[Platoon] BMD & Troop integration. Mission 1 was some of the best mechanized infantry coordination I’ve seen in a while. Blue (114), Darkside/Cephei (115) & AFI Squad (116) coordinated with each other to establish effective SBF & security postures over and over. Every 2nd platoon BMD I saw was firing from a position that never risked harm to infantry. I especially liked the react to contact drill that the Platoon conducted as we approached the second ORP.
[Platoon] Platoon briefings. I was very impressed by the work done by members of second platoon. We repeatedly reviewed and rehearsed the platoon plan for mission 1. I think everyone in the platoon knew what was going on and it made us much more effective as a result.
[Company] Leadership Communication. Lateral communication between the squad leaders enabled the platoon to be more effective. Several times I gave squad leaders a specific task & purpose and orders to execute and they did this without problem. Coordination between platoons was decent during mission 1 as well, especially as we pushed our way up to ADA site 1.
[Company] Battle damage reporting. It was difficult to build an accurate picture of how many enemy forces were destroyed. Squad leaders need to gather this information from their squad members and feed this up. If I had this problem, I assume that Company command had this problem as well.
[Company] Blue-on-Blue. We were on the firing side of one blue-on-blue engagement. This is unacceptable and I take responsibility for it. The breakdown in situational awareness and hasty react to fires caused improper PID and resulted in a friendly squad destroyed. I believe there was another blue-on-blue incident in mission 1 between 1 & 3 platoon. Every leader (TL+) is responsible for minimizing this occurrence.
[Company] Rehearsals & Back briefs. Mission leadership (Squad Leader+) needs to do a better job of meeting ahead of time. It is unrealistic to assume that we as a community can perform company level missions without greater preparation. We aren’t as rehearsed and it shows. Spending more time rehearsing would result in us being more effective.
Coordination with outside groups. It was a pleasure working with Blahh and the leaders of AFI before, during, and after the mission. I hope we can run more events together in the future.
Respawn system. I enjoyed the respawn system. This was the first time I included this in an event. I’ll be working on improving this and trying to make it more useful.
Mission performance. Thank you to the mission makers and those who came out to test the missions.
Gear loadouts. I’ll take a look at the gear loadouts and try to optimize them for Part 2.
Mission Testing. I announced and ran 2 test sessions (09 JUN, 02 SEP) in support of this event. We had 2 to 3 people show-up. Thank you to those that did – you helped us find errors and correct them. In the future, if we have 10-20 people show up, we could find even more errors and get those corrected. I’ll continue to run test sessions, log the errors, and fix them to the best of my ability.
Briefing Material dissemination. I’ll work on coming up with some new ways to get briefing material disseminated ahead of events. And I apologize for not putting the pilots in the PM thread for mission leadership.
- I plan on working on the next UO Invitational Event. Not sure when this will occur – I have other tasks I need to complete before I devote any energy towards this endeavor.
- Operation First Strike Part 2 development will continue. Really excited about this and we’ll be looking to improve on all the lessons learned from PT 1.
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