By Sgt. John Heinrich, 8th Theater Sustainment CommandJune 20, 2017
SCHOFIELD BARRACKS -- The 8th Theater Sustainment Command hosted Perspicuous Provider 17, here, May 29 -- June 17.
Perspicuous Provider is a joint exercise designed to increase sustainment-centric intelligence through a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief scenario within the Pacific theater.
"Perspicuous Provider is an annual intelligence collective training exercise divided up into two weeks," said Lt. Col. Claudia Penaguzman, the 8th TSC G2 officer in charge.
"Week one is collective training in the COMEX (communications exercise), and the second is the actual execution through a CPX (Command Post Exercise) construct with simulation towards a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief effort that simulates U.S. Army-Pacific giving a mission to 8th TSC to go in and support," Penaguzman said.
Participating units were the 8th TSC, 130th Engineer Brigade, 8th Military Police Brigade, 205th Military Intelligence Battalion, 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command and an intel cell from Australia's 1st Division.
Penaguzman said this was the first time they were able to have the Australians take part in the exercise.
"For this exercise, they are part of the intelligence cell, which is where all the different intelligence feeds from each kind of source are coming in," Penaguzman said. "They are working side-by-side with the U.S. Army intel professionals in building a fused picture that will provide situational awareness and understanding of the operational environment to the commander."
"It's really good to have all the units come here because it allows for us to be able to learn other people's focus, especially when we're able to sit in on their meetings in person instead of having to go do a video teleconference," said Spc. Corey McMullin, an intel analyst with 8th TSC.
Having been a part of the past two Perspicuous Providers, McMullin said this year's has been going really well.
"We've integrated a lot of new systems and got them up and running," McMullin said. "We've been able to coordinate a lot better with different sections, and the training event itself is different than last year."
Penaguzman said that Perspicuous Provider is a great exercise for achieving the Army chief of Staff's No. 1 priority: readiness.
"Typically exercises like Ulchi Freedom Guardian really focus on mission command and the maneuver aspect of it," Penaguzman said. "This one is not a decisive-action training scenario. It's an HA/DR, which brings a realism of the Pacific theater, because that is something that we would be requested to support for any of the 36 nations within the U.S. Pacific Command area of responsibilities."