1A-2. Principles of Movement Control, Continued
Forward support is dependent upon fast, reliable transportation to move supplies
and personnel as far forward as possible. Forward support is a combat multiplier
allowing the commander to concentrate all his forces on the enemy. The key to
forward support is the reception and clearance capabilities at the destination units.
These capabilities may include professional organizations to enhance the organic
capabilities of tactical units. This may require the attachment of operational level
transportation assets to tactical level units. However, any forward support
relinquishing centralized control for extended periods of time must be balanced
against the transportation system's requirements for the provision of time utility
and to weight the battle at decisive times and places. These are examples of
forward-oriented transportation support:
The delivery of ammunition forward to brigade support areas (BSAs) so the
fighting elements have sufficient quantities required by high firing rates.
The delivery of ammunition and fuel allows the maneuver commander to
seize tactical opportunities and retain the initiative.
The evacuation of disabled equipment from forward sites to rear maintenance
locations so it can be rapidly returned to the fight.
The delivery of critical supplies such as rations, water, fuel, and ammunition
to units operating at and even forward of the forward line of own troops
These examples demonstrate how transporters may assist the commander by
allowing him to remain relatively free of his combat support requirements.
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