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APPENDIX B

OPERATIONS ORDERS AND AIRCREW MISSION BRIEFINGS AND DEBRIEFINGS

This appendix provides procedures and suggested formats that can be used to standardize operations orders and aircrew mission briefings and debriefings for ARSOA elements.

B-1. FUNDAMENTALS

a. The aircrew mission briefing will be presented in the standard five-paragraph OPORD format with an additional sixth paragraph on safety. To allow enough time for the aircrew to prepare individual navigation cards and maps, aircrew mission briefings will be presented before the scheduled takeoff time. A representative from the ground SOF unit should be present. A final briefing will be conducted before departure to update the weather conditions and time hack and to make any changes. Each company will hold individual flight briefings and verify that the crew understands all aspects of the mission. All crews must present brief-backs.

b. A planning cell will be designated, and its members will be exempt from other duties during the planning phase. To make the most of the available time, each cell member will have clearly defined duties. Multicompany missions will require ARSOA battalion support in selected planning areas; for example, fire, medical, PZ and/or LZ, and route deconfliction support. Briefings will be supported by the appropriate diagrams and charts. All diagrams will be as close to scale as possible and constructed as accurately as possible to prevent any misconceptions. The charts and kneeboard handouts shown in Figure B-1 (page B-2) are considered essential materials. Mandatory items in the figure are marked with an X.

c. When possible, the commander's representative will prepare and conduct the aircrew mission briefing. No detail will be considered self-explanatory, and all phases of the operation will be briefed. Portions of the OPORD that do not apply to a given mission need not be briefed. Figure B-2 (page B-2) provides a suggested format for an operations order and/or aircrew mission briefing. Figure B-3 (page B-12) provides a suggested format for an aircrew mission debriefing. FM 101-5 provides more information on OPORD formats and content.

Figure B-1. Charts and kneeboard handouts

Figure B-2. Suggested format for an OPORD/aircrew mission briefing

Figure B-2. Suggested format for an OPORD/aircrew mission briefing (continued)

Figure B-2. Suggested format for an OPORD/aircrew mission briefing (continued)

Figure B-2. Suggested format for an OPORD/aircrew mission briefing (continued)

Figure B-2. Suggested format for an OPORD/aircrew mission briefing (continued)

Figure B-2. Suggested format for an OPORD/aircrew mission briefing (continued)

Figure B-2. Suggested format for an OPORD/aircrew mission briefing (continued)

Figure B-2. Suggested format for an OPORD/aircrew mission briefing (continued)

Figure B-2. Suggested format for an OPORD/aircrew mission briefing (continued)

Figure B-2. Suggested format for an OPORD/aircrew mission briefing (continued)

Figure B-2. Suggested format for an OPORD/aircrew mission briefing (continued)

Figure B-3. Suggested format for an aircrew mission debriefing

Figure B-3. Suggested format for an aircrew mission debriefing (continued)



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