Figure 1-6.--MEF major subordinate commands.
REAR AREA SECURITY
and therefore must be familiar with the rear area
The main objective of rear area security (RAS) is
The CSSE or the ACE commander is usually
to minimize the effects of an enemy attack. Tactics
appointed by the MAGTF commander to coordinate
used by the RAS include measures taken prior, during,
rear mea security (RAS) and normally functions as the
and after an enemy airborne attack, sabotage,
rear area security coordinator (RASC). The RASC
infiltration, guerrilla action, or initiation of
monitors the day-today operations of the rear area
psychological or propaganda warfare. The MAGTF
through the combat service support operations center
rear area is the area extended rearward from the rear
(CSSOC) and the rear area operations center (RAOC).
boundary of the Ground Combat Element (GCE) to
the MAGTF rear boundary.
ensure that NCF assets and capabilities are
incorporated into the RAS effort.
The objective of RAS is to provide defense for all
forces operating within the MAGTF rear area so those
functions associated with rear area operations, in
PROVISIONAL SECURITY FORCES
support of combat operations, are not interrupted. All
units in the rear area must be prepared to defend
An MEF RASC can organize two types of
themselves to accomplish this objective. A cluster
provisional security forces: the previsional mobile
concept is used within the rear area so base facility
security platoons (PMSPs) and the provisional
operations centers are established. An NMCB has a
h e l i c o p t e r - b o r n e security company (PHSC).
formidable array of weapons and has a significant
MAGTFs, smaller than an MEF, will have a tailored
capability for defensive operations within the rear
provisional security force. Based on the mission and
threat assessment, these units can be used to support
local defense efforts in the support of the RAS. These
units should be included in your defense plan.
BASE FACILITY COMMANDER
Provisional Mobile Security
The base facility commander is responsible for the
facility assigned to him or her. Each unit is assigned
The force service support group (FSSG), located
to a base facility and reports to the base facility
within the rear area, can field two provisional mobile