Units designated as mobile and tasked with
developing contingency plans (such as NMCBs) should
continually maintain a list of air transportable
equipment and the type of aircraft on which the
equipment can be carried. This is necessary because the
NCF and other types of mobile units are constantly
receiving new and updated equipment.
The U.S. Air Force Airlift Mobility Command
(AMC) is the primary transport service of the DoD.
AMC provides scheduled and special airlifts of armed
forces personnel for the following categories:
Airlift support of basic or continuation aircrew
training. This category may include static load training
Airlift purchased or contracted by a user for its
own unilateral support. This is designated as a special
assignment airlift mission (SAAM). This category
includes commercial charter aircraft used to deploy a
unit to an overseas site.
Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) approved airlifts used
in support of joint exercises. These are designated as
JCS exercise airlifts. This category maybe required for
Out-of-CONUS or theater service airlifts over
established routes. These flights are designated as AMC
channel flights and are normally managed similar to
scheduled flights. This category also may be contracted
to a commercial carrier to fly specific high-use routes.
Joint Airborne/Air Transportability Training
(JA/ATT) airlifts. These are part of an AMC-sponsored
program that provides AMC aircrews and support units
with training in the various AMC aircraft, equipment,
and procedures. This category provides specific training
data in the loading and transporting of all military
equipment and particularly NCF-unique CESE.
Airlift requests must be prepared according to
OPNAVINST 4630.18. It is important to remember that
only equipment that is certified to be air transportable
by the U.S. Air Force can be moved by AMC aircraft.
The unit requesting airlift support from AMC
headquarters is required to provide specific personnel in
support of the airlift. Support personnel are designated
Departure Airfield Control Group (DACG). The
DACG is responsible for controlling all items to be
airlifted. The DACG ensures that the flow of personnel,
material, and equipment is smooth and efficient when
called from the alert holding area to the call forward
area. The DACG also is responsible for providing
security, food service, and rest areas, if required.
Arrival Airfield Control Group (AACG). The
AACG is responsible for the receipt of all airlifted items
to the AMC-contracted airfield. The AACG also is
responsible for ensuring orderly and timely movement
of personnel, material, and equipment from the airfield
to the deployment site. If troops remain at the arrival
airfield area because of transportation or other
unforeseen delays, the AACG team is responsible for
providing food service, and rest areas, if required, at the
The staging and marshalling area is where
equipment and material are received and placed into a
corfiguration (chalk) for each aircraft. All vehicles are
checked for cleanliness and minor leaks are repaired. It
is here that mobile loads are completed, vehicles are
weighed and marked for center of balance, and cargo is
palletized on approved Air Force 463L cargo pallets,
which are also weighed and balanced. The staging and
marshalling area is not necessarily in the vicinity of the
departing airfield. It is usually in close proximity to the
CESE equipment preparation area and the main supply
area, where palletizing and mobile loading is done.
The alert holding area is where vehicles and
passengers are held in the vicinity of the departing
airfield. At this time control is passed to the DACG, and
chalks are inspected to ensure everything manifested is
actually present. When all manifested items have been
confirmed, the DACG supervisor and representatives of
the U.S. Air Force ALCE will direct the movement of
assigned chalks to the call forward area. The call
forward area is where the joint inspection of chalks by
the ALCE team and the NCF representative takes place.
After the complete chalk is inspected, it is moved to the
ramp loading area when called for by the ALCE team.
A flight manifest must be prepared for each aircraft.
It must include the name of the unit to be airlifted, the
OIC, and the type of aircraft. The manifest should also
have the number of the aircraft tail, mission, and
passengers. It should have the total weight of any
passengers, hand-carried and hold baggage, a
description of cargo, weight and cube of cargo, and the