telephone, radio, television, telecommunication, or
computer. Still others may think of conferences,
meetings, and talking. All these tools and media are
means of communication. Regardless of the type of
communication, however, the communications circuit is
not complete until we have feedback. Feedback lets us
know that the other person understands the message.
Logistics by definition is the procurement,
organization, repair, and replacement of material and
personnel. Naval logistics and material flow are terms
used to describe the movement of materials through the
Navy supply system.
The scope of naval logistics
includes the handling of nonproductive items, many of
which we will talk about in the following paragraphs.
The controlling factors of logistics are counting, control,
routing, and locating. Inventory determines storage and
housing methods. In general, the policing of a complete
logistics program is not an option to RPs but a real
STORAGE OF ECCLESIASTICAL
EQUIPMENT AND SUPPLIES
You should store most of the ecclesiastical
equipment and supplies you use for the CRP ashore and
aboard ship in an ecclesiastical gear locker. Ashore,
storage is commonly in the sacristy or vestry. In the
field, you will be dependent upon the chaplains field
kits and mountout boxes for storage of ecclesiastical
equipment and supplies. Storage areas must be clean,
dry places that are easily accessible. All items kept in
an ecclesiastical gear locker, field kit, or mountout box
are for use during worship services. Items you use for
worship services should be cleaned, if possible, before
The key to storage is the orderly and logical
placement of equipment and supplies. A place for
everything and everything in its place is a good
guideline for storage of ecclesiastical items. You should
use an inventory list that gives the location of each item.
You should also use a standard label marker to indicate
the placement of all equipment charged to your care. If
you return ecclesiastical equipment to its proper place
after use, the items will be available and inventories and
inspections will proceed quickly and smoothly.
High-value items and items that have a special
significance (consecrated items) require special
handling, storage, and security.
RPs must know how to procure items of
ecclesiastical equipment and supplies required by
chaplains for worship services. You must identify
ecclesiastical items requiring replacement due to wear
or breakage and order the replacement items when
CLEANING AND SURVEYING OF LINENS,
HANGINGS, AND VESTMENTS
Due to the importance and visibility of an RMF, the
CRP facilities, equipment, and appointments must
receive special attention.
The care of CRP
accoutrements (equipment and accessories),
appointments (furnishings), and facilities is serious
business. Although everything in the RMF requires
some form of cleaning, maintenance, and surveying,
here we will discuss those items for which you, the RP,
will be specifically responsible.
Linens are normally laundered. You probably will
arrange to have linens laundered through a commercial
laundry with cost paid from the command operations
and maintenance (O&M) funds. Care should be taken
to have linens properly folded, or have them returned as
flatwork unfolded and on hangers.
Hangings and Vestments
When conducting a worship service or officiating at
a sacrament or ordinance, the chaplain may wear a
vestment. A vestment is clothing that reflects the role
as priest or minister to those served. Normally you
should prepare vestments for the chaplain in the sacristy.
After the service, you should return the vestments to the
sacristy closet. You should always check the vestments
for tears, stains, or wrinkles. You should make sure
there are always clean vestments on hand for the
chaplain to wear while conducting the service,
Vestments are RMF property. Commands pay for dry
cleaning of these garments with appropriated funds.
Vestments that are modified for use in field and
combat situations are lighter in weight, washable,
smaller, and made of wrinkle-resistant material.
Because the material for each kind of vestment varies
with the manufacturer, you should check the label for
Each vestment requires
individual attention and some such as surplice and alb
need regular care.