(METT-T). A rear area operations center (RAOC) augments each division for control, planning, and
staff coordination of rear operations.
A liaison element (LE) will coordinate with each brigade S3. They will interface with the division RAOC.
The authority for rear operations in the division rear area lies with the ADC-S. The ADC-S set up, plan,
and coordinate all division rear operations requirements. All base cluster commanders will receive
assistance from the RAOC for base defense, for military police (MP) interface with base forces, and for
support of direct and indirect fires.
The units should be positioned in the rear area. Once units are positioned, the rear CP will set up
communications, and initiate coordination with the base cluster commander. Additional units moving
into the division rear area must contact the rear CP. They will inform them of their location. The ADC-
S assigns a base cluster commander with area responsibility in the division, if an area commander is
required due to geographical area or dispersion. The RTOC also will provide the area commander with
an LE to coordinate and control this area. The LE performs liaison duties between the RTOCs, main
CP (G3), host nation's HQ, and base clusters. LEs may be assigned to specific base clusters or
assigned to a geographical area for coordination.
The liaison element from outside the organization works with various corps staff sections. Liaison may
be provided by or reciprocal with the following: Subunits, USAF, USMC, USN, Special Operation
Forces, EAC, Allied forces, host nation forces. The chief of staff supervises all activities of the
Indirect fire support in the division rear is performed by the division fire support officer (FSO). The FSO
will plan fire support for those critical facilities designated by the division commander.
The rear CP assistant operations officer will assist in coordinating and preparing all fire plans for rear
operation. Critical bases should be positioned within the ranges of division and corps artillery assets
that support the main battle area. The commandant will direct an on-order mission for the appropriate
artillery assets in the division. Critical bases in the rear area may not be positioned for artillery support.
The G3, in coordination with the rear CP, will plan on-order missions for attack helicopters to support
these bases. If conditions in the close-in operations permit, artillery assets from the close-in battle may
be repositioned to support rear operations. Air Force assets may be available. The division RAOC will
coordinate with the division G3 (Air Force LNO) for air support for the division rear operations. Air
Force forward air controllers working in the brigade area may provide air support for division rear
The rear operation threat may exceed the capability of assets located in the division rear area. The
division commander may:
o Commit reserves to rear operations.