Simply relying on the concept of support to coordinate logistics operations is a disaster waiting to happen.
Even when units follow the concept of support very closely, changes can unnecessarily place Soldiers and equipment on the road and in harm's way because of a lack of prior planning with sustainment units.
Logisticians must understand the capabilities of the unit that they are supporting and develop a concept of support for how the unit will receive support.
That knowledge is the most important part of developing the concept of support and is critical for supporting the warfighter.
Using the concept of support to develop training objectives allows higher level sustainment commanders, their support operations officers, and small-unit sustainment leaders to share a common vision of how support will happen.
Supply point distribution will indeed remain one feature of any concept of support, but the real test for sustainment units will be when the operating tempo or dispersion of operations demands unit or throughput distribution.
When logisticians take part in COA development, the concept of support
outlines are scripted simultaneously in a parallel and integrated process, not after the brigades planning efforts.
The first rehearsal incorporated our new model, and despite the unfamiliarity with the new model, the participants and, most importantly, the BCT commander and his senior leaders felt a surge of confidence at how well the concept of support
seemed to be nested with the ground tactical plan.
FM SPO attendance at the PDSS was crucial in solidifying our role and helping us to establish priorities, it also helped us to refine our DMETL, our concept of support
, and our quest for opportunities to improve operations.
With the opportunity to attend one day of the conference, Hollingsworth sat in on portions of the workshops: 1) The Evolving Concept of Supported
Living and the PTI/P&A workshop entitled, Enhancing the Special Education Supports and Advocacy Services for Students with Disabilities and Their Parents and 2) Fostering Collaboration Between PTIs and P&As.
However, a great deal of the socio-political impetus created by the formal concept of Supported
Employment has been created by advocates in the developmental disabilities field.
An alternative to workshops is the concept of supported
employment which requires a labor-intensive approach such as the use of job coaches in competitive employment settings.