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Appendix M

Staging Operations

This Appendix discusses the factors involved in the planning of staging operations. It also discusses the factors to consider in selecting a TSB and the TSB Commander's responsibilities.
Planning Factors

M-1. Real estate size and management are two important factors to consider in the selection of a TSB and the planning of staging operations. A divisional main support battalion, tactically dispersed, requires about 35 square kilometers to provide adequate dispersion for its operational elements, equipment and sustaining materiel. During Operation Joint Endeavor, the main support battalion of the 1st Armored Division had an average of 450 containers and 20 pallets in its work area each day. The amount of sustainment materiel would have increased greatly with more intensive combat operations. The approximate footprint (data provided for equipment only, not total stowage space required) of selected major US combat formations is provided in Table M-1, below:

Table M-1. Footprint of Selected Major US Army Combat Formations

  M-2. Command, Control, and Communications duties include-


  • Area Selection-selects staging area based on guidance received from the JFC, space available for unit dispersion, transportation network to and from the port, and transportation network to support onward movement.
  • Automatic Data Processing-plans ADP requirements to support the TSB and staging unit needs.
  • Command and Control-coordinates all operations and communications within the TSB and assists the staging unit in coordinating its future operations.
  • Terrain and facilities management.
  • Communications (external)-supports staging unit communication needs as required
  • Communications (internal)-establishes staging area internal communication system for TSB and staging unit use.
  • Reports Procedures-processes reports on staging units.
  • Security-coordinates area security and the internal security requirements.


M-3. Host Nation Support duties include-


  • Host Nation Support- coordinates host nation support to support TSB operations.
  • Linguists -provides/coordinates linguistic support for contract, local purchases, and so forth.


M-4. Maintenance duties are to provide maintenance support as required.


M-5. Onward Movement duties include-


  • Blocking, bracing, and tie-downs.
  • Movement Control.
  • Railhead Operations- plans and operates railhead as required.


M-6. Security duties include-


  • OPSEC.
  • Security- plans TSB defensive operations.


M-7. Services include-


  • Contracting Support.
  • Food Service Operations.
  • Latrines.
  • Laundry.
  • MHE.
  • Combat Health Support.
  • Mortuary Affairs.
  • Refueling.
  • Religious Support.
  • Shower Support.
  • Water/Ice Supply.
  • Trash Disposal.


M-8. Supply Support includes-


  • Class II items/CIF/Clothing Exchange/Individual Equipment.
  • SSSC.


M-9. Transportation includes-


  • Transportation (local).
  • Traffic Control.
M-10. Other Support includes —
  • Engineer-coordinates engineer construction needs (infrastructure: latrines, showers, tent floors, barriers, checkpoints, roads, bridges, and so forth).
  • EOD-coordinates countermines measures, explosive ordnance disposal as required.
  • Health and Comfort Items.
  • Maps.
  • NBC-develops and implements NBC defense plan (detection, chemical reconnaissance, biological identification, NBC warning, NBC reporting, and decontamination) as required.
  • Power (generators, and so forth)-provides/coordinates power sources.
  • Public Affairs-plans and coordinates public affairs/news releases.
  • Tents-provides tents (for office, billeting, and storage).

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