Justin Long

Supply and Maintenance Tips for Army XOs (Part I)

Even when everything else is going well, supply and maintenance problems can keep your unit from running on all cylinders.  Your unit may just be the best trained in the Battalion, but if your equipment isn’t on hand or doesn’t work right, you won’t get very far. Supply and maintenance are the key duties and responsibilities of …

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Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) HHC XO Duties and Responsibilities

As part of the task organization of the SBCT, the Stryker Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) element provides the Battalion with intelligence, fire support, protection and small scale sustainment through its specialty platoons and HQ sections.  Briefly speaking, the HQ section includes the Battalion command section and the coordinating, special and personal staff members such …

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The Company XO and FMS/CRT Relationship

As an XO you will inevitably work with and coordinate maintenance efforts with your Battalion’s FMS/CRT Maintenance team.  These are the folks who are tasked with keeping your vehicles and equipment mission capable through their skilled mechanics and technicians. While your Soldiers are the first line of defense for ensuring that your vehicles are running …

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Army Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT) Overview

Those who have been combat arms in the military for a good while are fully aware of the good “Old Mechanized Infantry (Mech Infantry) Brigade Combat Team”.  For the longest time, this was the standard.  If you wanted the combined capabilities of the light, dismounted Infantry with added maneuverability and armored protection, you went Mechanized …

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