ORGANIZATION AND MISSION
OF DIVISIONAL FIRE SUPPORT UNITS
Critical Task: 01-5838.07-0001
In this lesson, you will learn about the mission and organization of divisional fire support units. You will also
learn the duties and responsibilities of the signal officer in a divisional fire support unit.
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
Discuss the organization and mission of divisional fire support units.
You will have this lesson.
To demonstrate competency, you must achieve a minimum of 70% on the subcourse
The material in this lesson was derived from the following publications:
FM 6-2-1J, FM 6-20, FM 3-09.22, FM 11-41, FM 11-50, FM 24-1, and Division Artillery
(Heavy Division) Commanders' TOE Handbook, 06300L-CTH, April 1990.
Division fire support systems consist of artillery, Air Force, mortars, nonlethal electronic warfare (EW) and, when
available, naval gunfire and aviation. The division fire support plan is integrated into the scheme of maneuver
consistent with the division commander's intent. To achieve this, the commander and his staff, with the advice
and expertise of the division fire support coordinator (FSCOORD), think in terms of the total systems available.
The commander allocates fire support systems to support his maneuver elements and to preserve his freedom of
maneuver by fighting deep, close, and rear operations. He provides for an overwhelming counterfire effort. The
FSCOORD recommends an allocation of systems and organizations in