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Civilians on the Battlefield (COBs) CPT (P) Woodruff 2 Mar 06

Civilians on the Battlefield (COBs)

CPT (P) Woodruff 2 Mar 06

Civilians on the Battlefield (COBs) CPT (P) Woodruff 2 Mar 06
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Civilians on the Battlefield

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– A modern fact of warfare – A source of intelligence – A threat to mission accomplishment – The purpose of our mission – A threat to Force Protection – An opportunity to show our resolve

– A cover for insurgents; a target for insurgents

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React to COB’s

Battle Drill

• Situation: Plt/Sqd encounters COB’s or COB’s approach a TCP

• Required Actions (6):

Secure the Area

Report

Gather Information

Whether to Detain

SITREP

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React to COB’s Battle Drill • Situation: Plt/Sqd encounters COB’s or COB’s approach a TCP •
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React to COB’s Battle Drill • Required Actions: – Report • SALUTE report ASAP

React to COB’s

Battle Drill

• Required Actions:

Report

SALUTE report ASAP

React to COB’s Battle Drill • Required Actions: – Report • SALUTE report ASAP
React to COB’s Battle Drill • Required Actions: – Gather Information • Have a designated leader

React to COB’s

Battle Drill

• Required Actions:

Gather Information

Have a designated leader that gathers

information

Who are they? What do they want? Why

are they in your AO?

Check I.D.

No promises

Medical treatment only for those with

life threatening emergencies (life,

limb, sight)

React to COB’s Battle Drill • Required Actions: – Gather Information • Have a designated leader
React to COB’s Battle Drill • Required Actions: – Detain COB’s that the OIC or NCOIC

React to COB’s

Battle Drill

• Required Actions:

Detain COB’s that the OIC or NCOIC

determines to be a threat to U.S. forces,

or the security of persons/property

under U.S. protection

Report Detention

Coordinate for BHO to Higher HQ or

Civil Military Operations

React to COB’s Battle Drill • Required Actions: – Detain COB’s that the OIC or NCOIC
React to COB’s Battle Drill • Required Actions: – SITREP: Detailed report

React to COB’s

Battle Drill

• Required Actions:

SITREP: Detailed report

React to COB’s Battle Drill • Required Actions: – SITREP: Detailed report
React to COB’s Battle Drill • Required Actions: – BHO or release

React to COB’s

Battle Drill

• Required Actions:

BHO or release

React to COB’s Battle Drill • Required Actions: – BHO or release
Practical Exercise Traffic Control Point • TASK: Respond to checkpoint confrontation. • CONDITIONS: Your mission is

Practical Exercise

Traffic Control Point

• TASK: Respond to checkpoint

confrontation.

• CONDITIONS: Your mission is to

conduct a TCP IOT secure the access

to the FOB. COB’s approach in civilian

pick-up with 5 COB’s in the bed.

Practical Exercise Traffic Control Point • TASK: Respond to checkpoint confrontation. • CONDITIONS: Your mission is
Practical Exercise Traffic Control Point • TASK: Respond to checkpoint confrontation. • CONDITIONS: Your mission is

Practical Exercise

Traffic Control Point

• TASK: Respond to checkpoint confrontation.

• CONDITIONS: Your mission is to conduct a

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FOB.

COB’s approach in civilian pick-up

with 5 COB’s in the bed. During the search, a

concealed handgun is found on 4 of the

COB’s.

Practical Exercise Traffic Control Point • TASK: Respond to checkpoint confrontation. • CONDITIONS: Your mission is
Practical Exercise Traffic Control Point • TASK: Respond to checkpoint confrontation. • CONDITIONS: Your mission is

Practical Exercise

Traffic Control Point

• TASK: Respond to checkpoint confrontation.

• CONDITIONS: Your mission is to conduct a

TCP IOT secure the access to the FOB.

COB’s approach in civilian pick-up with 5

COB’s in the bed; one has a MG resting on

the cab and pointing at the TCP.

Practical Exercise Traffic Control Point • TASK: Respond to checkpoint confrontation. • CONDITIONS: Your mission is
Practical Exercise Traffic Control Point • TASK: Respond to checkpoint confrontation. • CONDITIONS: Your mission is

Practical Exercise

Traffic Control Point

• TASK: Respond to checkpoint

confrontation.

• CONDITIONS: Your mission is to

conduct a TCP IOT secure the access

to the FOB. A civilian vehicle is

traveling toward TCP at 40+ mph.

Practical Exercise Traffic Control Point • TASK: Respond to checkpoint confrontation. • CONDITIONS: Your mission is
Practical Exercise Traffic Control Point • TASK: Respond to checkpoint suicide bomber. • CONDITIONS: Your mission

Practical Exercise

Traffic Control Point

• TASK: Respond to checkpoint suicide

bomber.

• CONDITIONS: Your mission is to

conduct a TCP IOT secure the access

to the FOB.

A civilian wearing a back

pack approaches.

Practical Exercise Traffic Control Point • TASK: Respond to checkpoint suicide bomber. • CONDITIONS: Your mission
Practical Exercise Civilians on the Battlefield • TASK: Conduct a supporting ambush for a TCP repeatedly

Practical Exercise

Civilians on the Battlefield

• TASK: Conduct a supporting ambush for a

TCP repeatedly targeted by Insurgents.

• CONDITIONS: Plt linear ambush 1k. from

TCP. Left Flank security reports 2 men

leading several sheep parallel to road and

toward kill zone. They are wearing civilian

clothes and each has a rifle. The ambush

target is a pickup full of Insurgents.

Practical Exercise Civilians on the Battlefield • TASK: Conduct a supporting ambush for a TCP repeatedly
Practical Exercise Civilians on the Battlefield • TASK: Conduct a supporting ambush for a TCP repeatedly

Practical Exercise

Civilians on the Battlefield

• TASK: Conduct a supporting ambush for a

TCP repeatedly targeted by Insurgents.

• CONDITIONS: Plt linear ambush 1k. from

TCP. Left flank security reports 2 men

leading several sheep parallel to road and

toward kill zone. They are in the kill zone and

a POV with 1 driver approaches.

Practical Exercise Civilians on the Battlefield • TASK: Conduct a supporting ambush for a TCP repeatedly
Practical Exercise Civilians on the Battlefield • TASK: Patrolling in a small village • CONDITIONS: Small

Practical Exercise

Civilians on the Battlefield

• TASK: Patrolling in a small village

• CONDITIONS: Small crowd is gathered

at a Saturday food market in the village

center.

Practical Exercise Civilians on the Battlefield • TASK: Patrolling in a small village • CONDITIONS: Small
DOBs • The worst of All COBs • Sub-Species of COBs • Beggars & Thief's •

DOBs

• The worst of All COBs • Sub-Species of COBs • Beggars & Thief's • No manners • Defecate anywhere • Very Violent

DOBs • The worst of All COBs • Sub-Species of COBs • Beggars & Thief's •
DOBs (Dogs on the Battlefield)

DOBs (Dogs on the Battlefield)

DOBs (Dogs on the Battlefield)
DOBs (Dogs on the Battlefield)
Civilians on the Battlefield Summary • What are they? • Key Rules and Concepts • Battle

Civilians on the Battlefield

Summary

• What are they? • Key Rules and Concepts • Battle Drills • Practical Exercise • Conclusion

Civilians on the Battlefield Summary • What are they? • Key Rules and Concepts • Battle
Conclusion • Nothing takes away a soldier’s right and obligation to defend himself • Deadly force

Conclusion

• Nothing takes away a soldier’s right and obligation to defend himself

• Deadly force is always authorized if you are facing a deadly threat

• It is also your right to use non-deadly force when you are facing a non- deadly threat

Situational awareness is the key to self defense

Conclusion • Nothing takes away a soldier’s right and obligation to defend himself • Deadly force
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