402nd Army Field Support Battalion-Hawaii Supports First Dock Combat Training Center | Item
The 402nd Army-Hawaii Field Support Battalion supported a successful multi-island training event for the 25th Infantry Division without ever leaving Oahu.
During the inaugural training event, the 25th Infantry Division set a new precedent, hosting the first rotation of the U.S. Army Docking Station Combat Training Center, designed to simulate operations in the Indo-Pacific theater on several islands and terrains.
The 25th ID, with support from the Joint Readiness Training Center, or JRTC, based in Fort Polk, Louisiana, and the Joint Pacific Multinational Readiness Center, JPMRC, based in Hawaii, designed a training exercise to enhance readiness for the fighting in America’s Pacific division. while saving considerable time and resources.
The mission of the 402nd AFSBn-Hawaii is to integrate and synchronize the delivery of U.S. Army materiel command capabilities in support of the 25th ID, both at the dock and during deployment. The training rotation allowed the battalion to display and exercise its capabilities with installation logistics and power projection support throughout the training rotation.
“The battalion supported the 25th Infantry Division during training with a divisional logistics support element, as we do whenever the 25th ID participates in a training center rotation,” said Major David Paddock. , general manager of the 402nd AFSBn-Hawaii. “What was particularly unique for this training event, as it was the home station, the Battalion Logistics Readiness Center, or LRC, provided an additional installation support operation to accommodate the whole exercise. “
Support for the logistics preparation center
For a typical training center rotation, rotation units go to Fort Irwin, Calif., Or Fort Polk, according to Paddock. Because the rotation was the home station, meaning it occurred where the division is based at Schofield Barracks, the 402nd LRC provided additional support to include facilities, meals and transportation. .
“We have never had to support a home station training exercise of this magnitude – more than half of the division in the field – so we had to meet logistical requirements to prepare and execute the rotation. of the JPMRC, ”said Paddock.
The LRC portion of the 402nd AFSBn-Hawaii mission replaced the traditional rotational support provided by Fort Polk LRC of the Army’s 404th Field Support Brigade, according to Maj.Latrice Boatner, support operations officer for the 402nd AFSBn-Hawaii.
Essentially, the 402nd wore two hats; the LRC and DLSE, says Boatner, which gave the team a larger role in exercise planning, and ultimately allowed the 25th Infantry Division to take advantage of everything the 402nd has to offer to soldiers.
“Through our LRC, the 402nd AFSBn-Hawaii is providing base installation and garrison support. Along with the JPMRC, over 500 observers, trainers / trainers, called OC / Ts, came from Fort Polk to assist the 25th ID in the exercise. We had to adjust our base support to accommodate the extra staff because half of the division is still on base but participating in the exercise, ”said Boatner.
The battalion’s LRC in the Pōhakuloa training area on the Big Island of Hawaii also played a role in providing transport support to training units moving from the port to selected training areas on that. Isle.
Division Logistics Support Element
The scenario included the dynamic employment of force through operations spread over four simulated “islands”, with different terrains on Oahu and one on the island of Hawaii.
In order to mimic movement requirements, the 402nd helped create a priority movement plan when units traveled between “islands” as well as between the islands of Oahu and Hawaii.
“The fight across the ‘Haleiwa Island chain’ created multiple dilemmas, not only for the division but also for our DLSE,” said Lt. Col. Tim Page, 402nd AFSBn-Hawaii commander. “The training scenario required all participants to travel between islands through repeated sea movements with limited availability. Replicated movements have given our transportation office the opportunity to relax their processes for troop movements. “
As part of the training scenario, the battalion transportation office helped the division create flight and ship manifests to simulate the transportation of goods between the four islands in the scenario.
“Whenever a unit moves, whether on land with a convoy or with sea or air movements, our office helps with coordination,” said Raul Ortiz, 402nd AFSBn-Hawaii transport officer. “The 402nd Transport Team played a critical role throughout the exercise to ensure that the proper processes were followed to get soldiers from one ‘island’ to another. Even though they eventually drove between the battlefields, it was important to follow the movement if units were to use transport across bodies of water.
While the transport office coordinated various troop movements, the 402nd DLSE was on the battlefield coordinating support to units as they would in a large-scale real-world combat operation, commonly referred to as LSCO.
“Through its DLSE, the battalion provides advanced logistics assistance at the division level,” said Major Latrice Boatner. “The training was scenario-based, but the units needed real support for their equipment, and that’s where DLSE came in.”
When a unit requires support from the 402nd, usually through Logistics Assistance Representatives or Forward Support Representatives, it should follow the process it would have in the event of an LSCO.
“The unit in need of support contacts its command, which contacts the division, then the division relays the request to the DLSE,” said Boatner. “Once we at DLSE receive the request, we work with representatives from the lifecycle management command to deploy the appropriate LAR or FSR to the field, with the appropriate equipment, in the same manner. than we would in a real situation. “
It looks like a convoluted process, admits Boatner, but said the process is set up that way so the DLSE can accurately track AMC personnel and equipment on the battlefield.
“Any operation, investment or activity that gives our battalion the opportunity to train alongside our units and supported partners is extremely valuable,” Page said. “The JPMRC has managed to reproduce the conditions that allow us to train because we will be responsible for fighting. An island hopping scenario among jungle-like terrain via army personal watercraft is an incredibly likely mission set that we could find ourselves loaded into the theater of the Indo-Pacific region.
The next rotation of the JPMRC docking station is an Arctic-based scenario and will give the 402nd the opportunity to implement lessons learned from AFSBn-Hawaii while adapting to the unique challenges of the cold.