Global Power missions provide ACC bomber units with practice in over-water navigation, joint-operations, foreign country coordination, international flight planning, and the physiological aspects of long duration flights. Global Power missions highlight the unique strengths the B-52s give to combat airpower. The bombers give combat airpower reach, access, and mass through their unique capabilities of intercontinental range, large payload, and responsiveness. Global Power missions show the unit's capability to meet a theater commander-in-chiefs need for a deterrent force without putting U.S. forces in or near a country before attack.
Global Power is the unclassif ied nickname for HQ ACC- tasked bomber out-of-CONUS long-range missions. Under this plan, all operational bomb wings are tasked once per quarter to conduct a Global Power training flight.
Global Power missions in their purest sense should be round-robin: bombers launch from home station, conduct an employment mission, then land at the home station. However, to permit a degree of flexibility in the scheduling of Global Power missions and acknowl-edging certain peacetime constraints, there are other options that qualify as Global Power missions. For example, a unit may be scheduled to conduct a Global Power mission by forward-basing closer to the east or west coast of the CONUS to cut down on flight time and inflight refueling needs. Simi-larly, the unit may launch from the home station or the forward base and recover in-theater or short of home station. ACC will consider any employment mission that launches from the CONUS to a loca-tion outside the CONUS to be a Global Power mission.
All deployment sorties en route to overseas JCS exercises will be Global Power missions. Bombers should not ferry to deployment locations overseas without performing a Global Power employment mission. Redeployments following the exercise may be ferry flights.
Any mission conducted out-of-CONUS may be dou-ble- billed as a Global Power mission for that quarter. Aircraft must launch from CONUS, preferably home station. HQ ACC will make the determination if a particular mission is a Global Power mission. A6.3. Purpose. The purpose of these missions is to exercise the long-range conventional strike capability of the ACC bomber force. Global Power missions provide all ACC bomber units with practice in overwa-ter navigation, joint operations, foreign country coordination, nonstandard mission planning and range activities, international flight planning, and physiological aspects of long duration flights. Additionally, bombers can participate in many more overseas exercises without the expense and complication of deployment. This not only broadens aircrew experience but also furnishes valuable resources and training for the use of the overseas CINCs in their exercises. This is in keeping with philosophy as described in "The Bomber Roadmap," a USAF document published in June, 1992.
HQ ACC/DOOEE will schedule, coordinate, and manage all Global Power missions. It will interface with overseas MAJCOMs, numbered air forces, and individual bomber units. Presently, Global Power taskings are contained in the ACC Consolidated Tasking Order (CTO). Due to the dynamic nature of many exercises, dates may change, but this annual schedule will provide the framework units need to plan and will be changed only IAW the process identified in the ACC CTO. If a unit has an alter-native plan they would like to execute in a particular quarter, they should inform HQ ACC/DOOEE with adequate lead time so that proper coordination may proceed. Global Power missions that require short-notice airlift or inflight refueling will be avoided.
The following entry/exit procedure will be used by all bomber aircraft operating on Global Power missions in the specified AOR. These procedures do not replace any required exercise-specific reporting instructions.
The following procedure will be used when employing in or transiting the EUCOM AOR. Crossing 10W longitude eastbound, aircrews will establish a phone patch via HF radio to the USAFE Command Center (UCC), (DSN 480-8200/8202/8203/8258) callsign: CON-TROL at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Pass time of crossing, aircraft status, and ETA to target. The UCC will provide a weather update and confirm range availability if within the EUCOM AOR. This does not replace the need to communicate directly with the specific range for final confirmation. Keep the UCC advised of any deviations to the original planned operation (use of an alternate range, weather divert, etc.). Contact the UCC passing longitude 10W westbound to CONUS with brief mis-sion report of how the operation went (successful or unsuccessful). If unsuccessful, pass reason. If exiting eastbound/entering westbound, make exit/entry report at 30E longitude to the UCC. Units will call the UCC on mission planning day to confirm the impending mission and coordinate details. This should help minimize actual inflight communications.
The following procedure will be used when employing in or transiting the PACOM AOR. Westbound missions, upon crossing 130W longitude (including Alaska missions), and eastbound missions, upon crossing 60E longitude, aircrews will establish a phone patch via HF radio to the PACAF Command Center (DSN 449-4000) via phone patch or through the ACC Com-mand Post (DSN 574-3839) with an advisory on mission status, intentions, and other pertinent infor-mation. The Command Center will pass along information as required that may apply to the mission (weather, range status, etc.). The same procedure will apply when the missions leave the AOR. Units will call HQ PACAF/DOXE, DSN 449-8634 on mission planning day to confirm the impending mis-sion and coordinate details. This should help minimize actual inflight communications.
The following procedure will be used when employing in or transiting the CENTCOM AOR. Two weeks prior to the mission the unit POC will contact the CENTCOM POC (CCJ3-P (Non JCS Exercise) DSN 968-6340 or CCJ3-E (JCS Exercise) DSN 968-6298) to detail command and control authority and specific communication requirements (call sign of controlling agency, SATCOM frequencies, DSN#, and number of reports required). NLT 20 minutes prior to entry into CENTCOM AOR one aircraft will contact the designated controlling agency via SATCOM or HF phone patch and pass along aircraft status, location, and other pertinent information. The controlling agency will pass along information as required that may apply to the mission (weather, range status, etc.). Call CENTCOMs' controlling agency and request release when exiting their AOR. Con-tact CENTCOM/CCJ3, DSN 968-6340/6298 (FAX: 968-5829) on mission planning day to confirm the impending mission and coordinate details. This should help minimize actual inflight communica-tions.
There is no preferred procedure for entering and exiting other AORs. It is highly dependent on the individual country being entered and the exercise. Expect instructions from the specific unified command HQ on the specific entry/exit procedures.
Individual Bomber Unit Responsibilities:
Units will develop local guidance and procedures for all aspects of Global Power missions.
Due to the complexity, demands, and duration of Global Power missions, unit commanders will consider crew experience when selecting crews.
Appoint an OSS primary and alternate POC to interface with HQ ACC on all Global Power matters. Ensure HQ ACC/DOOEE has a current name, message address, DSN number, and E-mail address (if applicable) for the OSS POC. All unit contact with HQ ACC/DOOEE will be coordinated through the OSS POC. Units will also designate a primary and alternate project officer for each Glo-bal Power mission to ensure proper coordination and information flow between all concerned. Both primary and alternate project officers must maintain total working knowledge of all aspects of their assigned mission.
Maintain HQ ACC/DOOE as "info" addressee on all message traffic associated with Global Power. Similarly info the concerned overseas MAJCOM and parent NAF.
Units are not authorized "direct liaison" to an overseas range, unit, or country unless specifi-cally sanctioned by HQ ACC or the overseas MAJCOM (USAFE, PACAF, CENTAF, etc.). Normally, units will work range requests, fighter intercepts, ECM, and so on, through the exercise office of the particular overseas MAJCOM. For example, do not call the Vliehors Air Weapons Range, Nether-lands, direct to buy range times; call the USAFE exercise office and let them work the request to Vlie-hors. If in doubt about who to contact, call HQ ACC/DOOEE for clarification. Range guide information is available from other MAJCOM exercise offices or HQ ACC/DOOEE to assist in plan-ning for overseas range use.
HQ ACC/DOOEE will make every attempt to firm up the Global Power schedule for individ-ual units in sufficient time for the unit to get air refueling requests in to the AMC tanker scheduling conference (Horseblanket) for the following quarter. Units will consult ACC CTO to determine the type of exercise the Global Power mission will support (i.e. JCS, MAJCOM, etc.) in order to ensure the correct Air Refueling Support Priority (IAW AFI 11-221, Attachment 1) can be assigned. Contact HQ ACC/DOOEE if there is any question on the priority level to be assigned. Horseblanket confer-ences are normally held in the middle month of the quarter for the following quarter (i.e., February for the April through June quarter). Other tanker considerations should include:
When possible, units should request inflight refueling within 800 miles of the tanker base to cut down on tanker flying hours. This will also increase the tanker available offload.
"Horseblanket" requests are critical to ensure air refueling will happen where and when needed. Short-notice tanker requests should be avoided to the maximum extent possible. Unit will ensure they submit tanker requests with the proper priority level IAW AFI 11-221, attachment 1.
Because Global Power missions are tanker-intensive, units should consider any and all options to save fuel and cut down on the inflight refueling requirements. All aircraft should take-off with the maximum allowable fuel to minimize inflight refueling needs.
Inflight reports must be made to the unit command post. These reports, as a minimum, will include a takeoff report, report at all end air refuelings, a strike report, and a landing report. Also, a report will be made anytime unplanned circumstances significantly affect the outcome of the mission, such as inflight emergency, divert, release system malfunction, weather, navigation problems, and so on. Crew judgment is the key when deciding what needs to be reported. The unit command post will relay all inflight reports to the HQ ACC Command Post, who will then upchannel reports to the HQ ACC/DO. For USAFE AOR, ask your command center to forward any pertinent information to the USAFE Command Center (UCC), (DSN 480-8200/8202/8203/8258).
Within 3 days after the mission, a call must be made to HQ ACC/DOOEE with a verbal report on the mission. This is not an official after-action report, but a generalized "how it went" brief-ing. All information on the pre-mission (3-week) report should be updated with the actual mission results to include threat advisory support results. EXCEPTION: If anything occurs during the mis-sion that needs to be briefed to the ACC Staff (diversion, emergency, diplomatic incident, etc.), call ACC Command Center, DSN 574-1555, immediately. If in doubt--call!
Official after-action reports will be made in the JULLS format NLT 30 days after the sortie date (per AFI 10-204) and sent to: ACC Lessons Learned Home Page (UNCLASS http://red-wood. do.langley.af.mil or CLASSIFIED (http://126.96.36.199/ ). After-action reports will include crew rest, medication used if any, pre-mission procedures, threat advisory support success to include time and method of receipt and will review all applicable lessons learned.
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