 26.

Col. Scott Kelly, commander, 3rd BCT, 25th ID, addresses Lt. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza (bottom left), commander, I Corps, Joint Base Lewis McChord, and battalion command teams and staff officers, during the brigade Mission Command Conference, Oct. 26.

Sgt. Brian C. Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Command teams from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, “Broncos,” 25th Infantry Division, conducted a mission command conference, here, Oct. 26-29.

The conference was designed to get the commands together, review what the brigade did the past year and determine how to make units better.

“We would be amiss if we did not share these experiences across the formation, formalize the best practices in the SOP (standard operations procedures) and resolve remaining issues collaboratively,” said Maj. Joseph Wells, operation officer, 3rd BCT.

To begin the conference, the brigade reviewed its mission command and its planning SOPs. Afterwards, command teams and staff officers discussed the varying functions and forms of command posts.

“Throughout the conference, we explored the timing and nature of battalion and brigade touch points from step one of the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) to rehearsal of concept and execution,” Wells said.

As members of the profession of arms, he said it is imperative that they examine their craft and reflect upon the experiences so that both the leaders and the organization can improve.

“We must constantly recalibrate our systems and adapt our approaches to tackle the challenges that our nation assigns to us,” he said.

During the conference, the brigade also conducted an operations center shakedown where each battalion set up its tactical operations center, so all could see how each battalion runs it.

According to Wells, this whole set up is so the command teams can share the best practices of Pacific Pathways and how they can operate while serving as a Contingency Response Force.

When the dust settled, the Broncos focused on the next step, in December, of exercising its refined operation procedures for Yama Sakura 69, an annual joint exercise with the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force.

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