Soldiers from the 377th
Military Police Company of Cincinnati, Ohio, pull security around
a Humvee before entering a Mobile Urban Training Site village.
(Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonna
This includes all of the
support personnel required for the base to be fully functional.
The 406th Combat
Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB) provides these services to
Forward Operation Base (FOB) Dunlop.
beans and bullets!" said Staff Sgt. Steve Tolliver, Senior Human
Resource Sergeant for the 406th CSSB, when asked what a CSSB is
The overall mission of a
CSSB is to go inside a FOB and setup operations to support units
within the FOB. They maintain normal operations, stay in constant
contact with the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command, and acquire
food, water, ammo, parts and medical supplies, according to Tolliver.
"Also, we try to take
care of quality-of life-issues through MWR, while providing additional
security within that environment. We assist units as needed,"
Soldiers come in after
their shift or before and just want a place to relax, hydrate, read
magazines or play darts.
This gives them the ability
to watch a movie and unwind before they go on their next training
The MWR in the FOB is
definitely a good thing, when I was on active duty we would spend 30
days in the field with no MWR. Itís pretty nice to see Soldiers from
different units and states to come in and sit down, relax and tell
their stories of what they experienced overseas," according to
the Headquarters and Headquarters Command supply NCO.
To push the point that
Soldiers must be prepared for everything, the command decided to have
a promotion board out in the FOB, which is uncommon, according to
The 406th CSSB does more
than just supply and administrative services.
"At the Dunlop FOB we
provide security, now in a normal theater of operation we would
augment a percentage of our unit like every unit within a FOB would
towards security; whether it would be Soldiers for the ECP (entry
control point), the towers, or as roving guards around FOB. Iíve
seen in-theater Soldiers being augmented to infantry units and cavalry
units outside the wire for security, patrols and humanitarian aid
missions and we would play a part in that if we were ask to do
so," said Tolliver.
The 406th CSSB is coming on
year four of its five-year cycle; they came back from Iraq in November
Since then they have gone
through a restructuring which has increased the strength of the unit
by 61 percent.
The restructuring was done
to make the unit more self-sustaining and modular, according to
The FOB, including the
training that goes outside the FOB, is a really good opportunity for
new Soldiers to experience how itís going to be and what itís
going to look like in a combat zone.
The only difference between
the FOB here versus the ones in Iraq are basically size, however, the
FOB here includes all the things that will be found in Iraq, such as;
entry control points, security towers, tents, containerized housing,
The Army is also using
loudspeakers to simulate the traditional prayer times that Muslims are
accustomed to for realism, according to Tolliver.
"For the lower
enlisted the biggest event of the day is going to the "old
country buffet," now with the new types of training and reserve
units going overseas Soldiers are really paying attention. Now they
have a chance to do something they canít inside of a reserve center,
like, setup an entry control point, build and defend a perimeter, help
out with base defense. This really allows for them to see how all the
staff sections are intertwined," said Tolliver.
The biggest difficulty is
getting equipment and ammo during reserve time that will be used in a
combat zone, according to Tolliver.
(Nace is a member of the 310th Expeditionary Sustainment Command