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									                   United States Military Academy




Battle Command Conference (BCC) XIII
          12 – 14 April 2010

    “What does it take to lead Soldiers in today’s fight?”



               Information Brief
                          (9 MAR 10)




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                   Agenda – 12 April 2010
   DTG                  Event                             Location                             WHO
              Mentors / ROTC Cadets arrive                                             Mentors / ROTC Cadets
0600 – 1400                                       Newark & Stewart Airports
              at Newark & Stewart Airports                                              (Transportation Detail)
              Transport Mentors to Hotels                                              Mentors / ROTC Cadets
0630 – 1700                                         Airports to West Point
              Transport ROTC to Barracks                                                (Transportation Detail)
              Mentors / ROTC cadets arrive
0900 – 1700                                  Duty Station / College to West Point      Mentors / ROTC Cadets
                at West Point by vehicle
                Movement from Hotels to      Drop off at Library Corner and walk to
1715-1745                                                                             Mentors / SCPME Escorts
                   Cadet Mess Hall           Cadet Mess Hall (Regimental Room)
                 MENTOR DINNER                         Cadet Mess Hall                SUPT / GEN(R) Franks /
1745-1915
               GEN(R) Franks’ BCC Brief               (Regimental Room)               CMDT / Mentors / TACs
1915-1930        Movement to ROB AUD             Cadet Mess Hall to IKE HALL          Class ‘10 / Mentors / TACs
                  COL Clark introduces                                                Class ‘10 / Mentors / TACs
1930-1945                                              Ike Hall Theater
                   Keynote Speaker                                                     (Open to Faculty & Staff)
                    Keynote Speaker                                                   Class ‘10 / Mentors / TACs
1945-2045                                              Ike Hall Theater
                     (LTG Caslen)                                                      (Open to Faculty & Staff)
                BCC INFORMAL MIXER
2045-2300                                              Ike Hall Ballroom              Class ‘10 / Mentors / TACs
                (Unit/Post Discussions)

2130-UTC       Movement by Bus to Hotels        Transportation under IKE HALL                  Mentors




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     Agenda – 13 April 2010 (Morning)
  DTG                             Event                             Location                  WHO
0600-0630        Bus Movement from Hotels to IKE HALL              Hotels to IKE            All Mentors
0630-0640                     Mentor Photo                        Crest Hall Steps          All Mentors
0640-0745    CCL’s Mentor ‘s Breakfast / L2L Training Session      Riverside Café       CCL / All Mentors
0655-0720   Breakfast Formation & Breakfast in Cadet Mess Hall   Cadet Area & Mess      Class ‘10 / ROTC
0720-0740        Movement from Cadet Area to IKE HALL            Cadet Area to IKE      Class ‘10 / ROTC
                       LEADER-TO-LEADER (L2L)                                         Class ‘10 (1st/2nd Regt)
0745-0930                                                        Ike Riverside Café
                            (1 hr, 45 min)                                                / All Mentors
                        COMBAT LEADER TOPIC
0745-0930                                                         Ike Hall Theater    Class ‘10 (3rd/4th Regt)
                            (1 hr, 45 min)
0930-0950          CHANGE ROOMS / BREAK (20 min)                  IKE / Crest Hall    Class ‘10 / All Mentors
                       LEADER-TO-LEADER (L2L)                                         Class ‘10 (3rd/4th Regt)
0950-1135                                                        Ike Riverside Café
                            (1 hr, 45 min)                                                / All Mentors
                        COMBAT LEADER TOPIC
0950-1135                                                         Ike Hall Theater    Class ‘10 (1st/2nd Regt)
                            (1 hr, 45 min)
1135-1155        Movement from IKE HALL to Cadet Area            IKE to Cadet Area      Class ’10 / ROTC
1135-1145       1st & 2nd Regiment’s Cadet/Mentor Link-up         Ike’s Crest Hall    CO Guidons/Mentors
1135-1145        3rd & 4th Regiment’s Cadet/Mentor Link-up        Ike’s Crest Hall    CO Guidons/Mentors
1145-1205     Mentors Escorted from IKE HALL to Cadet Area       IKE to Cadet Area    Select Cadets/Mentors


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    Agenda – 13 April 2010 (Afternoon)
   DTG                           Event                         Location                  WHO
                            Lunch Formation                    Cadet Area        All Mentors / Class ‘10
1205-1235
                  Lunch with Cadets at Company Tables        Cadet Mess Hall         / ROTC Cadets
              Movement from Cadet Mess Hall to Classrooms   Cadet Mess Hall to     50% of Class ’10 /
1235-1250
                    (Every Company is Split 50/50)             64x Rooms          50% Mentors / TACs
1250-1345            Company Seminar #1 (55 min)            32x CO Dayrooms /      50% of Class ’10 /
(CMDT Hr)              Mentor Discussion / Q&A               32x Classrooms       50% Mentors / TACs
              Mentor / TAC swap between Classrooms and      Classrooms to/from
1345-1355                                                                           Mentors / TACs
                         Company Dayrooms                     CO Dayrooms
1355-1450            Company Seminar #2 (55 min)            32x CO Dayrooms /      50% of Class ’10 /
 (E hour)              Mentor Discussion / Q&A               32x Classrooms       50% Mentors / TACs
                    Movement to Regimental Panels           32x CO Dayrooms      Class of ‘09 (by Regt) /
1450-1505
                          (4x Auditoriums)                  to 4x Auditoriums      All Mentors / RTOs
                                                            Room TBD – 1REG
1505-1620               REGIMENTAL PANELS                   Room TBD – 2REG      Class of ’10 (by Regt) /
 (F hour)                   (1 hr, 15 min)                  Room TBD – 3REG        All Mentors / RTOs
                                                            Room TBD – 4REG
                                                                                      All Mentors /
1620 – 1745            Informal Tour of West Point           West Point Sites
                                                                                  Select CDTs / ROTC




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          Agenda – 13 April 2010 (Evening)
   DTG                             Event                            Location                 WHO
                         Commandant’s BCC Dinner                   Cadet Mess          All Mentors / CMDT /
1745-1900
                             (1 hr, 15 min)                      (Reserved Wing)           Select Cadets
                                                                    Moving to             Class of 2010 /
1900 – 1915           Movement to Company Dayrooms
                                                                32x CO Dayrooms         All Mentors / TACs
                          Company Close-out AAR                                          Class of 2010 /
1915-1945                                                         CO Dayrooms
                                (30 min)                                                 Mentors / TACs
                                                                 CO Dayrooms to          Class of 2010 /
1945-2000                 Movement to Firstie Club
                                                                   Firstie Club           All Mentors
                        Informal Social at Firstie Club                                  Class of 2010 /
2000-2300                                                           Firstie Club
                                (OPTIONAL)                                                  Mentors
                                                                  Transportation
2030-UTC                 Movement by Bus to Hotels                                         All Mentors
                                                                outside Firstie Club




                   Agenda – 14 April 2010
   DTG                             Event                            Location                 WHO
                 Mentors transported by bus/van to respective    West Point to             Mentors &
0400-UTC
                     airports for departure                      Various Airports         ROTC Cadets

   0655       Class of 2010 Resumes Normal Class Day Schedule         USMA                Class of 2010

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      Mission, Objectives, & Endstate
MISSION: USCC executes Battle Command Conference (BCC) XIII from
12 – 14 April 2010 at West Point, NY in order to inspire graduating USMA
and ROTC cadets with the knowledge and experience of combat veteran
Officers and NCOs.

OBJECTIVES:
    Cadets learn first-hand from battle-seasoned mentors the challenges of
     serving with and leading Soldiers of all ranks
    Cadets and mentors conduct an inventory of their Character, Competence,
     and Leadership in order to develop a balance of these critical traits
    Combat veteran mentors impart knowledge and experience
    Mentors and cadets are inspired by participating in a Leader-to-Leader (L2L)
     high energy, facilitated conversation, through small groups using various
     combat scenarios experienced by Leaders in Afghanistan
    Mentors increase their operational awareness, mental readiness, and overall
     understanding of officership and developing leaders of character

ENDSTATE: All members of the Class of 2010 (USMA & ROTC) gain a
greater understanding of Officership as it applies to Battle Command.
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                     Unit Attending
11 units – Mentors (PL/PSG or CO/1SG) & Senior Mentors (BN CDR/CSM)
     1st ID (Ft. Riley) – 6 Mentors & 2 Senior Mentors
     1st CAV (Ft. Hood) – 8 Mentors & 4 Senior Mentors
     4th ID (Ft. Carson) – 6 Mentors & 2 Senior Mentors
     10th MTN (Ft. Drum) – 10 Mentors & 4 Senior Mentors
     75th RGR RGT (Ft. Benning/HAAF) – 6 Mentors & 2 Senior Mentors
     82nd ABN (Ft. Bragg) – 6 Mentors & 2 Senior Mentors
     101st ABN (AASLT) (Ft. Campbell) – 6 Mentors & 2 Senior Mentors
     160th SOAR (Ft. Campbell/HAAF) – 4 Mentors & 0 Senior Mentors
     USASFC (Ft. Bragg/Ft. Carson) – 5 Mentors & 0 Senior Mentors
     1st AD & 11th ADA BDE (Ft. Bliss) – 6 Mentors & 2 Senior Mentors
     555th EN & 2nd ID (Ft. Lewis) – 6 Mentors & 2 Senior Mentors




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                REGIMENTAL PANELS
•   Panel Members consisting of 5 – 6 personnel:
      Battalion CDR/CSM
      Retired Senior Officer
      Company-Level Mentor Team
      Wounded Warrior
      Mixture of Gender, Race, & Ethnicity

•   Panel Members each give a brief introduction of themselves

•   A Senior Mentor will start the discussion by providing opening remarks
    pertaining to his/her personal experiences with Officer/NCO relationships

•   Cadet Regimental Commander begins the Q&A by addressing the panel
    with a question (each panel member provides a brief response)

•   Cadets continue to ask questions of entire panel or specific members

•   RTO mediates the discussion, ensuring no Mentor dominates the panel

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                     LEADER-TO-LEADER (L2L)
                        High energy, facilitated conversation
Intro (5 min) | Round 1 (25 min) | Round 2 (25 min) | Round 3 (25 min) | Close-Out (10 min) | Final Remarks (5 min)

    Concept:
    1. One “mentor” facilitator per table, stays in
       place throughout
    2. 105 Minutes broken into 3 conversation
       rounds (5 min breaks between rounds)
    3. Each round begins with a vignette provided
       by a combat veteran from 3rd BCT, 10th MTN
    4. Cadets move to new tables to interact with
       new mentors for each of the 3 rounds
     Theme: COIN in Afghanistan




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              COMBAT LEADER TOPIC
    Sustaining Soldiers & Families Before, During, & After Combat
                         (C/1-26th IN – 1st ID)

   1SG Kenneth Hendrix (1SG), Mrs. Cathy Baka (USMA ‘99 / FRG Leader),
SSG Raja Richardson (SL- WIA / Rear-D CDR), CPT Matt Waite (PL), and
SFC Cedric Thomas (PSG - WIA) share experiences in establishing a healthy
command climate in the field and an effective support network at home, which
sustained this company despite suffering 14xKIA and over 30xWIA in Iraq.
     Establishing a functional Family Readiness Group prior to deployment
     Ensuring the right people are on Rear-Detachment and leading the FRG
     Maintaining an open line of communication with Families (including parents,
      relatives, girlfriends/fiancées of all Single Soldiers)
     Establishing and maintaining contact with Families of Fallen Soldiers and
      Wounded Warriors, while deployed and for month/years after returning home

Background References:
       Book – They Fought for Each Other by Kelly Kennedy
       Army Times (4-Part Series) – “Blood Brothers”
       Book – Tell Me How This Ends (Chapter 8) by Linda Robinson
       Army.mil website for SPC Ross A. McGinnis – Medal of Honor (4 Dec 06)
       Stars & Stripes Article on Battle of 5 November 2006
       Stars & Stripes Article on Silver Stars awarded for 14 May 2007             10
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                      Conference Framework
             Character – Competence – Leadership
Character:
    Demonstrating Character (you & your unit) in Tough Missions
         o Ensure you and your Soldiers treat detainees properly. This is tough after
         losing Soldiers and will get increasingly difficult during the deployment.
         o What is expected of me as an Officer? Remember, Soldiers will look to their
         leaders as a moral compass when facing a tough decision.
         o What do you do in situations that have no “harder right” to choose from – a
         “lose-lose" situation?
         o Able to face your own fears and overcome those fears
         o Able to operate in chaos – you don’t freeze up in contact
         o Demonstrate physical and moral courage to make the right tactical decision –
         moreover the right moral-ethical decision

     Casualties (WIA/KIA) in Combat
       o How do I prepare myself, my Soldiers, and their Families for the reality of
         losing Soldiers? How do I sustain this mindset throughout the deployment?
         o What can I do to help my Soldiers (and myself) deal with loss and continue the
         mission?
         o How do I keep my Soldiers (and myself) under control, so we do not “take out
         revenge” on innocent civilians?
         o How do I comfort widows, parents, and Families of loved ones lost?
         o What do I say when making that phone call or writing a letter to a loved one? 11
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                    Conference Framework
            Character – Competence – Leadership
Competence:
    Maintaining situational awareness on the battlefield – ensure higher HQs
   is informed of your situation on the ground and know what assets are
   available for you to request as combat multipliers (i.e. SIGANT, Attack
   Aviation, Artillery, UAV, etc).
    Be at the right place on the battlefield – Where can you best affect the
   mission as a platoon leader? Should you be pulling the trigger more than
   you are talking on your hand mike?
    Demonstrate tactical patience, but be able to identify times when a
   decision must be made quickly
    Roles/Responsibilities
         o What is my role as a PL in comparison with the role of the PSG?
         o What is the role of a First Sergeant and how can I tap into this
         individual that has a wealth of knowledge and experience?
    Training/Learning
         o How do I prepare my platoon for combat (assuming I have the time to
         do so at home station prior to a deployment)?
         o What can I do to continually learn and improve myself?
         o What will my platoon do to continually improve and stay razor sharp
         during a 12-month combat deployment?                                  12
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                     Conference Framework
             Character – Competence – Leadership
Leadership:
   o Leading by Example – going out on the maximum # of combat patrols and
   placing yourself in as much risk as your Soldiers can be extremely tiring, but
   is a sure way to earn instant respect (Remember – calm, cool, & collected)
   o Time Management – If I’m on patrols 24/7, how do I find time to plan for
   future missions, maintain vehicles & equipment, write my patrol debriefs,
   submit awards & NCOERs, and rest?
   o Learn from Experiences – Conducting AARs with your Soldiers after every
   operation (to include the times you suffer casualties) is essential. Don’t wait
   until your unit suffers casualties to take necessary actions to mitigate risks.
   o Risk Mitigation – Identify risks to your Soldiers and the mission. Do
   something about it before it is too late (Soldiers expect this of leaders)
   o Listen to your Soldiers – Essential to mission success. Junior members of
   your platoon may offer good insight (another way to earn instant respect)
   o Thinking Outside the Box – Only sure way to defeat an insurgency is to
   develop/change your tactics and techniques to the environment you are
   operating in (ties back to listening to your Soldiers and their insights)
   o Reward your Soldiers – put them in for awards, time off, recognition in
   front of their peers, and lining up their R&R with important family events)
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