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INSIGHT intent is not understood or if soldiers exercise undisciplined initiative. From this perspective, the critical role of NCOs becomes clear. The commander drives the operations process by understanding, visualizing, describing, directing, leading, and assessing operations.9 As commanders use the mission command warNoncommissioned Officers and fighting function to integrate the other warfighting the Mission Command Warfighting functions—movement and maneuver, intelligence, Function fires, sustainment, and protection—it is their sergeants Next, NCOs need to understand their part in supmajor who provide sage advice on capabilities, outporting the tasks and subordinate systems of the mission comes, concerns, and friction points. They provide their command warfighting function. According to mission commanders with constant assessments and feedback, command doctrine, within the mission command so they can make well-informed decisions. Similarly, warfighting function the main commander tasks are— senior, mid-grade, and first-line leaders—through Drive the operations process feedback, training, education, and experience—inform Develop teams within and outside the their commanders about approaches that have or have organization not worked in the past. They can discuss the effecInform and influence audiences within and outtiveness of various capabilities needed for any of the side the organization warfighting functions. Driving the operations process. NCOs in all specialties and at all levels have a direct role in helping commanders drive the operations process. NCOs at the senior level help commanders organize soldiers with expertise in different specialties to support the appropriate warfighting function. Mid-grade leaders ensure those soldiers are trained, and they share knowledge with their commanders about the availability of or need for expertise to inform commanders’ decisions. First-line leaders execute the mission and perform subordinate tasks within the given intent. In order for commanders to understand and visualize, they must have a reasonably accurate picture of the problem set or mission. U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Audie Smitley discusses which equipment is best Through their leadership and expesuited for future route clearance rience, the sergeants major or other patrols with German combat NCOs provide key information to engineers from Task Force Kunduz, assist commanders in their process 8 March 2011. U.S. Army and German combat engineers trained of understanding and visualizing. together to form a combined Commanders describe and coalition route clearance team that direct as NCOs execute. During would eventually include Afghanistan engineers. execution, NCOs at each level feed Spc. David Huddleston, 18th Engineer Brigade their commanders information • • • MILITARY REVIEW  September-October 2014 9