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Title: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Stagg on March 25, 2014, 08:20:58 am
This will be a multiple part posting process.  Feel free to chime in at anytime.  Feedback, error correction, or just humorous stories are always appreciated.

Following the AAR Format.  I will start with our Plan for this year.
The overall scheme for WARPAC this year was high Operations Tempo.  

In order to accomplish this we needed soldiers on the field doing the missions as event unfolded.  I knew that we would be hurting for numbers, and I knew we had a lot of new players.
I intended to send sections on missions based on company needs.  If the members of that section were unqualified to accomplish the mission then it might fail, but that that would not stop me from sending them.

We wanted to start missions immediately on Saturday.  
To facilitate this I planned to setup the entire WARPAC camp weeks out.  Having 2 months of paid vacation before EW should have been very productive, and relaxing.

With the camp setup before people arrived, we would start missions and training immediately.  I knew we needed it especially for drivers.  So we planned to get new drivers several hours in the hot-seat with either me or Brett. That way turning them loose on the field would not be dangerous to trucks or occupants.
 
Planning for each of our three groups this year was worked out on the phone with the leader of each group.

-Grenzers were recon assets.  I planned long before the event, that they would be used constantly, and hence be spent physically.  They were not going to be a combat effective force without restructuring our force.  The restructuring was going to be put off for as long as possible, provided the intel kept flowing in.

-MotShutzen were planned to be a large strike force.  Divided in half for smaller missions.  They were intended to move about the battlefield, down routes secured by other units, and respond rapidly to events as they unfolded.
Their secondary planned duty was route clearing.  Moving down a road/path, so that other units could pass and perform second Echelon missions.

Soviet Recon troops were planned for long term missions.  I wanted them to see and report NATO patrol patterns, and I wanted them to do it early.
In the first days I intended for them to plan, train, and prepare for at least one 24hr mission deep into the enemy rear.

Staff work was planned to operate without my direct/constant guidance.
-Cardz was operations, and would plan missions.
-Cullen was intell, and would build a picture of what was going on.
-Coop was Commo, and would do radio stuff so we could all talk effectively
-Tascabe, was supply and would ensure we had enough toys, electricity, food, and water to keep going.
-I planned to come up with different ways to killing NATO so that they would have to think about what we were doing.  I planned to catch NATO off guard, IF they assumed our methods/time hacks were the same as previous years of EW.
 
Here ends the plan made before EW started.

Before I go on.  I would like to know how much of this got to your level.

Many factors wrecked this plan early.  That is not what I am asking.  I need to know. 
"Did you know and understand the plan."

I spend hours on the phone, passing the plan down to my section leaders.
-Section leaders did you understand the plan as I have written it (did it miss something as I type?)
-Soldiers did your section leaders convey this plan to you?  At least the part regarding your group?


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Cardz on March 25, 2014, 11:25:32 am
I understood the plan as you described it. It was helpful to get information (orders) before the event so personal plans could be made accordingly. I even asked around a bit to see how others felt about the plan so we could share any thoughts or concerns. It seemed like everyone was down for it and had an optimistic tone about it, as well.


-Matt C.-


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Coop on March 25, 2014, 12:05:12 pm
The plan made perfect sense, and as anticipated, no plan survives contact, intact.  Knowing this, and your expectations beforehand, allowed us to adapt and overcome.

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-Coop was Commo, and would do radio stuff so we could all talk effectively

I certainly did, and even moreso as the week went on, our comms got even more solid, and that got gears grinding for improvements next year.

Some of my taskings before the event this year were to:

- Determine our operating frequencies, knowing both types of radios and their frequency ranges.
- Come up with a brand new SOI that isn't SOI at all.
- Draft Combat Orders for all WARPAC troops, using official verbage, to indicate our upcoming deployment to, and mutual work within East Germany, and use this as a medium to get everyone to sign the waiver and acknowledge the rules.

Keeps on pre-event commo taskings:

- CP Sheets.  Lighter weight than SOI, and promoted a standard set of "nicknames" so that WARPAC forces from different nations would understand and acknowledge what each other was talking about, even if these sections had not seen each other prior to mission jump offs.  These allowed us to keep with the spirit of "Real Russians don't use SOI... just in the clear nicknames for everything" and "that doesn't make any fucking sense whatsoever... how does squad 2 know where squad 1's 'piss tree' is?"  *cricket cricket*

Improvements on pre-event commo taskings:

- I could have certainly picked more frequencies.  I did not realize that every time we changed CP, we would also change freqs, but that's just smart and I should have known to have a Primary and Alt established and even pre-printed in the available spots on the CP sheet.  This would automate the frequency change, save us from having to make a guess in the field about the next frequency, and we could even take advantage of both established frequencies just by encoding a word to temp switch to alt for clarification, etc.

- Speaking of CP, would have preferred a single sit down session, say, Saturday after lunch, with all RTO's, and done one single commo crash course, equipment familiarity training, and CP usage brief, instead of the 4 or 5 I ended up doing over the course of the first weekend, as each section spooled up and went out on their missions.  What we did worked, but was by no means smooth.  Re-reading this, this is more for the mid-event portion of the AAR.

- CP Sheet 1, Number Encryption featured a duplicate letter... really screwed us on some grid coords, to the point where I ended up transmitting in the clear, the number 2, after it, hoping that forward deployed units knew I meant the second one, not the first.  It was, to my knowledge, the only error in the entire stack of CP sheets, and fortunately was cycled out due to suspected compromisation early.  Either way, more checking and reviewing required.  I probably missed it because I had made 10 of them, and all the words started blurring together.

- Town names were the old ones.  I had printed 70 CP cards, 7 of each of the 10 sets.  The next day or so the new maps were released.  I was not re-printing them on my personal inkjet printer, lol.  Town Names and a few common roads will be updated on Revision 2.

- Teach people Authenticate.  I tried it several times, and mostly got no response, despite there being a cheat sheet on how to authenticate right on the CP sheet.  Even got Stagg using yesterday's callsigns and I made every effort to force authentication.  Also, the authentication pre-determined shift needs to be written in on the card before all sections depart camp, so everyone knows.  This is more of a mid/after event entry, or at least should have worked it into our plans for things we needed to do on Saturday.

- Lastly, and probably an after the fact thing, and not a pre-event thing.  In the last year or two, we broke WARPAC members of calling it the TOC (a very American/NATO name).  We call it the Shtab, a very Russian name.  Finding the German Equivalent would be acceptable.  "HQ" was also used and acceptable.  The same will happen for CP/SOI.  This year was the transition year.  Next year, it shall be CP, which if you havn't caught on by now, stands for Communications Protocol.  I picked it because it is distinctly different from SOI, but for all intensive purposes, works the same.  Just like many things between the WARPAC and NATO nations, the end goal is typically the same, but if we can each take the most circular and confusing route that is different from each other to get there, then mission accomplished! ;)

As a semi related note, damn appreciative of having the shitters on site, and promptly cleaned once we had water in camp.  With a chronic illness and a dependence on them, this small creature comfort made the week very bearable.  Perhaps though, over the course of the next year, I should see how quickly I can dig a cat hole, or make plans to do that the second I make it to where I'm going, if I'm going to be stationary, since doing so when I need to go is practically impossible.  We will get me back in the saddle for proper 24-36 hour patrols... even if it's running a relay site again.  It felt good to "stretch my legs" as it were, in the cramped passenger seat of a GAZ, or laying prone under the beating mid-day sun.  In fact, I may splurge on a few extra Plash's, Camo Netting, poles, ropes, stakes, a mallet, and put together a crate for a forward relay station that we can just kick out the back of a vehicle, along with me, and our apparently most reliable 159 in inventory, so I can keep our signal strong!  I may have to pull an Abica and change out my collar pins to Signals!

(http://i.ebayimg.com/t/NOS-Soviet-Signals-Radar-Communications-Subdued-Field-Badge-Collar-Tab-Pin-Pair-/00/s/MTA2NlgxNjAw/z/JFIAAMXQbjxRCT6K/$T2eC16VHJGIE9nnWqs!UBRCT6J21QQ~~60_35.JPG)


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Master Chef on March 25, 2014, 12:51:27 pm
- Lastly, and probably an after the fact thing, and not a pre-event thing.  In the last year or two, we broke WARPAC members of calling it the TOC (a very American/NATO name).  We call it the Shtab, a very Russian name.  Finding the German Equivalent would be acceptable.  "HQ" was also used and acceptable. 
"Stab" (pronounced Shtab) is a German term for staff and has been in use to mean the headquarters since before the great war (It's even in my 1944 dated english-german military dictionary). Shtab as we've been using it it a Russian loanword from that usage.

That bit aside, The plan was disseminated to me in it's entirety and I understood it before the event.


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Coop on March 25, 2014, 01:09:03 pm
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Did not know (obviously)!  Thanks!

I actually thought of a few more improves on my end:

- Stop forgetting that the Grenztruppen aren't multiple 2 man teams... only had 1 provision for Grenztruppen on the CP sheet.  We improvised callsigns using CALLSIGN-X-Y, with Y being an addon for each team.

- Since the CP Sheets are a classified controlled item, I was instructed to print out exactly 1 per section, plus 1 for HQ, but I noticed between each Grenztruppen patrol, and a need for one in the commo shack or map table, a few additional ones should be accounted for:

1 per section
1 per Grenztruppen team
1 for HQ Officers listening to traffic.
1 for Commo Shelter
(Optional) 1 for the Radio Relay.  At times, it benefited me not having one, as if I were captured, all you would have are pages and pages of random words, since I was blindly relaying from one section to HQ and back.  When we established a forward HQ, I needed one, since I was taking Stagg's orders, coding it, and sending it wherever it needed to go.

So, will keep these in mind for future CP needs at East Wind - The Ocho.

- Phone wire.  We need more of it, or we need to do better at recovering it all (or as much as possible) at the end of the event.  I had found those 5 spools of 2 pair on my local GL, and while the price did exceed the "ballpark guestimate of good price", plus 10% buyers fee, we obviously needed it when NATO came to borrow cable, and we hardly made any of the runs we wanted to, including a run out to Pegasus Bridge that was ran about 75% of the way and never finished.

An observation:  Swedish Crimp Tool - The Bee's Knees.  I only fucked up 1 crimp out of the 24 total I fired off... and while 24 sounds like a ton of crimps, consider it was evenly split across 4 wires... which does exceed established norms (in both US and Russian Armies) for the permissible number of crimps in a single run... however, we had crystal clear voice to Admin, and we received clearly every fax, and had no reports of issues (minus that one colored sheet of paper) of faxes sent higher... so if cabling will be an issue in the future, we may then have to forego the "ratty cables should be disposed of" SOP, if the line is tested as good.  At the end of the event, I traded my personally purchased crimp tool back to Tascabe for the one hanging from my hip for damn near half the event, because I put some serious miles on it, and we've grown attached.


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Doorman on March 25, 2014, 04:41:51 pm
All plans understood


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Vrakos on March 25, 2014, 09:35:36 pm
To answer Stagg's question, yes I feel (at least personally) that our mission orders were very clear and understandable. I wasn't actually formally briefed more than once during the event, but each mission, I had a good grasp of the objective, and our orders.

A few random nitpicks...

Occasionally words on the SOI sheet turned out to be identical to words from the phonetic alphabet (eg Echo & Uniform both being code words). There was also no code word for Pegasus/Remagen.

The border was abbreviated on the Western German side 'FRG' (Federal Republic of Germany), the English abbreviation, but was 'DDR' (Deutsche Demokratische Republik), the German abbreviation on the East German side. Consistency would be nice, either DDR/BRD, or FRG/GDR.

The NATO version of the map was released as a PDF several weeks before the event. I believe one US squad even printed up a big map for their tent, which must have made squad briefings easier. I don't remember ever seeing a WARPAC public version.

I think it would nice to see both Russian and German nameplates on the Kantine and Штаб/Stab.
Stab is, as Chef said, a very German term. I especially like it because it is the same in both of our official languages.

Finally, something that I feel is/was needed- we had a decent daytime visual recognition system in place, but there was never any talk about a 'code word' for accidental friendly contact during a night mission. I myself engaged in a skirmish with friendly forces, though we fortunately both broke contact without any injuries. I'd like to see a daily call-and-response code word set, which would easily allow our guys to determine if they are shooting friendlies.



Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: omen on March 25, 2014, 09:48:13 pm
@vrakos http://operationeastwind.com/maps/EventFields/DDAP-WARPAC-18x25.5.pdf (http://operationeastwind.com/maps/EventFields/DDAP-WARPAC-18x25.5.pdf)
i remember seeing it a week or two before the event.  


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: tascabe on March 26, 2014, 04:47:26 am
Yep

http://www.operationeastwind.com/forum/index.php?topic=3939.0

WARPAC map up one day after NATO....

So plenty of time to print them up if you wanted - or just look them over at least


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Tilt on March 26, 2014, 11:41:08 am

I intended to send sections on missions based on company needs.  If the members of that section were unqualified to accomplish the mission then it might fail, but that that would not stop me from sending them.

I think that this is a very important concept at East Wind and I am glad that it is something that Stagg thought about.  I think that leaders can fall into the "win at all cost" mentality and then start to favor one squad above others in the field.  

I am sure that in a real military situation one would want only supersquads full of perfect soldiers that decimate, but at East Wind it is not about winning.


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: reaper39 on March 26, 2014, 11:59:12 am

I intended to send sections on missions based on company needs.  If the members of that section were unqualified to accomplish the mission then it might fail, but that that would not stop me from sending them.

I think that this is a very important concept at East Wind and I am glad that it is something that Stagg thought about.  I think that leaders can fall into the "win at all cost" mentality and then start to favor one squad above others in the field.  

I am sure that in a real military situation one would want only supersquads full of perfect soldiers that decimate, but at East Wind it is not about winning.

I like this idea as Dan put it. I found NATO was fairly competent with all squads. I think regardless all squads need to build the skills needed and sometimes being out of the comfort zone is what will do it.


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Mercy on March 26, 2014, 12:56:23 pm
While it's important to give squads missions that challenge them with a rotational assignment system in place we sometime end up giving milk runs to squads that would like more challenge and impossible missions to green troops.  I'm pretty sure that's what EW is all about, getting folks doing stuff they never thought they would or could do.


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Stagg on March 26, 2014, 04:06:15 pm
Exactly.
Operations are the cornerstone of what we do.  Without operations at all there would be no point to EW.  It would just be an exclusive reenactor event.

Without the detailed equipment, and our attempt at correct tactics.  Then the operations would be come a "Blue on Blue" battle.  Where everyone uses the same battle drills, and commands ::)

Eastwind is not for everyone... especially those who think they are ready AND stop learning/improving.  I have been doing EW for years now, and have not stopped learning (mostly because I never stop forgetting :P the details)




Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Stagg on March 26, 2014, 04:39:28 pm
OK, now back to the Commander's AAR.
I have laid out the plan as it existed before EW.  We have gotten feedback from the people who were supposed DO the planned tasks.  Those people knew their job.

Now lets talk about what actually happened.  Any difference from the plan will be identified, and if possible a reason for the difference will be Identified.
Being "better" than the plan, is just as important as not accomplishing the plan.  Because any difference means the plan needs work!

In a nut shell: Performance on the ground varied wildly from the plan.

For starters the camp was not established until the weekend of EW.  In turn this pushed our missions back by several days, and burned a lot of midnight oil out of Tascabe and Stagg (not to mention everyone else doing the labor).  So driver's training did not happen.  Some training was accomplished, at a rate that only allowed a few people to learn how to shift the transmission.  Not enough experience or maintenance was a massed to allow high operations tempo with the trucks.

Weather set us back several hours the first weekend as well.
Coupled with electricity not being a quick job, meant that the Shtab tent had to operate on batteries, and was not fully capable for several days afterward, simple because its personnel were still catching up.

Net result was a 1-2 day delay from the planned start of operations.  Note, in previous years this was how we actually setup camp.  So we can made it work, but there was no serious improvement from last year.

Our Staff work got off to a terrible start when the intel guy got delayed (until Tues/Wed) this left we trying to cover that position while working on the camp, and training technical tasks.  Lets work through each job.

-Operations.  This year Card got tasked with operations.  my expectations were for him to work with the intel guy, to create missions for the sections.  I would provide guidance but not get involved in the gritty details.   
Instead I picked up the slack from the open Intelligence Officer spot, and as a result got pulled directly into working on the Company Mission Orders.   A second part of the performance was due to Cardz lack of experience doing this job.  He stuck to his job, though, and kept working.  I used him heavily, and he always came back for more.

Intel.  Turns out that I am decent at the job.  More importantly, while I was sitting there pondering the imponderable details of Enemy movements, I was NOT doing the Commander's job!
However hunterM16A2 is MUCH MUCH MUCH better at it than me and likes doing it.  Cullen showed up, and worked at it with Hunter, but his heart wasn't in it.    He was sent to the field, as part of our reorganization midweek.
It was a good switch, because hunter was hurting, and could no longer lead his Mot Shutzen troops.  Cullen filled that position to good effect.

Communcations, is always a hard position to fill, because it requires somebody to actually KNOW the freaking radios, and equally important KNOW radio theory.
Coop got to the commo class this year, and thank God for it.  I tasked him with radio security; wire runs; antennas; and a commo plan.  All to be done before EW even started.
Once on the ground he was to install it all and get it working.
Excellent performance!  Our communications had some issues early, and over time they were worked out. Considering Coop is new on the job, and had a lot of practical application details to learn, I feel he did an outstanding job.  We can go into more details in another place, as communications are a constant learning curve.

Supply.  Brett is as usual stuck with supply.  Some day he will find is own "Trucker" to take over the job. Until that day comes, he continues to bring his huge amounts of equipment to the field, and then run around trying to find it all at once as 17 people ask for things simultaneously.
Performance wise, the storage shelter helped out immensely.  The boxes outside were a good system, but were under utilized.  And the mostly secure storage yard was continuously pilliaged by people who just walked in and grabbed what they needed.  This year it was not a problem, because people put things back in place!  Having extra storage capacity really helped, because everything was not stored in one huge pile, inside the supply tent.
Again, we can discuss this more later.  Suffice it say the performance for supply this year was solid, and should be sustained with minor alterations. 

The Commander was an asshole!  He kept making me get up between 0200 and 0300 all the time. 




Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Stagg on March 26, 2014, 04:52:48 pm
GRENZTRUPPEN:  (Border Guard Troops)

The grenzers operated as two man teams, in a continuous operation that kept at least one 2-man team out 24 hours a day.
Their patrolling methods were often crude. Their boldness (http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/boldness) was always obvious.  And they never told me they could not do a mission.
If there is a standard for EB-operations at EastWind they blew it out of the water, and set a new one!

The information they brought back built a picture of enemy movement for me and my Staff.  Often times their radios did not work which made the information old. Not useless, but definitely needs to be better next year.
Runners were often the only way to get the info back to camp, and run they did.
As the commander I was going to combine the Grenzers into sections and use them as light infantry if a war started.  However the information they were bringing back was so useful I kept them at it, and wished I could have twice the number of teams.

Grenztruppen are a sustain on several levels.  Their issues were radio, and small size.  Without radio cards I could only put so many units in the field at once.  With only two people GT could not do anything on the battlefield other than observe.  If a response section is not available quickly than the enemy moved unimpeded.  In the future larger GrenzenTruppen teams must be used, if a shooting war starts.


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Stagg on March 26, 2014, 04:53:42 pm
MOT-SHUTZEN (Motor Rifle) Troops:

This year the Mot-Shutzen were tasked with being a large force, capable of bringing decisive combat power to bear on the enemy.  The BTR-152 did not make an appearance this year. So the MS troops were carried in the Romur cargo truck, and a GAZ69.  Of the two trucks the Romur was the only reliable vehicle.

Performance on the field was poor by Eastwind standards.  We had a lot of new people, with a quiet leader, and to few people to do the job correctly.
Fairly late into the planning process I decided to divide the group, which caused some confusion as well.
In camp it was rare for me to see the Mot Shutzen leave for a mission on time.
In the field I could not have asked for more.  Based on physical limits such as asthma, and age; or just being new to a combat environment.

Some excellent lessons were learned, and applied late in the week.   Such as leaving the truck(s) behind, and walking into the combat zone.
Taking your time when travelling.  Movement on the battlefield is slow and will continue to be a slow process.... movement in the camp however had better speed UP!

Next year I anticipate good things, because the caliber of people who showed up and put their shoulder to the wheel this year was excellent!  
Zepeda I hope to see you back next year as a leader.  You did an outstanding job, in a tough position.

As with the other groups, I will not get into detail right here, nor will I name every person who showed up.
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I intended to send sections on missions based on company needs.  If the members of that section were unqualified to accomplish the mission then it might fail, but that that would not stop me from sending them.

I knew that you guys were green, and not quite ready for the mission that were coming your way.  
More importantly, I saw you go on those missions!  Do them, and bloody the enemy!  

Next year will do more of the same.  The difference between pushing the enemy off the objective and being repulsed is so small that we almost made it several times.  
We need to continue to improve our skills, because in the future the Mot-Shutzen can and should be a group that the enemy avoids.


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Stagg on March 26, 2014, 05:16:35 pm
SOVIET RECON:

After staring at this computer screen all afternoon, Soviet Recon will get typed up when my eyes uncross. ;)

Update:  see below.


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: tascabe on March 26, 2014, 05:33:08 pm
Note on the radios not working thing - that turned out to mostly be a case of the R-159s being a 50khz band and the RF-10s being a 25khz band.

Once we switched to an RF-10 in the HQ commo shelter we had much less problems.

While the R-159s do work with the RF-10s some - there is always a chance to get broken transmissions (apparently except when closer and using a long wire)

We need to investigate how a long wire on the R-159 is effective as an omni-directional antenna since that is COMPLETELY counter-intuitive and should not happen.

I have already begun the search for the other parts of the RF-10 to set up a better base station configuration using them.


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Cardz on March 26, 2014, 06:56:42 pm
This year's event, more than last year's, made me realize how rusty I am when it comes to being a Soviet Officer. Some of it is lack of experience, some of it is unfamiliarity with the post Eastwind 1/pre-Eastwind way of doing things. I am always willing to try harder and look forward to improving my skills in the years to come.

In a lot of ways, each Eastwind is a slightly different event, a more evolved version of the previous year. If you don't follow along close enough with the changes made over the course of the build up, you get a little lost during the actual event.

My personal resolution is to attend more training events between now and the next Eastwind.

Overall, I think we all did a good job. There is always room for improvement and sometimes it seems like just when things are starting to click, the event is over.



-Matt C.-


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Stagg on March 26, 2014, 08:05:05 pm
This year's event, more than last year's, made me realize how rusty I am when it comes to being a Soviet Officer. Some of it is lack of experience, some of it is unfamiliarity with the post Eastwind 1/pre-Eastwind way of doing things. I am always willing to try harder and look forward to improving my skills in the years to come.

In a lot of ways, each Eastwind is a slightly different event, a more evolved version of the previous year. If you don't follow along close enough with the changes made over the course of the build up, you get a little lost during the actual event.

My personal resolution is to attend more training events between now and the next Eastwind.

Overall, I think we all did a good job. There is always room for improvement and sometimes it seems like just when things are starting to click, the event is over.



-Matt C.-

Matt,
There is a reason I started being a bastard to people via email and phone back in JANUARY. 
Looks like you just figured it out.  Three weeks too late.


....Now I'm being a dick on the forums too >:(


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Cardz on March 28, 2014, 06:24:45 pm
I'm well aware of my shortcomings. There is a mindset you need to have in order to do well at Eastwind. My default mindset isn't quite up to snuff, so to speak. I like to think of myself as a hard worker. Of course, hard work doesn't always do the trick. For a lot of the skills we practice at Eastwind it takes a lot of repetition to get right. Practice makes perfect and all that. What I envisioned for Eastwind VII was a fast paced, linear event that would build up over the course of 9 days. In the beginning we had a lot of administrative, camp building type work to do and it slowed us down and wore us out prematurely. We ended up doing a lot of that "real world" stuff intermingled with simulated operations. The big problem I had this year was going back and forth between Operations Officer Cardz and real life Cardz. Each one is slightly different, with different concerns and focus.

To improve my performance in the future I would like to be tasked with things I have some real life grasp of. Some skills can be learned and even mastered if one is ambitious and devoted enough. Some skills require real world experience to even be able to simulate somewhat correctly. My task between now and the next Eastwind is to find those skills I've already learned and improve upon them. Things like Mission Order conception and writing, Land Navigation, Wired and Radio communication, and familiarity with all the current equipment we use, including vehicles.

I am sorry I missed the Comms class in January. Not having been to one in years definitely put me on the outskirts of current knowledge.

So, more practice, better Cardz.


Thanks,
-Matt C.-


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Satans_pilgrim on March 29, 2014, 12:09:51 am
I feel like I was in a similar boat as Cardz. Willing to help out with anything and everything. Although I thought I was going to be taught how to do my job. I was incorrect. After talking to several of the officers and section leaders before the event to try and get a grasp on what I was going to do, I crammed soviet recon tactics and various articles Stag gave me. That helped absolutely nothing. I needed to be more versed in maps, interrogation, debriefing and captured intel. Now that I know what is actually expected from the job, I'm sure I could do better next time. I also realize I was late to the event, so how effective I was going to be at the intel job was in question. I guess if I was there at the beginning of the week Stag could have helped explain more. Either way, I still had fun taking a group of rag tags on an ambush. I've done that for years, prolly the best ambush I've ever been a part of.


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Mordarski J.A. on March 29, 2014, 07:18:10 am
...So, more practice, better Cardz...

This is the best quote I have heard regarding post-East Wind.


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Stagg on April 02, 2014, 07:47:19 am
SOVIET RECON REPORT:

The PLAN:

Soviet Recon was planned to divide into two sections, and perform deep reconnaissance, 300-800 meters behind the border.   They planned to conduct at least one 24 hr patrol to establish enemy patterns, and possibly repeat that mission if the enemy shifted his routes enough.

Soviet Recon would also perform detailed recon on targets found by the Grenzers.  Providing real time info for Mot-Shutzen units.  Mot-Shutzen would then attack and destroy the target, while the Soviets provided secuirty, or when needed (most of the time) provide extra muscle to subdue the enemy position.


What Really happened.  PERFORMANCE:

On Monday the war broke wide open. We were on the defensive and NATO was the aggressor in our area.  I used the Soviets for local recon missions because we were not yet familiar with the field, and needed to know where NATO was headed. 
We were limited to 400m north of the border, which screwed up our plans badly.  It prevented our Soviets from moving to the preferred position in the North (about 600m.)   So I was forced to chase NATO around our side of the field  with our units.
Being built as a recon unit (4-5 soldiers) they did not have enough combat power to challenge enemy units.

Every unit and person took too long to get ready for missions and leave.  Most of our missions were short duration, and only required personal kit.  Yet I had to plan a 30 minute gear-prep time for even the most basic mission.

We used trucks to reduce the walking distance for our units, often as not this was a significant risk, and actually took longer than just walking. 

Information brought back was generally good, but often "dated."  We routinely received reports that were 20 minutes or more old.  Often these reports arrived, after a different unit deeper into our own lines had already seen and reported the contact.

Despite good attempts, our Recon troops were detected often.  This may be due to the nature of the missions we sent them on, or how they were done.


ISSUES:

Stuff to fix for next year. 

-Speed getting ready for missions can be faster with no effort!  I expect people to be ready to go on a walking mission for 4-6 hour duration, and be able to leave within 10 minutes!  This is on everyone, to get their shit wired tight.

-  Do the plan!  I scrapped the  long distance/duration mission.  Next year this needs to happen.  It is the only way to figure out what the enemy is doing.  This mission needs to happen early!  Whoever the commander is next year needs to make this happen.  If he doesn't then the Soviet Leader needs to pester the commander until he does.

-Section leaders and RTOs need to send reports to Company faster.  Radio operators need to know how to send a message even when the signal is poor!  Time is wildly important on this stuff.



Sustains for this year:

Professional work!  I was seriously impressed by the Soviet Recon sections this year.
You guys stayed out longer, walked farther, and made it to every position I sent you.

Keep improving, and never stop, but I would be glad to work with you anytime.


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: Stagg on February 03, 2015, 09:23:03 am
After nearly a year of forgetting, I would like to reopen this topic.

Rereading it today, I notice that the things mentioned here are not always what I remember, or exactly what I think now.
The lessons learned from one year should improve the next.

So here are a few bits that pop into my head, and things that I should have said back then but didn't for some reason.

Smaller units for DUTY rotations.  For example splitting up the MottShutzen into two smaller groups would have allowed for better duty rotations.  This year the Soviets are the big group.  Based on last years problem of not having enough units to rotate, I would like to purpose an idea.
Make the 11 of them into Three groups....  No they do not have to always be so small.
But the ability to send out two 4 man groups, with an other group in reserve would be much better than no reserve group.
The ability to ALWAYS have a small unit on standby to respond to Grenzer-like STOLI reports would allow at least some response to enemy movement.  Even if it is just recon/watching.

Food.  We need, more than ever, food for the field.  I know people are packing their own.  Hopefully they bring some food that does not require cooking/long preparation.  Living as a EB soldier in the field is 90% better than living as a soldier in tents back at camp.  It also gives the command/duty section something to do when a water/resupply mission happens (Or a cake mission).

I may have come down heavy on Cardz and Cullen.  Still love you guys.  Make sure Cullen gets out into the field, that guy has a gift for finding the enemy and shooting them in style.

Mission orders...got to have 'em.  I wish I had done more to brief every mission going out WITH a correct Mission Order.  I know time is short, and always will be.  But this really makes the event better.   It increases people's immersion, and it ensures people are informed about their mission.

24hr missions.  I really wanted to do this, and so did everyone else.  I had the Soviet troops all keyed up for it.... and it got squashed by our limit of advance.  My failing here was not to reset and send them out somewhere else.  Again smaller teams would allow this to happen more easily, without sending every single person into the field.

Which leads to the final point.  People need to bring a sleeping system, that can be used outside.  Outside, includes, cold, wet, bumpy, and not covered by a tent or house.   They also should think about how to carry it, whatever it is.  I know its doable, I've done it.  Millions of real EB troops have done it with even less. 
If you can not stay in the woods overnight, then you are missing out on MORE than half of EW!  This is your last one, Get Some!

 
     


Title: Re: WARPAC Commander's AAR EW7
Post by: tascabe on February 03, 2015, 09:28:55 am
Yep - small teams are how it will be this year.

This year like most of the others - we do not have the numbers to stand toe to toe with NATO.

We will be going back to the successful tactics used at EW 5 - focusing on the Soviet Recon tactics.

There will be a lot more field time and longer missions - we will not be relying on vehicles as much this year and instead small units on foot doing the most work.