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MPF 14



REVISED 07/01/2008

APPROVED BY _______________________ DATE ______________________

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(Slide 1)

Up until this point, we have discussed numerous plans. MAGTF LOI, deployment
support plans, Initiating Directive, etc. One of the most plans is the Arrival
and Assembly Plan because the plan goes into specifics where as the other plans
discuss priorities, command relationship, concept of operations, etc.
(Slide 2)

2. OVERVIEW. During this lesson we will discuss:

• Commences upon arrival of the first MPSRON ship or the first aircraft of
the main-body in the AAA

• Concludes when MAGTF Commander reports all essential elements of the MAGTF
are combat ready.

(Slide 3)


To familiarize the student with the major activities of the arrival and assembly
phase, the purpose and documents that make up the arrival and assembly plan, and
the staff section responsible for the development of that plan

a. TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVES. With the aid of a reference, the student

will be able to identify the command relationships used in an MPF Operation in
accordance with MCWP 3-32.


(1) With the aid of a reference, explain the role of the military
departments and services in accordance with MCWP 3-32.

(2) With the aid of a reference,

explain the role of the unified commanders in accordance with MCWP 3-32.

(3) With the aid of a reference, explain the type of command

relationship between the Commander, Maritime Prepositioned Force and the
Commander, MAGTF in accordance with MCWP 3-32.

INSTRUCTOR NOTE. Take a minute to read over your TLOs and ELOs. Once everyone
looks up I will know when to begin.

(Slide 4)

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These are the references associated with the lecture.

4. METHOD/MEDIA. This period of instruction will be given using the

informal lecture method aided by a powerpoint presentation.

5. EVALUATION. You will be evaluated during the practical application on

training day 4 and 5.


TRANSITION. Are there any questions about what we will be covering, how we
will cover it, or how you will be evaluated? Good, now let’s discuss unified
command structure.

(Slide 5)


(Slide 6)

Why is this the most crucial phase of an MPF Operation? This is when the MAGTF
stands up and becomes combat operations.

AA consists of many moving pieces from various geographic areas joining in one
general area. The force could be as small as one ship and 2000 Marines or 5-6
ships and 17,500 Marines and Sailors.

What is Murphy’s Law?

(Slide 7)

What does it take to get this tank combat ready? This all occurs during AA.
Remember, we may have as many as 60 tanks that we need to get combat ready.

(Slide 8)

These are the major activities of AA.

(Slide 9)

Key word is specific tasks. Each unit or organization will have its roles and
responsibilities delineated allowing for coordinated action within the MAGTF and

(Slide 10)

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Examples are: Pierside or Instream? How many ships? Location of control

groups? Etc.

(Slide 11)

First bullet: Why is HNS for AAA security and throughput a priority? Can we
provide our own security? If so, why do we need Host Nation Support?

MHE and transportation assets are vital because they are often the chokepoints
in throughput and can get easily overwhelmed and subsequently backloaded.

(Slide 12).

The following are tasks organizations listed within the AA Plan.

(Slide 13)

• C3 procedures through phase

• Throughput operations at beach, port and airfield

• MPE/S issue and accounting

• Initial CSS operations – LFSP

• Security.

(Slide 14)

Attachment A and B of the AA chapter provides examples of the following.

(Slide 15)

Here is an example of an AA plan.

(Slide 16)

Example of an AA plan continued.

(Slide 17)

Example of an AA plan continued.

(Slide 18)

Many students get confused with C- and O-days. O-day stands for Offload day
and C-day stands for commencement day. Commencement is a joint tern and O-day
is a Navy/Marine Corp term. Just remember both days refer to the same calendar
day. For example, July 10 may be C+10 but O-12. So July 11 would be C+11 and

(Slide 19)

This slide depicts a notional timeline.

(Slide 20)

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This slide depicts a notional timeline.

(Slide 21)

Timeline continued.

(Slide 22)

If in your practical application, you will create a MHE distribution matrix.

Remember, without HNS, you have limited MHE. This plan allocates the MHE by day
to various MSEs and locations.

(Slide 23)

Are there any questions?

(Slide 24)

A picture is worth a thousand words. Overlays can be very effective in

“painting a picture” of an MPF operation.

(Slide 25)

AAA could be as small as several square miles or over a few hundred square

(Slide 26)

You will use overlays in your practical application to define areas and sub
areas of operations.

(Slide 27)

Everything within the circle is considered the AAA to include the beach and port

(Slide 28)

Remember, UAA is a general area where ERP is a specific point.

(Slide 29)

Let’s examine the ERP a little closer.

(Slide 30)

This slide depicts ERPs within the ground combat element's UAA.

(Slide 31)

We also use overlays to identify MSRs and ASRs as well delineate security
(Slide 32)

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Remember to make the slides “talk”. Sub-area overlays should provide more
(Slide 33)

This schedule is created from the MAGTF commander’s warfighting priorities and
(Slide 34)

(Slide 35)

Do not confuse COT Lot with Container Staging area. The COT Lot contains
containers with various classes of supply.

(Slide 36)

This is the recommended layout of the COT Lot. What are the various icons?
What is the purpose of the organizing the COT Lot? How large is this COT Lot?
Put yourself in the shoes on the young Corporal or Petty Officer looking to pick
a class of supply. What class of supply will you NOT find in the COT Lot?
(Slide 37)


(Slide 38)

Communications can be troublesome due to the nature of communications systems

and various environmental factors. If possible, maximize the use of HNS until
C2 is stood up.

(Slide 39)

Security is very important for AA plan because organizations cannot perform

their tasks if they are not safe from harm or even disruption. We will go into
more detail in during Security lesson.
(Slide 40)

The use of reports serves to provide the MAGTF CDR and subordinate element
visibility on force stand up and combat capability.

(Slide 41)

The MAGTF G-3 and G-4 are the primary developers of the AA Plan.

(Slide 42)

What is a plan? There is not perfect state of knowledge. We take our best
available data, make assumptions, and develop a plan off of that. Some decisions
will be made despite the lack of needed information. Remember if you fail to
plan, you plan to fail.

(Slide 43)

In summary, we have discussed the activities and purpose of AA plan, notional

formats of plan, overlays, and reports and reporting procedures.

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This class has covered

activities and purpose of AA Plan, notional formats of plan, overlays and
reports and reporting procedures during an MPF operation.

• Activities and purpose of AA Plan

• Notional formats of plan

• Overlays

• Reports and reporting procedures


1. MCWP 3-32/NWP 3-02.3, Maritime Prepositioning Force (MPF) Operations

2. MCWP 5-1, Marine Corps Planning Process
3. NWP 5-01, Naval Operational Planning


1. Sample MPF Operations Order

2. Notional Format of an Arrival and Assembly Plan

3. Example Outline of II MEF’s Annex P

4. Notional Timeline

5. Arrival and Assembly Area Overlay

6. Combat Service Support Area Overlay

7. Port Area Overlay

8. Beach Area Overlay

9. Arrival Airfield Overlay

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