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    Marines Land at 1st Space Brigade



    Story by 1st Sgt. Robert Segin 

    1st Space Brigade

    Marines from the I Marine Expeditionary Force (IMEF) spent one week with the Space Soldiers from the 1st Space Battalion, 1st Space Brigade at Fort Carson, Colorado. During the weeklong exchange, Marines trained on software employed by Army Space Support Teams (ARSST) and learned how the ARSST’s integrate into different staff functions that utilize space based products.
    “The training we received was focused on how we can create a team similar in capability to an Army Space Support Element,” said Lt. Col Joseph "Hookah" Horvath, space operations officer, Marine Forces, U.S. Strategic Command.
    The Marine Corps is currently experimenting with a concept to utilize Space Operations personnel organic to the MEF in order to create a team similar in capability to an Army Space Support Team. This Marine Space Support team (MSST) would support the MEF staff with space operations expertise and provide the commander situational awareness of the space domain; plan, integrate, and coordinate space capabilities, space control and space situational awareness activities across all warfighting
    “One aspect we were able to focus on was how the integration into Army units differs from the way they would integrate into their Marine and Navy units for different exercises and combat operations," said Matthew Burnett, senior military operations analyst and ARRST team trainer for 1st Space Battalion.
    The training also provided the I MEF team an opportunity to practice battle drills, develop tactics and SOPs prior to the execution of its MEFEX exercise in January.
    “I MEF team was able to review the Space Operations System tool suite and went through a series of master scenario events lists taken from ARSST training tables,” said Horvath. “We also received feedback on Army space lessons learned and guidance on developing TTPs and SOPs.”
    “The MSST concept is currently in the experimental phase which will be complete when all three MEFs have been trained, likely spring of 2021, said Horvath.
    In the future the Marine Corps will be working with the Brigade to bring teams from each MEF for similar training over the next year.
    “Ideally this training would become an annual training event for the Marine Space Support Teams,” said Horvath. “The Marine Corps fully expects to leverage ARSSTs and future space control teams whenever possible in the future.”



    Date Taken: 12.17.2019
    Date Posted: 01.03.2020 11:06
    Story ID: 358128
    Location: US

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