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    1st ID Conducts Convoy, Establishes TAC at BPTA For Saber Strike

    1st ID Conducts Convoy, Establishes TAC at BPTA

    Photo By Sgt. Dustin Biven | Soldiers assigned to the Mission Command Element, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley,...... read more read more



    Story by Spc. Dustin Biven 

    22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment   

    BEMOWO PISKIE, Poland – For more than 100 years, the American Soldiers of the 1st Infantry Division have stood on the frontiers of freedom, conducting operations that test their ability to maintain or defend the independence of people around the world.

    The most recent verification of the Big Red One Division’s capability came during a two-day convoy across Poland from the city of Poznan to the Bemowo Piskie Training Area in northeastern Poland on May 26, 2018.

    The purpose of the convoy was to move the unit’s command post hundreds of miles across territory unknown to most of the unit and resume operations in support of the upcoming Saber Strike exercise. The 1st ID currently serves as the Mission Command Element, a subordinate element of U.S. Army Europe that helps organize and plan missions throughout the European continent.

    While driving across Poland may seem like a simple mission, moving large military equipment on roads designed for much smaller vehicles, while largely leaving the population in most area unaffected, is no small task. It is the first time such a movement by the MCE has been conducted in the history of Atlantic Resolve, an ongoing effort by the U.S., along with its ally and partner nations, to deter aggression in the region and promote stability.

    “What we've accomplished here speaks volumes on not only our ability to plan, coordinate and execute a mission as U.S. Soldiers, but our ability to work alongside our NATO allies to accomplish this task,” said Maj. Robert St. Claire, the convoy commander for the Mission Command Element (MCE), 1st Infantry Division.

    The convoy was escorted by Polish military police officers throughout the duration of the trip. The Polish also provided a location for the convoy to stop for the night and a vehicle refueling location.

    A TAC mirrors, to a smaller degree, the mission command and communication systems found in unit’s larger Tactical Operations Center, or TOC.

    The TAC and TOC are stationary and do not possess full operational capability while in transit from one location to another. However, the TAC has the ability to be torn down, moved and set up in a fraction of the time that it would take to reconstruct a TOC. A TAC can also be located closer to front-line troops.
    In the case of the upcoming Saber Strike exercise, the TAC is located closer to participating units.

    “The ability to have communication with all of our troops in the area during Saber Strike is essential and that's what this TAC provides,” said Sgt. Maj. Keith E. Green, a senior enlisted noncommissioned officer assigned to the Mission Command Element (MCE), 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kansas. “Working alongside our allies and partners during the exercise, I am eager to see the relationships grow, to build upon the already solid foundation.”

    During Saber Strike, the TAC will be used to communicate with Soldiers of participating NATO forces in the area to coordinate and relay mission essential information in a timely manner.

    “The planning, coordination and execution of the mission reaffirms our ability to go anywhere, do anything and stop at nothing to accomplish a mission,” said Green.



    Date Taken: 05.29.2018
    Date Posted: 05.29.2018 16:07
    Story ID: 278632
    Location: POZNAN, PL 
    Hometown: POZNAN, PL
    Hometown: FORT RILEY, KS, US
    Hometown: MANHATTAN, KS, US
    Hometown: TOPEKA, KS, US

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