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  • BLUF: We provide the Combatant Commanders with VI support “during wartime operations, worldwide crisis, contingencies, and joint exercises.” – DoDI 5040.04 5.6.2. “I prefer a Combat Cameraman to a VI/PA. Last time we went to theater and had PA support for this mission we got a bunch of unusable photos and no cut lines and no video. The person couldn't figure out how to transmit on the fly (i.e., daily submissions so we can take advantage of our social mediasites,etc.) and was basically useless.  My experience with Combat Camera is that they can do all the above. I need good photos and video, cut lines and regular updates.” -Nelson McCouchDep. Director, Public & Congressional Affairs Army Materiel Command“This is one of the best Combat Camera Teams that I have ever seen.” – Upper Left Photo by SGT Gilchrest of 1/503 in Chak Valley, Wardak Province, Afghanistan
  • FM 3-55.12 (MAY 2007) COMCAM Multi-Service TTPs for COMCAM OperationsSERE CJumpmasterDOD Instruction 5040.04 (June 6, 2006) 5.4.3. “The secretary of the Army shall:…ensure availability of static line and free fall jump-qualified COMCAM personnel to support operational requirements.”
  • Mirror ARFORGEN1/3 Deployed, Ready/Available, Reset/TrainTraining PlatoonSpecific need for a centralized training capability at the 55th to teach all incoming Soldiers how to be a Combat Cameraman both technically and tactically – skills not taught at DINFOS– all instructors have been recently deployed to OIF or OEFIn-process all new SoldiersDevelop and Train on METL Tasks specific to the 55thChecklist with over 100 tasks that must be completed prior to graduation and movement to a line platoonInprocess – TNG PLT – Eval to Green/SMP - Assess SMP – TS Clearance – NCOES – Psych Eval – Staff Integration Seminar (SIS) – Technical Schools (DINFOS)/Tactical Schools (ABN/SERE C/JM/Air Assault)
  • Soldier takes picture/video during a mission (1080P HD video imagery at the 24 Megapixels resolution… that’s big enough for a billboard size layout).“The team is embedded into the unit it will document and is logistically supported by that unit. Frequently, COMCAM teams will move to cover multiple units within a theater and TACON may transfer multiple times at the discretion of the JCIMT OIC.” -FM 3-55.12The Task Force Public Affairs Officer has the release authority for imagery. Each Task Force is a Brigade-equivalent element. According to DA Reg 360-1 for Public Affairs and Joint Combat Camera Doctrine, Public Affairs is tapped as the release authority. Here in RC-East, the command tree for the Information Operations is a bit different than normal. They created the Regional Communications Center which is headed by an Army O-6 (Public Affairs Officer). Under him, the Inform and Influencing Actions Officer (an O-5) supervises the PAO, KLE, MISO, and COMCAM sections. If the Soldiers do not have access to a PAO at the TF level, the imagery is submitted to my office and we have it released by the Divisional PA.Soldier Caption’s, Virin’s (Photo ID #), and finally puts together raw video stringers,select photos and videos for the IO/PAO (We do not release, edit, or manipulate our imagery in any way. We don’t do production, because less time on mission). Accuracy depends on the accuracy of our captions and the clarity of the IO theme dissemination to the COMCAM Soldier).Soldier Transmit via SIPR, NIPR, BGAN to Theater IMT. a.The IMT serves as a forward central imagery collection point for a COMCAM Detachment b.Established and maintained by VI Chief, graphic artists, and any available support personnel c.Facilitates the creation of COMCAM products in support of combatant commander’s objectives and themes d.Permits the rapid search of previously collected imagery e.Ensures the transmission of imagery to DIMOC and DVIDSTheater IMT stores and transmits to DIMOC (DoD VI repository) and DVIDS - Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System(provides a timely, accurate and reliable connection between the media around the world and the military).-“It is imperative that COMCAM imagery is moved through the JCIMT to the [DIMOC] in not more than 12-24 hours to meet the timeliness requirements of IO, PA and other imagery customers.” – FM 3-55.12 Multi-Service TTPs for Joint COMCAM Operations, March 2003**Talk Team Composition, based on need, submit requirements and we will tell you how many you will need. Discuss typical numbers for theaters**
  • This lends our assets to not being used. We have Soldiers down range who have been assigned to “Fallen Comrade” ceremonies or other menial details. This is obviously an important event, but if we use COMCAM assets appropriately, we’ll have fewer fallen comrades.
  • Io brief(8 mar11)

    1. 1. 55th Signal Company <br />(Combat Camera)<br />“Eyes of the Army, Combat Focused”<br />
    2. 2. Purpose<br />To provide an understanding of the 55th Signal Company’s mission, capabilities, enablers and a discussion on how Combat Camera facilitates the Information Operations mission<br />
    3. 3. DOD Directives<br /><ul><li> DOD Directive 5040.2, Visual Information (VI), August 2005
    4. 4. DOD Directive 5040.6, Life Cycle Management of DOD Visual Information, April 2005
    5. 5. DOD Directive 5230.9, Clearance of DOD Information for Public Release, August 2008
    6. 6. FM 3-55.12 Combat Camera Multi-service Tactics, Techniques and Procedures for Joint Combat Camera Operations, May 2007</li></li></ul><li>AGENDA<br /><ul><li> Mission/Vision
    7. 7. Capabilities
    8. 8. Chain of Command
    9. 9. Structure
    10. 10. Equipment
    11. 11. Technical Training
    12. 12. Missions Supported
    13. 13. IO Themes
    14. 14. Imagery Movement/Guidance</li></li></ul><li>Mission/Vision<br />Vision<br />Become the most universally recognized, state of the art imagery collection organization in the world, capturing timely, accurate imagery and stories from the front lines that will impact current and future generations.<br />Mission<br />55th Signal Company (Combat Camera) <br />rapidly deploys worldwide throughout <br />the full spectrum of military operations to <br />capture, edit and transmit high definition <br />still and video imagery in support of <br />commanders’ tactical, operational, and <br />strategic objectives.<br />
    15. 15. COMCAM Capabilities<br />“Army COMCAM units provide still and video<br />acquisition of all operations to include land, static <br />airborne, and air assault operations.” - FM 3-55.12<br />“Trained and equipped to operate under all weather <br />and lighting conditions with both conventional and <br />special operations units” - FM 3-55.12<br />“Maintain airborne qualified Soldiers and conduct <br />other advanced tactical training to include [Pathfinder], <br />Air Assault, Combat Lifesaver, Combatives, and advanced marksmanship techniques” - FM 3-55.12<br /> “Can deploy on very short notice to support any level of combat force projection” - FM 3-55.12<br />
    16. 16. Chain of Command<br />All 55th Requests for Forces (RFFs) must originate from Task Force Commander<br />RFF is sent to USJFCOM for sourcing availability<br />DEPORDs are generated by FORSCOM and sent through Chain of Command to the 55th<br />TF CDR Requirement for COMCAM<br />USJFCOM<br />FORSCOM<br />9th SC (A)<br />7th SC (T)<br />21st SIG BDE<br />114th SIG BN<br />55th SIG CO<br />
    17. 17. Company Structure<br />CMD GROUP<br />Red<br />PLT <br />Green PLT<br />HQs <br />PLT<br />Training PLT <br />Black<br />PLT <br />Special Missions PLT<br />IMT<br />QRF<br />ELM<br />Training = Reception/Certification<br />Special Missions = Ready/Available (SOCOM)<br />Green = Ready/Available (Conventional/QRF)<br />Black = Deploying/Deployed<br />Red = Reset/Train<br />9 / 0 / 208 / 2 / 0 (AUTH ) 219<br />10/ 0 / 257 / 3/ 0 (OH) 270<br />O / WO / ENL / CIV / CME<br />
    18. 18. Assigned Personnel <br />Combat Camera Core MOSs <br /><ul><li> 25V - Combat Documentation/Production Specialists (40% of CMF)
    19. 19. 25M - Multimedia Illustrator
    20. 20. 25R - Visual Information Equipment Operator - Maintainer
    21. 21. 46R - Broadcast Journalist</li></ul>Support MOSs<br /><ul><li> 42A, 74D, 25U, 25C, 92Y, 92A, 91B, 52C, 52D, 92G</li></li></ul><li>COMCAM Equipment<br />Technical Equipment<br /><ul><li>Canon 5DMKII
    22. 22. Night Vision capable attachments
    23. 23. Dual photo/video capability with cutting edge High Definition (HD) technology
    24. 24. Apple MacBook Pro
    25. 25. Native HD footage handling
    26. 26. Army-wide VI standardization
    27. 27. VI Industry Professionals standard</li></ul>Tactical Equipment<br /><ul><li>All deployment RFI and CIF issue
    28. 28. M4, EOTEC/ACOG, TAC Light, PEQ-15/2, PVS-14/7</li></ul>CANON 5DMKII<br />
    29. 29. COMCAM Technical Training<br />
    30. 30. Missions Supported<br />Operational Deployments - Continuous Rotations<br /><ul><li> Operation Enduring Freedom 2001 – Present
    31. 31. Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn
    32. 32. OEF SOF Top Secret
    33. 33. Southern Partnership</li></ul>Humanitarian Operations<br /><ul><li>Alerted for the California Fires 2008
    34. 34. NORTHCOM Disaster Relief (continuous basis)
    35. 35. Hurricane Katrina 2005
    36. 36. Pakistan Flood Relief 2010</li></ul>Joint Exercises <br /><ul><li>Balikatan 2008/2009, Philippines
    37. 37. Key Resolve 2011, Korea
    38. 38. Southbound Trooper aka Granite Triangle 2007/2008/2009, </li></ul>Fort Pickett, Virginia<br /><ul><li>Cobra Gold 2008/2009, Thailand
    39. 39. NCR Capital Shield, 2010
    40. 40. JRTC, CMTC, NTC rotations (continuous basis)</li></ul>Various (outside of our scope, but covered)<br /><ul><li>Sergeant Major of the Army NCO and Soldier of the Year Competition
    41. 41. Presidential State of the Union Address & 2009 Inauguration</li></li></ul><li>IO THEMES<br />
    42. 42. Battle Damage Assessment<br />Road damage from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) causes traffic problems near the village of Nawa, Afghanistan. IEDs are a constant threat in Afghanistan, Nov. 20, 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Justin Howe/Released) <br />
    43. 43. Development<br />An Afghan National Army medic, 3rd Kan Dak, 2nd Brigade, checks a patient's vitals during a medical relief operation in Sherzad District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andy Barrera/Released) 101226-A-7222B-036<br />Local Afghan construction workers place the first bricks during the brick laying ceremony for the Agriculture and Mechanical High School funded by the Czech Provincial Reconstruction Team in Pul-E Alam, Logar Province, Afghanistan, on Dec. 4, 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Donald Watkins/Released)<br />
    44. 44. Security<br />An Afghan National Army soldier and Afghan National Police officers prepare to search a home in the Baraki Barak District, Logar Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 19, 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Donald Watkins/Released) 101219-A-4834W-163<br />Afghan National Army soldiers and U.S. Army Soldiers with Company C, 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 10th Mountain Division, in the Baraki Barak District, Logar Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 22, 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Donald Watkins/Released) 101222-A-4834W-954<br />
    45. 45. Governance<br />The Governor of Nangarhar province, GhulAghaSherzai, speaks to the citizens of Sherzad District, Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan, Dec. 26, 2010. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andy Barrera/Released) 101226-A-7222B-115<br />Col. Satar Khan, National Director of Security Forces for Afghanistan takes notes during the Paktika peace conference, Forward Operating Base Rushmore, Jan. 6, 2011. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Zachary Burke/Released) 110106-A-2126B-104<br />
    46. 46. Psychological Operations<br />
    47. 47. Acquisition and Movement of Combat Imagery<br />IO/PAO<br />IMT<br />
    48. 48. COMCAM Guidance<br /><ul><li> “Commanders involved in wartime operations…will plan for, task, sustain, and employ COMCAM forces. Commanders will also expeditiously process and forward COMCAM imagery with captions to the [Defense Imagery Management Operations Center]. </li></ul> -CJCSI 3205.01A, 11 Apr 20<br /><ul><li> “Combat imagery is tangible evidence used to affect battlefield decision-making and is valuable for frontline commanders’ IO. It should be employed in all significant operations, both classified and unclassified.” – FM 3-55.12
    49. 49. “On occasion, commanders who are unfamiliar with COMCAM capabilities have been hesitant to employ COMCAM assets and have denied them access to vital operations, or prevented the movement of imagery to the DIMOC. Fear of inadvertent disclosure of information, lack of understanding of the operational nature of COMCAM as a tactical and strategic asset, and ignorance of the training expertise of COMCAM teams have all resulted in the inefficient use of COMCAM assets in the past.” – FM 3-55.12</li></li></ul><li>KEYS TO SUCCESS<br />Joint COMCAM Field Guide<br />“The key to successful COMCAM mission accomplishment is access to operational events and timely distribution of the products.”<br />“Mission success…depends on official DoD imagery being complete, timely, and above all, highly accurate.”<br />“Anything that weakens or casts doubt on the credibility of official DoD imagery in or outside the DoD shall not be tolerated.”<br />CJCS Instruction 3205.01A, 11 Apr 2003<br />“Operational COMCAM requirements should not be confused with public affairs or press media pool requirements.<br />
    50. 50. 55th COMCAM Contact Info<br />55th Signal Company (Combat Camera)<br />845 Chisholm Ave.<br />Fort Meade, MD 20755-5505<br />55th Operations COM: 301-677-3644/7492<br />55th Operations DSN: 622-3644/7492<br />FAX: 301-677-3049<br />NIPR:<br />NIPR:<br />SIPR:<br />CDR: MAJ Tyler M. Shelbert<br />1SG: 1SG William Armstrong<br />
    51. 51. Questions?<br />