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    Mission planning continues for brigade engineers eyeing Defender Europe 2021

    Mission planning continues for brigade engineers eyeing Defender Europe 2021

    Courtesy Photo | As part of Defender Europe 20, 510th RSG engineers review the construction of one of...... read more read more



    Story by Patrick Loch 

    7th Mission Support Command

    Building on April’s virtual battle assembly, the 510th Regional Support Group’s engineer section continued planning efforts to ensure a core RSG function: provide base operations support and quality of life services.

    “Training the team on relevant collective and individual tasks builds team cohesion and a better individual understanding of how we support the 510th in executing any future mission,” said Maj. Daniel Jost, 510th RSG facility engineer officer in charge. “COVID may impact how we execute, but not the basic principles and skills applied to successfully execute a mission.”

    Since April the brigade has conducted virtual battle assemblies as a force protection measure to reduce contact and adhere to travel restrictions as a result of COVID-19. Now, with Soldiers becoming familiar with the tools needed to conduct battle assemblies in a virtual environment, sections are working new skills to continue training and planning for future operations.

    “[Saturday] we did a mission analysis brief for Defender 21, in anticipation of the exercise next year,” said 1st Lt. Austin Havens, 510th RSG facility engineer officer. “I believe the virtual environment is great for section training. It does not hinder participation on the platforms we have available, and it cuts down on interruptions that soldiers see when physically present.”

    The training scenario was conducted with the 589th Forward Engineer Support Team – Advance, which is in a support role to the 510th RSG, and provided a mission brief and planning guidance for the development of a base camp in Croatia in support of Defender Europe 21.

    “We will be using this scenario to train the base camp development collective task and Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) throughout the coming months,” Jost said. “Engineer input regarding engineer assets, their availability, capabilities, and limitations can have a significant effect on the MDMP courses of action development.”

    The training foundation laid now will enable teams in meeting the commander’s intent for anticipated missions, which could include the formation of Base Operating Support-Integrator (BOS-I) teams throughout an exercise or operation area. BOS-I teams are responsible for facilities master planning and making sound decisions to provide the best quality of life to Soldiers living on forward operating sites.

    “In a nutshell, we’re considering current and anticipated requirements and planning for maintenance and upgrades to existing facilities,” Havens said.

    “A fundamental aspect of providing life support to maneuver elements is the establishment, expansion, or contraction of base camps and related infrastructure,” Jost said. “This is part and parcel to one of the Regional Support Group's mission-essential tasks to assist in the establishment and maintaining base operations support and quality of life service.”



    Date Taken: 05.16.2020
    Date Posted: 05.29.2020 02:48
    Story ID: 370967
    Location: RP, DE

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