Logistical Support & Operations

A great deal of the operational planning and the drafting of the future Standard Operating Procedures of the Force was accomplished at the Virginia Headquarters.

 

The nucleus of a staff had been recruited and many of the essential decisions relating to the supply, communications and transportation systems in the Sinai had been made. In November 1981, final decisions were reached on a number of crucial issues regarding the logistical support for the troops in the Sinai. To the extent possible, equipment would be standardised to facilitate maintenance. The MFO would develop a unified, efficient and cost-effective logistics system, designed to provide a full range of mission and life support elements - everything from food to aircraft spare parts. Goods and services would be competitively procured from reliable sources of supply preferably in nations financing or supporting the MFO, at the lowest possible cost. The principal supply support in the Sinai would be provided by the U.S. Army's Logistics Support Unit, later renamed the lst Support Battalion, part of the U.S. Contingent. 

Services such as food preparation, laundry, recreational services, maintenance of facilities and equipment, groundskeeping, as well as the installation of the communication equipment, would be handled by a private contractor with experience in remote areas.

 

In November, six companies presented competitive bids for the service contract and six others bid for the contract to install the communications equipment. After thorough evaluation by MFO managers and technicians, and some modifications of the proposals, the support service contract was awarded to E-Systems, Inc., and the contract for the installation of the communication system was awarded to Federal Electric International.

 

In December, Director General Hunt made several trips to the Middle East with Force Commander Lt. Gen. Bull-Hansen. Discussions took place with officials of the Egyptian and Israeli Governments concerning financial details, the establishment of the Liaison System called for in the Protocol and the basic operational concept to be employed by the MFO in the Sinai.

 

The completed operational concept was presented to the Parties and additional discussions were held on Force organization and plans for the future.