GA Force On Force: Small Unit Tactics II, 5 October, Dawsonville

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SMALL UNIT TACTICS II

WHO: All who attended the Level One class + any who think they can keep pace
WHAT: We will be exploring team tactics more extensively, comms, leadership, and patrols
WHEN: Saturday, October 5th, 2013 0800 to 1700
WHY: Because you need better tactics to excel
WHERE:

TEAM AIRSOFT
Old Towne Rd; Dawsonville Ga. 30534
COST: $30.00
WHO CAN ATTEND: Anyone 14 and older
Sponsored by: Team Airsoft http://www.teamairsoft.com/home/main.htm

This class will require that the venue have a signed waiver on hand for you prior to your participation in the class. Please bring proper gear for the class, including a water bottle and small first aid kit (bandaids and Neosporin). A second magazine for your AEG/airsoft rifle will be required as we will be instructing on magazine changes.

This is a CLASS, not an open scenario game. There will be force-on-force situations set up in the class but this is primarily a day of instruction and team building, not free for all engagements.

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2 responses

  1. AAR,
    Had a decent turn out for this class and that included some guest from out of town. Dan Morgan showed up with a few buddies from his AO. This class was new material and so we were a bit rough going through it. We began by going through a basic F & M drill that involved students moving on a position while taking fire. The first run through the students were not allowed to fire back. This serves to focus them on the maneuvering portion of F & M. We ran it a second time allowing return fire. The drill had an additional purpose of getting the students using the skills they had been taught in SUT 1 and to shakedown any gear issues. Then we had a conversation on Communications. I will have the material I used for that posted on the site here. We broke for lunch. After lunch we spoke on the value of teams and leadership, we then broke the class down into two fireteams and assigned leaders for those teams. Dan played a big part in the rest of the class as he brought his experiance to the leadership of one of the fire teams.
    The remaining portion of the class was something that we were concerned with going in. We were not sure how it would work out and if we would get the desired result we were looking for. We had structured this part of the class to be two parts. One would be an admin / teaching walk through of a “mission” from start to finish. The second part would be the teams taking that information and using it to execute a force on force misison. We took the terrain of the location which to be honest is somewhat unknown to us, and decided on a mission as follows. There is a structure on the location with a tower sitting on a hill top. we gave the teams a misison of patroling to that structure to determine if it was occupied by an enemy. The teams utilized a map and a “sand table” set up to plan out the route and determine their course of action. The patrol moved out and made its way cross country. We worked through crossing danger areas and Dan walked through an alternate way of doing this to the Marine method we had previously instructed. This was good info to see as it shows there is more than one way to accomplish the goal. After crossing the danger area we began to enter some terrain that slowed our progress. There is a significant draw on this property with a creek at its base and moving the teams through this proved to be a bit slow. After we reached the crest of the opposite side we were close to the patrols objective so the teams paused and set up 360 security. A two man team was sent out to recon the objective and provide a report to the team leaders. While this was taking place the team memebers were checked and we discovered a potentially serious mistake. The heat was not a real problem during the class but it was enough to cause hydration concerns after prolonged activity. We had failed to check water for all the students. I had not only forgot to check the students but I had forgot to do so for myself. We determined that the best course of action at that point was to stop the walk through and head back to our instruction point to hydrate. The recon team returned and we went to admin mode and brought the teams in. The recon team gave its report, we informed everyone that we were going to head back to the “class room” and just stop and look at the objective on the way back. We may have been a little over cautious here but we had a few young guys in the class and they have different hydration needs than adults. I was not unhappy to get a drink myself so I think it was a good decision. Its just something we have to make sure we correct going forward. We took a short break and then we progressed to the force on force action. The problem was that our walk through took considerably more time than we had anticipated due to the terrain we crossed. We had time for only two run-throughs. One two man team was set on an objective and the remaining students formed an assault team to move in. The first run was very good as we had serious incoming fire from the defending team and it caused problems for the assault team to over come. The second run through was done rather quickly as the lead element of the assault team spotted the defenders and took them out with two short bursts.
    We received positive feed back on the class but I think some of the students were looking for more action and in reality were a little disapointed. The lessons learned will be applied and we will refine things for the next go round. Thats what these early growing pains are all about for us. The opportunity to train with Dan and his crew was something I hope we can expand on in the future. He is a fantastic guy to work with and a true profesisonal.

  2. I took an opportunity to follow up this class this past weekend and pay a sort of “good will” visit to the airsoft field we have been working with. They were running a day of airsoft games for “old guys vs young guys” so I thought I would go out and see what kind of work they were doing and use it as a chance to touch base with the crowd.
    We began this training venture with a plan. We would reach out to this field with an offer to train the guys who play here in SUT. The opportunity would be good for them to get exposure to real world tactics and it would allow us to build some training skills and cement the material and methods we would use for more “serious” classes. The training methods that work for professional organizations can be quite different than those that work for volunteer or paying students so the material has to be crafted to fit. We also thought this would be a good opportunity to touch base with the .mil guys in the airsoft crowd and foster an interest in the younger guys for the firearms culture. The gun world is seriously missing out on the opportunity that the airsoft community offers as a gateway into gun culture. These are the shooters of the future and if the 2nd amendment has any hope of having support in the future we have to continue to promote firearms in a positive light at any chance we get.
    So I set out to join the “Red bull vs Geritol” game with no real idea of what I was going to see. The young guys outnumbered the old guys by at least 2 to 1. The cut off was age 30 and this was a big crowd. About 30 old guys vs 60 young’ins. Safety briefing was given and the first game was set up. It was essentially a meeting engagement with both teams looking to take control of a structure on the field with an hour time limit. So we split up to our respective starting points. I asked the rest of the old guys “so whats the plan”…….There was no plan. I respectfully remained silent as I did not want to step on any toes. This is their field and they do this for fun I decided that I would only make suggestions during the day and not try to impose on these guys. Just basically observe and go along. As I suspected on this first game we got waxed. There was a basic element of coordination between the guys in the group some better than others based on who knew each other, but by and large there was no element of organized support. The old guys just could not get to the objective because of the young guys ability to put down a volumn of fire. The young guys even managed to get a flanking element working on our left that pulled a good bit of effort on our part to contain. I was hit close to the objective and had to go back to the “respawn point” I realized I was low on BB’s and headed back to the car to top off. At that point time elapsed and we collected up for water and details on the next game.
    The remaining games were very similar, but with differing results. The end of the day saw the old guys besting the young guns in 3 out of 5 games including the two “long” games that went two hours each. I had a good time and will definately be back for more. I packed up and headed home.
    At this point I gave some thought on what had happened. These games are like a small laboratory for FREEFOR. These guys have lots of gear, lots of guns, and lots of will to do things but lack skill and knowledge to really execute. Even though the players included former .mil guys the level of coordination and organization is extreamly low. Many of the players just refuse to work as a team and accept that they cannot be at the “point of the spear” all the time. Small groups would attempt to accomplish a task only to have members break off and go on their own or even worse break contact with the group in close terrain and then find themselves downrange and the target of friendly fire because they had no idea where the group was and made no effort to signal recognition. At one point I shot two guys who were on my team because they ran into a break in the trees on the flank of my position. Now I scolded myself for not seeing their armbands but they were yelling like they were assaulting and headed right at another teammate on my left. It looked, acted , and sounded, like an assault so I lit them up. I appologized but I never got to ask them what the hell they were doing. At another point in the game the group I was with held an objective. We had been left alone by the young guys after they attempted once to assault us and got beat down. One of my team mates says to me “I am going to see if I can find some action this is getting old” I saw an opportunity here so I said “well head off to the right here, that way if i hear you talking to friendlys I know that flank is secure and if I hear you getting shot I know I need to worry about it”.
    I suspect this is what G fighters all over the world are like, lots of gumption but no framework to guide them. Its a very interesting environment and one I hope to learn a lot from.

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