The TCF is a combined arms force assigned to defeat large enemy threats. This may be a unit
assigned a RAOC/RTOC mission from the close-in operation or assigned to rear operations. The TCF
will be task-organized by the G3 to defeat the threat. It could contain its own organic artillery or aviation
support as task-organized by the G3. The TCF may be attack helicopters or mechanized force. It may
be an airmobile force or any other combat force available.
When a TCF is designated, MP will provide the following:
Location of the enemy and strength.
Status of friendly forces.
MP will assist the TCF in defeating the threat by conducting ambushes, setting up blocking positions, or
conducting other missions as assigned by the TCF commander.
The threat in the rear area may exceed the capability of the MP and base defense forces. The
RAOC/RTOC will notify the ROC that a TCF is required. The ROC will notify the G3. The G3 will
analyze the situation with other staff elements. He will recommend one of the following to the
Direct MP and reaction forces to harass and delay to gain time.
Provide direct or indirect fire system to weight the battle for the MP.
Commit assets from the close-in operation.
Request a TCF from a higher headquarters. Depending on the tactical situation, a TCF may be
assigned to the rear operations. In this case, the ROC will have the authority to commit this
The MP may be tasked by the G3 to delay the force. The MP commander (provost marshal, MP
brigade commander) will become the response force commander. He will consolidate MP assets. He
will also execute a delay using MP assets and any other force under the control of the RAOC/RTOC.
Assets committed to support the delay will be under the operational control of the MP commander.
Artillery for Rear Operations
Fire support must be on hand for rear operations. Fire support will be coordinated by the RAOC/RTOC
and G3. The ROC must plan for the use of artillery. The FSE or artillery officer of the RAOC/RTOC will
provide the artillery unit with the overlays and disposition of forces in the area of operation. In
coordination between the RAOC/RTOC and the artillery unit, control measures will be set. A restricted
fire area (RFA) may be set up around each base or base cluster as required to support fires for the MP.
If there are no forward observers, the MP, the base cluster commander, or an appointed qualified
person in the area of operations (AO) may act as forward observer for the artillery unit. The
RAOC/RTOC will coordinate with the