The new command model adds two smaller and more mobile command groups that operate in conjunction with the main command post, which is generally stationary.
This is a big change for the division, said Sgt. Maj. Luis Rivera. Instead of operating strictly from the main division headquarters, the commander can access information from two forward tactical centers.
DTAC1, as the first team is known, operates under Brig. Gen. Nolen Bivens, the assistant division commander for maneuver, said Rivera.
The other team, DTAC2, falls under Brig. Gen. David Halverson, the assistant division commander for support.
Each team contains a slice of all the division staff sections, noted Rivera. Both teams are identical to each other as far as personnel and equipment.
Since they are identical to each other, they can sustain each other, said Capt. Patrick Cobb, battle command sustainment support systems operations officer.
If one team was to become inoperational, the other could take over command of the operation.
The teams are also self-sustaining and self-supported, said Rivera. Under the Army’s modularity plan, the division now has permanent sections that were once borrowed as need dictated.
By keeping the staff permanent, the different sections train together, as they would deploy, promoting greater cohesion and therefore functionality. For example, each team now has its own fires and effects cell and air defense cell.
Because they are self-sustaining, the tactical center teams can be plugged anywhere, enhancing and conforming to the Army’s modularity plan, said Rivera. They can even deploy with a brigade under another division commander. If necessary, the teams can also function independently.
The teams are smaller and mobile, said Rivera. A tactical center team staff comprises more sections than have previously been established; however, there are fewer personnel overall.
There is a decrease in personnel because there is a smaller requirement for drivers and operators.