*Section I. ABBREVIATIONS AND ACRONYMS
AACG Arrival Airfield Control Group
AALPS Automated Air Load Planning System
ACL allowable cabin load
ADPC Air Deployment Planning Course
AFM Air Force manual
AFP Air Force pamphlet
AFR Air Force regulation
AGL above ground level
ALCS Airlift Control Squadron
AMC Air Mobility Command
AMCP Air Mobility Command pamphlet
AMCR Air Mobility Command regulation
APO Army post office
APOD aerial port of debarkation
APOE aerial port of embarkation
AR Army regulation
ATP Allied tactical publication
AT/RT all terrain/rough terrain
CALM Computer-Aided Load Manifesting System
CB center of balance
CCB combined center of balance
CFA call forward area
CG center of gravity
CINC commander in chief
CONEX container express
CONUS continental United States
CRAF Civil Reserve Air Fleet
DA Department of the Army
D/AACG Departure/Arrival Airfield Control Group
DACG Departure Airfield Control Group
DOD Department of Defense
DSN Defense Switched Network
DTACC Deployed Tanker Airfield Control Center
DTO division transportation officer
ECP entry control point
EUCOM European Command
FM field manual
FORSCOM Forces Command
FS fuselage station
g force of gravity
GSS Graphics System Software
GVW gross vehicle weight
ITO installation transportation office
JCS Joint Chiefs of Staff
LAPES Low Altitude Parachute Extraction System
LFTCPAC Landing Force Training Command, Pacific
lox liquid oxygen
MEE minimum essential equipment
MHE materials-handling equipment
mph miles per hour
MRE meals ready to eat
MTOE modification table of organization and equipment
NA not applicable
NSN national stock number
PLF pounds per linear foot
POM preparation for overseas movement
PP pallet position
psi pounds per square inch
RAM random access memory
RD reference datum
RL ready line
ROPS rollover protection system
RT rough terrain
SAAF small austere airfield
SOP standing operating procedure
ST short tons
TAC loader tactical loader
TACC Tanker Airlift Control Center
TALCE Tanker Airlift Control Element
TB technical bulletin
TC-ACCIS Transportation Coordinator - Automated Command and Control Information System
TCC transportation component command
TM technical manual
TO technical order
TOE table(s) of organization and equipment
TRADOC Training and Doctrine Command
UMO unit movement officer
US United States
USARPAC United States Army, Pacific
USMC United States Marine Corps
USTRANSCOM United States Transportation Command
WAM weight, arm, moment
WESTCOM Western Command
Section II. DEFINITIONS
- aerial port of debarkation (APOD) -
- A station that serves as an authorized port to process and clear aircraft (scheduled, tactical, and ferried) and traffic for entrance to the country in which located.
- aerial port of embarkation (APOE) -
- A station that serves as an authorized port to process and clear aircraft (scheduled, tactical, and ferried) and traffic for departure from the country in which located.
- aircraft commander -
- A pilot designated as pilot-in-command of a given aircraft. The pilot-in-command is responsible for its safe operation and is in command of all personnel on board.
- air-land operation -
- An operation involving air movement in which personnel and supplies are air-landed at a designated destination for further deployment of units and personnel and further distribution of supplies.
- Airlift Control Center -
- An operation center where the detailed planning, coordinating, and tasking for tactical airlift operations are accomplished. This is the focal point for communications and the source of control and direction for the tactical airlift forces.
- Airlift Control Squadron (ALCS) -
- An in-garrison command and control unit assigned to an AMC wing and designated as a squadron. When not in a deployed posture at home station, the squadron plans for future deployments, coordinates mission support element requirements, attends joint planning conferences, coordinates and monitors joint airborne/air transportability training, and conducts AMC affiliation program training.
- airlift force -
- Includes military strategic and tactical airlift aircraft augmented by the CRAF.
- airlift mission -
- A mission operated to meet an airlift requirement.
- Air Mobility Command (AMC) -
- Formerly the Military Airlift Command (MAC). A major command of the US Air Force that operates as a transportation component command (TCC) of the USTRANSCOM and provides worldwide airlift and aerial refueling support for the DOD. For purposes of this publication, the acronym AMC includes the following personnel: TALCE, aerial port, and air crew loadmaster.
- air movement -
- Air transport of units, personnel, supplies, and equipment, including airdrops and air-landings.
- air movement plan -
- Plan used in detailed planning for an airlift when the airlift of troops is involved. The respective service component commanders prepare it jointly.
- Air Operations Center -
- The Air Force operations center established by the TALCE for controlling and coordinating the airlift operations and all TALCE functions.
- allowable cabin load or allowable cargo load (ACL) -
- The amount of cargo and passengers, determined by weight, cubic displacement, and distance to be flown, that may be transported by specified aircraft.
- Arrival Airfield Control Group (AACG) -
- The organization that receives transported units from the Air Force carrier and controls them until released to their parent unit.
- chalk -
- Designated troops, equipment, and/or cargo that constitute a complete aircraft load.
- chalk number -
- The number affixed to an aircraft load to identify its sequence for loading.
- Civil Reserve Air Fleet (CRAF) -
- Civil air carriers of US registry that contractually commit themselves to provide personnel, services, and aircraft to support AMC under stated emergency conditions.
- closure time -
- The time the last element of a unit has arrived at a specified location.
- departure airfield -
- An airfield on which troops and/or materiel are loaded for flight.
- Departure Airfield Control Group (DACG) -
- The organization provided by the supported force which will control the deploying unit to be airlifted from the marshaling area until released to the TALCE at the ready line. Upon acceptance into DACG, all equipment belongs to the DACG commander until it is released to the Air Force. Functions of the DACG are the same for any service that is being airlifted.
- deployment -
- The relocation of forces to desired areas of operation or a designated location of troops and troop units as indicated in a troop schedule.
- dunnage, 463L -
- Any material (three each, 4- by 4- by 88-inch boards, planks, and so forth) used to support or secure pallets of the Air Force 463L materials-handling system.
- estimated time of arrival -
- Estimated time of arrival of an aircraft over a given point or station.
- estimated time of departure -
- Estimated time of departure of an aircraft from a given location.
- global airlift -
- The continuous or sustained movement of units, personnel, and material in support of all DOD agencies between area commands, between CONUS and overseas, or within an area of command when directed. Strategic airlift resources possess a capability to air-land or airdrop troops supplies, and equipment for augmentation of tactical forces when required.
- gross weight -
- For palletized cargo, total weight of the cargo, pallet, and tie-down equipment; for unpalletized cargo, the actual (scale) weight of the cargo.
- ground time -
- That period of time the aircraft is on the ground from arrival at the blocks (parked) to takeoff.
- hazardous materials -
- Any material that is flammable, corrosive, oxidative, explosive, toxic, radioactive, or unduly magnetic.
- joint airborne/air transportability training -
- An Air Force funded program that provides interservice training for the wartime application of airlift. It offers the services and AMC an opportunity to jointly develop knowledge, procedure, and proficiency for combat operations to attain and maintain wartime readiness.
- load -
- A grouping of vehicles, equipment, and/or passengers to be loaded into a specific aircraft.
- loading plan -
- A document that presents in detail all instructions for the arrangement of personnel and equipment aboard a given aircraft; also serves as a manifest.
- loading point -
- A point where one aircraft can be loaded.
- loading site -
- An area containing a number of loading points.
- load manifest -
- A document specifying in detail the payload expressed in terms of passengers and/or freight carried in one aircraft for a specific destination.
- loadmaster -
- The loadmaster is the Air Force representative responsible for overall supervision of loading and unloading operations of an aircraft.
- load number -
- The symbol assigned to a specific load of cargo or passengers. The load designator remains with a specific load regardless of any substitution of aircraft. It is synonymous with chalk number.
- load spreader -
- Material used to distribute the weight of a load over a given floor area to avoid exceeding designed stress limits.
- materials-handling equipment (MHE) -
- Mechanical devices for handling supplies with greater ease and economy. Examples are forklifts; roller conveyors; 40K, 25K, 10K, 6K, 463L loaders; and 316A/E Cochran and CL-3 Wilson loaders.
- nontactical loading-
- A loading process that gives priority considerations to achieving maximum use of troop and cargo space without regard to tactical considerations. Equipment and supplies must be unloaded and sorted before they can be used.
- outsize cargo -
- Cargo that exceeds the capabilities of the C-141B aircraft and requires the use of a C-5A/B. Consult TO 1C-141B-9 for the aircraft to determine if the item can be transported on the C-141B aircraft.
- oversize cargo -
- Any single item that exceeds any one of the following dimensions: 104 inches long, 84 inches wide, and 96 inches high. It will not fit on a 463L pallet. For broad planning purposes, a 463L pallet loaded to a maximum height of 48 inches will fit all main deck-loaded CRAF cargo aircraft. However, height increases are possible by contouring to the cargo envelope dimensions of that particular aircraft.
- pallet, 463L -
- A flat base (platform) used for combining cargo, equipment, or a single load item to facilitate the storing, handling, and air transporting of these items with the Air Force 463L materials-handling system.
- parent organization (unit) -
- 1. Table of organization and equipment (TOE) units, regardless of size, that have a numerical designation and unit identification code assigned by DA. 2. Table of distribution and allowance (TDA) units that have a specific descriptive designation and approved unit identification code assigned by DA. 3. An organization (unit) responsible for furnishing all or a portion of the common support requirements of another installation or separate organization.
- parent station -
- An organization (installation) designed to furnish all or a portion of the common support requirements of another installation or separate organization.
- planeload/troop commander -
- designated officer or noncommissioned officer responsible for the aircraft load (equipment, supplies, and/or personnel) which he accompanies.
- pusher vehicle -
- Any self-propelled vehicle, such as a 1 1/4- or 2 1/2-ton truck, with a front bumper-mounted pintle hook. This vehicle is used to push disabled vehicles, trailers, howitzers, aircraft engines, and so forth, aboard aircraft and it provides load team transportation.
- rolling stock -
- Powered or nonpowered wheeled equipment.
- special assignment airlift mission -
- Airlift requirements that involve special consideration because of the number of passengers involved, weight or size of cargo, urgency of movement, sensitivity, or other factors that preclude the use of a channel (scheduled) airlift.
- supported service -
- The military service or agency whose traffic is being moved.
- tactical loading -
- The arrangement of personnel and the storage of equipment and supplies in a manner designed to conform to the anticipated tactical operation of the organization embarked. Each individual item is stowed so that it can be unloaded at the required time.
- Tanker Airlift Control Element (TALCE) -
- A deployed element of an ALCS. The TALCE is a composite organization tailored to support airlift missions transiting locations where command and control, mission reporting, or support functions, as required, are nonexistent or require augmentation.
- theater airlift -
- Airlift that provides the immediate and responsive air movement and delivery of combat troops and supplies directly into objective areas through air-landing, extraction, airdrop, and other air delivery techniques. It provides air logistic support of all theater forces, including those engaged in combat operations, to meet specific theater objectives and requirements.
- unit loading -
- The loading of troop units with their equipment and supplies in the same ship, aircraft, or land vehicle.
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