2nd ID set to test new command-and-control system
September 30, 2008
PYEONGTAEK, South Korea — Several hundred soldiers from the Army’s aviation brigade in South Korea will join a computer-based exercise to hone the 2nd Infantry Division’s ability to manage forces in battle.
The Oct. 7-10 exercise — held mainly at Camp Casey in Dongducheon — does not involve actual aircraft or ground maneuver forces.
It’ll involve the key command and staff groups of the division’s headquarters and its constituent brigades, including the 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, and train them in managing a battle using the division’s standard methods and communications systems, said Maj. James T. Donovan, the brigade’s plans officer.
For the brigade, those systems will include the Command Post of the Future command-and-control software that allows commanders to better oversee a battle, partly by giving them timely field information and links to one another.
The brigade, headquartered at Camp Humphreys, received the new system earlier this year, along with the tents and generators that make up a tactical operations center.
Personnel, many new to South Korea, need to "train up" with procedures and equipment, Donovan said.
The brigade’s computer-based drills will include airlifting wounded troops from the battlefield, recovering downed aircraft and mounting quick attacks.
The exercise is a run-up to a December "Warfighter" exercise, to be observed by Battle Command Training Program evaluators from Fort Leavenworth, Kan.