COMMAND AND SUPPORT RELATIONSHIPS
This lesson addresses command and support relationships and their logistical
the authority a maneuver commander has over an engineer unit.
relationships dictate the manner of support a maneuver commander receives
and determine logistical responsibility, if any, to supporting engineer
TERMINAL LEARNING OBJECTIVE:
You will identify command and support relationships,
including logistical responsibility, associated with the C2
of engineer elements.
You will be able to differentiate
between command and support relationships used in combat
situations and those used in permanent situations.
You will be given the material contained in this lesson.
You will correctly answer all questions on the practice
exercise at the end of this lesson.
The material contained in this lesson was derived from FMs
5-71-100, 5-100, and 101-5 and from other material approved
by the USAES.
As the final step of the tactical-planning process, the engineer staff
relationships between engineers and maneuver units.
Each situation is
unique and requires its own solution.
Engineer commanders are always
responsible for tasks undertaken by their subordinate elements. This lesson
covers elements of command and support relationships that may exist between
maneuver and engineer elements.
It also addresses the authority and the
logistical responsibility inherent in those relationships.
officers must fully understand the functions of these relationships and know
how to use them to enhance engineer capability during maneuver support and
You will learn to base command and support relationships on the
commander's tactical plan and the assessment of each unit's contribution to