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REVISED 07/01/2008

APPROVED BY _______________________ DATE ______________________

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(Slide 1)

Now we are going to discuss the fifth and final phase of an MPF operation-
Reconstitution. This is also the newest phase of the MPF Program.
Reconstitution is a total process that includes planning, establishing a C2
structure, developing and maintaining supply lines, assembling supporting
personnel and equipment, deployment, site development, coordination,
redeployment and finally, completing the process at BICmd.

The material in this class will be able to help you not only in MPF deployments
but also help you understand the basic planning considerations for
reconstitution planning that you may be a part of as a staff planner. This
information will also assist the student in the practical exercise portion of
this course.

(Slide 2)

OVERVIEW. This lesson will provide the student with information concerning the
policies and reconstitution LOI that are needed for the reconstitution planning
to begin, the different commands that play a role in reconstitution, the
planning considerations, the organization structures that stand up in order to
support the reconstitution phase and final the necessary operations that need to
be conducted.

(Slide 3)


This information is designed to familiarize the student with MPF Reconstitution

policies, planning considerations, organizational structures and key operations
integral to the reconstitution process.


1. With the aid of references and as part of an MPF staff planning group,
prepare a reconstitution overlay in accordance with MCWP 3-32.


1. With the aid of references, identify the organizations that assist that
MAGTF when conducting reconstitution in accordance with MCWP 3-32.

2. With the aid of references, explain the Executive Coordination Group (ECG)
in accordance with MCWP 3-32.

3. With the aid of references, explain the Reconstitution Liaison Support Team
(RLST) roles and responsibilities in accordance with MCWP 3-32.

(Slide 4)

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These are the references associated with the lecture.

1. MCWP 3-32/NWP 3-02.3, Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) Operations

2. MCO P3000.17A, Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) Planning and Policy
3. NAVMC 2907, MPF Prepositioning Objective (PO)

4. METHOD/MEDIA. This period of instruction will be given using the

informal lecture method aided by a powerpoint presentation.

5. EVALUATION. You will be evaluated during the practical application on

training day 4 and 5.


TRANSITION. Are there any questions about what we will be covering, how we
will cover it, or how you will be evaluated? Good, now let’s discuss the goal of

(Slide 5)


a.Paragraph Heading. Goal of Reconstitution

Commitment of an MPF MAGTF to contingency operations results in an enormous

expenditure of material capability. Depending on the duration and intensity of
a particular operation full recovery, and reconstitution of MPF capabilities may
require a few months or several years. The goal of MPF reconstitution is to re-
establish the Marine Corps capability to conduct MPF MAGTF deployments as
quickly as possible following completion of the forces' mission. The
reconstitution effort is dependent on release of Maritime Prepositioning Ship
(MPS) materiel from operational requirements and will probably be conducted
concurrently with the redeployment of forces.

(Slide 6)


Reconstitution- focuses on those efforts in theater to rebuild the MPF

capability with in theater resources for a specific time (normally not exceeding
6 months) and may include limited replenishment from CONUS to achieve the
Combatant Commanders’ and MARFOR’s readiness objective. Extensive replenishment
of MPE/S will primarily take place in CONUS during the MMC process. It make
take 3-5 years to fully reconstitute the entire MPF.

Regeneration- Rebuilding of a unit through large-scale replacement of personnel,

equipment, and supplies, including the reestablishment or replacement of

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essential C2 and the conduct of mission essential training for the newly rebuilt

Redeployment Day (R-Day)- The day established by the combatant commander that
the Marine Forces and Navy Forces begin redeployment and reconstitution

Reconstitution is conducted in two distinct phases: planning and execution. The

execution phase may occur in locations outside the AOR and include CONUS efforts
that could expand beyond BICmd.

Within the Planning Phase there are many important actions that take place to

All the planning conferences (IPC, MPC, FPC), the establishment of the ECG and
the RLST, the initial coordination with the Deputy Commandant, PP&O for
recommended changes and the designation of redeployment day (R-day) (beginning
of stage 3). We will discuss each of these later on in this class.

Within the Execution Phase there are many important actions that take place to
include: designating the SPMAGTF or CSSD to conduct reconstitution, building the
operational/redeployment timeline.

(Slide 7)

Combatant Commander. The supported Combatant Commander should recommend to the

Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff (CJCS) the timing of reconstitution and
identify in-theater capabilities to support OCONUS reconstitution efforts. The
CJCS should subsequently task the supported Combatant Commander to accomplish
the OCONUS reconstitution.

(Slide 8)

Marine Service Component Commander Marine Force (COMMARFOR). The supported

Combatant Commander Marine Component Commander Marine Force (COMMARFOR) will
normally accomplish the initial reconstitution effort, OCONUS reconstitution,
which is conducted in theater.

He then turns around and immediately seeks out HQMC for guidance on

Who in HQMC are we really taking about?

PP&O (Plans, policies, and operations)

LP (Logistics Branch)

ASL (Aviation Logistics Branch)

P&R (Programs and Resources)

(Slide 9)

Marine Service Headquarters [Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC)]. CMC will
provide service input concerning MPF reconstitution into the joint planning

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process. Input may include recommendations regarding: (1) coordination of

forces' retrograde with MPF OCONUS reconstitution, (2) the mix of MPS in each
squadron following OCONUS reconstitution, and (3) deployment of supporting
Marine forces into theater to assist with MPF OCONUS reconstitution and
retrograde. Commanders of the operating forces and Supporting Establishment
(SE) will be provided reconstitution guidance through a CMC Letter of
Instruction (LOI). One of the most significant policy decisions made by the CMC
is the priority which reconstitution of MPF and all other committed capabilities
has within the Marine Corps. This decision will establish the Marine Corps
priorities for allocation of competing resources during reconstitution. Funding
guidance to support MPF reconstitution will be situation dependent. Guidance
for developing and submitting budget estimates for reconstitution costs will, if
required, be provided to the Operating Forces and Supporting Establishment as
part of the CMC LOI.

(Slide 10)

All of these organizations assist reconstitution mostly in the way of providing

and allocating funding. Each one of them cares about a different piece of
equipment or class of supply? Ask the students to see what they think the role
is of each of these key players.

CNO- funds for navy side

● Designate co-chair members of the ECG.

● Assist in the planning and coordination of Navy personnel attendance at

planning conferences.

● Provide funding for lighterage repair, ship maintenance, and MPE/S


● Designate appropriate personnel to support planning and coordination.

● In coordination with NAVFOR, fleet units, and MARCORSYSCOM, determine and

submit fiscal requirements to support intheater reconstitution of Navy units.

MCCDC- provide doctrine


● Assist in the development of plans and procedures to facilitate MPE/S and

Class V(W) (by Department of Defense Identification Code [DODIC]) reconstitution
with regard to the following:

● Determine the funding requirements, fiscal constraints, and material

restraints for all MPE/S PO attainment (and shortfalls) as it applies to
programs of record, submit results and recommended COAs to HQMC (PO).

● Determine and submit fiscal resources required to support in theater

reconstitution of Class V(W).

●● Designate personnel required for the ECG and the appropriate working groups;
e.g., Plans and Attainment Working Group to include the Class V(W) Ammunition
and Fiscal Cells.

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● Identify and coordinate shipping requirements for in theater reconstitution of

Class V(W).

MARCORLOGCOM/BICmdLogcom- containers, stockpile equipment, repair supplies,

chow, all classes supply

- MPS load plans and data accuracy.

- Sourcing, attainment, sustainment, and


- Distribution of assets, Readiness reporting.

● Coordinate with HQMC to develop the basic reconstitution plan for the MPC.

● Determine the coordination and monitoring requirements of spreadload

configuration management and data sources for MPE/S.

● Determine funding requirements and fiscal constraints for all USMC MPE/S PO
attainment (and shortfalls) for all classes of supply usage models; submit
results and recommended COAs to HQMC (LP).

● Coordinate with HQMC and MARFORPAC/ EUR to recommend MMC integration/rotation


● Deploy a TAAT to support MPE/S reconstitution.

● Designate personnel for the ECG, RLST, and appropriate working groups; e.g.,
Plans and Attainment Working Group or Fiscal Working

MSC-ship support

NAVFACENGCOM Naval Facilities Engineering Command- Higher for NMCB and Amphib CB

● Provide guidance for the maintenance and inventory of NSE and naval
construction force (NCF) equipment (to include PWR assets), and airlifted

● Determine fiscal resource requirements for reconstitution of NSE and NCF


NAVBEACH GRU- Beach group (ACU, Beachmasters, Amphib CBs)

NavChap Group- cargo handling battalions- operation of cranes,


● Provide guidance for the maintenance and inventory of Aviation Ground Support
Equipment (AGSE) and Expeditionary Air Field (EAF).

Civilian contractors- Honey well (BICmd contractors)


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● Assign an RLST LNO(s)

● Attend planning conferences and provide a standing member to the ECG.

● Provide support as directed

(Slide 11)

Planning for reconstitution of MPS will begin when a portion or all of an MPF
capability is committed for an operational contingency. Planning may include
reconstitution of a partial MPF capability prior to meeting the goal of full-
mission capability or may involve a reconstitution effort that is independent
from the committed theater of operations. Planning for reconstitution may begin
during the arrival and assembly phase even if the order to commence
reconstitution has not been given. Reconstitution is different from
redeployment in purpose and scope and should not be confused with it during
planning and execution. Redeployment and MPF OCONUS reconstitution should,
however, be mutually supportive and integrated as both processes frequently
occur concurrently.

- Reconstitution is a 2 step process, some of the actions take place during AA

and many after AA… we will discuss in more detail coming up.

Reconstitution is different from redeployment in purpose and scope and should

not be confused with it during planning and execution.

What comes to mind when I say the word “Redeployment”

A) You think of going home or back to your home base, station, port

However, these ships could just as easily be getting underway immediately for
another contingency.

Reconstitution is building back up that Combat Capability within the MPSRON.

(Slide 12)

“Reconstitution differs from redeployment in purpose and scope both in terms of

the redeployment of the MAGTF, and the redeployment of the

MPSRONs. During the reconstitution phase units no longer involved in the MAGTF
employment mission will either redeploy or be reassigned to

support the reconstitution mission. These concurrent, mutually supporting

actions call for detailed integration in planning and execution to ensure

adequate personnel remain in theater to assist in the MPF reconstitution effort.”

MCWP 3-32 pg 8-4

So, to war game this out together, What major subordinate element (MSE) of the
MAGTF and the NSE should we redeploy to CONUS first? Why?

A) GCE- because they are done with MAGTF operations are not an essential
element for reconstitution. Some may remain for security, however, the

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preponderance of the organization with redeploy home after the operation

has ended.

Who will be the last ones to redeploy to CONUS? Why?

A) The LCE (or SPMAGTF) and the NSE- These are the organizations charged with
conducting the reconstitution and the NSE owns the Navy Cargo Handling personnel
and the lighterage operators so they will be the last personnel needed to
backload the ships.

(Slide 13)

As you can see, the reconstitution phase overlaps both Arrival and Assembly and
MAGTF Operations.

How can we be conducting reconstitution when we are still in the AA phase? How
can we begin reconstitution if we are still conducting MAGTF operations?

(let students brainstorm their ideas). We will discuss these on the next slides.

(Slide 14)

Planning Sequence.

Planning during arrival and assembly phase- what better time to do some of these
actions then when we have begun using the facilities, spaces, and warehouses and
have confirmed they were instrumental during the offload proccess…now we can
lock them all on for the backload as well.

b. During Arrival and Assembly Planning. Considerations for OCONUS

reconstitution are:

(1) Identify storage areas or warehouse space for reusable materials,

equipment, supplies, or components not issued.

(2) MPF containers are included in the plan.

(3) Identify maintenance standards and requirements for Principal End

Items (PEIs) and Secondary Repairables (SECREPs).

(4) Coordination with all key participants.

(5) Ensure automated logistics systems and personnel are in theater as

soon as practical.

(Slide 15)

Post Arrival and Assembly Planning. The MAGTF’s G-3 and G-4 Future Plans
sections will conduct in theater reconstitution planning. Reconstitution
planning should not detract from current operations, both planning and
execution. Considerations are:

(1) Guidance for the disposal of material not being re-embarked and that
must be retrograded. This includes hazardous materials, fuels, loose
ammunition, unserviceable equipment, etc.

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(2) Select primary and alternate OCONUS reconstitution sites.

(3) Arrange for agricultural inspection team.

What kind of inspection teams?

A) Customs, Agricultural

(Slide 16)

Deconflict OCONUS reconstitution and redeployment plans.

Cost accounting methods.

Navy and Marine Corps task organization for reconstitution.

Organize OCONUS reconstitution sites, to include washdown and maintenance areas,

traffic routes, ammunition staging areas, and various command posts.

Safety requirements.

Where is everyone’s focus during Reconstitution?

A) Looking forward to going home. The thought process is the sooner we load
these ships, the sooner we can all go home.

B) There is a direct correlation between operational tempo and safety mishaps

A) Embarkers get hurt rushing to backload the ships

B) Drivers/Operators driving vehicles that they don’t have licenses for.

(Slide 17)

Designate, organize, and establish procedures for the washdown sites.

“Before the backload, all MPE/S must be washed and inspected if the offload
occurred outside the US. Inspections include US Customs/USDA post wash down
inspection. To properly execute a wash down need thousands of sqft of hardstand
(hard surface)”

Need to look for

1. Pressured water with PSI of 90 (minimum recommended)

2. Hardstand

3. Personnel demands are heavy

4. PMT

5. 250,000 gallons of fresh water (for MEU backload)

6. Minimum of 20 wheeled washdown racks and 10 tracked vehicle washdown racks

per MSPRON (each should support 45K lbs)

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7. Compressed air should be used to clean Class V pallets and crates.

8. Should average 1 hour per vehicle.

MCWP 3-32 pg 8-25

Implement automated systems support.

Develop Limited Technical Inspection (LTI) schedule, to include the

identification of repair parts and ancillary equipment requirements.

(Slide 18)

Promulgate proposed timeline.

Ensure Maritime Prepositioning Equipment and Supplies (MPE/S) are spread loaded
throughout the MPSRON. Stanley build load plans (BIC)

- We don’t want all the M1A1 tanks on one ship and the M88s on another.

Backload capability sets onto the weather decks

Review embarkation plans, to include maritime regulatory and dangerous cargo


(Slide 19)

Reconstitution Sites

(1) Within the theater…. End of OIF 1

(2) Outside the theater….. Ie. Tsunami relief…went back to Guam or

Okinawa (reconstituted)

(3) At an interim maintenance site.

(Slide 20)

OCONUS Reconstitution Considerations

(1) Climate

How can the climate affect Reconstitution?

A) Adverse weather can delay or interrupt a washdown. Freezing hoses,

hypothermia, Heat (breaks during high peaks of day)

B) Sandstorms can affect washdown, visibility.

(2) Environment

(3) World Situation

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(4) Troop Rotation/Experience---After OIF after the SPMAGTF had been

there a while it was able to perfect the wash down procedures and shorten the
amount of time it took to washdown the vehicles because they learned what the
inspectors were looking for.

MCWP 3-32, pg 8-18

(Slide 21)

How cold this sand storm affect wash down procedures?

Picture: Military Sealift Command ships and crews faced challenging weather
conditions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Here, large, medium-speed, roll-
on/roll-off ship USNS Brittin is barely visible in a sandstorm while preparing
to off-load cargo at the port of Ash Shuaybah, Kuwait.

(Slide 22)

Deferred Reconstitution. Following the operation, the Commander, U.S. Marine

Corps Forces (COMMARFOR) may defer reconstitution until the MPS(s) can return to
the Continental United States (CONUS) or an alternative location. The
recommendation for deferment should be forwarded to the supported Combatant
Commander with a copy to Headquarters, Marine Corps (HQMC).

(Slide 23)

TRANSITION. Are there any questions anything that we have covered so far?

(Slide 24)

If not, let’s discuss the different planning conferences and the organization
structures that stand up in order to support reconstitution to include the ECG,
RL/ST, the working groups and finally the MPF Reconstitution LOI.

(Slide 25)

Initial Planning Conference. The IPC is designed to collectively review

doctrine, refine procedures, and begin initial reconstitution planning at the
service headquarters and supporting establishment level based on initial MARFOR
input and planning considerations.

Mid-Planning Conference (MPC). The Mid-Planning Conference (MPC) is usually

held prior to the termination of the operation, and marks the end of advance
planning and the beginning of operational planning and execution. Conference
participants will bring an assessment of their own reconstitution capabilities
and requirements. The MARFOR representative will bring the proposed retrograde
plan and a summary of operational considerations that may impact reconstitution
operations. The conference's success is ultimately dependent upon the

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completeness of the information exchanged and the resulting reconstitution LOI.

The goals of the conference are:

(1) Review and validate MPF operational and logistical requirements.

(2) Prepare sourcing and attainment strategies for MPF reconstitution.

(3) Develop MPF reconstitution plans, orders, and LOIs.

(Slide 26)

Final Planning Conference. The MARFOR will schedule an FPC once R-day is
established. The FPC is conducted in the theater of operations to review final
reconstitution plans with the operating forces. The operating forces will
review the list of equipment to be returned to the MPF reconstitution area,
required equipment condition codes, unit equipment preparation responsibilities,
and location(s) equipment must be returned to in order for the SPMAGTF/LCE to
begin preparations for reconstitution aboard the MPS.

(Slide 27)

Executive Coordination Group (ECG). Working groups are organized and directed
by the ECG. The ECG is composed of personnel from HQMC, the MARFOR, MAGTF's
Major Subordinate Elements (MSEs), and select members of the Technical
Assistance and Advisory Team (TAAT). The ECG chairperson will be designated by
HQMC prior to the convening of the IPC. The ECG will perform the following:

(1)Provide the Reconstitution Liaison/Support Team (RLST).

(2)Coordinates with Host Nation (HN) agencies.

(3)Directs and coordinates working groups and resolves issues.

(4)Ensures the MPF reconstitution LOI is published.

(5)Provides coordination and guidance as necessary to obtain the required


The ECG and RLST will remain active throughout planning and execution until
reconstitution is completed in theater and

(Slide 28)

Examples of Working groups that can be established to conduct reconstitution. At

a minimum they will always have the first 3 working groups: Plans and
Attainment Group, OPT, and the Fiscal Cell

(Slide 29)

Operations Group. The operations group focuses on determination of specific

operational and supporting issues. The group provides information to the
attainment group required to plan for, and ultimately attain equipment and
supplies used in reconstitution. It acts as the principal coordination group
(or hub) within the working groups.

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(Slide 30)

This wire diagram depicts the organization of the Operations group and who they
coordinate with for reconstitution.



(Slide 31)

Attainment Group. The attainment group develops sourcing strategies and

attainment plans to support operational and logistics requirements for MPF
reconstitution. The plans should be responsive, flexible, fiscally supportable,
and attainable.


NO more LVSs being built and the LVS(R) is not out yet, so how do we replace it
if one were to roll over during MAGTF Operations? Do we pull one from the FMF
or put something else in its place (like an MTVR XB) or to we leave that space/
capability empty?

They help figure out the answers to these questions hand have the decision
makers that have the visibility of all global sourcing information.

(Slide 32)

Fiscal Planning Group. Consolidates all information obtained from the other
working groups to develop a comprehensive estimate of MPF reconstitution costs.
The estimate must be economical, responsive, and frequently redefined.


Initially, In Kuwait (2003) … our fiscal planning cell was dealing with a
certain amount of costs to use ports, berthing areas, facilities, etc, but as
time has gone on, it has become more and more expensive for the US military to
operate out of Kuwait.

(Slide 33)

Here is a wire diagram of the Command structure under the ECG. One thing you
notice is that they are all connected by one very important Working Group…? The
Fiscal Cell

(Slide 34)

RLST is the deployable element of the ECG, headed by an O-6, it consists of

deployable members from the planning cells of the ECG. RLST focuses on the
specific areas that require strategic and operational planning and coordination
to ensure the MPS are reconstituted to their original PO.

The RLST will serve as a liaison to the Service headquarters for any additional

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Facilitate reconstitution by providing on-site expertise in MPF policy,

logistics chain, and total life cycle management. The RLST will coordinate and
recommend changes to policy and the overarching equipment attainment and
resource plans based on the condition of the MPE/S post combat

(Slide 35)

This is a wire diagram taken right from the MCWP 3-32, pg 8-10.

(Slide 36)

SPMAGTF/CSSD. The MARFOR will usually assign a SPMAGTF or CSSD as the executive
agent for reconstitution. It is task organized from united in theater, units
not deployed or a combination of both. The reconstitution CSSD is not the same
as the MPF MAGTF LCE as they focus specifically on reconstitution and the MAGTF
LCE is responsible for logistical support and redeployment of the MPF MAGTF.

Ie like SPMAGTF- FOR OIF 1, 1 MEF conducted the invasion and 11 MEF from East
coast was sent over as a SPMAGTF to conduct the reconstitution

(Slide 37)

SPMAGTF/CSSD. The MARFOR will usually assign a SPMAGTF or CSSD as the executive
agent for reconstitution. It is task organized from united in theater, units
not deployed or a combination of both. The reconstitution CSSD is not the same
as the MPF MAGTF LCE as they focus specifically on reconstitution and the MAGTF
LCE is responsible for logistical support and redeployment of the MPF MAGTF.

Ie like SPMAGTF- FOR OIF 1, 1 MEF conducted the invasion and 11 MEF from East
coast was sent over as a SPMAGTF to conduct the reconstitution

(Slide 38)

Fiscal Responsibilities. Funding availability, fiscal guidance, fiscal

responsibility, and funding requirements will vary substantially depending on
the specific operation.

(1) In Area of Responsibility (AOR). The MARFOR assigned OCONUS

reconstitution responsibility will fund in-country costs to include repair
parts, messing and billeting, port costs, wharves and dockage, and stevedoring.

(2) In Continental United States (CONUS). When MPE/S requires intensive

maintenance, reconstitution will be accomplished normally at Blount Island

(Slide 39)

Staging Areas. An efficient staging area will contribute significantly to the

overall effectiveness of the reconstitution process. This is a critical aspect
of reconstitution, and should be considered by the Survey, Liaison, and
Reconnaissance Party (SLRP) when the Arrival and Assembly Area (AAA) is being
evaluated. Off-load staging areas may not be optimal for reconstitution

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Can some one give me an example of an off-load area that may not be suitable for
the backload?

A) The beach. Agricultural/Customs nightmare

(Slide 40)

Here is a picture of a Reconstitution Site

What are the good and bad things about this staging area? Pros and Cons????

Bridge= important part of reconstitution site because it asks as a physically

choke point that separates clean and dirty vehicles

(Slide 41)

Host Nation Support (HNS). For speed and economy, make maximum use of HNS. HNS
is dependent upon the host nation's resources and willingness to lend

Why do we especially want to use HNS during the reconstitution phase of an MPF

A) Because the sooner we stop using tactical equipment/supplies the sooner we

can put our gear through the wash down and maintenance cycle and prep it for

(Slide 42)

General. Large amounts of equipment in unknown condition in an expeditionary

environment combined with varying levels of skills among operations,
technicians, supervisors, and host nation personnel working under time
constraints have the potential for accidents. Emphasis on training and use of
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) improves safety.


Waste Management. Reconstitution efforts should safeguard the public health of

the OCONUS reconstitution and host nation personnel. US personnel may be
charged with violations of US environmental regulations committed on foreign soil

Hazardous Material (HM). Declare Hazardous Waste (HW) or Hazardous Material

(HM) as off limits, physically segregate questionable materials, and mark
materials in English and host nation languages. A HM contingency plan should be
established. US personnel may be charged with violations of US environmental
regulations committed on foreign soil

Safety issue-

Everyone looking at the barn gate. This is good reason to deploy SPMAGTF.

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(Slide 43)

Custody. Unit commanders are accountable for MPF equipment assigned to their
units. MPE/S must be accounted for prior to redeployment. Prior to turn-in,
conduct a complete Limited Technical Inspection (LTI).

- It is imperative that during reconstitution we follow good supply custody

procedures. BOTTOMLINE: Someone is responsible for gear at all times.
Paper trail is important.

- Don’t want to accidentally load the Critical/Low Density items that

arrived in theater on the FIE. Make sure those are separated out so they
can go back with the owning unit to the FMF.

- Items with Shelf life under 18 months should not be backloaded. Ie. A
lot of AMALs and ADALs, MREs, have expiration dates on them and they
should be checked before they are loaded.

(Slide 44)

Hazardous Cargo. Care must be taken when loading hazardous cargo such as
ammunition. The Net Explosive Weight (NEW) for each ship and the Explosive
Safety Quantity Distance (ESQD) arcs should be reviewed carefully and
coordinated with the MPS masters and the host nation.

Maintenance. Equipment maintenance and other preparations are essential because

there is no certainty that an MPS will complete its MMC prior to another
commitment. To the maximum extent possible, maintenance will be conducted in
the AOR during OCONUS reconstitution.

Selective Interchange (SI). Selective interchange to support mission

accomplishment is one of many options for maintaining equipment readiness. Due
to the adverse affects on overall MPF readiness, SI should be regarded as the
last alternative. Authority to conduct SI is held at the MARFOR level.

What is the difference between selective interchange and cannibalization?

A) Selective interchange is swapping parts and cannibalization is taking parts

and leaving one piece of equipment without total # of component parts

Naval Support Element (NSE). Timing for NSE reconstitution is critical to

complete the MPS backload.

Aviation Ground Support Equipment (AGSE). Reconstitution of AGSE is

accomplished through a combined Marine-civilian contractor field team. The team
can conduct most reconstitution activities except for calibration

Not just Marine equipment… NSE equipment, AGSE (can’t all go on ship because
critical pieces of equipment). Need to have drivers, operators, mechanics.

(Slide 45)

This is a Snake Diagram that walks the student through the steps of the
reconstitution process.

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1. PM/CMs are conducted by using unit at their UAA.

2. Then the MPE/S is take to the washdown site

3. Then to the maintenance site

4. Then to the Reconfiguration site (lower windshield, remove exhaust

pipe/fording kit)

5. Then to the mobile-load site. (Where fueled to required level (usually ¾

tank) or purged.

6. Then to the JTLT (Between using unit with MCMC/TAAT/SPMAGTF/CSSD),

7. Then finally to the staging site with clean vehicles.

(Slide 46)

Containers. Containers become tempting objects for other uses besides

transportation and storage. To ensure container availability, all containers
are owned and accounted for by COMMARCORLOGBASES. Alternate uses of MPF
containers must be approved by COMMARCORLOGBASES.

(Slide 48)

Security. OCONUS reconstitution security is the responsibility of the

applicable MARFOR. The NAVFOR is responsible for internal security of living
quarters, workspaces, staging areas, and loading areas utilized by Navy
personnel. Security of the OCONUS reconstitution phase should be assured prior
to finalizing the MAGTF's redeployment plan.

(Slide 49)

Inspections. The following inspections are required during reconstitution


(1) Agricultural.

(2) Customs.

(3) Coast Guard

What are the Coast Guard inspecting?

A) life-saving equipment, and possible hull inspections

(Slide 50)


This handout has highlighted several impact aspects of MPF reconstitution, to

include, policies, process, planning considerations, organizational structures,
and operations.

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If there are no questions, then let’s take a 10 minute break.

1. MCO P3000.17A, Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) Planning and Policy


2. MCWP 3-32/NWP 3-02.3, Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) Operations.

3. NAVMC 2907, Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) Prepositioning Objective




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