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CALL Newsletter 04-13
Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF)
CAAT II Initial Impressions Report (IIR)

Chapter 4: Combat Service Support
Topic F: Health Service Support

Subtopic 2: Medical Logistics Personnel

Observation Synopsis

Ordering of CL VIII and its distribution is highly dependent on the medical supply section in the forward support battalion's medical company. A very competent and diligent section is needed to not only place orders for supplies, but also to track their status, arrival, and distribution. A weak section and/or perceived unreliability of the section resulted in supported units bypassing the medical company with their CL VIII orders and ordering directly from the division medical supply office (DMSO). This direct ordering was permitted by the DMSO because they recognized the problem that was not being fixed or addressed and bypassed it to improve medical care. The major aspect of the problem noted above was a result of an inefficient medical supply section for the brigade.

Lessons Learned

  • Weak medical supply section at the brigade (or any other level) will be bypassed by providers if possible due to the urgent need for timely ordering and receipt of medical supplies.
  • Units and commanders must ensure that their medical supply section is fully competent in their assigned duties and responsibilities.
  • The motivation and attention to details necessary for tracking orders and supplies, knowing which medical supplies are on-hand, and initiative to remedy shortages must not be assumed by supervising NCOs and officers.

Table of Supporting Observations

Observation Title CALLCOMS
File Number
Medical Issues-Medical Logistics Personnel 10000-04100

Table of Contents
Chapter 4-Topic F-Subtopic 1: Class VIII Medical Re-Supply
Chapter 4-Topic F-Subtopic 3: Combat Lifesavers (CLS)

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