o Positioning combat units. Their artillery assets may provide artillery support (direct or general
support) to key facilities. The RAOC FSE will coordinate with the combat units' FSE for this
o Use assets from forces being reconstituted in the rear area for fire support. Fire support
elements and tactical air control parties (TACPs) from these forces may be tasked to support
the RAOC or the MP brigade. This will enhance fire support for corps rear operations.
The corps may provide some form of fire support and/or close air support to MP in the rear area. This
will greatly enhance the capability of the MP to attack and destroy large enemy forces. The G3 and the
ROC must evaluate all fire support assets available to the corps. They must also augment the MP
when possible. By providing this support to the MP, threat forces can be neutralized without assigning
a TCF to the rear operation. Air Force close air support assets may be diverted by the G3. Air Force
special operations aircraft may also be employed in the rear area when there is air parity or air
superiority. Special operation aircraft can provide close air support and illumination in support of the
rear operation mission. The control of these aircraft will be under the air component commander.
Coordination will be through the air support section of the RAOC.
When assets are on hand, the corps commander may assign a TCF to the rear operation. This unit will
be task-organized to provide organic artillery support and close air support.
When there is host nation support, they can provide fire support. Coordination by RAOC LEs with
supporting host nation assets (for example, Korean or German forces) can enhance the base defense
Air Base Ground Defense (ABGD)
Air Force assets (air bases) in the corps rear area will have the same coordination and support
responsibilities of a base cluster. The Air Force security officer will coordinate with the corps RAOC.
Also, Air Force security police (SP) will be trained, equipped, and employed to defeat Level II threats in
support of the air base. SP will conduct internal patrols to enhance the security of the base perimeter.
The SP will coordinate with adjacent base clusters and MP. All support to the Air Force will follow the
defense procedures as outlined in the Army/Air Force Joint Rear Operations Agreement.
Rear Operations in Echelons Above Corps
The theater army (TA) commander is responsible for rear operations in the echelons above corps
(EAC). Owing to the large expanse of the theater army, he delegates the authority for rear operations
to the TA area commanders. The theater army area command (TAACOM) commander will exercise his
rear operation authority through a decentralized control system. This will be RTOCs Located at each
echelon of the TAACOM. He may appoint an ROC based on the factors of METT-T. He would
probably appoint the COSCOM/DISCOM commander or deputy corps/division commander.