An operation, usually small-scale, involving a swift penetration of hostile territory to secure information, to confuse the enemy, or to destroy his installations. It ends with a planned withdrawal upon completion of the assigned mission. A group of unit representatives dispatched to a probable new site of operations in advance of the main body to secure, reconnoiter and organize an area prior to the main body's arrival and occupation. (AFPM 3-8-1, PAM 3-071,S-2008)

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