Catch and Release: the Best Strategy for Sustainment
I've blogged before about how we call ourselves "Convoy Catchers" - carrying this analogy a little further, I'd like to apply it to a favorite pasttime: fishing! Catch and Release, Convoy Style
- Land convoy as quickly as possible. Keeping exhausted drivers at the gate leads to bad AARs.
- Keep drivers on hand while removing the load. Avoid brusing the cargo or upsetting the protective gunner escorts.
- Release drivers back to the road only after they have been rested and fed. If necessary, firmly remind the CC of rest requirements.
- For missions so critical on time that connexes cannot be downloaded, emptied and returned the same night, download the connex, and put an empty back on; backhaul missions will eventually clear your yard of empty containers.
- In COBs, release convoys when medevac is green.
- Use one experienced NCOIC. Experienced NCOs make the mission easy by delegating jobs to each section with a ramp yard, MHE section, and customer waiting area.