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Goldminers' Tactics, Techniques and Procedures for Combat Service Support (CSS) is published by CALL for the Logistics Observer/Controllers at the National Training Center (NTC). This bulletin provides recent trends and the TTP necessary to prepare for combat and contingency operations during Home-Station training.

The views expressed should not be construed as doctrine; they simply reflect smart ways of doing business in the CSS arena. This bulletin is an informal means of sharing successful TTP emerging from the combat operations as BLUFOR units fight the People's Paumphian Guerrillas and the People's Krasnovian Army in the Theater of Mojavia. This "combat" creates the best training environment short of war that can be replicated for a Forward Support Battalion (FSB). The NTC experience truly tests the FSB's METL of Move, Defend and Provide CSS, while testing the mettle of the officers and soldiers of these outstanding units under rigorous, demanding conditions.


Greetings from the Goldminer Team in the Theater of Mojovia! This is NTC's first newsletter focused on CSS operations put together by the Logistics Trainer team. The hard facts of the battlefield clearly demonstrate that CSS elements must survive on the battlefield if they plan to provide support to their Brigade Combat Team (BCT). This newsletter provides you with TTP that work in achieving the goal of increased combat readiness.

Take the time to review and incorporate what's provided here. We're presenting field-tested TTP. . .they represent "A WAY." The burden is on you to decide if these suggestions and recommendations apply to your unit, based on your assessment. My goal is to routinely publish our observations (technical and tactical) to provide tactical logisticians ways to improve their performance.

One key lesson: tactical logisticians cannot concentrate only on their technical branch skills. To conduct CSS operations in the brigade sector, a logistician must have the leadership skills to be both technically and tactically competent to execute METL tasks.

The key to success actually lies in training at Home Station that follows the maneuver commander's guidance for logistical support. There must be clearly defined areas of responsibility and established standards of performance: define the standard, communicate it, train the standard, and then enforce the standard.

This requires a good, well thought-out training plan supported by the brigade commander. It also requires you to have the ability to establish a close-the-loop system where you can see yourself tactically and logistically. Self-assessment is key.

The NTC experience will challenge your Brigade Support Area (BSA)'s ability to survive on the battlefield by defeating the enemy's ability to accomplish the mission of disrupting logistics operations.

Remember that there are many key players in the BSA in addition to logisticians. One of the keys to success lies in commanders at all levels understanding how to integrate the different Battlefield Operating Systems (BOSs) represented in the BSA. Some questions commanders should be routinely considering for BSA operations:

  • What does the commander want to achieve with each BOS element?

  • What "picture" of the desired endstate does the commander wish to paint in the Commander's Intent/Concept of Maneuver?

  • Has the IPB process identified mounted/dismounted avenues of approach into the BSA/FLE/LRP locations?

  • Given the FSB's own weapon systems and attached BOS weapon systems, do we know where we want to kill the enemy? Day or night?

  • Do we know how to prepare and proof an engagement area?

These and a myriad of other questions provide leaders the challenges inherent in the art of battle command. In the BSA, those challenges hinge on the ability to balance support requirements against the necessity for security operations.

I hope the logistics community and all BOS members of the BSA find this newsletter useful. We welcome feedback. E-mail or FAX input to help our team disseminate successful TTP in subsequent newsletters, and in our daily coaching of rotational units.

Lieutenant Colonel, Ordnance Corps
Senior Logistics Trainer-GM07

DSN: 470-5094/5594; COML: (619) 380-5094/5549; FAX: DSN 470-5355; E-MAIL: GM07@IRWIN.ARMY.MIL

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