COIST workstation

The US Army National Guard (ANG) is conducting operational training on the company intelligence support team (COIST) workstation at the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center in Mississippi, US.

Introduced by the First Army Division East, 158th Infantry Brigade, 3-315th Engineer Battalion in March 2013, the workstation boosts soldier safety, while enabling them to better assess their surroundings during combat operations.

First Army Division East 3-315th Engineer Battalion commander lieutenant colonel, Chris Kuhn, said the workstation has proven to be extremely valuable as a way to strengthen the intelligence function at company level.

"We can do an initial analysis based on the last 30 days of significant activities and add in new data into the workstation for the current situation," Kuhn said.

The pre-posted information in the COIST workstation can then be rapidly synthesised by the intelligence teams into a complete intelligence brief, which describes terrain and weather effects alongside enemy forces and tactics.

Equipped with one station remote viewing terminal (OSRVT), a tactical ground reporting (TiGR) system and other tools, the workstation is said to be capable of accessing real-time aerial reconnaissance video feeds from a RQ-7B Shadow unmanned aerial system (UAS).

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"Intelligence teams are able to communicate with the UAS operator and the convoy patrol leader."

Camp Shelby senior counter-improvised explosive devices observer-controller / trainer sergeant, Jason Thomas, said a UAS feed offers patrol overwatch for convoys, which is critical for early warning of threats.

”Intelligence teams are able to communicate with the UAS operator and the convoy patrol leader," Thomas said.

Mississippi Army National Guard UAS Regional Flight Center former officer in charge major Jay Lovelady said, "Providing First Army our UAS coverage at Camp Shelby is a perfect opportunity for our UAS operators to get more realistic training."

The ANG partners with the First Army Division East and Army Reserve to advise, assist, and train reserve-component units to better support overseas military operations.

Image: The US Army personnel use live RQ-7B Shadow UAS feed on OSRVT to observe their objective. Photo: courtesy of US Army.

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