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Support relationships show the manner of support a commander
responsibilities remain with the parent engineer unit.
Engineers in a DS relationship provide dedicated
support to a specific unit.
The supported commander
assigns tasks directly to the engineer unit, and these
Command, administrative, and logistical
responsibilities remain with the parent engineer unit,
which employs engineer subunits to efficiently accomplish
A DS relationship precludes further task
organization of the engineer unit by the supported maneuver
GS. Engineers in a GS relationship provide support to the
force on an area basis instead of providing support to a
Units request support through the area
commander on a task-by-task basis.
The commander then
establishes priorities and assigns the task to an engineer
Centralized and decentralized control.
A discussion of
offensive and defensive considerations is necessary to
better understand centralized and decentralized forms of
Offensive. Mobility is the primary offensive engineer
function, so most division engineers are task-
organized in command relationships with forward
The leading TFs of both the main-effort
brigade and its supporting brigades usually receive a
division engineer battalion. This battalion is almost
totally oriented on mobility and rapid breaching and
Its assets provide countermobility
obstacles that protect the maneuver force's flank.
Maneuver forces can use a mobile or an
area defensive scheme or a combination of both,
depending on METT-T factors.
differ based on the selected pattern.
(page 2-2, para 2-2)
A maneuver commander cannot assign a more authoritative command
relationship than he receives from a higher authority.
assign a less authoritative relationship to further attach to,
place under OPCON to, or give a support mission for a subordinate
headquarters to an engineer unit attached to him.
commander may further place under OPCON to or give a support
mission for a subordinate headquarters to an engineer unit OPCON
engineer unit in direct support to him, but he cannot task-
organize it or give it to a subordinate headquarters.
(page 2-5, para 2-3)