Author Topic: The Philippine Army's new Brigade Combat Teams (BCT)  (Read 925 times)

adroth

  • Administrator
  • Boffin
  • *****
  • Posts: 8869
    • View Profile
    • The ADROTH Project
The Philippine Army's new Brigade Combat Teams (BCT)
« on: December 17, 2018, 11:27:02 AM »
Army creates own US-inspired rapid deployable team
Updated December 15, 2018, 6:32 PM
By Aaron Recuenco

https://news.mb.com.ph/2018/12/15/army-creates-own-us-inspired-rapid-deployable-team/?fbclid=IwAR0KSauTfrUYxhIxgUcgXSSFTayQO4s7EsJporRUd5ac46u56qfur1KJabE

The military has created a brigade-size special unit trained for quick deployment in the campaign against communist insurgency and terrorism and even disaster response.

Dubbed as the 1st Brigade Combat Team or 1st BCT, the unit, however, could be used in the ongoing campaign against illegal drugs, according to the statement of the Philippine Army.

< Edited >

A brigade is composed of three to six battalions.

Col. Louie Villanueva, spokesman of the Philippine Army, said the BCT will be the Army’s rapid deployable unit on all the possible threats that the country would face.

< Edited >

The BCT creation appears to be patterned after the US Army which also maintains such unit with the same name.

He said the BCT will be composed of maneuver components which includes two infantry and one mechanized battalions, maneuver support consists of specialized enablers such as field artillery and engineer combat battalions, reconnaissance company and units from signal, intelligence, civil-military operations, military police, explosive ordnance, CBRN (chemical biological radiological and nuclear), and sustainment components composed of a forward service support unit and a forward medical platoon.

< Edited >

The 1st BCT headquarters will be based at Fort Magsaysay to exercise command and control of its attached component units.

The unit will be commanded by Brig. Gen. Leopoldo Imbang Jr. wherein temporarily it will be attached to 7th Infantry Division. The unit is also set to be placed under Tactical Control (TACON) of Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) for consolidation and organizational training, according to Villanueva.

< Edited >
« Last Edit: December 17, 2018, 11:35:25 AM by adroth »

adroth

  • Administrator
  • Boffin
  • *****
  • Posts: 8869
    • View Profile
    • The ADROTH Project
« Last Edit: December 17, 2018, 11:43:16 AM by adroth »

adroth

  • Administrator
  • Boffin
  • *****
  • Posts: 8869
    • View Profile
    • The ADROTH Project
Re: The Philippine Army's new Brigade Combat Teams (BCT)
« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2018, 11:47:33 AM »
Army activates rapid deployment force
December 16, 20181250
By Priam Nepomuceno/PNA

https://ptvnews.ph/army-activates-rapid-deployment-force/?fbclid=IwAR3zjdA_ZomIh_7CJkGmyNgNmYfnzWzngU0WEymyOKH4RLWfK9WdDOX1Uxk

MANILA — In line with efforts to establish a compact and rapid deployment force, the Philippine Army (PA) on Saturday activated its 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT) at the the New Special Operation Command (SOCOM) site, Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija.

“This creation emanates when the Army, being the premier land force of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, deliberately started to develop in 2016 a strategic territorial defense concept which aims to establish a compact, responsive and modern force capable to engage in conventional and/or unconventional warfare, disaster relief and rescue operations, and other non-traditional roles,” Army spokesperson, Lt. Col. Louie Villanueva said.

He added that the 1st BCT will be the Army’s rapid deployable unit with the right force-mix to any area of strategic significance. It shall consists of maneuver components which includes two infantry and one mechanized battalions, maneuver support consists of specialized enablers such as field artillery and engineer combat battalions, reconnaissance company and units from signal, intelligence, civil-military operations, military police, explosive ordnance, CBRN (chemical biological radiological and nuclear), and sustainment components composed of a forward service support unit and a forward medical platoon.

Present during the activation ceremony was Army commander, Lt. Gen. Macairog S. Alberto.

“Let us always be reminded that we are duty bound to secure our country’s sovereignty and the integrity of our national territory. Our ancestors had sacrifices their precious lives and we are now duty bound to sustain it and be the best exemplars of public service to meet the aspirations and expectations of the Filipino,” Alberto said.

“I know there will be challenges but I am very confident that this is the most perfect force-mix of combined arms in pursuit of our organizational transformation for us to be more relevant, effective and efficient formidable fighting force. We are gaining grounds but let us not be contended with it. We must continuously adopt on the constant state of today’s operational challenges,” he added.

Villanueva said the BCT is a contingency force that could provide operational flexibility and will be the Unified Command’s decisive force in times of crisis and/or armed conflict situations.

The establishment of BCT is geared towards capacitating the Army into a joint, combined arms force capable of addressing various threats and challenges across the Army’s range of operations.

With its given characteristics as a mix-force, it can be employed in various situation both in peacetime or wartime.

Meanwhile, the 1st BCT headquarters shall be established at Fort Magsaysay to exercise command and control of its attached component units.

The unit, which will be commanded by Brigadier General Leopoldo Imbang Jr., will be temporarily attached to 7th Infantry Division. The unit is also set to be placed under Tactical Control (TACON) of Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) for consolidation and organizational training.

“It is committed to train with our US counterparts in the upcoming SALAKNIB and the AFP-US Balikatan Exercises which aims to further develop its capability in terms of conducting combined arms operations and in preparation for its future employment,” Villanueva added.

adroth

  • Administrator
  • Boffin
  • *****
  • Posts: 8869
    • View Profile
    • The ADROTH Project
Re: The Philippine Army's new Brigade Combat Teams (BCT)
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2019, 05:48:47 AM »
Army sends-off 1st Brigade Combat Team to Sulu

https://www.facebook.com/PhilippineArmy2028/posts/2277653289149883

FORT BONIFACIO, Metro Manila – The Philippine Army sends-off its 1st Brigade Combat Team (1BCT) to Jolo, Sulu on Friday, May 31, 2019, at Pier 13, South Harbor, Manila.

The Philippine Navy's strategic sealift vessel BRP Tarlac will transport the 1BCT from Manila to Sulu, where they will be deployed under the Western Mindanao Command's area of responsibility. The 1BCT’s deployment intends to help address the threat of local terrorist groups in the island as well as to fulfill the force requirements of the newly activated 11th Infantry "Alakdan" Division.

The 1BCT is the Army’s contingency force that is capable to address conventional, unconventional, and asymmetric threats. Its units include an Intelligence Unit, Combat Engineer Company, Aviation, EOD Platoon, 1st Air Defense Artillery Battery, among others.

Since its creation in December 2018, the brigade has participated in the recently concluded SALAKNIB and BALIKATAN exercises with the United States Pacific Command.

"The men and women of the 1BCT will be deployed in Sulu to ensure peace and security which is not only felt in the island but also of the entire country as well. They are men and women of action and we commend them for going about their mission without much fanfare, an attitude they carry even beyond their service in the military," said Lt. Col. Ramon Zagala, the Army spokesperson.

“For years, our peacekeeping efforts have hindered these groups from spreading more destruction beyond that area. But we should remain determined in sustaining our internal operations and safeguarding the security of our territories. Let us preserve our hard-earned gains for the peace and development in the Mindanao Region,” said Maj. Gen. Jesus B. Sarsagat, Army Chief of Staff

====