After the briefing, the platoon sergeant will supervise the following tasks to ensure the platoon is prepared to
move at the designated time:
The preparation of vehicles (to include fueling).
The distribution and loading of adequate supplies and equipment in accordance with the platoon's loading
A spot check of individual equipment to ensure platoon members have the required equipment in serviceable
A request for any additional transportation from the supported unit.
The platoon sergeant will receive an operations order (supplementary instructions) from the platoon leader (or
the company commander if the platoon sergeant is acting as the platoon leader). The platoon sergeant will ensure
the platoon follows the order. Once the platoon is ready to move, the platoon sergeant will notify the platoon
leader or the company commander, as it applies.
Learning Event 6
ESTABLISHING SECURITY AND SAFETY REQUIREMENTS
FOR SMOKE GENERATOR POSITIONS
Your unit must be protected from surprise at all times. Once the smoke generators are positioned and
camouflaged, you have performed a vital step to avoid detection and surprise. During positioning and use,
exterior guards are necessary to protect the unit from surprise. This also gives the unit time to prepare to counter
As a leader, you should ensure that your guards are alert for enemy surprise attacks by ground or air, and alert
to provide early warning of nuclear, biological, or chemical (NBC) attack. Guards must be prepared to protect
positions and supplies. You should use your exterior guards to establish and maintain a surveillance system to
operate day and night throughout the unit area. You may use observation posts and/or patrols, and any other
Additionally, you may have any of the following special devices to assist the guards in performing their
duties: NBC detection devices, electronic detection devices, infrared or other night vision devices, trip flares,
antipersonnel mines, noise-making devices, or any other devices to provide early warning to the guard or unit.
When your unit moves into an area, use the following seven steps to establish and maintain security for smoke
When your unit moves into
an area, immediately
establish perimeter guards and/or security patrols
unit is extremely vulnerable when setting up in a new area. Most of the unit's personnel are busy unloading
equipment and positioning smoke generators - an ideal time for an enemy attack.
Step 2. Limit overall noise and activity as much as possible during unloading, positioning, and camouflaging of
the equipment and the area. Excessive noise and activity draws enemy attention.