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Sustainment is the provision of logistics, personnel services, and HSS necessary to maintain operations until successful mission completion. In the Infantry platoon, the BFV platoon, and the Stryker platoon, the platoon leader handles sustainment; the platoon sergeant and squad leader have the ultimate responsibility for sustainment.
The platoon sergeant is the platoon’s primary sustainment operator; he works closely with the company executive officer and first sergeant to ensure he receives the required support for the platoon’s assigned missions.
Sustainment responsibilities and procedures in the platoon remain basically the same. The company normally forecasts supplies and “pushes” rather than “pulls” them to the platoon. This chapter covers: responsibilities, unit combat and basic loads, trains, and functions of sustainment.
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