Contractor support is key to managing the brigade loads and ensuring they are operationally ready. The Marine Corps Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) and Marine Corps Prepositioning Program-Norway (MCPP-N) have been operationally invaluable in supporting our nation’s interests across the world. These two unique programs provide the essential elements needed to support and execute crisis response, global reach and forward presence. The Marine Corps Prepositioning Programs (MCPP) enable the rapid deployment of MAGTFs and/or augment individual forward-deployed Marine units. These forces are uniquely capable of strengthening alliances, securing strategic access and defeating hostile adversaries. MPF and MCPP-N are keystones in the Marine Corps capability for setting the conditions for national security. The prepositioning of equipment and supplies to support Marine Air Ground Task Forces (MAGTFs) of all sizes, up to and including a Marine expeditionary brigade (MEB) capable of executing missions across the range of military operations (ROMO), enables Marine forces to fulfill their role and responsibility as our nation’s force in readiness in a time of crisis. Our prepositioning programs will continue to enable operations across the joint operational continuum including shaping, deterrence, seizing the initiative, domination, stabilization and enabling of civilian authorities. When combined with the forces and their equipment arriving in the fly or flow-in echelon (FIE), prepositioning programs provide forward-deployed equipment and supplies needed to sustain up to a MEB-sized MAGTF for 30 days of operations, thus reducing total strategic lift requirements. The MCPP consist of both afloat and ashore capabilities. Both the afloat and ashore programs are managed out of the continental United States (CONUS) at MCSF-BI, Jacksonville, Fla. Blount Island Command (BIC) is responsible for preparing, maintaining and updating spreadload and embarkation plans in support of the MPF Maintenance Cycle (MMC). The Marine Corps afloat program is made up of Navy-owned vessels divided into two squadrons: MPSRON-2, located in Diego Garcia, and MPSRON-3, located in Guam and Saipan. The ships cycle through BIC in Jacksonville, Fla., every 36 months to be reset with a modernized load. Each of the squadrons, combined with an FIE, carry equipment and supplies to support a MEB-sized MAGTF for up to 30 days. The equipment includes M1A1 Abrams tanks, Amphibious Assault Vehicles, Light-Armored Vehicles, artillery, both ground and aviation ammunition, rations, medical supplies and fuel. The Marine Corps ashore prepositioning program, MCPP-N, is located in the Kingdom of Norway. Equipment and supplies are prepositioned and maintained in six caves, three of which are climatecontrolled for the storage of all classes of supply (less Class V) and three specifically intended for the storage of ammunition. MCPP-N is equipped to support three types of MAGTF: 1) a crisis-response-capable MAGTF (approximately 5,000 Marines) built around a Marine infantry battalion; 2) three theater-security cooperation (TSC) MAGTFs, each built around a rifle company; and 3) augmenting up to and including a MEB, which also requires closing MPF or amphibious ships. Equipment and supplies making up this program support all geographic www.MLF-kmi.com
combatant commanders (GCCs) around the world, but due to its geographical location, its assets are specifically required to operate in the EUCOM region with NATO forces. Whether it’s the in-depth analysis of requirements coupled with the disciplined task of assigning the exact location of the placement of each piece of equipment onto the proper spaces and decks aboard each ship or review of forces and equipment making up MCPP-N, BIC, along with its contractor personnel, are key components to accomplishing these tasks. As mentioned above, the squadron’s ships cycle through Jacksonville to conduct the MMC. The process required to properly plan for the execution of the MMC is an 18-24 month deliberate effort that begins with guidance produced by Headquarters Marine Corps (HQMC) Plans, Policies and Operations (PP&O), followed by Planning Parameters and Factors provided by Headquarters Marine Corps Installations and Logistics (I&L), then lastly, operational or tactical guidance from the MARFORs or MEF Commanders. Myriad tailoring, equipment fielding and load planning conferences take place in order to ensure the required information necessary to build the required plans in support of the MMC is known. The responsibility for development and review of the multitude of plans required to execute the MMC falls under the government’s Plans Management Branch, Operations Division, BIC. The Plans Management Branch is responsible for reviewing the plans and ensuring the accuracy and adequacy of all ship spread loading documents, and plans have been developed in a manner that provides detailed information required to properly mark, configure and load prepositioned assets in order to facilitate force stand up should the need arise. The Plans Management Branch will provide the required information and documentation to the Plans and Data Support (P&DS) contractor to facilitate the development of the various ship’s plans. The development of the ship’s planning documents is an iterative and evolving process due to the potential for changes in defense strategies and global situations; therefore, the planning process requires close coordination between the government Plans Management Branch and the P&DS contractor. The Norway Prepositioning Management Office (NPMO), also located at Blount Island, is responsible for the accountability and readiness of the ground material and equipment located in the caves in Norway. MCPP-N serves multiple activities and capable of global support to all GCCs, but is regionally focused in support of the EUCOM AOR due to its location. Due to its accessibility, equipment and supplies are both tailorable and scalable, which supports selective withdrawal and is ideal in support of lower-spectrum operations. Logistics services conducted in Norway are performed by Norwegian Ministry of Defence personnel. O For more information, contact Editor-in-Chief Jeff McKaughan at email@example.com or search our online archives for related stories at www.mlf-kmi.com.
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Published on Aug 6, 2015