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Posted 9/8/2009 Printable Fact Sheet

The Air Mobility Division (AMD) plans, coordinates, tasks and executes the theater air mobility mission. The division overseas the theater's vital operations, which sustain the airflow system. As one of five divisions within the Combined Air and Space Operations Center, the AMD enables the CAOC to meet its mission as the primary command and control facility for Coalition air campaigns in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa.

AMD plans, coordinates, tasks, and executes the theater air mobility mission. The chief of AMD ensures the AMD works as an effective division of the CAOC in the air and space planning and execution process. The AMD coordinates with the USCENTCOM Deployment and Distribution Operations Center, located at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, and the Air Mobility Command's Tanker Airlift Control Center (TACC), Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

AMD is led by the chief of air mobility and is normally organized into seven functionally oriented teams: airlift control team, air refueling control team, air mobility control team, aeromedical evacuation team, aerial port control team, theater direct delivery cell and the mobility support team. The AMD may be composed of members from the air mobility operations group, Air Mobility Command units, Air Force Reserve Command, Air National Guard, the Air Combat Command numbered air forces, Air Force and theater air component organizations. Team composition (e.g., numbers, specialties and skill levels) will normally be tailored to unique mission demands. The teams integrate their activities to deliver mobility effects in support of Combinded Force Air Component Commander (CFACC) objectives and missions.

Airlift Control Team (ACT) provides intra-theater airlift functional expertise from the theater organizations to plan, coordinate and integrate the full range of mobility airpower capabilities at the operational level for intra-theater airlift operations in the area of responsibility. Airlift Plans is responsible for completing the airlift portion of the air tasking order by processing validated airlift requests received from the Central Command Deployment and Distribution Operations Center and merging them with forecast inter-theater airlift movements into the area of responsibility.

Air Refueling Control Team (ARCT) plans and tasks air refueling missions to support theater air and space operations and coordinates air refueling planning, tasking, and scheduling to support an air bridge and/or global attack missions within the AOR. Based on the CFACC guidance, theater-assigned tankers may also provide air refueling support to strategic air and space operations (e.g., fighter deployments, long-range bomber strikes, etc.) Normally, inter-theater air refueling missions are planned by the TACC; however, it is possible the ARCT could be tasked with this responsibility. Inter-theater air refueling plans may also coordinate aircraft location and redeployment of inter-theater tanker assets and fighter unit movements requiring tanker support or I-TARP. I-TARP may also coordinate aircraft location and redeployment of inter-theater tanker assets and fighter unit movements requiring tanker support. Long-range air refueling plans works with the Strategy Division, ARCT, chief and Air Force Forces (AFFOR) staff to identify future intra-theater tanker requirements. In addition, this function provides the operational assessment capability for combat support air refueling operations including data collection and trend analysis.

Air Mobility Control Team (AMCT) provides CAOC centralized control of all intra-theater airlift operations in the AOR. The AMCT directs or redirects, as required, air mobility forces in concert with air and space forces to respond to requirement changes, higher priorities, or immediate execution limitations. The AMCT integrates and synchronizes all air mobility operations into, out of, and within the AOR. The AMCT maintains execution process and communications connectivity for tasking, coordinating and flight following with the CAOC's Combat Operations Division, subordinate air mobility units, and mission forces. Tanker duty officers embedded in the combat operations division provide air-refueling expertise, monitor and evaluate how actual air and space operations meet the CFACC's objectives.

Aeromedical Evacuation Control Team (AECT) provides operational planning, scheduling, and execution of scheduled and unscheduled aeromedical evacuation missions through the appropriate AE elements. The AECT advises and briefs the CAOC Director on AE issues. Aeromedical evacuation operations provide centralized control of intra-theater AE operations within the AOR, and the AECT assists with inter-theater AE operations departing or transiting the AOR. Patient movement taskings are received from the Joint Patient Movement Requirements Center (JMC).

The Theater Direct Delivery Cell (TDD) provides air mobility integration and coordination of U.S.Transportation Command-assigned air mobility forces. The TDD receives direction from the Director of Mobility Forces and is the primary team for providing coordination with the TACC. Direct-delivery inter-theater air mobility missions, if required, will be coordinated through the AMD and tasked by the TACC. The TDD ensures the integration of inter-theater air mobility missions with intra-theater air and space operations planning. The TDD coordinates with TACC to resolve problems and provide command and control information on air mobility operations.

The Aerial Port Control Team (APCT) plans and schedules movement of sustainment cargo and passengers using both military and commercial modes. The team is comprised of four cells, the Aerial Port Control Center, Cargo Management, Theater Express, and the Joint Passenger Movement Center. The Aerial Port Control Center provides oversight to and acts as conduit for integrating the theater's 27 aerial ports into the theater movement plans. The Cargo Management Cell monitors cargo in the aerial ports and schedules missions for its movement, they also provide scheduling for AMC contracted intra-theater airlift, utilizing IL-76 aircraft. The Theater Express Cell manages the Theater Express Program, where six commercial carriers bid by the pound to move cargo. The Joint Passenger Movement Center books passengers for normal duty movements on intra-theater military airlift. The APCT is a function that is peculiar to the CENTCOM AOR and is designed to synchronize sustainment movements with unit moves to ensure all cargo and passengers are delivered to the warfighter in a timely manner

The Mobility Support Team (MST) consists of a pool of specialists, Intelligence and Force Protection (FP) who provide unique capabilities in support of all other AMD teams. The MST supports every aspect of the AMD planning, tasking, execution and analysis cycle. Throughout the cycle process, MST provides intelligence threat analysis, coordination of supporting ISR assets when required, tactical review of flight and mission profiles ensuring accurate delivery of goods while maintaining the safety of aircraft and crews, and providing for the close in protection of at risk mobility assets. The MST organizes and runs the CFACC AMD Mobility Asset Protection Working Group in coordination with the DIRMOBFOR to determine defensive system and security requirements for airfields within the CENTCOM AO. MST's FP section is the tasking focal point for CENTAF's Fly Away Security Teams (FAST) which ensure close in protection of mobility assets flying into austere or unsecured airfields. The Tactics section provides detailed mission support planning and analysis to ensure the most effective and efficient utilization of limited mobility assets. The intelligence section provides a conduit for intelligence requirements from the AMD to the ISRD and translating the resulting intelligence into tailored mobility information.
March 2008

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