17-03 Theater Security Cooperation: The Military Engagement Team Handbook
PDF | Published 20 Jan 2017
This handbook describes the Military Engagement Team (MET) and its use in strengthening and building partnerships. Additionally it describes MET structure, training and operational employment as well as its training and structure. This handbook will provide value for future MET members in order to better understand the MET. It is also useful for MET and non MET members alike who will be conducting engagements with partner nations.

17-01: Scouts in Contact; Tactical Vignettes for Cavalry Leaders Handbook
PDF | Published 08 Dec 2016
Looking for innovative ways to train junior leaders in reconnaissance? Look no further. Vignettes, developed by the subject matter experts at NTC, lead teams through a variety of scenarios that will challenge and mature your young reconnaissance leaders’ decision-making skills. Facilitator instructions guarantee you have the information needed to make you and your reconnaissance teams successful!

16-22 Joint Forces Command Operation United Assistance Case Study Handbook
PDF | Published 02 Aug 2016
The Department of the Army chose the Southern European Task Force to become the Army component headquarters for U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM) in December 2008. Subsequently, U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) was designated as the Army Service component command (ASCC) for USAFRICOM in January 2012. The USAFRICOM commander directed USARAF to focus on four major tasks: - Supporting ongoing operations - Fulfilling Title 10, U.S. Code, responsibilities - Executing theater security cooperation missions - Deploying joint task force-capable headquarters USARAF, without assigned forces and the typical theater enablers, was presented a challenge in accomplishing its diverse missions. From its inception, USARAF has been dependent on other organizations, regionally aligned forces (RAF), and the global force management process to accomplish its mission. Operation United Assistance (OUA) provided a good laboratory in which to study the present theater army concept and to consider where it needs adjusting or modification in the future.

16-18 Multinational interoperability Reference Guide Handbook
PDF | Published 30 Jun 2016
The challenges and complexity of the future will require the Army to provide a broader range of capabilities to achieve strategic outcomes across a complex and diverse range of global missions. The Army Vision cites "integrate operations" as one of the unique roles performed by the Army, providing combatant commanders with foundational capabilities, to include headquarters capable of integrating joint, interagency, and multinational operations. In the future, the need for interoperability will extend to lower echelons of Army forces in order to effectively integrate smaller national contributions into multinational operations.

Musicians of Mars II
PDF | Published 12 Apr 2016
This handbook is a sequel to CALL Publication 90-06, The Musicians of Mars: A Story of Synchronization for the Company/Team Commander, June 1990. This short story was written to emphasize critical synchronization tasks, combat leadership principles, and factors for consideration, primarily for company/team commanders but also for leaders throughout tactical-level units. The importance of integrating and synchronizing available combat power, both lethal and nonlethal, in the decisive action environment against potential hybrid threats is critical to unit success on the battlefield. Musicians of Mars II is written from the perspectives of two company/team commanders and the task force commander in a deliberate defense scenario against a fictional hybrid threat, based on current worldwide potential threats. It explores successes and shortcomings in the planning, preparation and execution of the defense, providing considerations and points of emphasis for tactical leaders.

15-15 Unified Action Partners' Quick Reference Guide
PDF | Published 18 Sep 2015

This quick reference guide describes U.S. Army organizations, planning, and operations. Unified action partners (UAPs) are those military forces, of the private sector with whom U.S. Army forces plan, coordinate, synchronize, and integrate during the conduct of operations (Army Doctrine Reference Publication 3-0, Unified Land Operations).

UAPs include joint forces (activities in which elements of two or more U.S. military departments participate), multinational forces, and U.S Government (USG) agencies and departments. The Iraq and Afghanistan wars highlight the necessity for collaboration, cooperation, and synchronization among USG, NGOs, and private sector agencies to focus the elements of national power in achieving national strategic objectives. Our experience in these conflicts accentuates the importance of foreign governments, agencies, and militaries participating, in concert with the United States, to achieve common objectives. Meeting the challenges of complex environments, infused with fragile or failing nation states, non-state actors, pandemics, natural disasters, and limited resources, requires the concerted effort of all instruments of U.S. national power plus foreign governmental agencies, military forces, and civilian organizations.

15-12 The Brigade Engineer Battalion - A Leader’s Guide
PDF | Published 15 Jun 2015
Maneuver commanders rely on engineers to add breadth and depth to the overall understanding of the operational environment. The engineer perspective shares a common understanding of the operational environment, while adding a degree of focus on those aspects within an engineering background. The engineer, employing the common analytical framework and a unique technical background, identifies significant and relevant challenges and opportunities of potential impact to the combined arms operation.

15-11 Center for Army Lessons Learned Services Handbook
PDF | Published 15 Jun 2015
The Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) is an agent for change focused on the collection, analysis, dissemination, integration, and archiving of new concepts, best practices, and doctrine, organization, training, materiel, leadership and education, personnel, and facilities (DOTMLPF) solutions throughout the Army from the tactical through theater/strategic levels of war. This handbook should assist you in understanding CALL and how you and your unit can participate in, and profit from, the lessons learned program.

15-06 MDMP Lessons and Best Practices Handbook
PDF | Published 12 Mar 2015
Historically, a unit's success is directly related to the ability of the staff to execute the military decisionmaking process (MDMP). Given the increased complexity of today's operational environment and the vast array of mission command systems and processes, integration and synchronization of all activities associated with operations are increasingly difficult. Observations derived from deployed units, as well as from trainers at Combat Training Centers (CTCs) over the past decade, indicate a significant loss of unit ability to conduct a detailed MDMP. This lack of planning expertise results in de-synchronized operations, and could ultimately cost the lives of Soldiers. There are numerous key doctrinal manuals that address MDMP. This handbook is designed to consolidate much of this doctrine, combined with analysis of observations from recent deployments and CTC rotations, into a single source that is useful to junior leaders as they conduct the MDMP. More detailed study of the MDMP can be accomplished by studying the key doctrinal manuals listed in Chapter 13 of this handbook.

15-02 Leader's Guide to Team Building Handbook
PDF | Published 04 Feb 2015
The Leader's Guide to Team Building handbook provides lessons and best practices ("a way") to rapidly build and effectively employ cross-boundary teams that are highly competent both in making and executing decisions and in learning and adapting together. It helps the team gain common understanding of the situation and requirements and quickly reach a higher level of performance.

15-01 Command Deployment Discipline Handbook
PDF | Published 08 Dec 2014
The Command Deployment Discipline Program (CDDP) is a commander’s tool designed to enhance unit deployment readiness. This handbook is a combination of doctrinal and regulatory tasks that address Army standards, fundamentally focused on equipment movement and associated tasks from division to company level, to include installation tasks.

14-10 Commander's Guide to Support Operations Among Weaponized Displaced Persons, Refugees, and Evacuees
PDF | Published 27 Aug 2014
The use of chemical and biological weapons on the battlefields of history is not a new phenomenon. Although this practice is contrary to international treaties and customs, it has not precluded the use of these weapons by state and non-state actors against military, political, or civilian targets. Chemical and biological weapons use during the Iran–Iraq war in the 1980s and the use of chemical weapons in Syria in 2013 demonstrate that our collective security is threatened by actors willing to defy the international community. The threat of chemical and biological weapons use is increased as these are relatively inexpensive to produce and can be delivered by a variety of methods, making them an asymmetric threat of catastrophic potential. The psychological, health, and logistical implications of displaced persons fleeing a real or perceived chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and enhanced conventional weapons (CBRNE) environment will create complex mission command and support requirements requiring innovative and agile responses.



CALL Insider Newsletter Jan-Feb 2017
PDF | Published 07 Mar 2017
Several of our newly released products are highlighted in this Jan-Feb 2017 issue of the CALL Insider Newsletter.

CALL Insider Newsletter Nov-Dec 2016
PDF | Published 19 Jan 2017
Happy 2017! At the beginning of every year it is always appropriate to not only look forward and plan for the year ahead, but also to take some time to reflect on the past year’s accomplishments. I have been director at CALL for almost six months, and in that time I have gained an appreciation for our people, our products, and our mission. In 2016, we remained true to our objective of providing timely and relevant knowledge to the Warfighter by developing several outstanding products and remaining responsive to the Army’s needs.

17-02: DATE at the JRTC, Volume XIV
PDF | Published 19 Dec 2016

The Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) turned to decisive action training with what was called, at the time, a full spectrum operations (FSO) rotation in October 2010. The shift to a decisive action training environment (DATE) did not lessen the challenges of FSO; it merely placed them inside DATE as a more accurate depiction of unified land operations.

Regardless of rotational design (FSO versus DATE), company-level leaders find decisive action a challenge for themselves, their Soldiers, and their units. As the opposition force (OPFOR) in the DATE, 1st Battalion, 509th Parachute Infantry Regiment (Geronimo) made the DATE rotation at the JRTC a “school of hard knocks.” For those company-level leaders, a JRTC DATE rotation was combined arms maneuver (CAM) centric.

This newsletter is about company-level CAM, concentrating on basics for company leaders and their units. When reading it, think home-station training. Units that get after the basics discussed here during home-station training fare better against Geronimo. Those that do not will prove themselves a meal ready-to-eat for the Geronimo personnel.

Newsletter 16-30: DATE at the NTC Vol. IV
PDF | Published 04 Oct 2016
This volume is the fourth installment of the NTC decisive action series published by the Center for Army Lessons Learned. It represents our commitment to the ongoing professional discussion of how the Army, as the component responsible for imposing the will of the Nation upon our enemies, achieves decisive action by means of our core competencies.

16-29 - DATE at the JMRC Vol. III: Multinational Interoperability Newsletter
PDF | Published 26 Sep 2016
The tactical lessons in multinational interoperability contained in this newsletter are not unique to the NATO alliance but are, however, transcendent to any situation in which a military coalition of nations must form, build a cohesive team, and operate seamlessly against a common enemy at the tactical level of warfare. This newsletter's collection of articles is intended to supplement and reinforce those lessons described in our publication of the Multinational Interoperability Reference Guide (CALL Handbook 16-18). Thus, the goal is to provide tactical-level insights and lessons gleaned from numerous multinational exercises that military leaders can use to logically approach the complexities of interoperability in multinational environments.

16-24: DATE at the JRTC, Volume XIII Newsletter
PDF | Published 23 Aug 2016
This newsletter looks at the manner, method, objectives, and results of collective training for warfare in the 21st century. It addresses ways to achieve unity of effort on a complex battlefield with numerous players, each with their own mission. Unity of effort is of paramount importance for success. It requires direct attention by the senior Army commander to move disparate organizations not under his control in the same direction to achieve complementary results to a common objective. A quote within this publication effectively describes this, "There was a shared vision of a solution to the challenges ahead, there was a common understanding of counterpart priorities and, most importantly, there was a trust and respect for one another that had grown."

CALL Insider Newsletter Mar-Apr 2016
PDF | Published 13 May 2016
Welcome to the March/April 2016 edition of the CALL Insider Newsletter. During the past two months, CALL analysts participated in multiple collections and training events including U.S. Army Central’s (USARCENT) Lucky Warrior 16 exercise and the Mission Command Training Program’s (MCTP) warfighter (WfX) 16-4 exercise collection. This edition highlights CALL’s support to the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine (JMTG-U) and to the institutional Army in various educational settings. We are also pleased to feature the newly signed Army Regulation (AR) 11-33, which codifies the Army’s and commanders’ roles in the Army Lessons Learned Program (ALLP).

CALL Insider Newsletter Jan-Feb 2016
PDF | Published 30 Mar 2016
Welcome to the January/February 2016 edition of the CALL Insider Newsletter. CALL recently participated in several collections both at the Combat Training Centers (CTCs) and at 1ID and 4ID home-station training (HST) events. This edition highlights some of these collection efforts, the newest CALL publications, our work with the JMTG Ukraine, and our support to the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade (CAB) on lessons and best practices collected during the TRADOC assessment in the Ukraine.

16-08: Decisive Action Training Environment at the JRTC, Volume XI
PDF | Published 17 Feb 2016
The shift to a decisive action training environment (DATE) challenges the sustainment warfighting function (WfF) in a manner that few sustainers have seen before. “Fighting a moving fight instead of fighting the move” describes the challenge a DATE presents to the movement and maneuver and mission command WfFs. For the sustainment WfF, this challenge becomes “sustaining the moving fight while moving the sustainment capacity.” This newsletter examines that challenge in detail. We hope the information in this newsletter will provide you with the realization that DATE sustainment means the sustainer must be three mental steps ahead of the maneuver leader to successfully support a DATE operation.

CALL Insider Newsletter Nov-Dec 2015
PDF | Published 22 Jan 2016
Welcome to the November/December edition of the CALL Insider Newsletter. During the past two months, CALL analysts participated in several collections, conferences, and training events, some of which are highlighted in this edition. CALL continued to support the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine with analysts and reach-back. You can read more on this topic, and find where to get the latest reports straight from Ukraine, in this newsletter.

CALL Insider Newsletter Sep - Oct 2015
PDF | Published 30 Nov 2015
Welcome to the Fall 2015 edition of the CALL Insider Newsletter. CALL continues to collaborate with U.S. Army forces, allies, and unified action partners to garner insights, lessons, and best practices in support of you the Warfighter.

CALL Insider 30th Anniversary Special Edition Newsletter
PDF | Published 02 Nov 2015

The new logo reflects CALL’s 30 years of service in support of the warfighter. CALL was established on 01 AUG 1985 by the 30th Chief of Staff of the Army, GEN John A. Wickham Jr., in recognition of the need to collect lessons from training and combat operations and to share them across the Army.

In the beginning years of our existence, CALL primarily collected and produced analog (paper) products related to home station training and unit rotations featuring force-on-force engagements at the maneuver Combat Training Centers. It was not long thereafter that we proved our mettle in combat operations, as CALL supported Operation Just Cause in 1989 and Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the early 1990s. As technology evolved, so did CALL. In the early portion of the 2000 decade, CALL established public, NIPR, and SIPR websites, posting digital products, while continuing to push paper products to the field. We have continued to identify, collect, analyze, disseminate, and archive lessons and best practices from Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom in the past decade-plus and for numerous other operations, including peacekeeping efforts in Bosnia-Herzegovina and humanitarian assistance at home (i.e., Hurricane Katrina) and around the globe (i.e., Operation United Assistance to combat the Ebola virus).

Many things have changed in the past three decades, but one item has remained constant: It is this organization’s dedication to support troops, leaders, and units to help maintain global situational awareness in order to share knowledge and facilitate the Army’s and unified action partners’ adaptation to win wars — now, Force 2025, and beyond.


News from the Front

NEWS FROM THE FRONT - African Horizons
PDF | Published 25 Apr 2017
NEWS FROM THE FRONT - African Horizons: Planning and Engaging in Security Cooperation across the three horizons; Partnerships, Time and Scale.

African Horizons is U.S. Army Africa's (USARAF) innovative approach to synchronizing Army activities over time to achieve strategic objectives. It links bilateral security cooperation (SC) activities with key influencers to achieve regional effects that build toward continental security in Africa. African Horizons was designed to increase the efficacy of USARAF as a theater army, improve readiness of both U.S. and African army forces through relevant and demanding training in austere environments, and expand the global land power network in Africa.

NFTF - Best Practice: The Mounted Combined Arms Rehearsal
PDF | Published 30 Jan 2017
The mounted combined arms rehearsal (CAR) adds value to the traditional terrain model CAR and provides the additional benefit of exercising the Mission Command systems that will be used to conduct the operation.

NFTF: The Role of Religion in Columbia's Reconciliation
PDF | Published 15 Dec 2016
As the decades-long conflict between the Colombian military and the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) comes to an end, the reconciliation process between these two warring factions presents a multitude of challenges. As Colombia’s national government attempts to expand its reach from urban areas into vast swaths of previously ungoverned rural territory, military, law enforcement and social services personnel will encounter a newly minted demilitarized zone populated by indigenous peoples suffering from illiteracy, poverty and the ravages of civil war. The end of the Colombian conflict instantly presents new priorities for national and regional leaders including the creation of infrastructure, the establishment of law and order, and the reintegration of rebel warriors into Colombian society.

NFTF - The Sacramental Staff Officer
PDF | Published 15 Dec 2016
I have been blessed to read many pages from the metaphorical book that Saint Augustine describes in the above quote. Most recently I accompanied an Army South contingent of approximately 40 personnel to Santiago, Chile to participate as part of the Combined Forces Land Component Commander (CFLCC) element of the multinational exercise, PANAMAX, from 24 July to 7 August 2016. My mission included providing religious support to Army South personnel and, just as importantly, establishing a productive working relationship with a Chilean Army Chaplain to advise the Commander and respond to injects involving religious support at the CFLCC level.

NFTF - The Role of the NCO Inside the BCT Command Post
PDF | Published 28 Nov 2016
An NCO's role in a command post is truly no different than his or her role at the tactical level. NCO's organize Soldiers for the mission by creating a battle roster that reflects the Soldiers and equipment assigned. NCO's identify the training that needs to be conducted in each of the categories of a command post and create teams responsible for specific tasks that support the overall collective tasks of establishing the command post. NCO's create processes that support efficiency, both in the establishment and during operations of the command post, and then we rehearse those processes until they become as familiar as a battle drill. This is an NCO's role in a command post, the same role we have executed since the days of the blue book and the same duties and responsibilities we executed in those all too familiar company teams. It is our job to master those fundamentals of command post operations in order to bring the brigade combat team closer to mastering the fundamentals of combined arms maneuver.

NFTF: Combat Trains Command Post (CTCP) Operations
PDF | Published 28 Oct 2016
Support for reconnaissance operations is the inherent responsibility of the combat trains command post (CTCP). The CTCP is charged with maintaining the momentum of the operation through supporting the maneuver plan. The squadron’s success is contingent on a CTCPs ability to resource and maintain the squadron’s three reconnaissance troops through a task organization inclusive of logistical, administrative, and maintenance functions.

News From The Front: Rapid Equipping Force Expeditionary Camp - ERBIL
PDF | Published 24 Oct 2016

When it comes to providing comfortable living spaces for deployed Soldiers, rigid-wall shelters are a very particle solution when building the force base camp. Each rigid-wall shelter can house 10 Soldiers and be set up in less than 15 minutes by four people. Once they are up and running, the camps require little maintenance.

The Rapid Equipping Force provided rigid wall shelters to the Force Provider Camp – Erbil. This News From The Front covers the Lessons Learned while constructing the camp.

News From the Front: Security Cooperation in Africa
PDF | Published 24 Oct 2016

This News From the Front (NFTF) shares the story of U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) and highlights some of the creative ways it accomplishes its security cooperation goals on the continent. To that end, this NFTF addresses:
  • Key USARAF insights on security cooperation in Africa.
  • The African Land Forces Summit (ALFS).
  • An interview with the USARAF Commanding General.

NFTF CJTF-OIR Future Operations Synchronization Board
PDF | Published 31 May 2016
Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR) conducts the Future Operations Synchronization Board (FOSB) weekly in order to develop the weight of effort for CJTF- OIR future operations. The function of the FOSB is to allow the CJTF-OIR CJ3 (Combined-Joint Operations Officer) to synchronize operations and support to operations throughout the Combined Joint Operations Area (CJOA) for the short-medium timeframe.

NFTF: Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (EDRE) 366th CBRN Company
PDF | Published 01 Apr 2016
The CENTCOM Theater area of responsibility (AOR) has one forward deployed Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Company. The 366th CBRN Company (Maneuver Support) is located at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait and assigned to ARCENT. The 366th mission is to provide CBRNE response capability to sea and air ports of deployment in the CENTCOM AOR; including contingency response to the Levant providing hazard intelligence, monitoring, and surveillance capability of CBRN agents and Toxic Industrial Chemicals/Materials (TICs/TIMs) in support of CENTCOM’s Concept Plans (CONPLANs), and bilateral agreements with countries in the AOR. The Soldiers of the 366th CBRN used this Emergency Deployment Readiness Exercise (EDRE) to practice and refine their techniques for emergency deployment via air lift within the theater of operation.

NFTF: U.S./Kenyan Marine Operations and Maintenance Seminar
PDF | Published 02 Mar 2016
In January 2016 the Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA) invited members of the Kenyan Navy to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti for a seminar focused on tactical operations and maintenance techniques. Hosting the Kenyan Navy was the Coastal Riverine Squadron 10 (FWD) and members of the Fusion Action Cell and D/403rd Civil Affairs. The event proved beneficial for both sides. Expertise and knowledge was exchanged with each side learning from each other and laid the ground work for future engagements.

NFTF OPERATION DEEP BLUE 74th Engineer Dive Detachment
PDF | Published 14 Jan 2016
The United States (U.S.) Army recognizes that controlling inland waterways and ports is vitally important in the contemporary military environment. For this reason, the U.S. Army established Engineer Dive units during World War II. Since then, U.S. Army Engineer Divers have served in every major U.S. conflict and fulfilled the role of providing underwater reconnaissance, demolition, and salvage for the U.S. Army. The 74th Engineer Dive Detachment is currently deployed to Camp PATRIOT, Kuwait in support of U.S. Army Central Command (USARCENT) under the Brigade Special Troops Battalion (BTSB), as part of Area Support Group (ASG) Kuwait. The two main focuses of the 74th Engineer Dive Detachment are Anti-terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) and Vessel Husbandry. ATFP involves diving to clear vessel berthing slots of obstacles, obstructions, and potential threats. Vessel husbandry includes conducting maintenance and repairs to vessels from all the services.


Other Products

Air Land Sea Bulletin Issue 2017-1
PDF | Published 04 Apr 2017
This Air Land Sea Bulletin (ALSB) is an open forum offering a wide mix of lessons learned, current status, and future considerations for warfighters. It contains a variety of articles that provide thought-provoking viewpoints and showcase the ingenuity and flexibility of United States (US) Service men and women.

GTA 03-08-002 Contaminated Casualty Care
PDF | Published 23 Jan 2017

This GTA provides US and Coalition service-members, units, and unified action partners (UAP) a quick pocket reference on how to efficiently treat casualties in a CBRNE- contaminated environment. Mainly for use by brigade combat teams (BCTs) and smaller units, it's organized to first provide self and buddy aid guidance, then progresses to a pictorial layout, equipment list and instruction to operate a more deliberate casualty decontamination site (with a doctrinal reference for more detail). The remaining cells provide symptoms' guidance for various types of CBRN agents and helps enable medical and non-medical personnel quickly differentiate between heat injuries and nerve agent poisoning. It closes with specific guidance on administering nerve agent antidote by injection, and uses pictures to help differentiate between the new and old model injectors.

The GTA is ideal for home station training (HST) and dirt CTCs for echelons up to BCT-level, but can also be used for any training event or operational deployment with a potential CBRNE threat, to include homeland operations (HLO) and CWMD in the Republic of Korea (ROK), the ARCENT AOR or elsewhere. This GTA will be an attachment a future CALL Handbook on Combat Casualty Care (whose main body has no reference to contaminated casualty care).

Bulletin 16-26: Permanent Executive Secretariat Conference of American Armies Volume I: A Cycle Guide
PDF | Published 31 Aug 2016
This bulletin contains valuable information to aid leaders, from all Conference of American Armies (CAA) member nations, in their knowledge on the goals, processes, and procedures as a contributing army, as well as, to better prepare them to assume the critical role of leading the CAA Permanent Executive Secretariat (PESCAA) in the future.

16-20 U.S. Army Medical Contingent to Task Force Forager
PDF | Published 19 Jul 2016
Global health engagements conducted in the Pacific theater by a U.S. Army medical task force are an example of the U.S. Army's continuous commitment and resolve to the security and stability of the Indonesia-Asia-Pacific region. The U.S. Army invested significantly in the rebalance to the Pacific, and Army medicine did its part with collaboration and participation in Pacific Partnership 2015 (PP15), a U.S. Navy-led multinational humanitarian assistance and disaster relief preparedness mission, conducted May through August 2015.

16-19 CJTF - Horn of Africa: From Crisis Action to Campaigning Special Study
PDF | Published 08 Jul 2016
CJTF-HOA was established at Camp Lejeune, NC, in October 2002 in response to the September 11 attacks. The organization was formed around the 2nd Marine Division Headquarters, with the intent of identifying and destroying terror cells and violent extremist organizations in the region. This special study examines a significant shift in CJTFHOA’s focus: the transition from a short-term crisis, action-focused organization to a long-term campaigning headquarters. The shift is the result of a tremendous amount of blood, sweat, and tears by the men and women of CJTF-HOA in coordination with the USAFRICOM staff, the Service components, and our regional embassies.

Home Station Training Dec 2015 – May 2016 Initial Impressions Report
PDF | Published 07 Jul 2016
This report provides a summary of the observations from three Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) collection events concerning Home Station Training (HST) from December 2015 - February 2016. The collection team interviewed a total of over 250 Soldiers and Leaders from one Corps Headquarters, two Division Headquarters, three Brigade Combat Teams, and seventeen Battalions/Squadrons. This collection report includes analysis from the I CORPS Stryker Assessment dated January 2016. This report has been sanitized to remove unit identification.

Civilian Casualty (CIVCAS) Prevention GTA 90-01-039
PDF | Published 24 May 2016
GTA 90-01-039, CIVCAS Prevention smartcard provides lessons, best practices, and consequence management steps to mitigate civilian loss of life and property (collateral damage) during the conduct of military operations. The May 2016 supersedes the previous version, entitled "Afghanistan Civilian Casualty Prevention," May 2012.

16-09: Security Cooperation Lessons and Best Practices Bulletin
PDF | Published 09 Mar 2016
The routine military and interagency security cooperation (SC) activities the U.S. Army performs to deter potential adversaries and solidify our relationships with allies and partners are often described as shaping activities. Shaping the security environment is a cost-effective way to ensure peace and stability and prevent conflict. Our relationships with international partners are essential to protecting the national security interests of the United States and our allies. By helping to build the capacity and interoperability of our partners, the Army contributes to a more secure world.

16-10: ARCENT Transition to Combined Joint Task Force - Operation Inherent Resolve
PDF | Published 09 Mar 2016

In June 2014, CENTCOM instructed the US Army Central Headquarters to form the core of a Joint Forces Land Component Command (JFLCC), and with the addition of coalition forces, to a Coalition Forces Land Component Command (CFLCC) to conduct limited operation against Daesh (aka ISIL). As the operations against Daesh required full joint integration, CENTCOM ordered the transition of the CFLCC a CJTF, eventually becoming the Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve (CJTF-OIR).

Soon after they handed over the CJTF responsibilities, ARCENT contacted the Mission Command Center of Excellence (MC CoE) with a request for a Center for Army Lessons Learned (CALL) collection team to document ARCENT Headquarters’ experience as they worked through the ASCC-CFLCC-CJTF transition, concluding with their operating as a CJTF. This Initial Impressions Report (IIR) is the collection of lessons, best practices, and insights based on the ARCENT Commander and his staff in transitioning from an ASCC to a CJTF.

16-05: 101st Airborne Division Operation United Assistance IIR
PDF | Published 08 Dec 2015
This report provides a summary of insights, lessons, and best practices collected from the Commander and staff of the 101st Air Assault Division and the staff of the 101st Sustainment Brigade during the Umbrella Week collection following their return from Operation United Assistance (OUA). The division transitioned to JFC-OUA and led a five-month deployment to Liberia in support of the U.S. Agency for International Development-led mission to fight the spread of the Ebola virus in western Africa.

16-01 USACE Overseas Contingency Operations Playbook
PDF | Published 20 Oct 2015

The United States Corps of Engineers (USACE) Overseas Contingency Operations Playbook provides lessons learned from more than 10 years serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. The playbook's purpose is to capture leaders' significant experiences, observations, issues and perceptions; to share and institutionalize these insights within USACE, the Engineer Regiment, and the Department of the Army to provide a tool for operating effectively in future contingency operations.

15-16 Operation United Assistance Report for Follow-On Forces
PDF | Published 24 Sep 2015

Humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations are not new to the Army and the Department of Defense (DOD). We gained experience from Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2010 Haiti earthquake. In the response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, President Barack Obama announced Operation United Assistance in September 2014, allowing the military to support the United States Agency for International Development. This was the largest role the military had assumed in combating the spread of a disease or virus. The fight against Ebola was on.

The DOD made critical contributions to the fight against the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa. Chief among these was bringing expertise in mission command, logistics, and engineering to assist in quickly getting health workers and medical supplies into West Africa. This Center for Army Lessons Learned bulletin is the result of many interviews and data collection activities with the U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) staff. It is not meant to be totally comprehensive, but rather to serve as a quick and easy-to-read guide for follow-on units focusing on selected key areas.