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Senior Officer Debriefing Report: US Army Support Command, Da Nang, Period 15 October 1969 to 27 Jul 1970

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The supply system in Vietnam was considered to be most responsive. Material readiness rates in Vietnam across the board were very high. After shifting from parcel post and thereby air transportation to over-the-road movement of Class IX repair parts from the Army depot to outlying direct support units, as much as five days of shipping time were saved. This, in turn, impacted on the volume of supplies required in the system and also on the timeliness of repair of materiel which was deadlined. The increased utilization of the rail system between Da Nang and Phu Bai reduced the necessity for both over-the-road and sea transportation for low priority goods. Economies in the use of drayage transportation have already been effected by the thruput of Class I and Class IV commodities direct from the Deep Water Port to the ultimate customer. As Local Nationals can be trained in many of the logistical skills such as truck driving, key punch operation, food handling, warehousing, receiving, shipping, MHE operation, and so forth, Type A military units can be effectively changed to Type B units and ultimately can be reduced to TDA organizations that would include a minimum of US Army managerial personnel. Through the medium of Project Buddy, the command has been quite successful in providing on-the-job training and classes for the ARVN logistical personnel. Retrograde and disposal operations, while among the more important of the commands several missions, will continue to increase in importance as more and more troops are withdrawn from MR-I.

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  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

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