Posted on Dec 4, 2016
SFC Team Chief
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Would it be a big safety concern to conduct a battalion size FTX with no vehicle recovery assets available? If not then how would I mitigate the risk ?
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WO1 Automotive Maintenance Warrant Officer
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Not a good idea at all. I'm in a FA unit, their equipment is spread out miles and miles apart. Let something break down with little to no recovery asset; we're only screwing those Soldiers that are left out there for hours; they'll want to do whatever is necessary to get that equipment back to the rear, even if it means doing an unsafe act.. I can understand deployment, but not in a garrison environment. Train as we fight. In combat there most likely won't be a mission without a recovery asset available. This would be crazy to do especially training in garrison; if you have the assets available why not use them and exercise those recovery personnel and their knowledge in the process (if infact recovery is needed). I guess self recovery could always be an option too, if you decided to leave the recovery team behind.
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SSG Surface Maintenance Leader
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Depending on terrain and driver's training you may be able to get away without wreckers, but you should really evaluate if you can safely use towbars at a minimum.
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CW2 Battalion Maintenance Officer (Bmo)
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What does the Concept of Support in the OPORD for the FTX state? Dependent upon your type of BN, the FSB, BSB, or SBDE will have recovery assets in which you may request support. You will have to link up with their S&R NCOIC to formally coordinate those assets. Like vehicle recovery is the preferred method as that is what training for combat entails. As for recovery assets themselves, a heavy BN will have M88A1/A2 for Brads and Abrams. Light BNs will use wreckers. I am used to maintenance and recovery being an afterthought so, if it's not in the OPORD, make it happen.
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