Writing Competition: Making the CSST 'Manoeuvre', in order to survive and generate operational tempo

By Robert Gibson November 30, 2020

In this presentation, Robert offers different tactics for CSSTs in order to better support their dependent units. 

Notes pages are provided to allow for an in depth understanding of his points raised, or if you prefer Robert has narrated his presentation and can be heard should you play the slideshow from the beginning. 




Robert Gibson


Major Robert Gibson is currently posted to 3rd Combat Service Support Battalion as Officer Commanding 3rd Field Supply Company. He has been posted to Headquarters Joint Operations Command as a Logistics Planner, the Army School of Logistic Operations as an Instructor as well as Regimental postings to 1st Aviation Regiment, 1st Combat Service Support Battalion and 9th Force Support Battalion. In 2016 he deployed as the Operations Officer for Force Support Element Five. He has recently returned from OPERATION COVID-19 ASSIST where he commanded a Joint Task Unit in support of the Victorian Hotel Quarantine program.  He has a Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Strategic People Management.


The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.


For warehousing you need to have stock on wheels that remains on wheels, not dropped off or left behind because it is deemed "unimportant" to the CSST OC. You also need to have the L121 vehicles dedicated to the Supply effort with sufficient qualified drivers (OPSUP drivers and Co'ies, not truckies) who control the stores on their vehicles and know what is there. Having a senior enough Supply WO/SGT who is actually listened to by the CSST OC is a good thing as they are the ones who can tell you the stock holdings needed and what you are likely to use through analysis of stock movement in similar circumstances. The CSST needs to have stock to deliver to a supported unit, not just drive around looking good as units always take enough stores to survive the EX so you rarely ever practice logistics in the Field.

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