US Army soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry) are conducting training with the Capability Set 13 (CS 13) at Fort Drum in New York, US, to enhance readiness before deployment in Afghanistan.
CS 13 is an integrated tactical network designed to extend digital communications down to the lowest echelons. It will enable Security Forces Advise and Assist Team (SFAAT) units to support Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in taking responsibility for maintenance of security in the country.
ANSF will assume lead responsibility for operations, the CS 13’s extended mobile network capabilities will help SFAAT personnel support with situational awareness and calls for air support, artillery support, medical evacuation, and other reach-back communications.
Commenting on the network. 3rd BCT commander colonel Sam Whitehurst said: "Having this capability, where I can take some of the capabilities to command and control the brigade on the move, gives us the ability to extend our reach, even as we reduce our presence."
CS 13 is an advanced, mobile communications network designed to help dismounted soldier or small units transmit voice/chat communications, text messages, MEDEVAC requests and situational awareness data across the BCT through use of advanced satellite-based systems.
It also equips brigade, battalion and company leaders with vehicles linked in to Warfighter Information Network-Tactical Increment 2, enabling commanders to leave respective command posts and issue orders, receive briefings and monitor latest intelligence.
Following the week-long, Mountain Peak training exercise, the BCT is scheduled to undergo a Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC)rotation, which will feature SFAAT scenarios with role players acting as host nation army, police, civilians and enemy insurgents at Fort Polk in Louisiana, US.
Image: A soldier wears a Rifleman Radio during the Mountain Peak training exercise at Fort Drum in New York, US. Photo: courtesy of Claire Heininger, US Army.