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.
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.
The brigade surgeon and medical service providers provide insight to the clinical effectiveness of the ASL's pharmaceuticals, and the BMSO provides insight to the ASL's nonpharmaceuticals based on demand history and request processing time.
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.
For the most part, connectivity was fine; however, when DCAM connection problems occurred, the MC4 team was sent out to assist outlying units and the BMSO.