8th TSC’s Intelligence focuses on humanitarian aid situations, plus sustainment

| April 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
Intelligence Soldiers from 8th Theater Sustainment Command, 593rd Expeditionary Command, 9th Mission Support Command, Army Sustainment Command and 196th Infantry Brigade, conduct intelligence exercise Perspicuous Provider April 18-22 at Mission Training Complex - Hawaii. (Photo by Staff Sgt. John Garver)

Intelligence Soldiers from 8th Theater Sustainment Command, 593rd Expeditionary Command, 9th Mission Support Command, Army Sustainment Command and 196th Infantry Brigade, conduct intelligence exercise Perspicuous Provider April 18-22 at Mission Training Complex – Hawaii.

 

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. John C. Garver
8th Theater Sustainment Command Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Soldiers from 8th Theater Sustainment Command and its subordinate units – 8th Military Police Brigade and 130th Engineer Bde. – conducted intelligence exercise Perspicuous Provider, April 18-22, at Mission Training Complex, here.

Approximately 55 Soldiers participated in the training, which was meant to prepare units for intelligence operations focused around sustainment and humanitarian aid rather than combat.

“It’s about preparing intelligence Soldiers to think how they can help in a real-world humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) mission,” said Maj. Alex Marrone, an intelligence plans officer with 8th TSC.

“It’s specific training in the kinds of things that we, as intelligence Soldiers, are expected to be able to do,” Marrone added. “In an HA/DR environment, how can we supply information to our commanders of where supplies need to go, like medical supplies and food and water? Then, those commanders can better plan or make adjustments where they see the need.”

Along with 8th TSC were intelligence Soldiers from the 9th Mission Support Command, 196th Infantry Bde., from Oahu; the Army Sustainment Command, from Japan; and the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

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

“I am learning to think about logistics in an HA/DR,” said Sgt. 1st Class Marlene Noel, an intelligence planner with 196th Inf. Bde. “I like how this training helps junior Soldiers to think outside of the box. It also is developing junior Soldiers into leaders.”

Noel said 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,” Marrone said. “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.”

Intelligence analyst Spc. Gisela Paz, one of eight 593rd ESC Soldiers who participated in the training, said she enjoyed being able to work with other units for the exercise.

“I am learning how important our role is in an HA/DR and how I can help a commander help those in need,” said Paz. “I’m actually really liking it. This is my second time doing this exercise.”

Next year, Marrone hopes to see the exercise grow into a joint exercise and to have Perspicuous Provider included in the Army Foundry Intelligence Training Program.

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