13 MAR 98
SUBJECT: GOLD BOOK
1. PURPOSE: To provide information on the Gold Book.
a. Purpose. The Gold Book serves to capture those TTP’s unique to the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). It is intended to be a "how to" guide for those serving in the Division, those seeking to refine air assault operations in their own units, and for those needing to become familiar with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault).
b. Overview. The Gold Book's primary focus is on the brigade air assault. The Gold Book is authoritative. The standards in this book are intended for training and warfighting. The Gold Book, the BSOP and the TACSOP are three major divisional SOPs governing the planning through the execution of combat operations used by the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT). There will, and should be, some redundancy in the three SOPs. To exclude key relevant TTPs and tools from one of the SOPs because they are also addressed in another SOP does not improve the functionality or stand alone value of any of the SOPs. Therefore, redundancy is automatically accepted but limited to an acceptable level through the clear definition of the scope and purpose of each SOP. Where redundancy occurs, it will serve to strengthen and reinforce the Division’s most critical TTPs and tools in multiple forms.
c. Critical Dates. The Gold Book is a living document. It will be continuously updated to incorporate lessons learned related to air assault operations. The 10 FEB 98 edition of the Gold Book is the most current.
All offices on Distribution Plan B should have one. It is being sent to other units off of Fort Campbell.
3. POC is CPT Decker, Aviation Plans Officer, G3 Plans, 798-7141/2/3/4.
HARRY D. SCOTT JR., LTC, G3/DOT