Aerial Port of Embarkation (APOE)
An Aerial Port Of Embarkation (APOE) is an air terminal at which troops, units, military-sponsored personnel, unit equipment, and materiel board and are loaded.
The Air Mobility Command exercises overall control of Aerial Ports of Embarkation. Resources of the deploying unit are initially under the control of the deploying unit commander. Control passes to the Departure Airfield Control Group [DACG] and then to AMC. APOE operations are divided into four major areas: the marshaling area, alert holding area, the call forward area, and the ready line / loading ramp area. Operating within these areas is the deploying unit, the DACG, the TALCE, and the load teams. Each of these organizations has specific responsibilities in one or more of the APOE operating areas.
The DACG is designed to assist AMC and the deploying unit in receiving, processing, and loading personnel and equipment. The capabilities of the DACG are tailored based on the mission and the military units performing aerial port operations. Overall responsibility for A/DACG operations in CONUS is assigned to the installations. Personnel and equipment resources come from units or activities that are not required to move with the deploying force. Appendix C to FORSCOM/ARNG Reg 55-1 establishes installation APOE tasking assignments for the most commonly used APOEs in peacetime and for contingency planning. The DACG may also be a cargo transfer company tailored to the deploying forces' airlift requirements.
AMC provides or deploys a TALCE to the APOE to conduct airlift operations, including aircraft and ground support. The TALCE provides minimum essential onload, offload and enroute AMC mission support during deployment, employment, and redeployment operations. It provides continuous liaison with all interested agencies to ensure the operation proceeds according to plan. The TALCE is responsible at the APOE for aircraft movement control, communications, technical supervision of loading, and aircraft staging.
The marshaling area is provided by the installation or base commander of the geographic AOR from which the deploying unit stages its departure. Marshaling area activities are the responsibility of the deploying commander. Ideally, marshaling area activities should take place as close as possible to the departure airfield. During marshaling area activities deploying units are normally assisted by the ITO, supporting units, or other designated organizations per deployment SOPs or local policy. The deploying unit should not be required to perform support functions, thus permitting concentration on preparation for the deployment.
The alert holding area is the equipment, vehicle, and passenger control area. It is normally located in the vicinity of the departure airfield and is used to assemble, inspect, hold, and service aircraft loads. Control of loads is transferred from the individual unit to the DACG at this point.
The call forward area is the portion of the departure airfield where the joint inspection (JI) of deploying unit equipment and cargo is conducted by the DACG, the deploying unit, and the TALCE.
The loading ramp area, including ready line area, is controlled by the TALCE. At this point control of units, for movement purposes, passes to the Air Mobility Command.
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