(11). An alternate ASP site close to the primary site must also be identified. This secondary site must be in
the same vicinity and be supported by the same Main Supply Route (MSR). Relocation to this site
may occur if for any reason the primary site becomes unsuitable.
(12). Consider if this ASP site (4-6 sq km) can be later expanded to a CSA (40 sq km).
b. After you have identified tentative locations on your map, you must make an on-site reconnaissance of
the areas. During this on-the-ground reconnaissance you consider the following:
(1). Location of hostile forces and type of existing threat must be considered. You may want to use one
type of storage system if your greatest threat is from air attack, and another if the threat is from
sabotage or enemy infiltration.
(2). Short and long range weather patterns are another important consideration. Too often a storage site
must be moved because the site was selected during the dry season, and then in the wet season
material handling equipment and trucks could not move in and around the site.
(3). Time and resources available will play heavily in determining the type of storage system to be used.
Elaborate road nets and reinforced hard stands or pads are desirable, but may be impractical. The
time between the selection of the site and the first trucks arriving loaded with ammunition may not
allow for such construction work, and engineer support may not be available.
(4). You must also keep in mind the expected life span of the storage site. If you are establishing a
storage site in a fast-moving battle area, you may be in the area only a short time. On the other hand,
if you are establishing a storage site in a mature theater, you can expect to be at that location for a
longer period of time, so a more elaborate facility can be constructed.
(5). You must consider the space available within the storage area. Make sure vehicles can move freely
throughout the storage area. Vehicles must be able to pass other vehicles being loaded or unloaded.
Ensure there are no road dead-ends requiring drivers to backup or turn around, in case of a fire in the
(6). Control of vegetation and soil conditions also play an important role in the type of storage system you
select. Control of vegetation is necessary to minimize fire hazards. Soil conditions must be able to
withstand traffic up to a fully loaded 40 ton trailer.
c. After you determine the site location and the storage system to be used, you must develop an area layout
plan. The area layout plan (see Figure 1, page 4) should include three separate storage sections, when
possible. It must include the following designated areas:
(1). Bivouac Area. This is the living area for personnel. It should be upwind from the ASP and 700
meters from storage sites.
(2). Storage Area. This is where the stocks of ammunition are actually stored by individual stack, field
storage unit, and section. Erect signs within the area to identify storage locations by section, FSU,
and stack. For example, 2D1 means Section 2, FSU-D, Stack 1. Other signs should be posted to
warn of hazardous materials and to aid fire fighting.
(3). ASP Office. The office must be near the main ASP entrance, to give maximum control and service to
supported units. It should also be located conveniently to the vehicle holding area.