posted on Oct, 26 2013 @ 11:54 PM
With all due respect you may want to go back to supply school. First of all, priority 13 is not high priority at all, its routine maintenance, usually
first echelon(aka operators of the equipment) sometimes second echelon repairs. Secondly massive amounts of supplies being bought right now,
especially tents and such, should come as no shock being that we have units coming back from Afghanistan(along with some still going to) having to
replenish all their broken and/or missing gear. Of course these things are going to go stateside also, that's where the units are. I also understand
being a supply clerk you may not know what a backyard op is, but they are quite frequent in certain units(aka creating a FOB on base in some location
to practice what you would do in the field, an exercise if you will). Another thing, all equipment has a certain amount of SL-3 required(an SL-3 is a
list of things that are suppose to be with the equipment), and for some equipment spare parts are part of that SL-3.
To the questions about traveling wave tubes, they are usually referred to as wave-guides. They are inside almost every satellite communications device
known to man. It's literally just a tube to send a signal through. It is a space laser, but not as Hollywood would have you think. Instead of cutting
giant alien spaceships in half, its a bunch of packets of data for some old guy watching Youtube or checking facebook in the COC tent.
As far as why the president or joint chiefs were the ones authorizing these purchase was probably because they were the only ones with the authority
to do so under the shutdown.
Now to offer a more benign explanation, it could be because the marine corps doesn't have enough barracks to house all the units that it has(which
they don't. Part of why they are building so much in 29 stumps right now). They have to have some place to stay when they come back, and what better
place than a tent city. It wouldn't be the first time these marines had to live in two man tents for a while. The marines are also about to do a
major draw down of forces(projected to drop to somewhere around 150k) so it would be a temporary thing, not a popular thing, but the marine corps as
my gunny put it "Doesn't cater to personal wants or needs."
"The acquisition is estimated at $61,300,000.00 per year with a total contract maximum value of $306,500,000.00
. The scope of this acquisition includes, but is not limited to: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) supplies; Plumbing supplies
(including bath and shower items, ablution units); Electrical products (including generators, wire/cable, connectors, sockets, outlets, lights, etc.);
Tools of various kinds; Chemical, lubricating, and rubber products and products including same; Construction supplies (including but not limited to
cement, lumber and plywood, bricks, blocks, steel, aluminum, and other metal products, conduits, prefabricated structures to include re-locatable
buildings (RLBs & ablution units), etc.; Perimeter security items such as barriers, barbed wire, concertina wire, and sand bags (also used for erosion
prevention); Communication devices (such as walkie-talkies, two-way radios, etc. used by the maintenance personnel), and; Various other commercial
supplies required by the war-fighters to accomplish their mission AND related incidental services."
For this keep in mind, OCONUS is setting up bases in both Australia and Guam, along with all the people being forced back into the barracks, maybe now
they'll take the time to actually make the barracks a livable place. Between that and operations still ongoing such as JSOTF-P happening in the
Phillipines, the marine corps will still be quite busy long after it leaves Afghanistan. If anyone has any questions about certain NSN's I'm sure I
could help, or at least try to help figure out what they are and give the possible uses that I've seen for them.
I will however say one thing about all these purchase. For as stingy as the USMC use to be, they sure do love wasting money on stupid things now a