COORDINATE WITH THE CONVOY COMMANDER
The importance of coordinating convoy security activities with the convoy commander cannot be
overstated. Coordination is the element which establishes and sustains smooth and efficient
movement of the convoy. When you conduct this coordination, you should have completed and have
the results of your route reconnaissance. The convoy commander will also have completed a
reconnaissance, although his will have been aimed specifically at the convoy operation. Some of the
items to be discussed with the convoy commander were detailed in preceding paragraphs. Others will
be covered subsequently. Major points to be discussed are:
Convoy organization, to include command and control.
Actions to be taken on contact with the enemy.
Security measures and responsibilities at halts and rest stops.
Timetable for the movement. This will include the schedules for the serials and march units.
Start point, release point, and other coordination points.
Primary and alternate routes.
Possible problem areas along the route.
MP support for the convoy and vice versa.
Placement of the MP vehicles in the convoy.
Start/end points for MP support (usually the start and release point). This must also include
places where the MP escort might change.
When you have completed coordination with the convoy commander, it is time to meet again with your
team leaders. You should check on their progress in preparing for the mission. In addition, you can
now advise them of any changes to their orders. They can also be brought up to date on the
coordination with the convoy commander.
The security element leader should also contact other units through whose AO the convoy will pass.
You need to know what assistance may be available along the route. This would also include
coordination with other MP units, when appropriate. Such coordination should, within the bounds of
security, not be limited to U.S. units. Other friendly units in the area should be contacted.