BAGHDAD, July 14, 2006 -- The brain, defined as a part of the spine and central nervous system, is responsible for controlling all functions in the human body.
Just like the human brain, the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Divisions Tactical Operation Center operates 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week.
The TOC, or command post, manages all operations within the brigade combat team. It is where all brigade staff sections come together to bring their expertise to the fight, said Sgt. Maj. Charles Geisewite, operations sergeant major, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Brigade Combat Team.
This ‘meeting of the minds allows the brigade commander and senior staff to make informed decisions and then implement the plan from one location where all assets are available, Geisewite explained.
The ops center provides a facility for planning, communication and visualization where the brigade commander and his staff can access command and control resources, he said.
|"If there is an event that happens out in our battle space, or out on a convoy or patrol, all the information is reported to us here in the TOC and we act accordingly depending on the situation."
Capt. Nicholas Graham,
Headquarters and Headquarters Company
Inside the CP (command post), the command group has access to real-time data, voice and imagery to make critical decisions rapidly, said Geisewite, a native of Austin, Texas.
Operations in the command post include combat operations, peace enforcement, intelligence gathering, information operations, policing and essential services.
The command post is not the 'heart; that is always the soldiers who make up the brigade, Geisewite explained. Everyone must work together seamlessly in order to function successfully.
United States military personnel are not the only ones involved in the Cobra Brigades TOC operations.
The command post is joint and multi-national.
Servicemembers from the U.S. Air Force and Navy, the British army and liaison officers from the Georgian army are all key players in the mission in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
On any given day, the soldiers operating in the center communicate with the brigades different battalions and .