Professionally converted for accurate flowing-text e-book format reproduction, this field manual (FM) 3-04.126, is intended for use by commanders, staffs, and United States military personnel expecting to operate and employ Army aviation attack reconnaissance units. This FM is the Army's doctrine for how to fight and sustain attack reconnaissance helicopter battalions, squadrons, companies and troops. The operational concepts described in this manual are based on Army doctrine as established in FM 1, FM 3-0, and FM 3-04.111. Emphasis is placed on modular force structure and the enhanced operational capability provided by Army aviation transformation. FM 3-04.126 applies to the Active Army, the Army National Guard/Army National Guard of the United States, the United States Army Reserve, and Army civilian employees across the spectrum of conflict, unless otherwise stated. It builds on collective knowledge and experience gained through recent operations, numerous exercises, and the deliberate process of informed reasoning. This publication is rooted in time-tested principles and fundamentals, while accommodating new technologies, and evolving responses to the diverse threats to our national security. This manual will also assist Army proponent schools in teaching attack reconnaissance helicopter operations. FM 3-04.126 describes attack reconnaissance organizations, missions, command and control (C2), tactical employment and sustainment. It describes the responsibilities and duties of essential personnel during training, operations and combat. This manual is authoritative but not considered inflexible. Each situation in combat must be resolved by an intelligent interpretation and application of the doctrine set forth herein. Standardized battalion, squadron, company and troop operations are necessary for the effective employment of aviation battalion task forces. To this end, like companies and troops should follow similar operational and employment procedures. Appendixes A through D provide supplemental information on aircraft survivability, Army aviation air-ground integration, joint air attack team operations, and aircraft characteristics.
Chapter 1 * Missions and Organization * Section I - Overview * Combined Arms * Fundamentals * Section II - Missions * Attack Reconnaissance Battalion * Air Cavalry Squadron * Section III - Organization * Attack Reconnaissance Battalion.. Air Cavalry Squadron * Chapter 2 * Command and Control * Section I - Command and Control * Command * Control * Command and Control Systems * Communications * Battalion Communication Nets * Section II - Battalion Command and Control * Battalion Command Group * Tactical Command Post * Main Command Post * Battalion Planning Considerations * Section III - Company Command and Control * Company Command Post * Company Planning Considerations * Section IV - Meetings and Briefings * Operations Order Brief * Air Mission Brief * Team Brief * Crew Mission Brief * Section V - Rehearsals * Rehearsal Sequence and Attendance * Rehearsal Question Resolution * Conflict Resolution at the Rehearsal * Additional Rehearsals * Rehearsal Completion * Section VI - End of Mission Debriefing and After-Action Review * Debriefs * After-Action Review * Chapter 3 * Employment * Section I - Introduction * Section II - Team Employment * more