The Art of the Engineer Staff Ride.When the subject of conducting a staff ride is mentioned, the first question that often comes to mind is why. When training resources are so short, why spend time and money on a staff ride when there are platoons and companies to be trained? We hope that staff rides will make us better commanders, but there are a number of reasons for conducting them. William G. Robertson, author of The Staff Ride, lists 13 purposes of staff rides, with the end objective being to further the professional development of U.S. Army leaders. In analyzing a staff ride that the 307th Engineer Battalion at Fort Bragg, North Carolina
Fort Bragg is a major United States Army installation, in Cumberland and Hoke Counties, North Carolina, U.S. , conducted in Vicksburg, Mississippi's Civil War Military Park and comparing Robertson's objectives. I came to this conclusion: Experience the historical battle from the perspective of a commander or a soldier on soldier on
to continue one's efforts despite difficulties or pressure the ground. Regardless of our unit objectives, most of us can agree that experiencing the battle is an outstanding opportunity to further develop the professionalism of leaders at all levels.
Conducting the Staff Ride
The 307th Engineers chose the Civil War Military Park for its staff ride because of the work engineers performed there during the war. The campaign for Vicksburg lasted through the spring and into the summer months of 1863. Because of redoubts overlooking the river, the Confederates were able to blockade blockade, use of naval forces to cut off maritime communication and supply. Blockades may be used to prevent shipping from reaching enemy ports, or they may serve purposes of coercion. The term is rarely applied to land sieges. the Mississippi River Mississippi River
River, central U.S. It rises at Lake Itasca in Minnesota and flows south, meeting its major tributaries, the Missouri and the Ohio rivers, about halfway along its journey to the Gulf of Mexico. from the Federals through well-placed artillery. Because Confederate forces had occupied the town since the beginning of the war, they had ample time to prepare the defense. During the course of the planning and execution of the staff ride, I identified several planning principles that were key to success. With these simple tips, you can turn your battlefield tour into an exciting training opportunity.
Choose the Right Expert. To be a professional experience, a staff ride needs a facilitator, an expert on the history of the campaign who can answer and ask the questions that stimulate the learning process. It may or may not be someone from the unit. Just as in any presentation, the speaker must be chosen to fit the audience. Ask yourself, What is the experience level of the staff riders?
Most of the tour guides at the Civil War Military Park knew the locations in detail but were not historians. We wanted someone who had studied the history of the battle and could relate it to lessons learned in modem warfare. We selected a professor from the Department of Military History at West Point, because he could explain the principles of war and the tactical perspectives of a commander.
Do Your Homework. Let's face it; it is difficult to plan for a staff ride while performing the constant tasks of training, maintenance, and daily operations. In fact, it is difficult even when the staff ride is a high priority. The first requirement is ownership. As the S3, it was my operation, and it would succeed or fail based on how I prepared for it. Some units task one officer to be in charge, but I recommend against it. Command emphasis is always the key. The S3 or executive officer needs to be the driving force to divert resources to the project without letting routine operations suffer.
As a matter of policy, each member of a staff ride needs to research ahead of time. But rather than leave that entirely up to individuals, come up with a training plan. Set the milestones ahead of time. Assign certain areas of responsibility to each unit to make it the resident expert on a particular area of the battle or possibly a historical commander. Give sufficient time to research, and then tie everything together. After assigning areas of the siege of Vicksburg, I presented an officer distribution plan on the overall campaign. The presentation was general enough that everyone understood the campaign, but it also focused on and tied the bits of research into the overall scheme. The diversity of the research areas helped to stimulate questions during the presentation.
Delegate. Assign areas of research to the staff-ride members. Make each company responsible for researching and presenting a site along the tour. This is a great way of dividing the work while forcing the members to learn. I conducted a thorough reconnaissance a couple of months ahead to ensure that I was assigning good research. Then the companies went to work.
The key is quality not quantity. Although the urge may be to try to squeeze as much training as possible into an entire day, remember that it is supposed to be fun. Do not risk losing everyone's attention by over tasking. One site per company was an easily achievable goal. Each of the five companies in our battalion presented about 45 minutes' worth of material, and all had enough preparation time to make a quality presentation.
Be Creative. This is very important. The purpose of the staff ride is to experience the battlefield from the perspective of a commander or soldier on the ground. One of the most effective ways to do this is to use the terrain. What can we learn historically about this terrain? One site in particular, Thayer's Approach, required the Union forces to attack up a nearly vertical slope against Confederate parapets. Imagine what that must have been like. To practice, we encouraged members of the group to try running up the hill. It was exhausting, but we learned a great lesson. There are always new ways to add spice spice, aromatic vegetable product used as a flavoring or condiment. The term was formerly applied also to pungent or aromatic foods (e.g., gingerbread and currants), to ingredients of incense or perfume (e.g., myrrh), and to embalming agents. to the presentation. Find some authentic uniforms or take the time to examine some actual weapons of the battle.
Our study of the Louisiana Redan Re`dan´
n. 1. (Fort.) A work having two parapets whose faces unite so as to form a salient angle toward the enemy.
2. A step or vertical offset in a wall on uneven ground, to keep the parts level. presented the case of Union miners tunneling tunneling, quantum-mechanical effect by which a particle can penetrate a barrier into a region of space that would be forbidden by ordinary classical mechanics. under the Confederate parapet and blowing it up with 800 pounds of TNT TNT: see trinitrotoluene.
in full trinitrotoluene
Pale yellow, solid organic compound made by adding nitrate (−NO2) groups to toluene. . When the hole opened in the parapet, an entire infantry regiment stormed the gap, attempting to break through the lines and capture the fort. The battle lasted nearly two days with the Union forces eventually withdrawing.
To experience the battle, we began with a rock drill on a terrain map prepared ahead of time. Each member took the role of a particular commander or historical figure. When the rock drill was complete, we passed out cap pistols cap pistol
A cap gun. to all of the infantry commanders and told them to take up positions on the opposing hills. Caps are better than blanks for a staff ride because they do not require permits for transporting Class V supplies, nor do they have security requirements like weapons.
On signal, the engineer actors walked the route of attack, simulating the tunnel that Union engineers dug under the parapets. With the wave of a flag, they signaled that the parapet was blown, and the infantrymen rushed forward, firing their pistols The following is a list of pistols, firearms that are normally meant for wielding one-handed and for self-defence, and that differ from revolvers and other singled handed weapons through their semi-automatic action. . Both sides stood on the remains of the actual parapet and engaged for several minutes. Finally, on the commander's order, the Union actors withdrew.
The result was fantastic. Everyone in the group spoke about what a great tour it was. Even the battalion commander In the United States Army and United States Marine Corps, the commanding officer of a battalion is a Battalion Commander. The position is usually held by a lieutenant colonel, although a major can be selected for battalion command in lieu of an available lieutenant colonel. fired off blanks like an old cavalry cavalry, a military force consisting of mounted troops trained to fight from horseback. Horseback riding probably evolved independently in the Eurasian steppes and the mountains above the Mesopotamian plain. By 1400 B.C. commander.
Don't forget that the main purpose of a staff ride is to experience a battle from the perspective of a commander or soldier on the ground, regardless of your military branch or research experience. However, another purpose is to have fun. Don't become sidetracked. A staff ride should be a reward to a unit that has worked and trained hard and deserves a chance to get away from "the mill" for a few days. Don't think of a staff ride as just being more work. Think of it as a chance to train out of the ordinary. With a little planning, you are sure to have a winning training event. Even if you repeat it year after year, your unit will still benefit each time.
Captain Hynes is attending the Korean Language Korean language
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Noun 1. in engineering management from the University of Missouri-Rolla.
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