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The amount of work orders at the direct support maintenance shop was minimal. The shop repaired only a few radios and noted that seldom were the problems from organizational or operator-level maintenance. Contact teams were deployed forward to the maneuver units, but the equipment held up well as soldiers conducted routine maintenance. Some items, such as tires, ran short, but the resupply from CONUS was responsive.


Soldiers and commanders said the equipment performed exceptionally well. Preventive maintenance checks and services (PMCS) pulled on radios, weapons systems, vehicles, and all other manner of equipment, leads to improved readiness. The result in Panama was equipment reliability that supported a fast-moving operation in an environment where heat and humidity would normally take a heavy toll.


  • Logistics SOPs should state that status reports serve a dual function--as a report and as a requisition for shortages.

  • PMCS are even more important during contingency operations due to the limited support slice; repairs are difficult and spares are almost nonexistent.

  • Tire wear was accelerated due to glass, stone, and debris in the city streets. Increase tire prescribed load list for MOUT.

  • Units must have workable graves registration (GRREG) procedures and personnel identified to perform those functions when augmentation personnel do not deploy or are too limited to support all units.

  • Body bags for friendly, enemy, and civilian casualties need to be readily available to combat units to secure remains. Position body bags, masks, and gloves with combat trains.

Table of Contents, Volume III
Soldier Sustainment
Lessons Learned - Logistics & Equipment: Contracting

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