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Developing a viable concept of logistics support and fully integrating that support into the overall battle plan are essential to mission success.

Recent experience at the Combat Training Centers (CTCs) has shown that units have difficulty estimating support requirements, maintaining equipment readiness, establishing area protection and security, evacuating casualties, and synchronizing logistics operations in the Brigade Support Area (BSA).

CTC Combat Service Support (CSS): The Tail Talks is published by CALL for the Logistics Observer/Controllers (O/Cs) at the National Training Center (NTC), Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC), and Combat Maneuver Training Center (CMTC). The articles are authored by CSS O/Cs and provide recent trends and the TTP that the O/Cs have found to help units achieve success in the environment of the CTCs.

These tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) should not be construed as doctrine; they simply reflect smart ways of doing business in the CSS area.

This newsletter is intended to assist not only logisticians, but also maneuver commanders at brigade and battalion/task force levels.

Director, Center for Army Lessons Learned

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