TCM FIRES CELL-TARGETING

Chief, TCM Fires CEll-Targeting


Colonel Ronnie F. Brown

Ronnie F. Brown is a distinguished military graduate from Alcorn State University where he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in Field Artillery (FA). He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration, a Master of Science degree in administration from Central Michigan University and a Master’s of strategic studies from the US Army War College. His military education includes the Field Artillery Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Combined Arms and Services Staff School, Command and General Staff College, US Army War College and Airborne School.

Brown’s initial assignments were as fire direction officer, platoon leader, battery executive officer (XO) and battalion assistant operations officer within 2nd Battalion, 18th FA Regiment and 212th FA Brigade. He then became the deputy J3 for the US Support Group Haiti. Brown served as a fire support officer (FSO) in 8th Army, Republic of Korea. After leaving Korea, Brown served as the battalion adjutant and C Battery commander (KFOR 3A) for 1-41st FA Regiment. After battery command, he became the Task Force FSO for 2-7th Infantry Regiment. Brown then served as deputy plans chief for the Deep Operation Coordination Cell Headquarters Army Central Command during Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) I). He then became the division information operations targeting officer of 3rd Infantry Division during OIF III). He followed this assignment as the battalion S3 and battalion XO of 1-41st FA Regiment (OIF V). Brown returned to 3d Infantry Division Headquarters to serve as the deputy fire support coordinator. His last assignment before battalion command was as a professor of military science at Alcorn State University.

Brown commanded 4-27th FA. He then served as 1st Armored Division’s deputy fire support coordinator. Following these two assignments, he attended the U.S. Army Senior Service College at Carlisle Barracks, Penn., and subsequently deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan to serve as the senior advisor to the commander of the 404th Police Zone. Brown is currently serving as the TRADOC Capabilities Manager for Fires Cells - Targeting, Fort Sill, Okla.

Brown's awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal (with two oak leaf clusters (OLC)), Meritorious Service Medal (with two OLC)), the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal (with five OLC), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Army Achievement Medal (with two OLC), the Joint Meritorious Unit Award, the Army Superior Unit Award, Kosovo Campaign Medal with Silver Star, the Iraqi Campaign Medal with Bronze Star, the Global War on Terror Expedition Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Armed Forces Service Medal, NATO Medal and Parachutist Badge.

Deputy, TCM Fires CEll-Targeting


Mr. Gordon Wehri

Mr. Wehri is currently the Deputy Director, TRADOC Capability Manager Fires Cells, Capability Development and Integration Directorate (CDID), U. S. Army Fires Center of Excellence, Fort Sill, OK.

Mr. Gordon Wehri was born and raised in Hebron, North Dakota and enlisted in the Marine Corps in September 1968. After completion of Boot Camp and Field Artillery Fire Direction and Surveyors course, he served in numerous positions at Battalion, Brigade and Regiment in the 13th Marines, the 5th Marine Expeditionary Brigade, the 12th Marine Artillery Regiment and Second Field Artillery Group both CONUS and OCONUS. In 1975 Mr. Wehri was assigned as a Drill Instructor for the 2nd Recruit Training Battalion, Parris Island, SC. After his second overseas tour in 1979 Mr. Wehri was assigned as a Gunnery Instructor, U.S. Army Field Artillery School, Fort Sill, OK where he served as an instructor for both 13E (0844) and 13F (0861) MOSs.

In Feb 1980, Mr. Wehri was appointed a Warrant Officer for the Marine Corps and attended the Marine Warrant Officer Basic Course and the Field Artillery Target Acquisition and Survey Officers Course and was subsequently assigned to the 10th Marine Regiment as the Regimental Survey and Meteorological Officer. After his third overseas tour, with the 12th Marine Regiment he was assigned to the Field Artillery School where he served as the Survey Branch Chief for the Target Acquisition Department. In 1991 He was again assigned his fourth overseas tour and upon return he was assigned to the Field Artillery School as the Meteorological Branch Chief, Fire Support and Combined Arms Division, Fort Sill, OK. In October 1998, Mr. Wehri retired from the Marines with 30 years of service as a Chief Warrant Officer 5.

In December 1999 Mr. Wehri accepted a Civil Service position with the Director of Combat Developments (DCD), Fort Sill, Ok. His first assignment as a Civil Servant was as the Survey, Meteorological and Radar Branch Chief for the Director of Combat Developments (DCD), Fort Sill, OK. While in this position, he was responsible for systems including the Position and Azimuth Determining System (PADS) and its successor the Improved PADS (IPADS), the Meteorological Measuring System (MMS) and its successor the Profiler Meteorological System and the Firefinder radars to include the Q47. In June 2006 he accepted the position as the Deputy Director, TRADOC Proponency Office for Sensors with responsibilities that included the life cycle management of all Firefinder Radars, including the new Enhanced Q36 (EQ36) and the Lightweight Counter Mortar Radar (LCMR); Fire Support Systems that included the M1200 Armored Knight; Survey and Meteorology systems that included the IPADS and the Profiler.

In January 2011, Mr. Wehri accepted his current position as the Deputy TRADOC Capability Manager Fires Cells, CDID, FCOE, Fort Sill, OK. His responsibilities include all of the Army Artillery’s Fire Support Command and Control systems (AFATDS, JADOCS, PFED), all of the Fire Support Sensor systems (JETS, LLDR and FS3) as well as the programs involved with the Fires Targeting Center.

Roles/Responsibilities:

  1. Representing the Commanding General (CG), TRADOC and reporting to the Director, Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate (CDID), Fires Center of Excellence, acts as TRADOC’s centralized manager for all user activities associated with Fires Cells Fire Support Command, Control and Communications system software applications, and Fire Support Sensor Systems, both mounted and dismounted. TCM Fires Cells is the user advocate and counterpart to the associated program managers and program executive officers representing these systems. TCM Fires Cells coordinates with Army, Joint, and International partners and/or agencies to ensure these key areas remain integrated and support operational requirements.

Functions:

  1. DOTMLPF synchronization.
  2. Doctrine. Monitors doctrine to ensure availability and relevance to current and future operations. Monitors lessons learned and ensures incorporation into updates of appropriate doctrine, to include modifications to tactics, techniques, and procedures that support these capabilities
  3. Organization. TCM Fires Cells maintains an organizational balance between deployability, sustainability, communicability, and in-theater footprint with lethality, mobility, interoperability, and survivability. Therefore, TCM Fires Cells monitors current, proposed, and future tables of organization and equipment and data networks ensuring that they reflect the needs of the Warfighter. TCM Fires Cells collaborates with corps, divisions, Field Artillery Brigades, Division Artillery and brigade combat teams as well as TRADOC Headquarters, force modernization and branch proponents, and Department of the Army (DA) agencies to ensure the Fires Cells and FSC3, as well as Fire Support Sensor Systems within these organizational structures remain relevant for net-centric operations.
  4. Training. Monitors the development of individual and collective combined arms training strategies within TRADOC schools. Monitors TRADOC proponent support for new equipment training to ensure adequate training procedures are in place to support fielding and institutional training. TCM Fires Cells will also monitors low-density specialty training needs throughout affected organizations.
  5. Materiel. Serves as TRADOC’s primary stakeholder and user representative for materiel system development and integration. Coordinates efforts with appropriate capability developers to account for Fires Cells considerations during capability development activities. Monitors developmental efforts, systems fielding, and test efforts ensuring approved operational requirements are addressed in statements of work (SOW) which are included in proposals (RFPs). The TCM proactively communicates with associated program/project managers (PMs) ensuring all RFPs get a crosswalk with capability requirements documents prior to RFP release. Provides input to proponent schools, PMs, and DA Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8 during the development of program objective memorandum, prioritization of planned upgrades (1-N list), and future research and development, as well as S&T efforts. Holistically monitors DOTMLPF-P impacts associated with fielding systems.
  6. Leadership and Education. Coordinates with TRADOC institutions ensuring leader and professional development courses are relevant and available to our Soldiers.
  7. Personnel. Coordinates with organizations, force modernization and branch proponents, and DA organizations to review and update personnel force structure.
  8. Facilities. Coordinates with all basic locations within the continental United States and outside the continental United States to ensure a common understanding of required fire support weapon system maintenance and training facilities. Additionally, this coordination includes facilities at TRADOC schools and test centers to assess the training requirements for the conduct of live fire ranges and combined arms exercises.
  9. Support System Life Cycle Management.

TCM Fires Cell serves as the primary stakeholder and user representative for the following currently fielded and developmental acquisition programs:

  1. Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System (AFATDS).
  2. Forward Observer System (FOS).
  3. Pocket-sized Forward Entry Device (PFED), Increments I and II.
  4. Lightweight Technical Fire Direction System (LWTFDS) Centaur.
  5. Gun Display Unit-Replacement (GDU-R).
  6. Joint Automated Deep Operations Coordination System (JADOCS).
  7. Dismounted Forward Observer Sensors (Joint Effects Targeting System, Lightweight Laser Designator Rangefinder (LLDR), LLDR2, LLDR-2H and LLDR3).
  8. Fire Support Vehicles (Bradley Fire Support Team M3A3 and M7, Stryker Fire Support Vehicle, and M1200 Armored Knight).
  9. Profiler Meteorological System.

Additional Areas of Emphasis:

  1. Network Integration. TCM Fires Cell continues the development of network centric command and control operations as well as monitoring DOTMLPF-P impacts associated with this effort. Keep current on network system integration and interoperability requirements to ensure net-centricity within the Army network. Network Integration goal is fully integrated fires platforms and sensors using WIN-T.
  2. Human Dimension. Coordinates with ARCIC and Mission Command Center of Excellence (CoE) in the development of capability solutions ensuring integration of the cognitive, physical, and social components of the human dimension to ensure human performance optimization as outlined in TRADOC Pamphlet 525-3-7, The U.S. Army Human Dimension Concept. The intent is to ensure applicable human capital programs are, or will be, ethical, effective, and efficient in achieving the defined outcomes and meeting the Army's challenges in the future operational environment.
  3. Fire Support Software Requirements Integration. Serves as user representative for developing, adjudicating, and approving additions, deletions, and adjustments to fire support software applications through requirement submission documents (software change requests) to PMs. Documents and maintains the archive for all tactical software requirements submitted for the FSC3 software applications. Manages IT Box construct/process under the Fire Support Tactical Software Requirements Governance Charter for both Service and Joint software applications managed by Fires CoE. Software requirements reviews are held biannually, April and October, to gather user desires, wants and needs on the above listed operational software.
  4. Counter Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (CUAS). TCM Fires Cells continues developmental efforts associated with the integration, interoperability, and DOTMLPF-P impacts of CUAS at the tactical edge (below the brigade level). TCM Fires Cells will remain in a supporting role as TCM Air Defense Artillery Brigade is the lead Fires CoE organization for CUAS.
  5. Precision Fires Warrior (PFW). TCM Fires Cells continues developmental efforts and remain the user representative associated with the integration, interoperability and DOTMLPF-P impacts associated with PFW. PFW developments will fall under the approved PFED Increment II program.