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XVIII Airborne Corps Assault CP SOP, Jun 97. XVIII Airborne Corps Readiness SOP (RSOP), Feb 93 XVIII Airborne Corps JTF SOP, Dec 96

2. General. This annex outlines the XVIII Airborne Corps Command and Control (C2) structure for combat operations. 3. XVIII Airborne Corps is designated as "America's Contingency Corps", and as such must be able to respond rapidly to a variety of worldwide crisis situations. The Corps maintains the capability to deploy combat forces and support elements quickly in response to short-notice directives from higher headquarters. Operational requirements dictate that this Corps be capable of deploying and employing its forces simultaneously. 4. Command and Control Structure. XVIII Airborne Corps maintains four command posts; each tailored to meet specific situations based on considerations of METT-T. Further, as outlined XVIII Airborne Corps JTF SOP, the Corps is prepared to assume command and control of Joint Task Force (JTF) operations. The four CPs maintained by the Corps are: a. Corps Main Command Post: The CMAIN CP is the principle C2 node for the Corps. The Main CP plans, coordinates, and conducts the Corps Deep Battle, and resources all Corps operations. b. Rear Corps Command Post: The CREAR is established at the direction of the Corps Commander to coordinate and synchronize administrative and logistical support for all Corps operations. The Rear CP, in conjunction with a Rear Area Operations Center (RAOC), plans and conducts rear security operations. C-2-1 APPENDIX 2 (COMMAND & CONTROL) TO ANNEX C (OPERATIONS) TO XVIII AIRBORNE CORPS FIELD SOP

c. Airborne Command and Control Platform: The ABCCC or JACC/CP is deployed to provide airborne C2 in conjunction with a forcible entry operation. Airborne C2 may also be used to support other Corps level operations at the discretion of the Commander. The XVIII Airborne Corps Assault CP SOP provides procedural guidelines for the employment and manning of the ABCCC. d. The Corps Assault Command Post: The requirement for quick deployment necessitates maintaining a flexible and rapidly deployable Assault Command Post which is capable of conducting command and control in conjunction with forcible entry operations in an austere environment. In concert with an Airborne Battlefield Command and Control Center (ABCCC), the ACP can deploy anywhere in world within 18 hours of notice. The ACP is organized with four elements, each with a specific mission and responsibilities. (1) Baseline ACP. This configuration provides a rapidly deployable package capable of providing immediate C2 for forced entry and contingency operations. The baseline ACP consists of 56 persons with 4-7 vehicles that represent the most critical C2 and security functions for operations of limited duration (24-72 hours) (2) Enhanced ACP. This configuration is an augmented version of the Baseline ACP. It is capable of providing functional C2 for all Battlefield Operating Systems (BOS). The enhanced ACP can be employed by either airborne or airland means. It is comprised of 94 personnel, 9 vehicles, and 3 trailers. It is capable of operating for periods in excess of 72 hours. (3) Assault CP (+). This configuration may be inserted into the operational areas by a combination of airborne and airland means. It is comprised of 234 personnel, and over 30 vehicles. It is self-sustaining, self-securing, and easily lends itself to the transition into the Corps Main CP.


APPENDIX 2 (COMMAND & CONTROL) TO ANNEX C (OPERATIONS) TO XVIII AIRBORNE CORPS FIELD SOP d. Liaison Team. This is an METT-T tailored package team consisting of 7 persons designed to cross-level with a Division or Brigade forcible entry C2 package. The LNO team provides the Corps Commander additional C2 capability to facilitate situational awareness on the battlefield thus providing the ability to quickly reallocate resources. (a) XVIII Airborne Corps maintains an ACP SOP that outlines procedures and delineates responsibilities and procedures for the preparation, deployment, employment, establishment and operation of the XVIII Airborne Corps Assault CP and the required training to maintain proficiency in such operations. 5. Succession of Command.

a. CP succession of command for Phase I (Predeployment) and Phase II (Deployment) will be determined during X-sequence. b. During the remaining phases of an Operation, should the Corps Main CP and the Rear CP become combat ineffective and command and control becomes untenable, C2 will be assumed by the following in order: (1) (2) XVIII Airborne Corps Artillery HQ. 1st Corps Support Command CP.

c. The CMAIN CP will be reconstituted as soon as possible from Corps assets. d. A succession of command roster will be published periodically during combat operations. 6. Displacement. The Corps CPs will displace at a frequency based upon the known or suspected threat to survivability or maintain a position within the Corps area to facilitate C2.