Before you complete your plan, you need to have an idea where you will operate and what the terrain
area. This will give you an idea about the type of terrain in which you will be working. Information from the
Once you complete your plan, issue an operation order. Once you complete the operation order, issue
your order orally. Whenever possible, issue the order from a location where your soldiers can see their
objective. If this cannot be done, use a terrain model or a sketch. When you issue the complete order,
make sure your soldiers understand it. Be sure they know how you expect to accomplish the mission and
how they fit into the overall plan. Explain to them what to do if you lose communication, and make sure you
give the order in language they understand. The final step in troop-leading procedures is supervision. After
you issue the warning order, you must diligently and constantly check details, conduct back briefs and
rehearsals, and before the operation begins, inspect. Troop-leading procedures help you prepare your
soldiers for any type of operation using logical step-by-step procedures. Use it as a mental checklist to make
sure you do not overlook anything important. Keep in mind that no single individual can do everything by
himself or herself, not even you. Use your subordinates and get the job done right.
Communications and Status Reports. The unit status report produces information to help the
Army manage its resources. The payoff is military readiness. The Army wants the company to have its
authorized personnel on board, its authorized equipment available in working order, and its required supplies
on hand. Additionally, the Army wants the company to do what it is supposed to do--turn out soldiers who
assist the unit mission.
The Petroleum Supply Sergeant assists the platoon sergeant by supervising two shift operations and
maintains close coordination with the petroleum operations sergeant. Every 24 hours the status report data
from the supply sections will be consolidated, and a report will be sent to the supply control section. The
format for the status report should be detailed in both the company and battalion SOPs.
PART B - SELECTING THE SITE FOR CLASS III SUPPLY POINT AND
Selection Criteria for FSSP. When you select the FSSP site, consider cover and concealment, road
nets, dispersion factors, terrain, and site preparation requirements. Make sure the site is suitable for the fuel
system layout (Figure 2-3, Figure 2-4, Table 2-1).
Select a site for the collapsible tanks, pumps, and filter/separators that is in the woods or in a tree line
where the natural shadows disguise the telltale shapes. Use camouflage nets if you have them. When you
lay hoseline, make use of natural terrain contours and vegetation to break up straight lines. One way to do
this is to cut branches, stick them in the earth under the hose, and then weigh them down with the hoseline.
Where you have deep grass or other vegetation, bend it over the hoseline to hide the hose so that it is not
seen from the air.
Choose a site for the receiving, truck bottom loading, and vehicle refueling points that is next to a road in
the Class III supply point. You can then load or unload trucks and refuel vehicles without leaving the road
nets in the supply point.
You must consider the distance between items when you select the sites for the equipment in the FSSP.
The distances can vary with the terrain, natural cover, concealment, hose available, and road nets.
However, you must put the 10,000-gallon collapsible tanks at least 40 feet apart.
Select level terrain for the FSSP. Look for a tank site without slopes. A large slope may cause filled
tanks to roll sideways, backwards, or forward. Put the pumps and filter/separators on level ground. Try to
place the discharge pump at a lower level than the collapsible tanks so that there will be good suction to the
Deal with these three major items of equipment in the FSSP--the collapsible tanks, the pumps, and the
filter/separators. Slope the tank sites gently toward the manifold end to help drain the tanks when they are
removed. Slope the site for each tank no more than 3 to 6 inches in the direction of the tank's fill port. Build
a fire wall around each tank. Make it large enough to hold the contents of the tank and 1 foot of freeboard.
To do this, build the fire wall 3 feet high and 18 inches wide at the top. Make the inside dimensions of the
fire wall 26 feet by 26 feet and maintain a distance of 3 feet from the edge of the tank to the base of the fire
wall. If an engineer unit prepares the site, you must ensure they follow these dimensional and procedural
specifications. The pump and filter/separator sites must be cleared of any dry grass, leaves, and trash.