MAN 337.9 Journal Entry 7-9

MAN 337.9 Journal Entry 7-9 - Quinn Romasko MAN 337 Journal...

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Quinn Romasko MAN 337 Journal Entry 7-9 4/6/11 Journal Entry 7: Field Training Exercise-Special Operations Mock Mission In this journal entry, I am going to discuss my experience commanding a group of ROTC cadets on a weekend special operations (spec ops) mock mission. First is an introduction to our first objective. The weekend after spring break, all AFROTC cadets were brought out to Fort Hood, an army base. There, we met several Tactical Air Control Party Enlistees (TACPs) who are members of Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC). They serve as liaisons between Air Force and other branches generally accompanying others on spec ops missions to call in and assist air support (along with many other tasks). Friday afternoon to evening, we were briefed on navigational, attack, defense, and covert techniques. Then after dark, we were driven to different parts of a heavily forested area and dropped off with a TACP (who stayed out of the way, but watched for safety reasons). Without night vision or any type of light we were given 5 hours to plan and navigate through heavy brush to travel up the side of a small mountain. Several other TACPs waited in the dark, rifles loaded with blanks prepared to ambush anyone loud enough for them to hear. Finally, we were given 2 80lb water containers for our hike. Learning from previous failures in my last journal entries, I appointed a vice commander immediately and began our plan of action. Our dilemma was that while going in a straight line was the easiest way to keep track of distance, it was very slow through some forestry and sometimes impossible. After we planned a tentative course, I used advice from our briefings and designated team member assignments that would form a covert formation. I assigned a navigator who would lead and plot short term routes along our course. Then I selected a pace counter, and the other members would rotate carrying the water or cycling through positions as needed. My initial idea was to regroup after every 100 meters which, depending on the forestry, could take up to 30 minutes. There were several adaptations made throughout the hike. The first overall modification began after my navigator literally stepped off a small cliff and tumbled down 10 or 12 feet. After hearing a cry and not being able to see, I hurried forward causing all kinds of noise through the forest nearly stepping off the cliff too. I halted my team, crawled down the cliff, checked on the navigator nearly pooping my pants. Luckily there were no TACPs around to ambush us. It was at that point we realized we needed consistent visual or physical confirmation in thick forestry. We also learned that a less tedious process was needed in open fields to prevent ambush and shorten time. So we quit regrouping every 100 meters and instead learned to go based on our environment. Second of all, after cycling through assignments a few times, my team found their
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strengths and I locked them into their skilled positions. Finally, we realized after our first 2 hours
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This note was uploaded on 06/23/2011 for the course MAN 337 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at University of Texas.

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MAN 337.9 Journal Entry 7-9 - Quinn Romasko MAN 337 Journal...

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