on CAS sheets. This section of the chapter will cover
the procedures used to identify those hard-to-get
materials, the techniques used to track them through
home port and on deployment, and how to maintain
accountability of your money and materials.
HOME PORT RESPONSIBILITIES
Home port is the time to plan your projects and
identify what resources it will take to complete them.
The first two things to learn is where your materials will
come from and who is going to pay the bill. To minimize
cost, most of your project materials will come from the
Continental United States (CONUS). Most materials
ordered on the deployment site are bulk items like
cement, concrete, aggregate, sand, CMU block and
such. Bulk items are too expensive to ship. It is the goal
of 2ndNCB/3rdNCB to have 100 percent of your critical
path materials on site at project start. It is your
responsibility to be sure they know exactly what these
critical path materials are and when you need them.
Bills of Material (BM)
After plains and specifications for your project are
drawn up, bills of material are generated by either the
20th or 31st NCR planning and estimating staff. You will
receive copies of these BMs about 5 months before you
deploy. These BMs must include everything you need
to complete your project! These BMs usually include
construction materials, plans and specifications, special
tools, and safety gear not already in the battalions table
of allowance (TOA). Any technical assistance you may
require, such as balancing an HVAC system or
certifying a fire alarm system, also should be listed in
the BM. Not only do you have to ensure the regimental
staff identified the right tools and materials, but you also
have to ensure they identified the right quantity. Figure
3-14 is an example of a BM.
BMs are arranged by material typestructural,
electrical, mechanical, or such. Your number one job in
home port is to make sure the BMs contain all the
material you need to complete your job!
Material Take-off (MTO)
The most important phase of project planning to
help you identify materials is the material take-off. You
must generate a material list completely independent of
the BM. This is a critical step, because it is a
check-and-balance against the regiments planning and
Figure 3-14.-Bill of material.