During initial employment or in support of specific operations, the G3/DCSOPs and support
commander, based on the staff guidance from the commander, will provide the RAOC/RTOC with a
priority list of facilities or supplies. This list is the commander's base assessment. This is formed by
reviewing the threat, the operation, or critical support requirements that are conducted by the unit. The
list will prioritize critical facilities or supplies which the commander determines to be essential. This
includes headquarters, Class V, Class III, and nuclear storage sites. The RAOC/RTOC will use this
assessment to list the bases by priority in the rear area and to develop the rear operations plan. The
assessment will change the direction of the echelon commander or G3. RAOC/RTOC will prioritize the
bases using the assessment. The RAOC/RTOC must maintain constant coordination with other
elements. He must ensure the assessment is accurate.
Coordination occurs with all critical elements in the rear area. The RAOC/RTOC must ensure that it is
complete and detailed. The RAOC/RTOC coordinates the security of all units in the rear area. The
RAOC/RTOC is the rear operations control center.
SPO/SOTI Logistic Distribution in the Command
Planning and control of all logistic distribution in the support command is provided by the SPO/SOTI.
This element is the RAOC/RTOC's technical counterpart in the support command. Lateral coordination
is essential. But, there is a clear distinction in responsibility. SPO/SOTI is responsible for controlling
and administering the technical chain of command to support the forward battlefield. The RAOC/RTOC
is the tactical center for coordinating rear operations with the same CS and CSS units. These roles
must remain separate and defined. This will ensure that rear operations retains unity of command.
The RAOC/RTOC shares concern for many critical areas of movements in the rear area. This includes
troop movements, supply movements, and the main supply routes (MSRs). The RAOC/RTOC may
discover disruptions or interdiction in the rear area that affect MSRs or any unit moving in the rear.
Coordination must be started at once with the SPO/SOTI to stop the loss of forward support. A Level III
threat near an MSR will require a rerouting of all traffic. A report of the interdiction of a route may mean
a Level I or Level II threat. The transportation agency and RAOC/RTOC often need the same
MP employment in the rear area mutually support rear operations. MP support will interface at all
levels, from the base to RAOC/RTOC. The primary combat unit for Level II threats in the rear area are
the MP. They are the eyes and ears of the RAOC/RTOC. They will provide it information. If more
information is needed of a certain area, a recon by the MP will be conducted. The MP will