Area control may be
carried out by use of:
Traffic control posts.
Convoy Support Requirements.
One of the reasons for establishing an HTD is to ease
coordination of convoy movements. The convoy commander is responsible for
effecting this coordination.
What type of support, and how much, as with
most things in a combat environment, will depend on several factors. These
would include the type of unit making the move.
The kinds of cargo the
convoy may be carrying may be important. The priority of the movement must
also be considered. Many of these requirements will be covered by unit SOP,
These often require internal
unit coordination. As with most procedures, when in doubt, it is better to
coordinate than miss an element.
Some of the elements and the type of
support they might provide a convoy commander are discussed below.
Police agencies are responsible for providing traffic control
along the route.
movement of the convoy and keep it on schedule.
In certain cases, the
police may provide an escort for a convoy.
This would depend on the
convoy's priority, cargo, and the availability of police to conduct the
Many units do not have organic medical personnel.
support may be attached to the convoy for the movement.
Another type of
medical support is the use of aid stations along the route.
established by the area commander.
Should neither of these be available,
the convoy commander should know where and how to request aid enroute.
Most units making a convoy move have their own maintenance
However, the convoy commander should ensure that backup
may provide roving maintenance patrols to assist.