CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — “Spears Ready” Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command, deployed here to staff 1st Theater Sustainment Command’s operational command post, displaced their Tactical Action Center, or TAC, and moved it to another location on the camp on Nov. 27, 2021.
“This is our bread and butter, this is what we are designed to do,” said Brig. Gen. Lance G. Curtis, deputy commanding general of 1st Theater Sustainment Command, and commanding general of 3rd ESC.
“As an expeditionary sustainment command we are designed to displace and serve as a forward element,” the general said. “This is our TAC, and our TAC is what we split off during wartime operations—this will be our first element that we would actually move forward into our battle positions.”
TACs provide commander’s the capability to focus on the current battle and execute critical tasks during high-intensity military operations.
“Spears Ready” Soldiers practiced TAC displacements three times leading up to the deployment, but this training event represented their first iteration here.
The exercise began when a convoy of security and support vehicles left the motor pool and traveled to the assembly area, or AA, and set up a perimeter at the training location. Once the conditions were set at the AA, another convoy was dispatched to the site to set up the TAC.
The TAC is comprised of two M1087 Expandable Van Shelters, structures mounted to medium tactical vehicles designed to provide mobile workspace for the provision of logistics support.
Once the “Spears Ready” Soldiers set up the shelters, they put a very-small-aperture terminal satellite ground station into operation and established communications with the main tactical operations center.
“I’m very pleased with the first iteration and the professionalism of the Soldiers,” Curtis said.
Pvt. 1st Class Luis Inzunza, an automated logistical specialist assigned to 3rd ESC, said the training enhanced his knowledge of the process and the readiness of his team.
“It’s a good idea for us to get a feel of what the situation would look like and what we’d need to do if it were to happen,” the Las Vegas, Nevada, native said. “I feel confident that I’m working with a lot of experienced individuals who lead the way.
“I’m really trying to learn all I can from this situation so when the time comes, if it comes, we’ll all be ready,” Inzunza continued.
“The key to being here in Kuwait is we didn’t come here to be in the offices, we came here to actually perform our wartime mission,” Curtis said. “[During] our next iteration we will actually occupy positions outside of this area, and that’s all in preparation of being able to do what is required of the expeditionary sustainment command for wartime operations.”