Monday, December 7, 2009

Deployed In Place vs Deployed

Does everyone know the definition of "Deployed in Place".

It is a concept long understood but has a name more used. Deployed in Place is attached to units or specialties that are considered Deployed despite their location or mobility overseas. Deployed in Place units are considered part of the fight and campaign. Those subject to this were removed from traditional deployments due to mission impact, critical nature of the job, time to train specialties, UP Tempo, and retention. Today for example a predator troop may not be allowed forward deployment but is granted expeditionary deployed status even though he sits in a office on base in NV. Or, units that have always done the same mission, like Those in ICBM duties today that are today considered Deployed in Place.

This was also the situation during the Cold War Conflict. Units in this category should be granted the same 30/60 day criteria as for traditionally "Deployed" for the Cold War Service Medal. Or as they are in the current fight granted expeditionary credit retroactively for the Cold War period. This could be done with extending the AFEM to these units backward.

ICBM personnel do get the ASCM. The recent debacle with the nuclear weapons management review has recommended that all Missile Complex personnel to be part of the Air Expeditionary Forces. So, since James Schlesinger wrote the review to reflect that they meet the criteria for Deployed in place to include for promotional purposes. The jobs are declared mandatory fill and critical, ineligible for TDY for most billets or other OCONUS deployments. This was his review and uses the past SAC model as the example during the Cold War when there was an enemy opposing force. They understand the duty in SAC in these units to be this and admit it. The report in my eyes gives status to these units today as War Veterans with the expeditionary explanation, so what does that make what we did when there was an opposing force and the posture was more serious pre 1991. In the least they get the AFE Ribbon and it's good for promotion reasons. We were deployed.

Typical meaning of Being Deployed

Being Deployed
Deployed is a military term that means a soldier, sailor, airman, or marine has been given orders to be sent to a certain area(in this case Iraq) to perform his/her duties for his/her country
a. To position (troops) in readiness for combat, as along a front or line.
b. To bring (forces or material) into action.
c. To base (a weapons system) in the field.
2. To distribute (persons or forces) systematically or strategically.

Forward Deployed
A force that has been placed in close proximity to a conflict or potential
conflict and has not been introduced to hostilities.

Deployment stress: Related to stress that occurs at any point in a deployment, from notification through the process of returning home or permanent assignment.

Deployment: A troop movement resulting from a Joint Chiefs of Staff/Unified Command Deployment Order for 30 continuous days or greater to a land-based location outside the United States, e.g. peace keeping, conflict



1. In naval usage, the change from a cruising approach or contact disposition to a disposition for battle. 2. The movement of forces within areas of operations. 3. The positioning of forces into a formation for battle. 4. The relocation of forces to desired areas of operations. (NATO)


Another Example of Deployed In Place:

US Army Unit Deployed to Home Front

Nonlethal force for civil unrest

By Andrew Orlowski • Get more from this author

Posted in Government, 25th September 2008 13:34 GMT

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A US army brigade combat unit will be deployed at home for the first time, the Army Times reports.

The 1st BCT (Brigade Combat Team), numbering about 650 personnel, has returned from Iraq. But rather than dealing with enemy combatants, it may be called to deal with unruly Americans.

The Team "may be called upon to help with civil unrest and crowd control or to deal with potentially horrific scenarios such as massive poisoning and chaos in response to a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive, or CBRNE, attack."

The troops will be testing "a new modular package of nonlethal capabilities" for the first time. The BCT will be based in Georgia, the paper reports.

The Posse Comitatus Act forbids the use of the US military at home. So the task of dealing with domestic "emergencies" has been the role of the National Guard, for whom there is an exemption. But the demarcation has blurred in recent years, with the National Guard called up to bolster the military occupation of Iraq.

October is traditionally the month of surprises in the US political calendar. But this year, October has come early.

So units can be deployed in place and should be considered the same as forward deployed units

Jerald Terwilliger
National Chairman
American Cold War Veterans, Inc.