The Road to War: Mission Command readies 3rd ESC for operating environment

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Mission Command will culminate with January training event

By Marty Finley

As the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command looks ahead to simulations in January at Fort Knox, it laid the groundwork to effectively manage operations in the classroom.
Members of the command participated in October in a multi-day training program known as Mission Command, which helps units work on aspects of combat such as counter insurgency, information operations, distribution management and synchronization of logistics, said Col. Clay Hatcher, chief of Operations Group Sierra for the Mission Command Training Program at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
Hatcher said the program, formerly known as Battle Command, has multiple operations groups training multiple divisions and sustainment commands to be ready for the environment they deploy in.
The lessons learned during the Mission Command Seminar will be applied in January during a simulated event in which the 3rd ESC will have to deal with realistic scenarios they would encounter in the operating environment of Afghanistan, Hatcher said.
“Our culminating training event is a great opportunity to ensure a unit is validated and ready to go and do their mission in Afghanistan,” he said.
Hatcher said this is the first time he has worked with 3rd ESC, but said he is impressed with the command’s ability and adaptability.
“They’ll be ready for it,” he said of the January training event. “They have a lot of experience, lots of great leaders.”
Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762.