Nov. 29, 2010

Southern logisticians conduct staff exercise in the Midwest 

By Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

CAMP DODGE, Iowa — In a dimly lit tent, Virginia Guard Soldiers stand around a large map while company commanders brief the routes their convoys will take to get to the Forward Operating Bases safely as they point out with laser pointers which routes intelligence has informed will likely come under enemy fire. Fortunately for the Virginians in this scenario, the routes traversed will not be ambushed by armed adversaries, and at the end of the day every convoy will reach their destination safely.

 

Soldiers from the 329th Regional Support Group, alongside one of its subordinate battalions, the 1030th Transportation Battalion, travelled to Camp Dodge, Iowa for their annual training Nov. 6-20 to conduct a staff exercise where they focused on working through the military decision making process. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

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The Soldiers from the Virginia Beach-based 329th Regional Support Group, alongside one of its subordinate battalions, the Gate City-based 1030th Transportation Battalion, travelled to Camp Dodge, Iowa for their annual training Nov. 6-20 to conduct a staff exercise where they focused on working through the military decision making process, commonly referred to as the MDMP.

Throughout the first week of the annual training, the units honed their MDMP skills and brought the staffs of both units together to work through the exercise effectively through communication and working through issues as they arose, according to 1st Lt. Matthew Horwatt, battle captain for the exercise.

“As a headquarters company, we would be mainly responsible for the battalion TOCs, tactical operations centers,  so this will actually help us prepare if we do get deployed overseas, to be able to run missions effectively and efficiently,” said Horwatt. “We’ve been doing a lot of PowerPoint presentations here in the TOC and have been able to communicate with each other, and understand each other’s roles and responsibilities.”

While the 1030th Soldiers were going through their MDMP training, the Soldiers of the 329th were also going through separate MDMP training in a different location on Camp Dodge before bringing the two units together to perform the exercise, according to Lt. Col Douglas R. Messner, the 329th executive officer. The Soldiers from the329th RSG acted as fillers for the 1030th, and as the higher and lower headquarter staffs during the event.

 

Soldiers from the 329th Regional Support Group, alongside one of its subordinate battalions, the 1030th Transportation Battalion, travelled to Camp Dodge, Iowa for their annual training Nov. 6-20 to conduct a staff exercise where they focused on working through the military decision making process. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Click HERE to see more photos from the event on the Virginia National Guard Flickr site.

“Everyone gets some training out of this,” added Messner. “The battalion staff has been built up over the years, but this is the first time they get to come together and actually be exercised in a battalion staff exercise.”

The Soldiers returned to Virginia with a better sense of how to work together in a tactical climate and with a better understanding of what issues may need to be worked out during future operations, but overall gained important knowledge and training on the MDMP from the exercise in Iowa.

“The exercise was a significant success for us. Much of the staff did not have much military decision making process experience, and the training provided both a teaching class and a hands-on exercise on that tool,” said Maj. Todd Pegg, 1030th operations officer.  “Even staff members with MDMP experience gained valuable staff integration experience, all of which makes the 1030th an even better battalion than it already was.”

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