|Army and Marine Joint
|by First Lieutenant Glen R. Dowling
The Army and Marine
Corps established a joint ammunition supply point in
overcoming the differences between the Army and Marine Corps
class V operations.
The recent transformation of the military’s
combat service support structure has fostered new working
relationships among the military services. This was demonstrated
by the need for a more fluid Army class V (ammunition) support
system in Iraq’s Anbar province, where Army class V
support was not available in the area of operations. Units
needing class V support had to travel hundreds of miles from
Al Asad to Taqqadum to obtain ammunition, putting more Soldiers
in harm’s way. Recently, the 1st Marine Logistics Group
and the Army’s 593d Sustainment Brigade agreed to establish
an Army class V activity within the Marine ammunition supply
point (ASP) at Al Asad. The agreement has provided two important
benefits: It has reduced the number of required convoys, and
it has provided quality class V support to Army units.
The largest challenge in this integration was in breaking
down historical barriers between the Army and the Marine Corps.
This challenge was initially overcome by the hospitable attitude
of the 1st Marine Logistics Group’s chain of command.
Giving up a piece of their operation seemed to be a welcome
Combined Marine Corps and Army Operations
The 1st Marine Logistics Group’s only request was that
the Army Soldiers comply with their standing operating procedures
(SOPs). This created the additional challenge of combining
the Marine and Army SOPs. Surprisingly, the only differences
were in nomenclature. For instance, a Marine logistics support
group has an operations chief, a storage chief, an issues
and segregations chief, and a records chief. An Army ammunition
supply activity has an officer in charge (OIC) and a noncommissioned
officer in charge (NCOIC) to execute the duties of the operations
and storage chiefs and a Standard Army Ammunition System Modernization
(SAAS–MOD) operator in place of the records chief.
Soldiers also had to adapt to Marine Corps safety standards.
According to the memorandum of agreement, Soldiers must wear
steel toe boots, coveralls, and a modular integrated communications
helmet (MICH) while working in the ASP.
Soldiers and Marines would be integrated on work details,
guard duty, and site maintenance activities. The Soldiers
also would assist the Marines with the receipt, warehousing,
and materials-handling issues of their supplies.
Establishing Army Class V Operations
The 593d Sustainment Brigade’s class V activity consisted
of only a small detachment of five Soldiers from the 63d Ordnance
Company, a senior noncommissioned officer from the 4th Corps
Materiel Management Center (CMMC), and an OIC from the 24th
Quartermaster Company. The team initiated the operation by
requesting and activating its Department of Defense Activity
Address Code (DODAAC). It then established the SAAS–MOD
network connection, using a combat service support very small
aperture terminal. The team also organized the movement of
38 Government-owned containers to the ammunition supply activity
for class V modular storage.
The Army established ammunition supply activity storage facilities
at the Marine ASP consisting of 4 cells that hold 63,000 pounds
of net explosive weight (NEW) per cell and 1 cell that holds
214,105 pounds of NEW, for a total of 466,105 pounds NEW.
A final challenge was to account for the frustrated Army ammunition
that had been accumulating over the past months.
requisition and issue processes for the Army/Marine
ammunition point combine Army and Marine Corps
Requisition and Issue Procedures
The Al Asad ammunition supply activity supports Task Force
1–36, Task Force 1–133, the 630th Combat Sustainment
Support Battalion (CSSB), and many companies within our
area of operations. We streamlined the ammunition supply
requisition process. The new procedures are follows—
- The supported unit initiates a Training Ammunition Management Information
System-Redesigned (TAMIS–R) request.
- A TAMIS–R number is assigned along with the unit document number
on a Department of the Army (DA) Form 581, Request for Issue and Turn-in
- The 4th CMMC validates the request, based on the logistics status report,
authorizations, and controlled supply rates.
- The request then is sent to the ASP for stock
- TAMIS–R sends an email to all parties involved in the transaction,
telling the status and action required to continue processing the request.
With a TAMIS–R code for Al Asad available,
supported units can select the Al Asad ammunition supply activity
as the issue point. The requesting unit then contacts the
ASP to coordinate issue.
Class V shipments arrive by both air and ground transportation.
If a class V shipment arrives by air, the arrival/departure
airfield control group personnel load the ammunition on pre-positioned
trailers and notify both the 630th CSSB and the ASP.
During the hours of nautical twilight (darkness), the ammunition
should be moved to the ASP holding area. Once at the ASP,
the Army NCOIC inventories the ammunition and ensures that
it is posted to the SAAS–MOD accountable record and
sent to the Marine OIC. If a class V shipment arrives by convoy,
it is staged in the holding area during
nautical twilight and inventoried by the Army NCOIC, who ensures
that it is posted to the
SAAS–MOD accountable record and sent to the Marine OIC.
Once the ammunition is received and inventoried, the ammunition
is properly labeled and stored in its respective container.
The Marine Corps’ requisition process differs from the
Army’s in that the Marine unit puts the request through
the S–4 ammunition chief, who submits the request to
the Marine logistics group G–4. The G–4 then approves
or denies the request. If approved, the G–4 sends the
request to the ASP by email.
The Army procedures for class V issue are as
- The Army NCOIC verifies supported unit signature cards and DA Forms
- The supported unit is then escorted to the issue pad for load up.
- The supported unit representative verifies the Department of Defense
Identification Code (DODIC) and quantity of ammunition on the issue
- A count is conducted before the unit signs for the ammunition.
- The supported unit signs for the issue and moves it with organic assets.
- The requesting unit can obtain transportation support by contacting
the movement control team, which is collocated with the sustainment
In the Marine issue processó
- The records department receives the request and completes Department
of Defense Form (DD) 1348–1A, Issue Release/Receipt Document,
for the requested ammunition.
- The documents are sent to storage, where the requested items are pulled.
- The ammunition is counted twice and matched to the DD 1348s, and a
copy of the documentation is sent to the issue section.
- The issue section picks up all ammunition and takes it to the issue
lot to separate using military standard transportation and
issue procedures. Once in the issue section, ammunition
is either staged for pickup or
prepared for convoy.
- The unit picking up the ammunition also conducts a count. If the inventory
is complete and all counts match, the ammunition is bundled and loaded
on a convoy vehicle.
- Three copies of the inventory are dispatched—one to the convoy
commander, one to the unit being issued, and one for records.
Accountability and Reporting
Accountability and reporting procedures are equally thorough.
SAAS–MOD reporting, net explosive weights, the DODIC, and a
LOT locator file are sent to the sustainment brigade, Marine OIC,
and CMMC daily to provide stock and transaction visibility. [LOT
locator is a specific location code relating to how and where ammunition
can be stored.] The files created in the SAAS–MOD transactions
are loaded into TAMIS–R to reflect issued items on the unit
TAMIS–R requests. A 100-percent inventory also is completed
The Army and Marine Corps class V merger at Al Asad was
not only historic; it was an enormous contribution—building teams
capable of extraordinary success and joining new ideas and methods to
best support the warfighter.
First Lieutenant Glen R. Dowling is the Company Operations
Officer and Class V Officer in Charge in Anbar Province,
Iraq. He holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal
justice from Arizona State University and is a graduate
of the Infantry Officer Basic Course, Bradley Leaders Course,
and Airborne Course.