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The 124th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment's Standard Operating Procedures for operations in support of Defense Support to Civil Authorities.
  • 1. Standard Operating Procedures for Defense Support to Civil Authorities

2. DSCA Mission and Intent Mission: On order, 124 thMPAD provides public affairs support to the Georgia Guard to tell the Guardsman's story IOT positively shape the operating environment for the Ga. Department of Defense.

  • Key Tasks:
  • Rapid RSOI and deployment of forces to the Area of Operations.
  • Employment of systems, equipment, and leadership to enable decentralized operations.
  • Synchronization with local Commanders and with the State PAO .

Endstate: Commanders are advised on PA aspects of operations; media engagements are relevant, timely, and positive; negative media coverage is corrected or mitigated; 124 thMPAD returned to HOST with all equipment reset and ready for subsequent missions. 3. DSCA Public Affairs Operations

  • The State PAO is responsible for scalable, synchronized, sustainable Public Affairs operations within the Joint Area of Operations. Generally, maximum collection assets will be sent forward, with the MOC synched with the State PAO and providing C2 of all forward PA assets. Additional assets may be provided from adjacent units or states. Teams may be controlled through the MOC or individually; or, may conduct independent operations in support of local commanders.
  • TIER I: One team mobilized
    • One team mobilizes ISO units providing DSCA
    • C2 provided by State PAO with oversight by MPAD Commander
  • TIER II: Entire MPAD mobilized
    • One team moves with early entry teams, then co-locates with MACOM1
    • MPAD (-) mobilizes and deploys together to Release Point
    • Second team joins MACOM 2 to provide PA support
    • Headquarters establishes MOC; third team supplements MOC
    • Teams rotate through MOC to prepare products, and refit for future operations
  • TIER III: Catastrophic event, emergency supplemental forces added
    • Same as TIER II but third team joins MACOM 3
    • EMAC forces used to supplement MOC or State PAO
    • Adjacent units PAOs used to supplement State PAO
  • All DSCA Public Affairs Operations will require decentralized operations, often with units out of contact for extended periods. This means leaders must thoroughly understand the mission and Commanders intent, all Public Affairs Guidance, and the higher units mission and aggressively, proactively act to meet them.

4. Mission Focus Mobile Public Affairs Detachments have the duty not just to tell the Soldiers story, but to move to the point of contact and tell the story there, as well. That is, to move with friendly forces, or independently and adjacent to them, into danger if necessary, to tell their story.Whether in combat or in DSCA operations, MPAD Soldiers must be flexible, aggressive, technically proficient, and thoughtful. Further, they should be comfortable operating in the field alongside combat forces, with few amenities, and with little guidance. We use the Principles of Reconnaissance as a guide: 1.Maximum reconnaissance forward. 2.Orient on the reconnaissance objective. 3.Report all information rapidly and accurately. 4.Retain freedom to maneuver. 5.Gain and maintain enemy contact. 6.Develop the situation rapidly. We move forward with operating units. We identify the mission requirements for a particular story, and focus our effort and resources there. We make certain that names &c. are correct; and we tell the truth; and we do it in a timely manner. While on missions, we do not become so decisively engaged that we cannot flex onto secondary objectives or opportunity targets as the situation changes. We gain and maintain contact with the elements we support, with the story we are telling, and with other friendly forces. These principles, plus the Commanders intent for the mission, as well as the Commanders Philosophy Letter and the Army Values, serve as a guide for MPAD Soldiers in decentralized operations when guidance is minimal. 5. COMMAND & CONTROL 6. Current Task OrganizationStandard Task Organization is three combined arms collection teams plus a headquarters team. Teams are self-contained and self-sustaining. Combat multipliers (e.g., press conference tent and editing suite) move initially with HQ. HQ supports the teams andforms the initial Media Operations Center. We will keep maximum collection assets forward, although one team may be committed to supplement the MOC for long-term operations. Commander moves to the decisive point; XO mans the MOC; 1SG manages logistics and supplements MOC. All operations and task organizations will be as modular as possible. Whenteams are combined, the senior team leader will take charge and organize locally according to METT-T. 7. Tactical Duties and Responsibilities

  • Primary Tactical Duties and Responsibilities
    • Detachment Commander
      • Responsible for everything the Detachment does or fails to do.
      • Responsible for execution of Detachment missions as assigned by JTF-GA.
      • Coordinate with adjacent units.
      • Keeps the JTF-GA and/or State PAO informed.
      • Understands the JTF-GA and National mission and Commanders intent.
      • Moves to the decisive point to lead and fight the close battle.
    • Executive Officer
      • Assume control of the Detachment in the Commanders absence.
      • Submit all Detachment admin/log reports.
      • Responsible for Detachment sustainment operations; supervises CASEVAC.
      • Supervise the Detachments consolidation and reorganization.
      • Runs the Media Operations Center and helps coordinate Team actions.
      • On order, serve as LNO, MACOM PAO, or leads a press conference.
    • First Sergeant
      • Advises the Commander on Public Affairs Operations.
      • Responsible for the training and discipline of the Detachment.
      • Ensures technical competence and professional development of enlisted Soldiers.
      • Responsible for the maintenance of assigned equipment.
      • Manages sustainment operations; conducts CASEVAC.
      • As necessary, serves as Operations NCO to support the XO.
    • Team Leader
      • Takes charge of the Team and aggressively accomplishes assigned missions.
      • Is a subject matter expert on the employment of PA collection systems.
      • Manages risk, maintenance, sustainment, and collection operations.
      • Understands the mission and Commanders intent and accomplishes them.
      • Advises local commanders on Public Affairs effects on operations.
      • Coordinates media relations and command information in their AO.
    • Video
      • Is a subject matter expert on the employment of video acquisition systems.
      • Collects, edits, and produces video stories or b-roll; maintains video equipment.
      • Cross-trains on print systems and assists other Detachment members as needed.
      • Provides media escort, staffs the MOC, and conducts other PA tasks as required.
    • Still Photography
      • Is a subject matter expert on the employment of still photo acquisition systems.
      • Collects, edits, and produces print stories and still photos; maintains equipment.
      • Cross-trains on video systems and assists other Detachment members as needed.
      • Provides media escort, staffs the MOC, and conducts other PA tasks as required.

8. Troop Leading Procedures

      • Mission Analysis
        • Create a Task List
        • Identify specified and implied tasks, and tasks critical to mission success
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