DVIDS – News – The 3rd Infantry Division modernizes minds, tactics and sheds light on future doctrine
For several years now, US Department of Defense doctrine, including the US Army Operations Field Manual 3-0, has provided guidance on how units train and prepare for sustained combat operations at large scale as part of a joint force and against a competitor with similar technological and strategic capabilities. With an evolving understanding of potential future threats, especially with a shift from counterinsurgency to the prospect of chaotic, intense and violent great power conflict, US forces are preparing for a battlefield where they are not. necessarily assured domination. It is a battlefield that encompasses a wide range of areas in which to fight as well, including land, sea, air, space and cyberspace, each of which presents growing challenges. more dynamic and complex.
Currently, the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division is modernizing itself with the most modern and deadly ground combat and rotary wing equipment available in the world today. The division is on track to owning the army’s most modern aviation and armor brigades by the summer of 2023, making their forces more connected and deadly than ever. The 3rd ID prioritizes this effort as the country’s competitors aspire to modernize their own weapons, equipment and data systems to a higher and deadlier degree.
However, weapons and vehicles are just a few elements of the effort and senior division leaders have chosen to leverage their role in the V Corps Warfighter 22-1 certification exercise to develop new processes, integrate new combat techniques and start solving future combat challenges. in the present. The WFX performed on a vast network of computers in an integrated simulation around the world, for the V Corps and the US Army Europe and Africa across the Atlantic Ocean, and their support units in several states of the United States For the 3rd ID and its subordinate staffs and commands, the event took place at the Mission Command training site near Fort Stewart. It started on September 27 and ended on October 5.
As a subordinate unit to the Army Corps’ newest headquarters in the exercise, the event focused on integrating and communicating all combat functions in a simulation designed to generate tough decisions and catastrophic consequences against a living and free-spirited opponent. The 34th Infantry Division of the Minnesota National Guard also served laterally to the 3rd ID as a unit subordinate to the V Corps.
“I think the V Corps and the 34th ID learned how great Marne Division is during the exercise,” said Col. Ryan E. McCormack, 3rd ID Chief of Staff. “From day one, Major-General Costanza stressed the importance for the Marne division to be ‘fully’ in this exercise and to stress that we are part of the V Corps, part of a team.
Although the 3rd ID organically serves from Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield, Ga., As a member of the Army’s XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, an overseas deployment could place Dogface soldiers subordinate to another combat commander and command and control must be just as fluid as they are used to on a daily basis. As the “Hammer of the XVIII Airborne Corps” and part of the nation’s premier strategic response force, units of the 3rd ID deploy regularly to support commands around the world, assisting allies and partners in a wide range of environments, training and missions.
“While the Marne Division constantly has talented and experienced combat personnel, it must adapt to combat as a tactical headquarters in large-scale combat under different types of senior headquarters,” said McCormack. “We did this successfully during WFX 22-01.
To test headquarters, staffs, and brigade, division and corps commanders, a multi-domain, realistic and challenging exercise must replicate the way they are supposed to fight, in this case as part of a large-scale combat operation. The Army Fighter Exercise is doctrinally described as “a distributed, simulation-based, multi-echelon, competitively conducted tactical command post exercise.” A computer simulation provides scenarios with combat and battlefield effects, prompting the military to react and then analyze the consequences of those decisions. To be as realistic as possible and therefore to obtain the best possible training benefits, simulation cannot be a guaranteed victory.
The division experienced battles for air superiority while losing its own air defense capabilities. They attempted to fan a large and entrenched enemy while themselves undergoing attrition from this almost equally equipped force. The commanders led the maneuver of large armored forces through environmental obstacles and urban constrictions. Meanwhile, unpredictable civilians affected decisions, representing obstacles or creating distractions of attention or energy. All of these factors and many more have created a large number of variables for friendly intelligence to think about.
When Major General Charles Costanza took command of the 3rd ID in the summer of this year, he ordered his soldiers to train, mentor and train expertly, and also be trained, mentored and trained, with the philosophy that such efforts would develop the most cohesive and deadly teams possible. To this end, the division turned to the 188th First Army Combined Arms Training Brigade at Fort Stewart, whose mission is to support pre-mobilization training of National Guard and Reserve units. The CATB provided experienced soldiers as observers, trainers and trainers to enhance the public experience of 3rd ID training, guiding and advising personnel and their leaders throughout the “combat”.
“Our team hoped to allow the personnel of the 3rd ID to see themselves from a different perspective,” said Lt. Col. Vaughn D. Strong Jr., 1st Battalion, 306th Infantry Regiment, commander of the 188th CATB and deputy chief of the group of operations. “We actively observed their processes and procedures, identified sticking points, and made suggestions based on Army and Joint doctrine to reduce friction.”
Their geographic co-location offers the Armored Division and Training Brigade the opportunity to cultivate a relationship that is, according to Vaughn, long-standing and symbiotic.
“The 3rd ID has grown as a team with feedback from the OC / T’s and the OC / T’s have gained vital experience on the operations of the division, which has enhanced their knowledge and increased our ability to support our custody and reserve partners, ”he said. “The OC / T teams have worked tirelessly to share [Mission Command Training Program] best practices and offer suggestions for empowering their counterparts to be successful while 3rd ID has enabled access for our teams which has enabled our growth.
Going forward, the 3rd ID must be prepared to deploy, fight and win decisively against any competing high power unit in a joint, multi-domain, high intensity conflict. While the latest and most modern weapons and vehicles are essential to outperform all other ground forces, training processes and experiences must produce cohesive, well-trained and lethal teams to take advantage of these systems under the conditions. potentially the most extreme and rigorous combat battles of all modern times. Soldier never witnessed. Individuals must be mentally agile, adaptive and resilient in an ever-changing battlefield. To build this, 3rd ID leaders draw on the widest possible range of thoughts, processes and concepts at every level, ensuring the integration of new techniques, enhancing the value of training and anticipating and solving the challenges of war now.
“Often times we forget that in these exercises we train individuals and groups to coordinate, synchronize and integrate into one team; in my experience, it’s a tough business, ”said McCormack. “Exercise Warfighter 22-1 allowed us to refine a lot of our processes that were good, allowing them to be better. We will have another opportunity in March and April 2022 when the Marne Division participates in WFX 22-4, where we will refine the doctrine of a 2028-2029 “Penetration Division” Waypoint for our Army. Additionally, we will be required to integrate many of our future capabilities into this exercise to refine, adapt and, where appropriate, help develop doctrine and processes. “
It Benefits More Than Today’s Dogface Soldiers: Lessons Learned Inform Force Waypoint 2028-2029, The Army’s Coherent and Holistic Approach to Fight and Win in Multi-Domain Operations . The year 2028 is the tipping point where the military will reassess its assumptions about future warfare and make adjustments to better meet the future Army Command’s task of creating a force ready for the MDO by 2035. For now, the “Rock of the Marne” division can be proud of having assisted the Army in several efforts to shape capabilities across the force and around the world.
“Our participation in this exercise is just one of the many ways in which the Marne Division is helping our army adapt and modernize in [fiscal year 2022] and beyond, ”McCormack said. “We are very proud to assist the V Corps in achieving its training objectives as a functional corps and also to assist the Army in certifying a Fourth Corps Headquarters for operations and posting to the area. responsibility of the US military in Europe and Africa. ”
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