(3) Road Reconnaissance. Road reconnaissance is done to determine the traffic capabilities
of existing roads. It is also used to give more detailed information than is given by route
reconnaissance. It may include enough information to develop work estimates for improving the road.
DA Form 1248 should be used to record this information. Use maps and sketches, as necessary.
c. Nonmilitary Resources and Support. The FP unit depends on many assets, especially during
deployment. Determine in-theater assets as early as possible. Coordinate needs well in advance of
deployment. Set up communication channels with the logistics, transportation, and engineering
elements early. This will greatly improve the chances of a successful deployment.
(1) FP personnel are not directly responsible for real estate acquisition. However, they may
have to deal with problems caused by poorly written contracts and support agreements. FP personnel
should make sure all agreements, leases, and contracts are well reviewed by engineer and legal experts
within the USACE district.
(2) Purchase or lease agreements should be made final before even the start of the site being
prepared. The earlier a site can be selected and prepared, the more efficiently the FP camp will be
constructed. Leases or purchases arranged through MACOM should be completed before the start of
any site preparation activities. HNS agreements already exist in many nations throughout the world. An
accurate and thorough survey of capabilities in the receiving theater will help for a successful
deployment. HNS requirements will be directed by the MACOM.
(3) Consider all levels of HNS. New construction should be avoided whenever possible. In
many cases, expansion and rehabilitation of existing sites is adequate for FP use. An existing kitchen
facility, for instance, could be outfitted and/or supplemented with FP cooking appliances to provide a
better facility than using the TEMPER provided. The Army Corps of Engineers also maintains
construction-contracting agencies that can assist with local construction. When existing facilities are
proposed, ensure that these meet minimum shelter requirements. Soldiers should not be billeted in or
use substandard structures as a cost-saving measure.
Site Planning and Preparation. Site planning is the process of changing a prospective site into
a workable layout for a FP module. Preparing the site will involve many personnel from several military
and/or contract agencies. To avoid confusion and speed the collective effort, ensure that the tasks
assigned to each organization are well defined. Define them in terms of scope, standards of work, and
when work must be started and tasks completed. Monitor the progress of