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c. Ammunition and pioneer platoon leader. (1) The leader of the battalion ammunition and pioneer platoon performs such staff duties as the battalion commander may direct. He is charged with the supervision of his platoon in the execution of am- munition supply and pioneer tasks. He accomplishes simple field engineering (pioneer) tasks not requir- ing the technical and special equipment of engineer troops. He assigns duties to members of his platoon in accordance with the requirements of the situa- tion after consultation with the battalion S-4. He is also the battalion gas officer and battalion muni- tions officer.

  • (2)

    His duties include-

    • (a)

      Pioneer reconnaissance; control of the pio-

neer operations of his platoon. (See FM 7-20.)

(b) Assistance to the battalion S-4 in selection, establishment, and operation of the battalion am- munition supply point. (See par. 23.)

(c) Use of his platoon to assist in hand-carry of ammunition to company areas when this is neces- sary.

(d) Supervision and coordination of gas defense training and measures within the battalion, includ- ing inspection of gas defense equipment and use of decontaminating agents.

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