The 593rd ESC focuses on the ability to deploy, fight, sustain and win at a moment’s notice every day. To accomplish this goal, the capability to exercise mission command in undesirable conditions was the priority of Operation Rest Assured Nest.
As the Soldiers’ Creed states, “I will always maintain my arms, my equipment, and myself,” it reflected the priorities of the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command as the unit spent the beginning of fiscal 2018 focused on their most important asset — people.
They concentrated their energy on leader engagement, reduction of injuries, family readiness and the overall wellness of each Soldier. As the unit continues to focus on sustaining enhanced personnel readiness, their focus shifted to refining tactical mission command, cyber security and equipment readiness as they transitioned into the third quarter.
Some areas to focus on to sustain readiness are communication, maintenance and recovery and were exercised in Operation Rest Assured Nest.
The 593rd ESC focuses on the ability to deploy, fight, sustain and win at a moment’s notice every day. To accomplish this goal, the capability to exercise mission command in undesirable conditions was the priority of Operation Rest Assured Nest. The 593rd ESC staff worked in concert to establish the infrastructure plan of main command post.
Their efforts became reality during Operation Rest Assured Nest as the Soldiers performed the ultimate crew drill by laying the flooring, erecting camouflage and tents and organization more than 20,000 feet of internet communication cabling within the main command post, which became their place of duty for the next 14 days. Upon completion of this phase, the unit validated the establishment of their tactical operating center standard operating procedures.
The heart of mission command is the command’s ability to communicate. The 593rd ESC’s G6 staff identified, trained and certified their primary, alternate, contingency and emergency plan. The plan ensured a degree of secure communications was sustainable under all conditions. The Soldiers also confirmed their ability to secure and relocate sensitive information and harden classified networks in the event the main command post experienced adversarial contact. Operation Rest Assured Nest provided the opportunity for the unit to train and hone their ability to exercise tactical mission command by synchronizing the 593rd ESC’s warfighting functions during adverse circumstances.
During this exercise, the unit executed multiple scenarios that were designed to challenge the staff to make critical decisions that permitted the command to continue operations. They rehearsed the ability to hastily displace the main command post while simultaneously performing life-saving measures on casualties and executing precautions to protect and relocate information systems.
The leaders conducted after action reviews and used this information to revise and perfect the tactical standard operating procedures.
Just as important as the exercise itself, accountability and serviceability are paramount to readiness. The ESC spent an additional week conducting maintenance on vehicle systems, tents, generators and equipment.
The planning and validation of the main command post infrastructure made it possible to recover and create wiring harnesses from the internet communication cabling for the first time. These harnesses drastically reduce the 593rd ESC’s ability to establish initial and full operating capability of the main command post in the future.
The 593rd ESC is focused, ready to fight and sustain I Corps. We continue to confirm our sustainment ability which extends the operational reach of our nation in our defense, the assurance of our allies, and to provide humanitarian aid and disaster relief.
You can rest assured that the 593rd ESC is prepared to accomplish its mission if called upon today.