I had a difficult time reconciling the conflicting interests of my PM and the (ASA (ALT)); that is, I was often torn between obeying my orders and ensuring my PM’s best interests are taken into consideration. In most cases, I was compelled to obey my orders not to offend the ASA (ALT) deputy GS 15 and a full bird Colonel, as well as my Colonel stateside. In the course of this tour, I also learnt that the Modified Table of Organization and Equipment (MTOE) does not adequately describe all the support the war fighter needs; it requires more support personnel to provide adequate operational energy power requirements for several COPs and FOBs. In an Army battalion, support individuals are drawn from the Forward Support Company (FSCs), yet every FSC has only authorized 2 or 3 91 Delta’s generator mechanics, based on their MTOE. The incorporation of the FSCs into maneuver contingent has undeniably augmented the combat responsibility for logisticians, thereby enabling soldiers to in logistics military occupational specialities to work for maneuver, fire as well as effects (MFE) contingent. The FSCs are tasked with providing full spectrum logistics support to their specific maneuver contingent in order to sustain unified ground combat operations. Lessons Learnt from Tour in Afghanistan in the Role of a Theatre Lead for Project Manager.
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