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CHAPTER TWO - TASK FORCE XXI FIRE SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS

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Brigade Fire Support Personnel Duties and Responsibilities.

.....Brigade Fire Support Officer.

.....Brigade Fire Support Plans/Targeting Officer.

.....STRIKER Platoon Leader.

Bn/TF Fire Support Personnel Duties and Responsibilities.

.....Task Force Fire Support Officer.




CHAPTER TWO


TASK FORCE XXI FIRE SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS


BDE FSE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


The Task Force XXI fire support element is organized with the
personnel shown below.

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The specific duties of the leadership of the fire support element are discussed below.

BRIGADE FIRE SUPPORT OFFICER

The FSCOORD cannot be at the brigade headquarters constantly and often is in a "battle track" armored platform forward with the brigade commander during the fight. Therefore, he has an assistant, the brigade fire support officer (FSO), to serve as a full time liaison between the DS FA battalion and the maneuver brigade. He helps the maneuver brigade S-3 integrate fire support into the commander's scheme of maneuver. Assisting the FSO are the other staff officers who make up the Fire Support Element. The general duties of the brigade FSO are:

BRIGADE FIRE SUPPORT PLANS/TARGETING OFFICER DUTIES

The plans/targeting officer acts as the brigade FSO in his absence and helps the FSO perform his duties. Also, he interfaces with the brigade S-2 and helps him and the FSO by providing information on the vulnerabilities of targets. He advises the brigade S-2 on target accuracy and description requirements and evaluates dwell times for attack by fire support systems. His duties in the targeting area are as follows:

STRIKER PLATOON LEADER DUTIES

The STRIKER platoon is made up of six HMMWV based observer teams with a platoon command and control structure. The Platoon is under the control of the brigade FSO and is discussed in detail in the next portion of the manual. The platoon leader is responsible for accomplishing the platoon mission. He is key in the translation of mission type orders from the brigade FSE into STRIKERs in position to execute critical fire tasks. He is responsible for positioning and employing the STRIKERs to execute their responsibilities in the brigade plan. His duties in the planning and implementation of an operation are:

BATTALION/TASK FORCE FIRE SUPPORT ORGANIZATION

BN/TF FSE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES


The task force fire support element is organized with the following Leadership:

Task Force Fire Support Officer - CPT

Task Force Fire Support NCO - SFC

TASK FORCE FIRE SUPPORT OFFICER

The task force fire support officer is the fire support coordinator for the task force commander. He serves as a full time liaison between the DS FA battalion and the maneuver task force. He helps the maneuver task force S-3 integrate fire support into the commander's scheme of maneuver. The general duties of the task force FSO are:


              

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