ArmA II AAR - May 13, 2012 1st Training Session
We called for recruitment for a dedicated team for ArmA II who are willing to go through training in order to achieve organized and tactical teamplay while having some light hearted humor in between transports to and fro the AO. We conducted our very first training session and let's just say we had more on our plate that we handled, but in the end I think it was a good learning experience. Anyways, on to my report!
After Action Report:
After gathering around and segregating the groups into their proper fireteams, I conducted a general briefing on some important Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to the group, while Chino also gave some important inputs that I had failed to mention. Fireteam callsign assignments were given out as part of the briefing. Wolfpack will be the main assault force, Blackjack is for Logistics / Security team and Hunter for Recon / Sniper / JTAC team. We have also established the proper channels for each group and this will be going into the SOP to be officially standardized to avoid confusion in future operations. Once the briefing was done, all team members went ahead and loaded up the appropriate gear that matched their roles.
After gearing up, Blackjack was assigned to prep the convoy that we will be headed to the Main Target. Convoy was composed of the following: 1x Bradley IFV for troop transport for Wolfpack, 1x Engineering Truck, 1x Ammo Truck, 1x MHQ. Hunter will paradrop in close to the Main Target and scout for enemy armor and emplacements. Convoy arrived at proposed FOB location and didn't meet any enemy resistance along the way.
With the MHQ unpacked and the supply trucks parked accordingly, the FOB was ready. Wolfpack coordinated their plan of attack with Hunter while Blackjack was tasked to setup static weapons on hilltops adjacent the Main Target.
Blackjack was spotted by enemy armor during its setup and was eliminated right away. Static positions were not properly manned and deemed a failure. Blackjack Actual (INQUE) instructed all team members to fall back to FOB position and regroup from there.
Wolfpack's assault to Main Target was also unsuccessful and met heavy casualties along the way. Wolfpack regrouped to FOB position to heal and revive the wounded.
During the regrouping phase, the enemy sent a counter-offensive force that was composed of enemy infantry and armor. The enemy's counter-attack resulted in us having heavy friendly casualties because the FOB perimeter defenses were not properly established. Blackjack Actual takes full responsibility for this.
With massive losses and the control out of our hands, the enemy forced us to relocate the FOB and regroup in a safe location before planning our next attack. We pulled out successfully and consolidated in an area a few clicks away from the previous FOB. Wolfpack Actual plotted our next route and location for our new FOB.
The new convoy was composed of 2x armored M2 HMMWV, 1x engineer truck, 1x ammo truck and 1x MHQ. Towards the new FOB location, the convoy again did not meet any enemy resistance. Upon reaching the new location, enemy D30 static emplacements fired directly on the lead HMMWV and the convoy was forced to break formation. Troops dismounted to gather the wounded. Those who are uninjured popped smoke and gave cover to those who were pulling out the wounded.
We established a new FOB, treated all wounded, and regrouped for a new plan of attack. Blackjack was again in charge of base security and promptly planted AT mines on all entry points that led toward the FOB. Blackjack was also able to succesfuly set up static weapons surrounding the base in case of another counter-offensive by the enemy. Hunter continued to feed reconnaissance to Wolfpack as they geared up and headed towards the AO.
Unfortunately, we were still not able to take over the town, nor destroy the radio tower. Troop morale was at an all-time low due to massive losses from the previous FOB. We decided to conclude the training, and will have to work on more drills.
After the initial training, these are the recommendations for upcoming drills:
- All team members need to learn on how to constantly communicate more with their TL in case of casualties. If team member does not respond, TL will send out a medic to his last known position.
- Succession of Leadership
- Team Leaders need to assign succession of leadership in case TL goes down.
- Parameters on when succession of leadership should be established on SOP.
- All team members need to be reminded that medics should be on top of reviving injured soldiers. Non-medics should keep watch and cover during treatment.
- Clarification of roles
- Team members need to be reminded of their team roles when handling team-specific vehicles (e.g. logistic trucks are for the logistics team). This will avoid any confusion in communications when having to pull out and relocate immediately.
During the ambush of the convoy, all teams performed excellently during the encounter. Covering of sectors was done properly, and thus we were able to move out wounded to a safer location.