FORT IRWIN, Calif. - With briefings, meetings, and updates, 1st Armored Division maintains eyes, ears, and communication with 1st Brigade Combat team, 1st AD during a training rotation at the National training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif.
The 1st AD’s Division Tactical Assault Command is a tailored command post focused on specific missions, said Lt. Col. Christopher Norrie, 1st AD Division G3. In general terms, a DTAC manages transitions or other specific operations.
“Our purpose at NTC is to enable operations throughout an area we call Operating Environment Chicago,” said Norrie. “This includes 1/1 AD.”
The 1/1 is to integrate as part of OEC and conduct partnered operations to increase the legitimacy of their security of and governance partners, said Norrie. They report to us, as we support them in their larger mission to prepare for deployment to Afghanistan.
Norrie said that in support of 1/1 AD, the DTAC provides direction, resources, sets priorities, and enables communication to effectively anticipate requirements and fix problems as needed.
Each member of the DTAC is responsible for different tasks.
The key role players in the DTAC are the chief of operations (CHOPS), and the operations sergeant major, said Norrie. Since the 1st AD DTAC is not a large command post, the key players are in every war fighting function, to include: Intel, sustainment, mission commands, public affairs, staff judge advocate, and our command group.
As one of the DTAC sustainment personnel, Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Kerr, G-4 Maintenance noncommissioned officer in charge, 1st Armored Division, said that his role is to track and maintain the readiness level for 1/1 AD.
“We have to be very knowledgeable in all the different classes of supply, “said Kerr. “If the unit falls below 90 percent of supplies, it’s a priority to get them up over 90 percent. We use all classes of supply to accomplish that.”
“We are in the sustainment business,” said Kerr. “From bullets, to food, we make sure the soldiers have what they need.”