I couldn't find a rule that tells me that he is in communication with BN HQ. (BN HQ has no pieces in this mission). I assume he is in communication. Yes?
Yes. As long as the CO has the BN TAC radio/phone, and the BN HQ is off map, they are in communication (NOTE: if using the phone to communicate with the BN HQ, there must be a legal phone line connection between the CO HQ and the Staging Area). I'll update the errata (and later the living rules) to reflect this.
I assumed Yes to the above and pulled an Action Card. (Made some assumptions, couldn't find the rule. Action Deck is shuffled prior to play to include the reshuffled card). I got a 5 (modified is still a 5).
Well done. And 5 is nice :-).
So that is 5 commands. 4.1.1 seems to imply I can use the commands to 'activate' subordinates. That makes sense. Now we convert the commands to actions. So I think I can spend the command points based on the cost on the action menu.
Read 3.3 through 3.3.1C
The first action I see at the top of the command menu is 'Activate a subordinate HQ or Staff'. Makes me second guess my understanding. Now I am thinking that I need to spend the one command point to activate a subordinate.
Just wondering how this works. I think I can straight spend the commands by the cost on the chart. Yes?
Certainly, as long as the HQ/unit has available commands, and/or is in communication with an eligible originator. Note that Activation is far more efficient than Initiative. Yet the vagaries of combat will make a mess of it all anyway.
Best of luck.