Additionally, host nation police elements may also be contacted to provide aid, assistance, and
The element leader may also have to coordinate fire support along the route. He identifies
predetermined targets from the route reconnaissance or by coordination with the convoy commander.
These targets and concentrations include possible enemy ambush sites, the rest stops, and halts.
Whenever possible, the element leader coordinates directly with the unit providing fire support. You
should request a priority of fire for the convoy. When fire support is needed, it must not be delayed
while the fire support unit tries to identify who is requesting the support and whether they have a priority
among other requests for fire.
You should remember that although fire support is usually provided by the artillery, they are not the only
source of fire support. Support may also be provided by the mortar section of infantry units and by
aviation gunships. Other units along the route may also have the capability of providing such support.
SELECT ESCORT METHOD
Every convoy is unique, as is the route over which it will pass. The method and placement of escort
vehicles must be selected to match the peculiarities of the convoy and the route. The method of
providing security to the convoy will depend on several factors. These include the following:
Number and type of escort vehicles available.
Size and type of convoy.
Availability of supporting security forces.
There are four methods for providing an escort. Each method has advantages and disadvantages.
Since conditions may vary during the mission, a combination of these methods may be required.
This method requires a minimum of two vehicles. The lead MP vehicle sets up a TCP at key
intersections or other critical points. When the head of the convoy begins to pass their location, the MP
remount and resume their position at the head of the convoy. The trail vehicle keeps the convoy closed
up, renders assistance, and continues security duties.