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1. Using the situation, guidance, and mission order from the division, describe how you would complete the Mission Command tasks of “Understand, Visualize, Describe, Direct, Lead, and Assess”.The following is a description of how I, as the 1/1 HBCT Commander would complete the Mission Command tasks as applied to the FRAGO issued to me by the 1stID Commander.Understand: In order to complete the Mission Command task of “Understand”, as Commander I would first analyze the operational and mission variables in the context of the mission given to me from the Division CG and the current situation within my area of operations. First, I would apply PMESII-PT in order analyze and describe the operational environment. Given the limited time available to planning, this would be a hasty analysis. I haveidentified five variables as being immediately significant to the operation: Political- leadership inthe Town of MAGNUS, the largest within our AO, is supportive of the enemy, but 60% of the population is neutral, which provides us with a possible means to counter the effectiveness of Irregular forces operating within the city. Military- Irregular Forces (Militia) are the most immediate concern to the 1/1 HBCT given that the BDE is in contact with them at this time. This force is lightly armed but can pose a significant threat to our freedom of movement and the security of both ours and the Division’s LOC’s. The more dangerous threat is posed by the two REDLANDS mechanized battalions occupying assembly areas to our north. These must be destroyed in order to secure our AO and the Division’s northern flank. Both the REDLANDS regular forces and the militia operate in coordination with each other. Infrastructure- there are two types of infrastructure within the AO that are of immediate concern. First, there are the LOGAN and MAGNUS roads which provide high-speed movement routes for both us and the enemy. Additionally there is the EAST RIVER BRIDGE on the MAGNUS Road. Second,
industrial infrastructure within MAGNUS utilizes significant use of toxic chemicals and materials that can potentially pose a threat to both civilian and friendly forces. These industrial facilities must be secured. Physical Environment- the most significant geographical feature of the AO is EAST RIVER, which splits the AO between east and west, and can only be forded at three bridge crossings within the AO. The terrain is relatively open and supports cross-country movement of vehicles. There are two significant urban areas, LOGAN and MAGNUS. MAGNUS is the larger with a population of 80,000 and streets laid out in a grid structure. LOGAN has a population of 50,000 with its streets arranged in a “hub and spoke” pattern. Within the AO there are small hills creating north-south compartments. Time- currently, our fightwith militia forces is significant in that the longer we remain decisively engaged, the more time REDLANDS regular forces have to prepare for offensive operations against 1/1 HBCT.