United State Army Sergeant First Class (SFC) Joshua “Josh” Reagin received his third Bronze Star at a ceremony at Fort Carson, Colorado, on February 14. SFC Reagin has served in the US Army since 1994 and will soon be retiring after 20 years of service to pursue employment in law enforcement in Colorado, Texas or Georgia. He has just returned from his fifth deployment in Laghman Provence, Afghanistan. Josh was at a remote COP (Combat Outpost) in the Northeastern Mountains of Afghanistan on the Pakistan border, referred to as the Wild West of Afghanistan. Josh was the night Battle Captain in the 4th IBCT (Infantry Brigade Combat Team) and his functions for 10 months in Afghanistan were as follows:
- The battle captain provides coordination for message flow, staff briefings, updates to charts, and other coordinated staff actions. As a focal point in the TOC, the battle captain processes essential information from incoming data, assesses it, ensures dissemination, and makes recommendations to the commander, XO, and S 3. Dissemination to the staff of important events is critical. In doing so, the battle captain assists in synchronization of staff actions.
- The battle captain ensures the consistency, accuracy, and timeliness of information leaving the CP, including preparing and dispatching Operation orders and warning orders. In addition, he monitors and enforces the updating of charts and status boards necessary for battle management and ensures this posted information is timely, accurate, and accessible.
- To function effectively, the battle captain must have a working knowledge of all elements in the CP, understand unit SOP, and ensure the CP staff uses them. He must know the current plan and task organization of the unit and understand the commander’s intent. In addition, the battle captain must understand the limits of his decision making and action authority.
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