Lessons from the desert / by Stephen J. Marshman.
Associated Name: Army War College (U.S.)
Publication year: 1993.
Call Number AD-A 264 863
Media class: eBook
Publisher: Carlisle Barracks, PA : U.S. Army War College
A personal experience monograph based on the exploits of the 498th Support Battalion, 2d Armored Division (Forward), during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Series title: USAWC Military Studies Program paper ; Personal experience monograph ; Student papers
Additional information: 232 p. ; 28 cm.
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This paper records the major experiences of the 498th Support Battalion, 2d Armored Division (Forward), during that unit's involvement in Operations DESERT SHIELD and STORM/ The 498th was a unique unit, well-suited for the gamut of operations conducted by 2 AD (FWD) during its stay in SWA. The author commanded the 498th Support Battalion from June 1989 until June 1991, throughout preparatory training in Germany and the period of Deployment. Portrayed herein are the diversity of missions and challenges faced by the entire 2d Armored Division (Forward), and the ingenuity and flexibility of logistical soldiers as they met their particularly challenges. Organized essentially as a separate brigade support battalion, the 498th Support Battalion was substantially more robust than divisional forward support battalions. This structure made the organization more flexible and capable . Because the 198th was organic to the brigade it supported, it was thoroughly integrated into the combat team. The flexibility and capability of this structure argues for a more robust Forward Support Battalion, perhaps even at the expense of other Division Support Command assets. In these days of declining resources, a more robust FSB, better teamed with a maneuver brigade, may be the basis for a workable, alternative CSS structure.
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