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    Mobilization Support Force, Process is King

    Mobilization Support Force Annual Training and Rehearsal of Concept Drill

    Photo By Capt. Joselyn Sydnor | U.S. Army Reserve Brig. Gen. David E. Elwell, Deputy Commanding General -...... read more read more



    Story by Capt. Joselyn Sydnor 

    653rd Regional Support Group

    FORT BLISS, Texas – Units from across the U.S. Army Reserve who make up the Mobilization Support Force conducted their annual training here from June 17-30. These units were selected to augment Fort Bliss’s ability to sustain an increased number of warfighters who would be trained and validated during a Mobilization Force Generation Installation expansion.

    The MSF is an answer to augment sustainment capability of the Ft Bliss MFGI during expansion until long term sustainment solutions are put in place.

    Many shortfalls in sustainment capabilities across the mobilization enterprise platforms were identified during the first rapid mobilizations of Reserve Components to Iraq. It took time to procure contracts to sustain and support the increased number of personnel and equipment. Many of these contracts had limitations.

    “In Army logistics we are able to flex,” said Col. Chandra Roberts, commander of Fort Bliss Mobilization Brigade, and the 653rd Regional Support Group. “Good Army logistics units make it happen. We know how to be agile and flexible and anticipate. We work long hours and we can shift priorities as needed.”

    Of the nine MFGIs, only two are active, Fort Bliss and Fort Hood. Currently, these MFGIs have the capacity, land-mass and training grounds to hold an increased number of mobilizing and deploying personnel, but they do not have the capability to immediately sustain them while the unit conduct post-mobilization training.

    “The MSF units mobilize to the MFGI, so in our case they come here to Fort Bliss, they set up shop and they plus-up our sustainment and our SRPC (Soldier Readiness Processing Center),” explained Maj. Dang Nguyen, planner for the FBMB MSF mission, “and all the other elements involved to be able to handle the increased throughput of the Focus Ready Units and Ready Force X units that will be deploying overseas.”

    In the event of a rapid mobilization, the FBMB would continue to conduct the Reception, Staging, and Onward-movement portion of the mobilization and deployment process, with the addition of the MSF. The MSF augments the Ft. Bliss installation and directly supports 5th Armored Brigade, First Army Division West who validates units for deployment.

    “In a no-notice contingency operation, unity of effort is paramount,” said Roberts.

    The FBMB hosted a Rehearsal of Concept drill, chaired by Brig. Gen. David Elwell, Deputy Commanding General - Mobilization, Fort Bliss. The ROC drill fostered a shared understanding of capabilities, requirements, planning factors, decision points, and potential friction points during reception, staging, and onward movement of Focus Ready Units and Ready Force X units.

    “A lot of the MFGI Expansion planning had been rather stove-piped,” said Roberts. “While the FBMB, Fifth Armored (Brigade), the MSF units and our enterprise partners may have assumptions or not delved deeply into how operations would be executed, but this had been done separately. Coordination, planning, and research, before and during the ROC drill focused all of us to work together to better define and support logistic requirements.”

    Roberts explained that the ROC Drill started the discussions needed to synchronize efforts and gain fidelity of the requirements. It created a uniform platform from which all the organizations can use as a starting point and highlighted the importance of cooperative planning.

    “It wasn’t at the detailed tactical level, just yet,” said Roberts. “But we opened up a lot of conversations enabling the teams to delve deeper.”

    It is understood that the results, despite all efforts, will not be perfect.

    “We’re going to have thousands of issues in this type of scenario, that’s okay,” said Brig. Gen. David Elwell, during his closing remarks at the ROC drill. “We can solve the issues, but let’s identify as many of those up front as we can and start working on those contingencies.”
    Further planning events are on the horizon.

    “If the balloon does go up and we have to execute, then we’ll be more prepared,” said Roberts. “But, we all have to work hard to have patience and have good discussions. Codify what we learned and keep capturing those lessons-learned and keep pounding.”



    Date Taken: 07.12.2019
    Date Posted: 07.13.2019 01:14
    Story ID: 331225
    Location: FORT BLISS, TX, US 

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