U.S. ARMY HQ and Support Troops
Operation East Wind offers opportunities for those who are interested in a support or non-direct combat role as well. We run a full headquarters, mess facilities, motor vehicle operations and supply section all of which require dedicated and skilled personnel to keep operational.
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Operations Officer Typing in Additional Line Items on an SOI Card
The Headquarters is staffed and operational 24/7 for the duration of the event. Within the Headquarters there are a myriad of tasks which need to be done.
- S4 (Supply) section keeps track of gear getting checked in and out, tracks fuel use, manages consumables, manages the field rations, and works with the squad leaders to insure that they get the mission critical gear they need. Supply section members should have decent mechanical aptitude and excellent attention to detail.
- S3 (Operations) section works with the Company Commander and First Sgt to determine the overall company operational plan. This primarily involves direct mission planning at the Company level and assisting individual squads and sections with developing their missions as well as keeping track of the progress and status of units in the field. Operations also works with the squad and section leaders who are on HQ/watch rotation and is charged with maintaining the Company communications network. Operations section members should have a strong understanding of the OPORD process as well as communications systems.
- S2 (Intel) section works with the operations section to build the intel picture of the battle space. This includes debriefing units returning from missions, tracking known enemy units and movements, mapping known obstacles, mapping mine fields, tracking weather, sun/moon data, classifying routes, developing likely enemy courses of action, and assisting squad and section leaders by providing up to date and accurate information about the area of operations they will be stepping into. S2 sections members should have excellent attention to detail, good drawing skills, and be able to piece together a big picture out of many small snippets of information.
Motor Pool Operations
Troops Doing Daily PMCS on M151 1/4 Ton Trucks
M44 Series 2 1/2 Ton Trucks Negotiate a Rough Route at East Wind II
We have a fairly extensive motor pool at East Wind events. All of the vehicles present belong to attendees and are maintained by their owners during the event. In most cases, the owners are capable mechanics and vehicles show up to the event in good order and able to operate in the environment. In some cases they are not or vehicles suffer failures beyond the immediate capabilities of of their owners. We have, in the past, dealt with this internally as best we can but forsee in the future adding a light motor pool staff to assist owners with keeping vehicles operational as well as helping the HQ personnel manage vehicle dispatch and providing dedicated drivers where needed for certain missions.
- Motor Pool NCO
The Motor Pool NCO would be tasked with insuring that vehicles are mission capable, that owners/operators are performing their PMCS, and that where ever possible bigger problems are headed off and solved while they are still small problems. The Motor Pool NCO is not there to be "the mechanic" he is there to make sure that the owners are being the mechanic and to assist with skills and knowledge where needed. Note that Motor Pool NCO is not a position you are likely to get if you do not have significant experience working on military vehicles.
Gear Requirements for HQ/Support Personnel
While some of the equipment on the list may not seem to have immediate value, it is not just for the sake of realism or re-enacting. All the equipment is designed to work as a system, with other people's gear, and with the heavy equipment we provide. For example, it seems like any cup, bowl or plate would work for eating off. But using the correct mess kit means the serving line runs faster, and your kit fits into the cleaning equipment we provide.
Before being sure you have all of this stuff, be sure to read the list of items that you cannot bring.
- Sealed and Rated Goggles, or approved mesh goggles
- Woodland Pattern BDU Uniforms, at least three sets
- Socks, at least four pairs
- Warm Hat
- Warmth Layer
- Patrol Cap
- PASGT Helmet
- PASGT Armor Vest
- Quality Full Leather or Gore-Tex Boots
- Military Sleeping Bag
- Sleeping Pad
- USGI Gore-Tex Jacket, in woodland pattern
- Load Bearing Gear
- Red Dead Rags, minimum of two
- USGI Canteens With Canteen Cups, minimum of one
- USGI Angle Head Flashlight, with colored lens inserts
- Personal Care Kit
- Approved Airsoft Weapon System
- Spare Pair of Boots
- Military Cot
- Wool Blanket or Poncho Liner
- Mouse Proof Container
- Waterproof Bag
- Laundry Bag
- Equipment Care Kit
- Coffee Cup
- Night Vision Mount for Helmet
- Bringing a tent to Operation East Wind? Read our tent policies here.
- Bringing a heater to Operation East Wind? Read our heater policies here.
- Bringing a vehicle to Operation East Wind? Read our vehicle policies here.