Infantry Drills

D-50: Mission Command Element

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D-50. The mission command element controls the operation. The mission command element normally consists of a leader, his RTO and runner.

D-51. The leader normally establishes a headquarters administrative area to synchronize the efforts of the subordinate activities. The headquarters and security element should be sited centrally and in a position which facilitates control of the obstacles. The headquarters area should be secure and large enough to incorporate an administrative area and vehicle search area. Depending on the threat, this area should have sufficient cover or survivability positions should be built.

D-52. The checkpoint should have communication to their controlling headquarters by radio. A spare radio and batteries should be supplied to the checkpoint. Radio and telephone checks are carried out as per the unit’s SOP using signal security measures. Communications within the site should be undertaken using whatever means is available.

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