CONTROL SMOKE OPERATIONS
Control smoke operations.
Given information about and illustrations for preparing a smoke overlay establishing smoke positions, conducting
tactical movement of the smoke platoon, conducting fuel resupply operations, adjusting smoke, and establishing
and controlling activities at a smoke control point.
Demonstrate competency of the task skills and knowledge by obtaining a passing score on a multiple-choice test
covering the information listed in the above conditions.
Learning Event 1
PREPARE SMOKE OPERATIONS OVERLAY
The smoke operations overlay is an important tool required for use at the control point. The smoke control
officer (normally the company executive officer) uses this overlay to help direct the shifting of generators. If the
direction of the wind shifts and a subordinate element is directed to move to cover a new sector, the overlay is
used to designate new positions. For example, during deployment of smoke platoons, the line formed by the
direction of the wind to the selected area is used as the dividing line of platoon areas of responsibility. You must
construct the overlay as accurately as possible and it must contain all pertinent information. Use the following six
steps to construct a smoke operations overlay.
Step 1. Obtain
the sector diagram (Figure 11),
of the area,
of generators, command and
logistical elements, tape, pencil, and overlay paper (tracing paper).
Step 2. Place the overlay paper on the map and secure it with tape.
Step 3. Mark and label two reference points.