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Reorganization of the Force Service Support Group

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The structure of the force service support group FSSG has long been under scrutiny. Current operations in the Middle East have driven the Marine Corps to restructure the FSSG into an organization capable of training and operating the way the Marine Corps fights. Doctrine states that logistics is an integral part of warfighting. Logistics provides the resources of combat power, brings those resources to the battle, and sustains them throughout the course of operation. MCDP 4 states that logistics is critical to the creation, maintenance, deployment, and employment of forces as well as to the redeployment, reconstitution, and regeneration of those forces after their employment. Combat service support CSS plays a role in all levels of war to include strategic, tactical, and operational, so why has it taken so long to develop a structure that works across the board With CSS being a vital asset to the success of the warfighter, the Marines Corps must develop a system with more structure geared to supporting the warfighter, which includes training and operating as they fight, maintaining a habitual direct support relationship with supported Marine Expeditionary Force MEF units, improving the transition to combat footing, and maintaining the ability to task organize into multifunctional CSS organizations. It looks like the support community is headed in the right direction with better relationships with division and wing units. The new plan calls for maintaining direct support and general support organizations to maintain the needed habitual relationships. Once these relationships are established and maintained, the support community will be able to minimize TO and TE adjustments, allowing for rapid transitions between peacetime and wartime organization. The result is a better support system geared toward training and operating the way the Marine Corps fights with better support for the warfighter.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations
  • Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies

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