The 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) executes tactical missions at operational depths to achieve strategic results. As the only air assault division in our Army and in the world, the Division has pioneered the development of air assault tactics, techniques, and procedures. Formal Army doctrine has captured some of this in FM 71-100-3 Air Assault Division Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures (TTP). While a good guide for the rest of the Army, joint forces, and allies who will be working with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), the FM does not capture enough of what goes on inside the Division. The Gold Book serves to capture those TTPs 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).
Figure 1-1 Hierarchy of Air Assault Doctrine
The Gold Book’s primary focus is the brigade air assault. It assumes familiarity with basic air assault doctrine (FM 90-4 Air Assault Operations, and FM 71-100-3 Air Assault Division Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures), Division organization, and the baseline skills taught in The Sabalauski Air Assault School (see figure 1-1). Most of the data is visual, in matrices, lists, and tables, for quick reference.
The Gold Book is authoritative. The standards in this book are intended for training and warfighting. Familiarity and proficiency with the Gold Book standards are critical to performing air assault operations routinely, allowing primary focus on the ground tactical plan (GTP).
The Gold Book is a living document. It will be continuously updated to incorporate lessons learned and changes in DOTLMS related to air assault operations.
The Gold Book is our primary tool to achieve standardization and efficiency in air assault planning and execution. It is a key tool by which we ensure we are prepared for our next Rendezvous with Destiny. AIR ASSAULT!