101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Gold Book

Chapter 6

Hasty Air Assaults

1. Purpose: This chapter standardizes responsibilities in planning and executing a hasty air assault (8 hours or less from notification to execution). Hasty air assaults typically are in response to a fluid tactical situation. The complexity of the detailed planning and coordination for a deep brigade air assault preclude it from being executed as a hasty air assault, but company teams, and under adequate REDCON, battalions, could be tasked to execute a hasty air assault.

2. Responsibilities: Upon notification of the mission, the supporting aviation unit will immediately execute a face-to-face air mission coordination meeting (AMCM) with the supported infantry unit. The enclosed hasty AMC checklist will be completed during the AMCM and sent to higher HQs for A2C2 deconfliction and approval by the appropriate commander. The supporting aviation unit will complete the italicized entries and the supported infantry unit will complete all others. The AMC will be the assault aviation unit commander. He will collocate with the AATF S3 to assist in planning. The AATFC will be the infantry battalion commander. The infantry brigade commander retains launch authority; he may delegate it.

3. Procedures: Upon notification of the mission, the aircraft package will be TACON to the AATF (see ANNEX B, MISSION/AIRCRAFT SUMMARY). The AATFC will stage the aircraft based on METT-TC, and the recommendation of the AMC and AATF S3. The infantry and aviation units will adjust their aircraft and personnel REDCON levels based on the infantry battalion commanderís METT-TC assessment (see ANNEX A, PERSONEL AND AIRCRAFT REDCON LEVELS). Aviation fighter management is a concern and must be closely monitored. If attack helicopter support is required for the mission, an attack team leader will attend the AMCM and an attack team will be TACON to the AATFC for the duration of the air assault. Ideally, conditions have been set in the vicinity of the routes, FLOT, and objective area requiring minimal or no SEAD.

4. Hasty air assault planning:

a. PZ Operation.

(1) Heavy (CH-47) and light (UH-60) PZs will be separated, but in the same vicinity.

(2) Aircraft may be positioned on PZ prior to loads/PAX.

b. All aircraft will operate on one route.

c. There will be only one LZ.

5. Simplified AMB: AMB = air crew brief, and will include:

a. Concept sketch.

b. PZ diagrams.

c. AMT.

d. Tadpole diagrams.

e. LZ diagrams.

f. Air assault execution checklist.

    1. Attack knee board sketches.

 

6. The following information is placed on a 3x5 inch index card and handed to the pilot by the chalk leader. This serves as a contract between the pilot and the chalk of soldiers to ensure coordination of LZ data. In case the chalk lands in a different LZ, the pilot will write the grid of the new LZ and hand the 3x5 card back to the chalk leader before the soldiers exit the helicopter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

TIME RECEIVED AND BRIGADE S3 Air INITIALS________

 

HASTY AMC CHECKLIST

 

1. MISSION #:

2. SUPPORTED UNIT:

3. SUPPORTING UNIT:

4. TIME REQUIRED:

5. MISSION (AND CONCEPT SKETCH):

6. #/TYPE OF AIRCRAFT:

7. H-HOUR:

8. PICK-UP TIME WITH REHEARSAL TIME BUILT IN:

9. PZ LOCATION (AND SKETCH):

 

10. PZ FREQUENCY A. UNIT

B. AIRCRAFT

11. PZ CALL SIGN A. UNIT

B. AIRCRAFT

12. PZ MARKING (DAY/NIGHT)

13. LANDING HEADING

14. LANDING FORMATION

15. DOOR ENTRY

16. NUMBER OF TROOPS

17. NUMBER/TYPE CARGO LOADS

18. TAKE-OFF DIRECTION

19. TAKE-OFF FORMATION

20. FALSE LZ GRID

21. ROUTE

22. TIME OF FLIGHT

23. LZ GRID (ALT IF REQUIRED)

24. LZ SKETCHES:

25. LZ MARKING (DAY/NIGHT)/LZ FREQ and Call Sign (if Pathfinders are available)

26. ATTACK AVN CONCEPT

27. LZ PREP FIRES

28. LANDING HEADING

29. LANDING FORMATION

30. WEAPONS STATUS

31. DOOR EXIT

32. TAKE-OFF DIRECTION

33. NUMBER OF TURNS REQUIRED

34. ABORT CRITERIA

35. WEATHER CALL

36. BUMP PLAN

37. ABN FREQ

38. CAN/CMD FREQs

 

 

 

 

Air Mission Commanderís Initials ___________ Infantry Battalion S3 Initials___________