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Effective OPSYNCs = Enabled Operations at JRTC

We know it as the operations synchronization meeting or more commonly called the OPSYNC. It is normally the last staff meeting of the day where each brigade staff member and battalion liaison officer (LNO) representing both brigade and its subordinates acknowledges all requisite analysis and coordination from their respective battle rhythm events and properly aligns and resources subordinate units for mission execution without issue. Simply put, executing an effective OPSYNC can equate to enabled operations. This article is designed to be “a way” for brigade S3s and staffs to create their OPSYNC in preparation for any Combat Training Center (CTC) rotation.

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Engagement Area Development in a Compressed Timeline

In 2015, the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, LA, transitioned the focus of its crucible training event from a mission readiness exercise to a direct action training environment (DATE). This transition moved the focus of brigade combat teams (BCTs) away from stability and counterinsurgency (COIN) operations to an intelligence-driven, intensive permissive training environment focused on hybrid and near-peer threats. One of the most difficult transitions has been the necessity for doctrinal defensive operations, specifically a rifle company’s execution of the seven steps of engagement area development (EA DEV).

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The Army’s Rio Grande Campaign of 1859: A Total Force Case Study

Total Force cooperation between the U.S. Army’s active, Guard, and Reserve components has long been a hallmark of its warfighting capability. From participation by patriot volunteers in the American Revolution to the societal mobilization for World War II, America’s primary landpower institution has habitually integrated a wide range of Soldiers that has included professionals, reservists, militia, draftees, and both state and federal volunteers to conduct expeditionary campaigns of mass and scale. While tectonic wars like the Civil War and World Wars garner the most attention, the little-known Rio Grande Campaign of 1859 along Texas’s southern border offers a modest case study where an infantry task force of Army regulars joined with state mounted forces, in the form of para-military Texas Rangers, to defeat a hybrid Tejano adversary.

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U.S. Army Rangers prepare for extraction from their objective during training at Fort Hunter Liggett, Calif., on 30 January 2014. (Photo by SPC Steven Hitchcock)

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Paratroopers from 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division conduct an airfield seizure on 21 June 2013. (Photo by SGT Juan F. Jimenez)

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Paratroopers of the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment conduct live-fire training on Fort Bragg, N.C., 9 September 2013. (Photo by SSG Jason Hull)

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Soldiers with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, take to the road during a joint platoon exercise at the Yakima Training Center, Wash., Sept. 16, 2013. Rising Thunder is a U.S. Army-hosted exercise designed to build interoperability between I Corps, the 7th Infantry Division and the Japan Ground Self-Defense Force. (Photo by SGT Austan Owen)