Safe Tactical Layout of Cable and Wire by First Sergeant Timothy P. Carroll, Jr. With the significant increase of digital technology throughout our force, there is a commensurate increase in the amount of cable and wire that is run to connect all of these devices. Although these wires can be laid out in a safe manner in a static environment, it can be a serious safety issue in a highly mobile field environment. Many tactical operation centers now have several miles of cables and wires strung under, around, and over them. The following tenets will help you to lay this wire safely in a highly mobile field environment like a division Analysis and Control Element ACE).
- All wires follow vehicle lines neatly in parallel.
- Wires cross between vehicles at a common point; fewer crossing points equal greater safety. It never hurts to place the wires in a shallow trench or cover them with a tarp.
- Secure wires at crossing points to a stake driven into the ground.
- Keep wire on the ground whenever possible. If wire must go above a site, it should stay on top of vehicles wherever possible and only cross in areas where few soldiers travel.
First Sergeant Carroll is at the NCO Academy, Fort Huachuca, AZ. His telephone number is (520) 533-4219, DSN 821-4219, or Email him at email@example.com
NCOER Writing Tips
by Sergeant First Class Daniel D. KnippelWhen composing an NCO Evaluation Report (NCOER), look in AR 611-201, Enlisted Career Management Fields and Military Occupational Specialties, (found in Update 12-6) for Blocks IIIa ("PRINCIPAL DUTY TITLE") and Vb ("List 3 positions in which the rated NCO could best serve...") input. These entries are important in determining the level at which your soldier served, or will serve. The Department of the Army centralized promotion boards will more likely give your soldier due credit for a position if it is a bonafide title rather than one which is not common or supported by doctrine.
I have seen many NCOers, and I have noticed many similar bullets under responsibility and accountability. These bullets generally refer to a dollar amount for equipment for which the rated NCO is signed. Do not forget that this block encompasses other areas including---
- Care and maintenance of equipment and facilities.
- Soldier and equipment safety.
- Encouraging soldiers to learn and grow.
- Responsibility for good, bad, right and wrong.
Details, facts, and impact make the best bullets. Bullets should answer questions such as------
- What did the NCO do? (rescued some people).
- How many/much? (rescued five people).
- Details? (rescued five people from a burning building).
- What was the end result? (rescued five people from a burning building saving all their lives).
Sergeant First Class Daniel D. Knippel is also at the NCO Academy. He is the Chief Instructor, BNCOC, Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Call him at (520) 533-4221, DSN 821-4221, or E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.