MAJ J.LaFlash

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  • Birthday 12/27/1987

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    Nice article SPC Skitz!
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  7. MOVEMENT DURING LIMITED VISIBILITY 5-152. At night or when visibility is poor, a platoon must be able to function in the same way as during daylight. It must be able to control, navigate, and maintain security, move, and stalk at night or during limited visibility. Control 5-153. When visibility is poor, the following methods aid in control─ Use of night vision devices. Infrared chemical lights. Leaders move closer to the front. The platoon reduces speed. Soldiers use two small strips of luminous tape on the rear of their helmet, allowing Soldiers behind them to see them from the rear. Leaders reduce the interval between Soldiers and units to make sure they can see each other. Leaders conduct headcounts at regular intervals and after each halt to ensure personnel accountability. A Soldier uses his night vision goggles while on night patrol. Navigation 5-154. To assist in navigation during limited visibility, leaders use─ Terrain association (general direction of travel coupled with recognition of prominent map and ground features). Dead reckoning, compass direction and specific distances or legs. (At the end of each leg, leaders should verify their location.) Movement routes that parallel identifiable terrain features. Guides or marked routes. Mission Command Systems. Security at Night 5-155. For stealth and security in night moves, squads and platoons─ Designate a point man to maintain alertness, the lead team leader to navigate, and a pace man to count the distance traveled. Alternate compass and pace men are designated. Ensure good noise and light discipline. Use radio-listening silence. Camouflage Soldiers and equipment. Use terrain to avoid detection by enemy surveillance or night vision devices Make frequent listening halts. Mask the sounds of movement with artillery fires.
  8. MOVEMENT BY WATER 5-148. Platoons avoid crossing water obstacles when possible. Before crossing, however, leaders should identify weak or nonswimmers and pair them with good swimmers in their squads. 5-149. When platoons or squads must move into, through, or out of rivers, lakes, streams, or other bodies of water, they treat the water obstacle as a danger area. While on the water, the platoon is exposed and vulnerable. To offset the disadvantages, the platoon─ Moves during limited visibility. Disperses. Moves near the shore to reduce the chances of detection. Soldiers cross a small stream while on a foot patrol in order to secure the area. 5-150. When moving in more than one boat, the platoon─ Maintains tactical integrity and self-sufficiency. Cross loads essential Soldiers and equipment. Ensures the radio is with the leader. 5-151. If boats are not available, several other techniques can be used such as─ Swimming. Poncho rafts. Air mattresses. Waterproof bags. A 7/16-inch rope used as a semisubmersible, one-rope bridge, or safety line. Water wings (made from a set of trousers).
  9. AIR MOVEMENT 5-145. Air movement operations include both airdrops and air landings. Planning for air movements is similar to other missions. In addition to the normal planning process, however, air movement planning must cover specific requirements for air infiltration and exfiltration─ Coordinate with the supporting aviation units. Plan and rehearse with the supporting aviation unit before the mission if possible. If armed escort accompanies the operation, the platoon leader and company commander, as well as the assault or general support aviation unit, should ensure aircrews are included in the planning and rehearsals. Gather as much information as possible, such as the enemy situation, in preparation of the mission. Plan and coordinate joint suppression of enemy air defense. 5-146. The unit also should plan different ingress and egress routes, covering the following─ Planned insertion and extraction points. Emergency extraction rally points. Lost communications extraction points. 5-147. Planned extraction points and emergency extraction rally points require communications to verify the preplanned pickup time or coordinate an emergency pickup time window. Planning must include details for extraction when communications between higher headquarters and unit are lost. The lost communications extraction point involves infiltration teams moving to the emergency extraction point after two consecutive missed communications windows and waiting up to 24 hours for pickup. (Refer to FM 3-04.113 for more information.) The following vignette describes the heaviest airload ever dropped in Afghanistan. ─ SELECT HERE
  10. Key Points Air Movement Movement by Water Movement During Limited Visibility Introduction 5-144. Movement operations are conducted to reposition units, personnel, supplies, equipment, and other critical combat elements in support of current or future operations. Other movement forms may include air movement, movement by water, and movement during limited visibility.
  11. SECURITY HALTS 5-137. Units conducting tactical movement frequently make temporary halts. These halts range from brief to extended periods. For short halts, platoons use a cigar-shaped perimeter intended to protect the force while maintaining the ability to continue movement. When the platoon leader decides not to immediately resume tactical movement, he transitions the platoon to a perimeter defense. The perimeter defense is used for longer halts or during lulls in combat. Soldiers make a security halt. CIGAR-SHAPED PERIMTER 5-138. When the unit halts, if terrain permits, Soldiers should move off the route and face out to cover the same sectors of fire they were assigned while moving, allowing passage through the center of the formation. This results in a cigar-shaped perimeter. Actions by subordinate leaders and their Soldiers occur without an order from the leader. Soldiers are repositioned as necessary to take advantage of the best cover, concealment, and fields of fire. PERIMETER DEFENSE 5-139. When operating independently, the platoon uses a perimeter defense during extended halts, resupply, and issuing platoon orders or lulls in combat. Normally the unit first occupies a short halt formation. Then after conducting a leader’s reconnaissance of the position and establishing security, the unit moves into the perimeter defense. MOUNTED SECURITY HALT 5-140. The platoon employs the coil, herringbone, and triangle “Y” formations to maintain 360-degree security when stationary. 5-141. The coil provides all-round security and observation when the platoon is stationary. The patrol also uses the coil for tactical refueling, resupply, and issuing patrol orders. When in a coil, leaders post security. (See figure 5-20.) Figure 5-20. Coil formation 5-142. The patrol leader uses the herringbone and triangle during temporary halts or when getting off a road to allow another unit to pass. It lets the patrol move to covered and concealed positions off a road or from an open area and establishes all-round security without issued detailed instructions. The truck commander repositions their vehicles as necessary to take advantage of the best cover, concealment, and fields of fire. Fire team members dismount and establish security. (See videos below.) Watch the following video to learn more about a Herringbone formation Herringbone Video Watch the following video to learn more about a Triangle Y formation Triangle Y Video ACTIONS AT HALTS 5-143. Table 5-3 lists the standard actions taken at halts by the Soldier, squad leader, and platoon leader. Table 5-3. Actions at halts
  12. CAMOUFLAGE, NOISE, AND LIGHT DISCIPLINE 5-135. Leaders must ensure camouflage used by their Soldiers is appropriate to the terrain and season. Platoon SOPs specify elements of noise and light discipline. Soldiers dressed in appropriate camouflage outside Combat Outpost Chergotah, Afghanistan. 5-136. If Soldiers need more illumination than an image intensifier can provide in infrared mode during movement, they should use additional infrared light sources. The combination should provide the light needed with the least risk of enemy detection. When using infrared light, leaders must consider the enemy’s night vision and infrared capabilities. For instance, an enemy with night vision capability can send infrared light signals, and he can concentrate direct and indirect fire on a platoon using infrared light.
  13. --Terrain

    TERRAIN 5-134. When planning movements, the leader must consider how terrain affects security while simultaneously considering METT-TC. Some missions may require the unit to move on other than covered and concealed routes. While the leader may not be able to prevent the unit’s detection, he can ensure it moves on the battlefield in a time and place for which the enemy is unprepared. Particularly when moving in the open, the leader must avoid predictability and continue to use terrain to his advantage. A unit on patrol in the mountains near the Pakistan border.
  14. --Enemy

    ENEMY 5-132. Leaders have to decide whether they are going to move aggressively to make contact, or stealthily to avoid contact. Either way, leaders have to anticipate enemy contact throughout. If possible, leaders should avoid routes with obvious danger areas such as built-up areas, roads, trails, and known enemy positions. If these places cannot be avoided, risk management should be conducted to develop ways to reduce danger to the unit. If stealth is desired, the route should avoid contact with local inhabitants, built-up areas, and natural lines of drift 5-133. Movement techniques help the leader manage the amount of security his unit has during movement. Traveling is the least secure and used when contact is unlikely. Traveling overwatch is used when contact is likely but not imminent. Bounding overwatch is used when contact is imminent. The leader establishes the PLD to indicate where the transition from traveling overwatch to bounding overwatch should occur. When in contact with the enemy, the unit transitions from movement to maneuver (fire and movement) while the leader conducts actions on contact. (See figure 5-19.) Figure 5-19. Movement to maneuver
  15. Key Points Enemy Terrain Camouflage, Noise, and Light Discipline Security Halts Introduction 5-129. Maintaining security is a constant theme of tactical movement. Security can prevent enemy surprise. Security requires everyone to concentrate on the enemy. Though this seems simple enough, in practice, it is not. This means leaders and Soldiers must be proficient in the basics of tactical movement. Failure to attain proficiency diverts attention away from the enemy, thereby directly reducing the unit’s ability to fight. 5-130. Platoons and squads enhance their own security during movement through the use of covered and concealed terrain; the use of the appropriate combat formation and movement technique; the actions taken to secure danger areas during crossing; the enforcement of noise, light, and radiotelephone discipline; and use of proper individual camouflage techniques. 5-131. During planning and preparation for movement, leaders analyze the enemy situation, determine known and likely enemy positions, and develop possible enemy courses of action. After first considering the enemy, leaders determine what security measures to emplace during tactical movement.
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