One of the main challenges of unpredictable amphibious operations is providing follow on forces with the goods and gear they need to sustain themselves, according to Lyle Layher, the Marine Corps Forces Europe and Africa pre-positioning officer.
The first step, though, is to “get deeply involved in your local installation’s HITT program,” said Master Sgt. Daniel Jackson, the staff noncommissioned officer in charge for Marine Corps Community Services at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Virginia.
Exactly who will win the contract is uncertain. James Haskin, a senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security, said the competition is wide open. Outwardly, the prototypes look similar.
Marine officials hope to speed the awards process for the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal by giving commanders more leeway to recognize heroism, valor or outstanding achievement in their ranks.