Select an area capable of being defended and yet suitable for technical operations.
(Natural camouflage, road nets, and defensibility should be considered when selecting
Select an alternate area to be used if the detachment's position becomes untenable
due to enemy action.
Plan a preliminary layout of the area.
Reconnoiter the surrounding terrain and road nets.
Coordinate with adjacent units.
Prepare an overlay and map of the new area for use by the unit and advance party
and for submission to higher headquarters.
(2) Advance party. The advance party usually consists of one officer and/or noncommissioned
officer and enlisted personnel who direct the work of readying the new area for occupation.
Some of the tasks which they must perform are as follows:
Prepare hasty fortifications to cover vulnerable avenues of approach.
Inspect new area for mines.
Clear brush, as necessary, from new area.
Lay communication wire.
Dig sumps for the latrine.
Place signs along main supply routes.
Guide the detachment into the area.
c. Convoy movements.
(1) Soldiers and equipment are assigned to a definite march unit and implementation of
previously prepared loading plans can begin. These may have to be modified, depending
on the amount and type of transportation available and any changes in the types and
quantity of equipment that must be loaded.