An efficient communication system is a must for the construction, operation, and maintenance of a military
pipeline. The system must be separate, continuous, and dependable. Ideally, the chief dispatcher will have
direct communication to each pump station operator and to each TPT. Each unit will set up their own
communication system along the pipeline with their capability (teletypewriters, field phone, or radios for
example). No operation will start until there is communication between the issuing and receiving stations.
Pipeline patrol will carry radios at all times. Establishing hand signals can be an effective form of
communications within small sections such as pump stations and tank farms. All personnel within the
communication network must be familiar with all requirements that could be placed on them and what action
must be taken in each situation.