FEST Trainings are scheduled four times per year, and consist of 2 tracks from which to choose - Contingency Construction or Reconnaissance. The course is nine and a half days: Tuesday - Saturday, then Monday – Thursday COB, and is held at the Readiness Support Center, 201 St. Michael Street, Mobile, AL 36602.
Course pre-requisite: FFE Online Introductory Course: https://rsc.usace.army.mil/training/military/ffe-online
There is no cost associated with attending the course; however, travel, lodging and per diem are the sending unit’s responsibility. If attendee is a USACE employee, then the RSC will provide the labor and travel with allotted USACE FFE funds, therefore, a cost estimate would need to be provided by the USACE attendee.
Course Overviews for each Track
All students will attend courses that are pertinent to both Tracks on Day One. This instruction will include the FFE Overviews, REDi AAR Process, and JFUB.
Week 1 instruction includes supporting information to consider in base camp development planning.
Week2 focuses on the planning and construction processes in a theater of operations OCONUS (outside the continental United States) and will include a Collective Training Exercise with Team Briefs.
CONTINGENCY CONSTRUCTION TRACK
BCMP-IJ integrates the JCMS (Joint Construction Management System) course with the BCMP (Base Camp Master Planning) course. This course begins on Friday in week 1 and concludes Tuesday in week 2.
The Army Facilities Components System (AFCS) Program Management Office (PMO), through support from the US Army Corps of Engineers Reachback Operations Center (UROC), developed a training course for users of the Joint Construction Management System (JCMS) Desktop Software. JCMS Desktop, which replaced the Theater Construction Management System (TCMS) Software in February 2015, is a planning, design, management, and reporting system used by military planners, design engineers, supply coordinators, and construction personnel in delivering initial and temporary DoD facilities in support of contingency construction missions. The basic course consists of the following five modules:
• Module 1 – AFCS Background
• Module 2 – AFCS Databases
• Module 3 – JCMS Projects
• Module 4 – Project Modification
• Module 5 – Microsoft Project
BCMP course describes the base camp planning and design process. The base camp master planning process consists of preliminary planning, location selection, land use planning, facility requirements development, general site planning, design guide and programming, maintaining base camp development plans, and base cleanup and closure. It uses the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP) format and as a guide to explaining the process. In addition the operational and mission variables are discussed at length as a way for engineer planners to gain understanding of the environment in which base camps are planned and the operational impacts that base camp development can have.
The Base Camp Master Planning Course consists of eight lecture sections and five practical exercises. The lecture sections follow the base camp master planning process. Mozambique (AFRICOM) is used as a basis for the practical exercises. Although the practical exercises give the students the opportunity to apply the planning principles that were covered by the instructors in the lectures, the exercises are framed in such a way that students of various education and experience backgrounds can bring diverse and imaginative solutions to the practical exercises.
During the practical exercises, students must demonstrate basic proficiency in the areas of emphasis and produce a military decision briefing for a notional brigade combat team (BCT) commander and staff for each of the practical exercises. Special products produced include a land use plan, tabulation of existing and required facilities (TAB) report, and a general site plan.
• Introduction to Base Camp
• The BCDP Process
• Preliminary Planning
• Location Selection
• Land Use Planning
• Facilities and Infrastructure
• General Site Planning
• Base Camp Cleanup and Closure
Real Estate lesson will discuss the significance of real estate acquisition and management as they relate to the base camp development planning (BCDP) process. Additionally, students will learn to recognize the impact of real estate agreements on the disposal of property during base camp closure and be familiar with the legal authorities in real estate acquisition.
Environmental lesson will discuss the environmental impacts that affect base camp planning and assist students in understanding the purpose and contents of an EBS (Environmental Baseline Survey) and ESCS (Environmental Closure Survey). It will describe the challenges related to waste management in the base camp life cycle and will review the base closure/transfer process.
Anti-Terrorism Force Protection (ATFP) lesson will provide understanding of the Design Basis threat (DBT) for a base camp. Focus will be on identifying assets to be protected and identifying likely threats to those assets including aggressor categories, likelihood, weapons, and tactics. Instructor will review the requirements of the minimum anti-terrorism (AT) standards and other criteria, and how this criterion affects the DBT for the protective system of expeditionary and temporary structures.
Instruction covers several devices. (See UROC website to obtain Fact Sheets on equipment: https://uroc-redi.usace.army.mil/default.aspx )
ARRK Level IA: “ARRK Operator” –The ARRK (Automated Route Recon Kit) collects the route or damage assessment data and provides the user with tools for editing and exporting the data into a sharable format using the TeleEngineering Tool Kit software (TETK). It uses a ruggedized laptop computer to continuously collect route reconnaissance information without stopping or leaving the vehicle for routing calculations, reducing time, security risks, and accuracy issues. This course emphasizes individual training on using the ARRK equipment to conduct both ground route and air damage assessment reconnaissance’s, including equipment setup, troubleshooting and basic TETK software functions for data collection. The course consists of the following:
1. USING ARRK EQUIPMENT
• Lesson 1.1 : Ground ARRK Components and Assembly
• Lesson 1.2 : Air ARRK Components and Assembly
2. USING THE TETK SOFTWARE
• Lesson 2.1 : TETK4 Software Overview
• Lesson 2.2 : Navigation, User Interface & System Settings
• Lesson 2.3 : Data Depots
• Lesson 2.4 : Projects and Project Functions
3. CONDUCTING AN ARRK RECON
• Lesson 3.1 : Conducting an ARRK Reconnaissance
• Lesson 3.2 : Device Settings and Troubleshooting
• Lesson 3.3 : Viewing Recon Data
ARRK Level IB: “ARRK Data Processor” –The ARRK through use of the TETK provides a chronological picture replay of the route and a geo-referenced display of major features that affect the classification and usage of the route for vehicle mounted applications, and when used in its airborne configuration, provides an overview of damage in impacted areas due to a natural disaster. This course focuses on the software used in conjunction with the ARRK, the TETK software, including data post-processing tools, numerous data export formats, and the creation of final products. The course consists of the following:
4. PROCESSING ARRK DATA
• Lesson 3.1 : Share and View Recon Data
• Lesson 3.2 : Post-Processing Recon Data
• Lesson 3.3 : Data Export Tools
• Lesson 3.4 : Route Database
• Lesson 3.5 : Road Reconnaissance Reports
5. OTHER TOOLKIT APPLETS (Advanced techniques for Cartographers and optional for OIC/NCOICs)
• Lesson 4.1 : Annotate
• Lesson 4.2 : Plot Data
• Lesson 4.3 : Shapefiles
IRIS Level I: “IRIS Operator” –The IRIS (Infrastructure Recon Information System) works in conjunction with REDi (Reachback Engineer Data Integration) database enabling a user to gather data in the field and securely push back to the online data repository for visualization capability and online analysis.
This course emphasizes individual training on the hardware and software specifically designed to support the war fighter in a contingency operation. This is achieved through a comprehensive program overview, hands-on class exercises, hands-on field training exercises and desktop exercises to allow visualization and analysis and web-based mapping/editing of data collected. The course consists of the following:
IRIS EQUIPMENT AND FUNCTIONALITY
• Lesson 1 : IRIS System Components
• Lesson 2 : Preparing the IRIS for Use
• Lesson 3 : IRIS Data Collection
• Lesson 4 : REDi Map Portal
REDI–Reachback Engineer Data Integration (REDi) is a CAC authenticated SharePoint enterprise platform utilized by UROC and multiple agencies to collaborate, store and allow visualization of data from US Army Corps of Engineers internal and other external databases. This course emphasizes the capabilities of the Reachback process through the USACE Reachback Operations Center (UROC) and the various Portals and mapping features available to the end user. The course consists of the following:
• Lesson 1 : Reachback Overview
• Lesson 2 : REDi Overview
• Lesson 3 : FEST Portal
• Lesson 4 : UROC Portal for Equipment and Training Request For Information (RFI)
• Lesson 5 : OEV Map Portal Overview and Interface
TCE-D Level I: “TCE-D Operator” –The TCE/BGAN (Tele-Engineering Communications Equipment/Broadband Global Area Network) consists of a deployable version (TCE-D). The BGAN system maximizes the use of satellite capacity by ensuring Portable Audio/Video/Data transmitting capabilities to establish both Non-secure and Secure: Telecommunications (Requires a STE), Video Tele-Conference (VTC), Data transfer, and Non-secure Internet access enabling a reachback capability between deployed personnel, their Headquarters, other engineer units and subject matter experts (SMEs) to meet mission requirements. Training provides lecture and demonstration of how to communicate point-to-point or connect through a multipoint VTC bridge in both secure and non-secure setting. The course consists of the following:
TCE-D EQUIPMENT AND FUNCTIONALITY
• Lesson 1 : TCE-D Overview
• Lesson 2 : TCE-D Component Description
• Lesson 3 : TCE-D Equipment Set-up
• Lesson 4 : Operating the System
• Lesson 5 : Scheduling a VTC
• Lesson 6 : Over the Air Re-key (OTAR)
Practical Exercises – Students will form into teams to conduct reconnaissance activities applying the knowledge they learned to conduct Video Teleconference using the TCE-D, transfer data using the BGAN, conduct route and damage assessments using the ARRK in ground and air modes, and collect point data using the IRIS and push their data to REDi. Students will then processes their data using the TETK software and REDi and create a recommendations presentation and present their findings in a briefing to other teams. Teams will then conduct a second reconnaissance using their recommendations and update their presentations to support their initial findings.
A Capstone Exercise incorporates teams from both the Contingency Construction Track and the Reconnaissance Track, who will develop a product based on a scenario outlined in an OPORD. Teams will develop COA and brief their findings.