1, Army Medical Logistics, authorizes the BMSO to stock 100 to 300 lines to be "managed as a safety level and released to support the brigade when routine replenishment operations do not meet mission requirements.
Although the ASL is still used in current theaters, the BMSO will need to carefully tailor the number of lines carried to meet increased demand during early-entry operations and ensure that the amount does not become unmovable.
The BMSO should start this process using historical demand data and then allow the clinicians of the BCT to review, make suggestions, and then formalize the ASL by having the BCT surgeon and the brigade support battalion commander officially authorize the list.
Likewise, the BMSO should plan to push preconfigured packages to supported battalions based on time and patient estimates generated as part of mission analysis and staff estimates.
Medical company commanders must take a personal interest in the standards outlined in Army Regulation 40-61, Medical Logistics Policies, and in how their BMSOs
(normally run by junior lieutenants with 10 weeks of training) do business.
Noting the problems with the BMSO's large ASL, high customer wait time, and low customer satisfaction, the brigade surgeon, BMSO officer-in-charge, and support operations (SPO) medical logistician for the 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, looked into the situation.
After the relief in place/transfer of authority (RIP/TOA), the BMSO reviewed the current ASL consisting of 620 line items, of which the medical logistics company stocked only about 80 percent.
20, 2012, states that the management level for customer demand satisfaction is between 90 percent and 98 percent, indicating that, based on request processing time and fluctuating demands, the items stocked at the BMSO were not sufficient.
The BMSO staff is authorized one officer and five enlisted Soldiers.
Before the 170th IBCT BMSO took over medical logistics operations across RC North, Department of the Army Form 3161, Request for Issue or Turn-in, was the primary means of requesting supplies.
Once the BMSO took over operations, streamlining the ordering process required the use of DCAM.
The process was slow but in the end made a huge difference in supply operations With DCAM level 1, a unit could send orders to the BMSO, which in turn could screen orders and pull from its ASL or send requests to the supporting medical logistics (MEDLOG) company in Bagram.