A company contracted by Multi-National Corps-Iraq provided one site leader and four workers who, under the SSA technician's direction, assisted in receiving, storing, and issuing classes II (clothing and individual equipment), HIP (packaged petroleum, oils, and lubricants), IV (construction and barrier materials), and IX (repair parts). The same contractor also provided facility operations and maintenance for the FOB, bulk water purification, more than 40 mechanics to work in the unit motor pools, laundry services, latrine and shower cleaning, refueling and maintenance of generators, management for the gym, dining facility support, and morale, welfare, and recreation events.
Integrating Contractors Into Brigade Support Battalion Operations by Major DaMien Green As the sun set over the desert landscape of Forward The vehicle shortage especially hindered the BSB’s Operating Base (FOB) Hammer, the logisticians of construction projects. The BSB waited a month for the 203d Brigade Support Battalion (BSB) prepared concrete to arrive because concrete was in high demand another convoy in support of the 3d Brigade Combat at all combat outposts, patrol bases, joint security sites, Team (BCT) of the 3d Infantry Division (Mecha- and everywhere else that was not yet protected. But nized). Following the afternoon logistics synchroniza- once the concrete began to flow, the BSB Soldiers tion meeting, the distribution company’s truck master thought they had the construction under control with returned to her office to make the final adjustments to their palletized load systems (PLSs). How hard could the next day’s convoy plans. it be to move t-wall and Jersey barriers, Scud bunkers, Her first call was to the supply support activity and towers? They learned the hard way that they defi- (SSA). Answering the radio was Mr. Smith, the site lead nitely did not have it under control. for a company that provided personnel augmentation The corps was able to loan the BSB a crane to use to SSAs throughout Iraq. “I need you to load onto indefinitely and two qualified Soldiers to operate it for 1 the Iraqi truck platoon’s flatbeds 10 containers of the week. Their first mission was at Combat Outpost Cahill, Rhino Snot for Combat Outpost Salie. The convoy is which is a few kilometers north of the Salmon Pak leaving tomorrow morning. I’ll have the convoy, upon facility near Baghdad. Within 3 weeks, the crane, which its return, stop at the SSA to pick it up.” “Understood,” had been abused for months, finally had to be taken was his response. back to the Victory Base complex for extensive main- Mr. Smith stepped outside the office container to tenance. The 3d BCT had no organic crane capability, pass the message. Looking into the issue lanes, he so the BSB had to rely entirely on a contractor’s 60-ton saw Haider Ezzet using a 4,000-pound forklift to load crane to emplace concrete. It was obvious that the BSB a supply truck. Mr. Ezzet and four additional forklift needed help to move the concrete and barriers. operators were contracted through a purchase request and commitment (PR&C) to work in battalion motor Filling the Transportation Gap pools and the SSA. Mr. Smith entered the issue section On 22 June 2007, a contract was awarded to an tent and passed the message to the noncommissioned Iraqi company to move 1,715 barriers. The contract officer-in-charge for the section. was written so that the vendor was paid by the number A couple of hours later, a group of contractors rolled of barriers moved. The conditions-based statement through the FOB’s entry control point after return- of work (versus time-based) gave the BSB increased ing from a barrier mission at Combat Outpost Salie. flexibility to determine the right delivery time based Through FM radio, Sergeant Williams spoke with the on the tactical situation. The contracted personnel and contractors and confirmed his next mission and the their equipment easily merged into BSB operations. delivery of the Rhino Snot, a soil stabilizer actually Although the company was not a military unit of any called Envirotac II. The contractors were filling a gap kind, it worked under the distribution company just like and working side-by-side with the 203d BSB Soldiers. a platoon, so the Sold
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