DISCOM elements. The DISCOM elements in the BSA are organized into forward area support teams
(FAST). One of the FASTs provides direct support maintenance for signal equipment.
h. A military police (MP) platoon from the division's MP company conducts reconnaissance of
main supply routes, performs a variety of area security operations, processes enemy prisoners of war,
and maintains law and order.
i. An air defense battery from the division's air defense battalion provides air defense support.
Light Infantry Maneuver Battalion. Its mission is to close with the enemy by means of fire and
maneuver in order to destroy or capture him, or to repel his assault by fire, close combat, and
counterattack. The battalion conducts stability operations in an internal defense and development
mission in a LIC environment. There are 560 soldier (34 officers, one warrant, and 525 enlisted) in the
light infantry maneuver battalion (Figure 1-3).
Figure 1-3. Light infantry maneuver battalion
a. The HHC has 170 solders (19 officers, one warrant, and 150 enlisted). Its organization is
shown in Figure 1-4. The battalion HQ provide command, control, and supervision of the operation of
the light infantry battalion and attached units. The HQ company provide unit administration and
logistical support of the battalion staff sections. It also provides reconnaissance, mortar and antitank fire
support, unit administration, and logistical and unit-level health services support for the battalion and