As the crew leader, you must be sure the
necessary resources are available on the project
site on the day the work is to be performed. For
materials on site, this will be as easy as
submitting a material request, NAVSUP Form
1250-1, to the material liaison office (MLO)
several days in advance. For local purchase
requirements, such as a concrete request to
MLO, a request may be required 2 to 3 weeks in
As the crew leader, you are also responsible for
on-site supervision of all work performed.
Productive employment of available resourees
to accomplish assigned tasking is your greatest
An understanding of the operations (Ops)
organization and its responsibilities in the planning
and execution of construction tasking is necessary
before any further discussion of project management.
You can refer to figure 2-1 for a clear picture of the
Operations Officer (S3)
The S3 has functional authority over the
construction and disaster preparedness programs in
the battalion. In this capacity he or she has direct
supervisory authority over the line companies. The S3
reports directly to the commanding officer. The S3 is
responsible for the assignment of all construction
Figure 2-1.Operations department organization.
resourees: personnel, equipment, tools, and materials.
Since the project planning process involves allocating
these resources to specific projects, the S3 controls the
project planning process, oversees each planning
phase, and approves all final project packages.
Assistant Operations Officer (S3A)
The S3A is generally responsible for the
administrative/executive efforts and record keeping of
the Ops department. The S3A
in case of his or her absence.
Operations Chief (S3C)
The S3C is normally
day-to-day coordination of
acts for the Ops officer
responsible for the
personnel within the
department and assists them in carrying out their
duties. The S3C also assists crew leaders through daily
visits to the jobsites and generally assigns E6 and
below OF-13 personnel within the battalion.
The engineering division provides a variety of
engineering services including surveying, concrete
slump and strength tests, compaction tests and
drafting. Engineering also maintains the as-built
drawings for projects under construction.
In addition to typing operations reports such as
situation reports (SITREPs), the Ops admin staff also
provides centralized timekeeping and personnel
Quality Control (QC) Division
The QC division is staffed with a group of highly
skilled technicians capable of instructing personnel to
perform the work in the plans and specifications. These
technicians are normally included in the planning and
estimating and deployment planning groups. They have
detailed knowledge of all facets of a project and are
knowledgeable on the critical inspection items that must
be followed for each network activity during each phase
of construction. This group of technical experts, as
agents of the Ops officer, is the group within the battal-
ion most capable of resolving field problems with the
individual construction units.
The QC division develops a QC plan intended to
be a single-source document. This document outlines