Tactical Standing Operating Procedures Excerpts
Convoy Briefing Format
- Introduction: Introduce yourself and each of your key leaders.
- Order of movement:
- Task organization.
- Weapon systems.
- Locations of key leaders and communication assignments (i.e., A TM LDR [team leader] in vic [vicinity] ADT-04 is primary TACSAT [tactical satellite] phone and alternate BFT [Blue Force Tracker]).
- Location of medics and casualty collection point.
- Special personnel on the mission (e.g., Mr. Jones from U.S. Agency for International Development).
- Intelligence update: Intelligence specific to the area of operations and significant activities along the route or in the area.
- Mission: Mission statement restated twice (5 Ws: who, what, where, when, why).
- Actions on:
- Occupation of the objective (OBJ).
- Handling pedestrians and vehicles on the OBJ.
- Contact on the OBJ.
- Exfiltration plan.
- Immediate action drills:
- Near ambush
- Far ambush
- Improvised explosive devices
- Indirect fire
- 5 and 25s during halts (5 meter surveillance/25 meter search)
- Rollover/driver and gunner down drills
- Close air support (CAS) and medical evacuation by air:
- Call signs, frequencies, and who controls the assets once on station
- Availability (green, amber, or red)
- CAS type of aircraft and time on station
- Fires: Availability, type, and capabilities.
- Load plans:
- Location of combat lifesaver bags, medic bags, burn kits, and stretchers/litters
- Fire extinguishers
- Tow straps/bars by vehicle
- Fragmentation grenades, smoke, and flares:
- Location and type
- Method for lift and shift fires
- Electronic counter measures (ECMs):
- Identify individual in charge of ECM systems
- 4 Ds in contact (direction, distance, detection, date-time-group detected)
- Primary and alternate frequencies
- Location of radio operator
- Designated reporting assignments (who submits)
- Special instructions:
- Special teams (primary/alternate aid and litter and enemy prisoner of war search)
- Catch-up speed
- Blocking vehicle (when entering and leaving the forward operating base [FOB] or OBJ)
- Combat lock doors and all windows are up
- Seat belts
- Hand, eye, and hearing protection
- Identification (ID) cards and ID tags
- Test fire:
- Identify individual in charge of conducting test fire for unit (i.e., range hot request).
- Brief order of test fire (i.e., crew-served weapons first, then individual).
- Reentering the FOB:
- Clear weapons (same order as test fire).
- Initiate priorities of work (recovery operations).
- Conduct post-mission after action review.
- Debrief unit S2.
May 18, 2012