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COMMAND and CONTROL. Command: the authoritative act of making decisions and ordering action. Control: the act of monitoring and influencing the action. STAFF ORGANIZATION and RESPONSIBILITIES.

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COMMAND

and

CONTROL

Command: the authoritative act of making decisions and ordering action.

Control: the act of monitoring and influencing the action


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STAFF ORGANIZATIONand RESPONSIBILITIES

The activities of the staff focus on the function of assisting the Commander in making decisions.

FM 101-5, 1997, p. 4-3


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THE STAFF SUPPORTSTHE COMMANDER BY...

1, COORDINATING PLANS, ACTIVITIES, AND OPERATIONS.

2. ADVISING THE COMMANDER IN PROFESSIONAL, TECHNICAL OR FUNCTIONAL AREAS.

3. CONTINUOUSLY COLLECTING, COLLATING, ANALYZING, AND DISSEMINATING INFORMATION GATHERED FROM ALL AVAILABLE RESOURCES.

4. PREPARING PLANS AND ORDERS AND SUPERVISING THE EXECUTION OF ORDERS ISSUED BY, OR IN THE NAME OF, THE COMMANDER.

5. PROVIDING THE COMMANDER (AND SUBORDINATE COMMANDERS) WITH “SITUATIONAL AWARENESS”


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STAFF ACTIVITIES

  • Staff Officer Common Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Advise and Provide Information

    • Prepare, Update and Maintain Estimates

    • Make Recommendations

    • Prepare Plans and Orders

    • Monitor Execution

    • Process, Analyze and Disseminate Info

    • ID and Analyze Problems

    • Perform Risk Mangagement

FM 101-5, 1997, pp 4-3 to 4-7


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THE BATTALION STAFF

  • Coordinating staff:

    • S1, S2, S3, S4, S6 (S5)

  • Special staff:

    • HHC CDR, AT PL, RECON PL, MTR PL, CHEMO, SURG/MED PL, SPT PL, ADO, ALO, FSO, EN PL, (Other Staff Members based on current task organization)

  • Personal staff:

    • CSM, CHAPLAIN

  • FM 7-20, 1992, p. 2-5


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    COORDINATING STAFF

    S-1 (PERSONNEL OFFICER)

    S-2 (INTELLIGENCE OFFICER)

    S-3 (OPERATIONS OFFICER)

    S-4 (LOGISTICS OFFICER)

    S-5 (CIVIL MILITARY OPERATIONS OFFICER)

    S-6 (SIGNAL OFFICER)

    *AID THE COMMANDER BY COORDINATING THE PLANS, ACTIVITIES, AND OPERATIONS OF THE COMMAND.

    *RESPONSIBLE DIRECTLY TO THE BN XO.


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    THE BATTALION XO

    • XO is “2IC”

    • XO coordinates and synchronizes the staff

    • During combat the XO synchronizes BOS systems and anticipates problems

    • Supervises CSS system

    “Chief of Staff”

    FM 7-20, 1992, pp. 1-4, 2-5, and B-1 thru B-2


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    S1

    • Responsible for all personnel matters

    • Supervises medical, legal, safety, and civil affairs

    • Operates from the CTCP; shares supervision of logistics with the S4

    FM 7-20, 1992, pp. 8-2, and B-2 thru B-3

    “Adjutant”


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    S2

    • Responsible for intelligence (collection and disemination)

    • Performs IPB with the CDR

    • Normally operates from the main CP

    “Intelligence Officer”

    FM 7-20, 1992, p. B-3


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    S3

    • CDR’s primary assistant in coordinating and planning the battle

    • Coordinates, plans for, and integrates all BOS assets

    • Prepares operations estimate and orders

    “Operations and Training Officer”

    FM 7-20, 1992, pp. B-3 thru B-4


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    S4

    • Determines CSS requirements and priorities

    • Develops CSS plans in concert with the tactical plan

    • OIC of the BN Combat Trains

    • Primary coordinator for the logistical staff

    “Logistics Officer”

    FM 7-20, 1992, p. B-4


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    S6

    • Advises the commander and staff on all commo matters including commo maint and EW

    • Assists S3 in determining locations for CPs

    • Prepares, writes the signal annex of the OPORD

    “Signal Officer”

    FM 7-20, 1992, p. B-4


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    SPECIAL STAFF

    • HHC COMMANDER

    • FSO

    • CHEMICAL OFFICER

    • RECON PLATOON LEADER

    • MORTAR PLATOON LEADER

    • ANTIARMOR PLATOON LEADER

    • ENGINEER

    • ADA PL

    • SURGEON

    • SUPPORT PLATOON LEADER

    • MEDICAL PLATOON LEADER

    • FAC/ALO

    • COMMANDER OF ANY CS OR CSS UNIT THAT IS ATTACHED, OPCON, OR DIRECT SUPPORT TO THE BATTALION

      *AIDS THE COMMANDER IN PROFESSIONAL, TECHNICAL, OR OTHER FUNCTIONAL AREAS.


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