The terrain should be level and should provide adequate drainage. Do not plan on landscaping the area using
engineer support, because engineer support for combat service support (CSS) units will be very limited.
Look for terrain features that will make the area defensible against enemy ground attack.
ASP personnel must provide their own internal security. External security is normally provided by military police
units assigned to the logistics support area.
A source of water to combat fires in the ASP is needed.
When a prospective area is found, you should walk the area, ensuring that the ground will support the weight of
ammunition pallets. Remember that the double stacking of pallets is not uncommon. The Multiple Launch
Rocket System (MLRS) pallet weighs 5,326 pounds.
During this foot reconnaissance, look for evidence of dry creek beds and areas that may flood during the wet
season or become impassable in the winter months. Vegetation is a source of fires and must be controlled, so
consider the time and resources that must be committed to vegetation control.
When you have found a suitable area, you can develop an internal layout plan.
In the development of your internal layout plan, keep in mind that the primary objectives of any ASP are as
It must receive ammunition through the logistics/transportation pipeline. At the ASP level, you will receive
ammunition from the port, the TSA, and the CSA.
It must store ammunition assets and conduct rewarehousing operations as necessary.
It must issue stocks to using units or ship stocks to ammunition transfer points (ATPs).
It must maintain accountability and stock status using the Standard Army Ammunition System-Level 4
It must conduct the routine destruction of unserviceable stocks.
It must prepare ammunition and coordinate transportation requirements for items to be shipped to other
storage activities as directed by SAAS-1/3 (TAACOM/COSCOM).
It may be required to accomplish the emergency destruction of stored munitions due to enemy activities.
Such action may be taken only when authorized by higher headquarters (normally the battalion or group
You must keep these objectives in mind as you line in the internal layout plan on your map.
Types of Areas
All storage facilities contain three types of areas-storage areas, administrative areas, and working areas.
The storage area generally consists of three storage sections to ensure that all stocks are not stored in one area.
Each section contains several FSUs.