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The written FA support plan is an appendix to the fire support annex to a maneuver force OPORD. The FA support plan provides for coordinated action to carry out the decisions of the FA unit commander in support of the maneuver operation.

Field Artillery Support Plan Format

The FA support plan follows the format of the five-paragraph OPORD and refers to both the maneuver force OPORD and its fire support annex. However, not all of the commanders and staffs of the units supporting the force FA headquarters preparing the FA support plan will receive copies of the maneuver force OPORD or its fire support annex. Therefore, the FA support plan may reiterate critical items of information to ensure that all commanders and staffs receive the information. The FA support plan should not include information already available in unit SOPs. The purpose of the written plan is to inform subordinate and supporting units of tasks and requirements that are peculiar to a specific operation.

The format for a FA support plan begins below. Explanations are given for the various paragraphs and subparagraphs in the relevant portions of the order.

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