COMBAT SERVICE SUPPORT
1st Corps Support Command (1st COSCOM)
The 1st COSCOM deployed shortly after combat units and supported Army forces throughout Panama. Task-organized to meet the needs of Army forces, 1st COSCOM integrated the 41st area support group (ASG) and existing facilities to establish logistics command and control and began providing support. It furnished supply, maintenance, transportation, medical, and field services to JTFSO units. In addition to doctrinal missions, it provided humanitarian support to refugee/detainee camps and delivered relief supplies.
Area Support Group (41st ASG)
The mission of the 41st ASG, organic to USARSO, was to provide support to Army elements of JTFSO during JUST CAUSE. Its mission priorities were refueling aviation assets, movement of combat soldiers/units, medical evacuation, and rear area security. In particular, a unique unit, the 1097th Medium Boat Company, worked from both the Atlantic and Pacific sides of the old canal zone conducting amphibious assaults and critical resupply missions.
Although support was mainly from fixed sites, subordinate units had to establish forward sites to best supply deployed units. The 193d Support Battalion, for example, established a forward ammunition transfer point (ATP) at Ft. Clayton. Sites were established at Empire Range, Venado drop zone, Rio Hato, and David for refueling operations. The extensive use of helicopters required support units to provide over one million gallons of JP5. Most of the fuel had to be moved by truck initially, then placed in fuel system supply points or forward area refueling equipment.
The 41st ASG continued to support during redeployment and as Operation PROMOTE LIBERTY began.
The 44th Med Bde deployed to Howard Air Force Base, establishing a Joint Casualty Collection Point on 19 Dec. Organized with two Forward Surgical Teams and integrating in-place units, the brigade performed over 70 surgical procedures prior to patients being evacuated to the U.S. Additionally, aeromedical evacuation and medical logistics detachments provided support that saved American lives.
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