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A. The ALCC chief will manage and maintain an effective theater airlift operation and ensure theater airlift requirements are filled. The chief will also be the coordinating authority between theater airlift elements and strategic mobility elements, responsible for operating a theater airlift system.

B. When the AME is present, the ALCC chief will ensure smooth coordination of planning and execution between theater airlift (ALCC) and strategic airlift (Air Mobility Element (AME)) in order to maximize effectiveness of the overall airlift effort in support of the theater CINC.

C. Provide the basic manpower, expertise, and equipment to provide the AOC Director with theater airlift planning and command and control when that capability does not exist in theater.

D Tailor augmentation for the various response packages based upon constraints.

E Coordinate with the AME and monitor strategic air mobility missions transiting the theater, in conjunction with AMC. Global mobility missions are controlled by AMC through the Tanker Airlift Control Center (TACC), and the AME (if deployed),

F. Coordinate with and support the Aeromedical Evacuation Coordination Cell (AECC) for aeromedical evacuation operations within and transiting the theater.

G. Coordinate with the Combat Control Squadron (CCS) liaison to manage deployed CCTs controlling landing and drop zones within the Area of Responsibility (AOR).

H. Coordinate with the AME’s Aerial Port Coordination Cell (APCC) and monitor theater port backlogs.

I. Coordinate with Tanker Airlift Control Elements (TALCE) representative for command and control.

J. Directs the Airlift Plans Branch which produces "tomorrow’s" airlift schedule utilizing C2IPS, the Early Operational Interface (EOI), and CTAPS.

K. Directs the Airlift Operations Branch which manages and controls "today’s" airlift schedule by monitoring the theater ATO via CTAPS, Global Decision Support System (GDSS), and C2IPS.

L. Directs the Airlift Support Branch which provides those services and capabilities that the ALCC Chief requires in order to support the overall airlift effort.

NOTE: Normally, the ALCC consists of an Airlift Plans Branch, Airlift Operations Branch, and an Airlift Support Branch. These airlift branches, though consolidated in the ALCC, will coordinate with various AOC planning and operational elements

3. PLANNING CONSIDERATIONS. The Airlift Plans Branch (APB) receives validated airlift requests from the Joint Movement Control Center (JMCC)/J-4 and develops "tomorrow’s" theater Airlift Mission Schedule (AMS) for inclusion in the ATO. AMS data can be loaded into the ATO directly from a Contingency Theater Automated Planning Systems (CTAPS) terminal, from a disk, or electronic transfer from Command and Control Information Processing System (C2IPS). Airlift Plans Officers within the APB are responsible to and coordinate with the Chief, APB for planning and coordinating theater airlift operations within the AOR. Specifically, the Chief of the APB and the APB branch will perform the following duties:

A. Receive and review validated theater airlift requests from the JMC.

B. Determine appropriate aircraft type to meet requirements, if necessary.

C. Coordinate theater airlift requests with functional areas (i.e., AOC, Air Operations Branch (AOB), BCE, Combat Control Team (CCT), Intel, Weather (WX), etc.).

D. Coordinate with appropriate agencies for air support packages (e.g. fighter, special ops, aerial refueling, etc.), if required.

E. Publish the Airlift Mission Schedule.

F. Enter mission schedules in C2IPS as applicable.

G. Input AMS into ATO and ensure accuracy.

H. Publish required changes to the daily mission schedule.

I. Provide mission numbers to AOB as required.

J. Respond to joint force and related policy, plans, programs, and documents issued to the JFACC/ COMAFFOR.

K. Provide necessary data for reports and briefings.

L. Coordinate with Airspace Control Center (ACC) for airlift operations airspace requirements (tactical routing for airdrop or airland mission) in, around and through the AOR.

M. Coordinate data base information (i.e. unit names, beddown locations, type and number of aircraft, call signs, ATO mission number blocks, mode I/II/III squawks, AMC mission numbers, standard conventional load (SCL) entries, etc.) and data transfer methods between GDSS, CTAPS, C2IPS, and Theater Air Mobility System (TAMS) computer systems as required.

N. Based upon data provided in joint orders, and on guidance received from the ALCC, prepare required theater airlift operations plans, policy guidance, and programming documentation.

O. Keep the ALCC Director informed and updated on all theater airlift planning issues.

P. As required provide briefings to the DIRMOBFOR, AOC Director, and the JFACC.

Q. Assist in preparing after action reports/JULLS.

3. The following is the theater airlift plans process:

 

 

FIGURE 1. THEATER AIRLIFT FLOW CHART

 



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