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Minnesota National Guard
Regional Support Group trains as Forward Operating Base

The command staff of the 347th Regional Support Group (RSG) conducted a digital Command Post Exercise (CPX) during their Annual Training in June 2012 at Camp Ripley, Minn Using the guidance and logistical support from a team of expert civilian contractors, most of whom are retired military, the CPX challenged the brigade staff to manage a fictional Forward Operating Base, FOB Ripley

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In their Mayoral Cell role, they responded to a wide variety of situations instigated by role-players serving as higher and lower commands as well as enemy forces or local nationals Over three days, they encountered situations that challenged their decision-making processes and touched on a wide array of military scenarios from loss of encrypted communication equipment to complex attack by hostile forces

While the CPX preparation culminated in the management of digital FOB Ripley during Annual Training, the preparation for the event has developed over the last six drill weekends Their exercise progressed from receipt of an operation order in January directing the 347th RSG to FOB Ripley, through the development of their standard operating procedures and decision making process until they took control of the digital combat zone

"I am pleased with the results  It went well and we captured a number of sustains and lessons learned,” said the 347th RSG Executive Officer, Lt. Col. Angela Steward-Randle “We have a solid foundation which should form next year’s training schedule”

The operating procedures, management tools and lessons learned by the 347th RSG at the completion of the CPX will enable them to carry out a variety of wartime functions “Mayoral Cells can be tasked to provide force protection, logistical support and strength management,” said Sgt Kevin Kubera, 347th RSG HR Sgt “It was a fun exercise and we learned a lot about how we would operate a FOB and respond to the situations that arise in that role We are a better team after the CPX and better leaders”

June 11, 2012
Capt Clarence Bonander
347th Regional Support Group

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