By Sgt. Justin Smith | 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne)
Editor’s note: The full names and identifications of those serving in the 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) are withheld due to safety and security of the Soldiers and their Families.
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Green Berets from 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne), recently took part in a full mission profile (FMP) exercise over the span of three days and nights the week of Aug. 26, 2019, with integrated air support from Fort Carson’s 4th Infantry Division.
The 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Inf. Div., provided air support in the form of CH-47 Chinook helicopters for insertion and exfiltration from the objectives, highlighting the interoperability of these neighboring units for everyday training.
An FMP is a situational exercise created to simulate real-world warfighting missions. The participants are given a warning order and expected to develop and execute the mission using critical enablers and past training experiences on restricted timelines.
“We did a day and a night situational training exercise where (the participants) consolidated all of the training they received during (Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat course) into one mission profile,” said Maj. Jason, company commander for the exercise. “They worked on insertion, infiltration (and) actions all the way to the objective; then on the objective, explosive and ballistic breaching all the way to exfiltration, based on an intelligence packet that they received beforehand.”
Each iteration involved more complexity than the previous, including day and night insertion and exfiltration by land and air.
“The second part incorporated a multiobjective, multiteam mission where they received an intelligence packet for persons and compounds of interest,” said Jason. “They conducted full mission planning tailored to the Afghanistan mission set and infiltrated by a rotary wing platform, which the 4th CAB was able to provide us with, execute those targets and exfil off the objective.”
The enablers present with the teams were members of the 10th SFG(A) K9 team and Special Operations Team-Alpha members. SOT-A’s are proficient in foreign languages and have the capability to intercept radio and other communications traffic from potential hostile forces and relay the messages to the Green Berets. This benefit gives them a better picture of the situation on the battlefield.
Enablers supporting from remote locations included UAS, intelligence and logistics experts, said the mission planners.
Observing the teams were experienced members of Green Berets from the same battalion. Participants were evaluated on all aspects of the missions from the planning phase to mission completion to ensure maximum integration of the teams involved.
“Overall, it was a very successful training event,” said a senior NCO observing the training.
The rigorous training provided by FMPs add to the repertoire of skills and experience needed for 10th SFG(A)’s real-world mission sets in Eastern Europe and Afghanistan. Their charge to advise and assist partner forces leading to regional stability is greatly enhanced when detachments face and overcome challenging problems.