b. Table of Organization and Equipment units are composed of sets, kits, and
outfits according to the TO&E. Many of these sets, kits, and outfits contain controlled
medical substances or sensitive items. Therefore, any medical assemblage (like a kit)
must be stored in a manner that will provide the best security available with the
understanding that must be operationally ready.
c. Where it is essential to the operational readiness of TO&E units that
controlled medical items in authorized medical assemblages remain in unit possession,
the unit commander will store the items (while in garrison) as prescribed in the section
on fixed facility pharmacies to the maximum extent possible. A record of controlled
medical items will be maintained on a DA Form 3862 (Controlled Substances Stock
Record). A monthly inventory and inspection of items will be accomplished by a
disinterested officer appointed by the commander.
d. In TO&E units where storage security is judged inadequate and where unit
readiness would not be unduly compromised, controlled medical items authorized in
medical assemblages should be stored at the first command level that has the requisite
storage area, or stocked by the supporting installation medical activity. Where these
items are stocked at a medical activity, they will be accounted for as mobilization
reserve protectable stocks and stored in accordance with the fixed facility specifications.
Plans to facilitate the issue of these items when required for mission accomplishment
will be formulated and kept current.
2-13. SECURITY WHILE IN THE FIELD
a. In TO&E (field) units, some time is spent in the field or in deployed situations.
How does the unit transport the controlled medical substances to the field? These
controlled medical substances must be transported in compliance with appropriate
provisions of AR 40-61, Medical Logistics Policies and Procedures or other appropriate
Army regulations and command directives. In any event, in-transit security must be
such that the spirit and intent of the security requirements are not violated, and that
controlled substances are protected from unauthorized possession, use, and theft.
b. One method that has been found to work quite well is to secure the safe
containing the controlled substances to the vehicle frame or other non-removable part of
the vehicle, in which the safe is being transported. When the safe is in the vehicle, the
vehicle must never be left unattended.