Echelon (Right or Left)
An echelon formation provides good coverage of an area. It provides flexibility and speed. This formation
does not provide sufficient security if enemy contact is possible or expected.
Learning Event 3
ESTABLISH SMOKE POSITION
STATIONARY SMOKE TECHNIQUES
Conduct tactical movement to the vicinity of the selected smoke line. Direct each generator operator to locate
his smoke generator within his assigned smoke position. Ensure that automatic weapons (grenade launchers and
antitank weapons) are emplaced and that they cover likely avenues of approach. If time permits, install
antipersonnel mines, trip flares, flame field expedients, or other obstacles, and construct individual fighting
Prepare a strip map depicting the assembly area to the smoke line. Direct generator operators to camouflage
their positions and equipment using natural materials or camouflage nets if available.
Ensure that camouflage material does not come in contact with hot smoke
Ensure that generator operators emplace smoke pots upwind of each generator position and are prepared to
ignite them on order. Brief each generator operator on the following:
Location of the smoke control point.
Generator positions to the left and to the right.
Alternate smoke positions and rally points.
Fuel supply position and the route to be used.
The objectives of the mission.
Signals to start and to stop generators, to ignite smoke pots, and to evacuate the smoke line.
Ensure that the operators of one-quarter-ton-truck mounted generators know the location of their trailer-
mounted generators to avoid leaving them behind. Ensure that generator operators perform preventive
maintenance checks and services (PMCS) on generators and that each position has adequate fuel and fog oil.
Inform your higher headquarters or the supported unit when you are prepared to execute the smoke mission.