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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

Chapter Contents Page
Topic A: Supply the Force97
Topic B: Maintain the Force107
Topic C: Sustain the Force113
Topic D: CSS C3I118
Topic E: CSS STAMIS125
Topic F: Health Service Support131


There are areas within the combat service support (CSS) battlefield operating system (BOS) currently executed in OIF at the division and brigade level that warrant special attention. Supply, maintain, and sustain the force (topics A, B, and C) highlight several particular areas which are critical to combat operations in OIF. One example is a brigade combat team's (BCT) inability to distribute and hold water by MTOE under Force XXI, and its inventive solution to alleviate the storage problem called the "camel rack." Another example is a major organization's direction of mass cancellation of all backordered OIF customer requisitions. A third critical point is the successful role class IX expeditors continue to play in the delivery of replacement and repair parts in the theater of operations. A fourth important area is the challenge Coalition Forces continue to face with foreign national bulk fuel smuggling. Many other key CSS issues affecting combat operations support and logistics management are discussed throughout the remainder of the chapter.

The challenges facing units with the development of the Iraqi Civil Defense Corps (ICDC), the New Iraqi Army, the Iraqi Police Force, and the Facilities Protection Service create different demands on the CSS system.

Some divisions found it faster and easier to use the postal service to mail damaged equipment to their home station rather than use the forward repair activities in theater.

The high consumption of track and tires unexpectedly strains the wholesale system and the industrial base beyond its limits.

The improvements of laundry advanced system (LADS) over the M-85 laundry trailer are making a marked impact on troop support and water consumption in the areas of operation. The damaging effects of a high saline content in the water table on reverse osmosis water purification unit (ROWPU) components have tasked the system for replacement components and have changed thought on where and how deep to drill for water.

Many CSS platforms equipped with the Force XXI battlefield command brigade and below (FBCB2) system have found it provides commanders and staffs real time situational awareness of logistics platform movement.

The standard army management information system (STAMIS) faces a real challenge in the austere environment of OIF. The sterilization of STAMIS and the vulnerability of the hardware along with the satellite employment of the system provide a clear look at the challenge.

There are a number of new medical/health issues that have been encountered in Iraq and Kuwait. Areas from medical unit communications to combat lifesavers to wheeled ambulance availability have been addressed.

Although challenged by new obstacles presented in OIF, logisticians of the CSS community continue to adapt exceptionally well to both the changing environment and unparalleled support requirements.

Table of Contents
Chapter 3-Topic E: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)
Chapter 4-Topic A-Subtopic 1: Water Operations in OIF

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