CWPC Contingency Wartime Planning CourseCWPC Contingency Wartime Planning Course

Base Level Deployment Planning


INSTRUCTOR: Captain Doug Harrison

DESCRIPTION: This lesson presents an overview of the USAF base-level deployment planning process to include AFI 10-403 procedures, guidelines and contemporary deployment issues.

OBJECTIVE: The objective of this instructional period is for each student to comprehend the role the USAF base-level deployment planning process plays in contingency planning.

SAMPLES OF BEHAVIOR. Each student will:

  1. Define Deployment Planning.
  2. Describe the three work centers required to support the deployment process.
  3. Know the difference between subject to deploy and identified to deploy.
  4. Describe command and control, cargo, and personnel deployment execution requirements.


1. Review the CWPC Desktop Reference for the following definitions:

a. Deployment

b. DMD



e. Mini-Record

f. Mobility






  1. Deployment Planning Definition: The part of operations planning concerned with the relocation of forces to the desired area of operations.
  2. Guidance and OPR:
  3. a. AFI 10-403 "Deployment Planning", 1 December 1997.

    b. USAF/ILXX is OPR.

  4. Purpose: Base level deployment planning allows installations to define their deployment processes in a manner that best uses local resources; encourages units to use peacetime processes and functions to meet the contingency deployment requirements, if possible; requires units to make deployment flowcharts, and define meaningful metrics for their deployment operations.
  5. Functional Area Responsibilities and Authorities:
  1. Air Force Component Commands:
      1. Identify theater prepositioned War Reserve Materiel (WRM) to supporting MAJCOMs to allow them to prepare specialized deployment packages.
      2. Identify operational meal requirements to HQ AFSVA/SVO annually IAW WMP-1, Annex E and Annex GG .
      3. Distribute the command’s most current all-forces TPFDD and related Deployment Requirements Manning Document (DRMD), to MAJCOMs, Field Operating Agencies (FOAs), and employment locations.
  1. Air Force MAJCOMS and FOAs:
      1. MAJCOM/LG or equivalent, is the OPR for providing command deployment guidance.
      2. Coordinate deployment requirements with the National Guard Bureau (NGB), Air National Guard Readiness Center (ANGRC), and Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC).
      3. Distribute lists of UTCs identified in War and Mobilization Plan (WMP) volume 3, parts 1 and 2 to deployable units and NGB.
      4. Distribute applicable portions of all-forces TPFDD to units



  1. Host-Unit Commander:
      1. Responsible for all unit deployments originating from or through the installation.
      2. Oversees staff activities supporting unit deployment planning.
      1. Approves local procedures for deploying forces.
      1. Designates an IDO and alternates.
      2. Serves as the OPR for the Resource Augmentation Duty (READY) Program.
  1. Installation Deployment Officer (IDO):
      1. Directs, controls and coordinates installation deployments as directed by the commander.
      2. Defines and publishes local guidance for deployments.
      3. Ensures the installation meets all pre-execution and command and control deployment requirements.
      4. Manages the installation's cargo and personnel deployment preparation.
      1. Ensures all applicable UTC data files are properly maintained in the components of the Installation Deployment System (IDS).
      1. Provides Unit Deployment Managers (UDMs) with detailed outlines of the unit deployment requirements IAW OPLAN.
  1. Operations Plans, Wings Plans or Combined Plans Shop:
      1. Identifies the installation's total deployment requirements through review of deployment related documents. (e.g. All forces TPFDD.)
      2. Provides IDO with deployment requirements of each OPLAN.
      3. Identifies other forces the installation will support with transportation during deployment operations.
  1. Operations Group Commander:
    1. Ensures assigned units maintain a state of readiness and meet cargo and personnel preparation requirements.



  1. Logistics Group Commander:
    1. Ensures assigned units maintain a state of readiness and meet cargo and personnel preparation requirements.
        1. Transportation Squadron Commander: Outlines transportation squadron’s responsibilities in meeting deployment requirements and assists in defining and meeting deployment work center staffing and training requirements.
        1. Chief of Supply: Ensures that the deployment process includes procedures for issuing mobility bags and weapons and accounting for deployed equipment and spare parts.
  1. Support Group Commander:
    1. Ensures assigned units maintain a state of readiness and meet cargo and personnel preparation requirements.
        1. Mission Support Squadron Commander: Works with flight chiefs to determine the most efficient way to process deploying personnel.
        2. Military Personnel Flight Chief: Establishes a deployment processing unit (DPU) to provide personnel program support for individuals selected to deploy during contingency, wartime, exercise and emergency operations.
        3. Chief of Security Forces: Provides support in meeting deployment security requirements (i.e., funds escort, military customs inspections, anti-hijacking protection, drug suppression, and asset protection).
  1. Other Staff Agencies and Commanders
      1. Comptroller: Provides financial management assistance and technical services to support deployments. Also provides financial analysis and budget support to the deployment program.
      2. Staff Judge Advocate: Ensures the installation commander, unit commanders, and deploying personnel are aware of the legal aspects of each deployment.
      3. Manpower: Maintains current deployment plan data as part of the manpower and force packaging (MANFOR) data base. Ensures manpower plan data is accurately reflected in the base level module of the Manpower and Personnel (MANPER-B) system.
      4. Chaplain: The senior chaplain ensures the installation commander, Unit commanders, and deploying personnel are aware of any sensitive religious or cultural issues for overseas deployment areas.
      5. Medical Group Commander (or equivalent): Ensures a current AF Form 1480 "Summary of Care" is prepared for all deploying personnel.
      6. Unit Commanders: Responsible for identifying, in advance, all eligible personnel and equipment for deployment and ensure that all unit personnel know their deployment responsibilities.
      7. Deployment Process Working Group: Includes representatives from each agency involved in the deployment process. (e.g., PRU, MQ, CDF, DPU, etc.) Responsible for the implementation of IDS and functions as a deployment process management group.
  1. Deployment Pre-execution Requirements
    1. The IDO is responsible for deployment planning and must know each unit's deployment tasking. The IDO must determine if a tasking can be met. If not, shortfalls and LIMFACs must be identified and reported. Taskings are derived from:
      1. WMP Vol 3 parts 1 and 2.
      2. OPLANs and their TPFDDs
      3. LOGFOR and MANFOR, unit DOC statements
    2. The IDO must define an organizational structure to meet all command and control, cargo and personnel deployment requirements. The deployment structure consists of three primary work centers required to support the deployment process. The work centers are the Deployment Control Center, the Cargo Deployment Function, and the Deployment Processing Unit. As a minimum, the IDO must:
      1. Establish a Deployment Control Center (DCC). Serves as the installation focal point for deployment operations and command and control. DCC responsibilities include:
    1. Analyzing and disseminating tasking information to unit deployment managers (UDMs).
    2. Evaluating deployment location requirements and capabilities.
    3. Prioritizing, and pare & tailoring personnel and equipment requirements with cooperation with UDMs.
    4. Identifying, resolving and reporting shortfall/LIMFACs to higher headquarters
    5. Receiving, consolidating, and sending gross transportation requirements to/from UDMs and higher headquarters.
    6. Building or adjusting load plans.
    7. Building and publishing Deployment Schedule of Events (DSOE).
    8. Presenting the concept briefing to the installation senior staff, UDMs and involved agencies.
    9. Monitoring the deployment progress and status.
      1. Establish a Cargo Deployment Function (CDF). Serves as focal point for monitoring all cargo processing activities.
      2. Establish a Deployment Processing Unit (DPU). Serves as focal point for monitoring all personnel processing activities.
      3. Identify augmentation requirements to the READY program board.
      4. Publish deployment operations guidance in a supplement, installation plan, operating instruction, or other appropriate format.
      5. Design a flow chart demonstrating the deployment process and publish it with the local guidance (see handout 2 for example). Identify:
    1. When, where, and how the installation meets each basic deployment requirement.
    2. Which installation activities are responsible for each stage in the process
    3. Critical points or bottlenecks in the process that may require tracking and further measurement.
    4. Areas of possible improvement.
      1. Establish a program to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of the process. Determine the frequency and scope of the exercises and base exercises on real world expectations.

    1. Develop and maintain an education and training program that meets the needs of the work center augmentees and deploying personnel.
      1. Deployment work center training requirements are identified by the work center supervisors. Supervisors will coordinate with the READY board to identify augmentees and schedule training.
      2. The minimum training requirements for deployable personnel will depend on their deployment status:
        1. Subject to Deploy: member's AFSC exists in any UTC or who is assigned to a federal civilian position designated as Emergency-Essential (E-E). Personnel subject to deploy require the following training:
        1. Identified to Deploy: member is assigned against a specific UTC requirement. Personnel identified to deploy require all the above training plus:
      1. Deploying units must ensure they have an adequate number of people trained to perform the following functions:
    1. Maintain computer and communication system support

    1. Air Force automated systems that comprise the Integrated Deployment System (IDS) must be used to support the deployment process. It includes the following systems: Deployment Management System (DeMS), Manpower and Personnel Module Base level (MANPER-B), Logistics Module (LOGMOD), Cargo Movement Operations System (CMOS), and Computer Aided Load Manifesting (CALM).
    2. All units with a deployment commitment will use and maintain DeMS for assigning personnel to positions and preparing cargo.
    3. All installation UTC taskings must be identified in LOGMOD and MANPER-B modules of base-level COMPES.
  1. Deployment execution of command and control requirements
    1. The IDO must activate the deployment control center (DCC). The DCC is the focal point for identifying, validating, and distributing taskings and information at execution.
    2. IDO is responsible for the outflow of cargo and personnel, and must:
      1. schedule transportation for people and equipment
      2. prioritize the process and outflow
      3. create the Deployment Schedule of Events (DSOE) which is used for scheduling and monitoring deployment activities.
    1. The IDO must continuously apprise senior leadership.

    3. The IDO should collect and document all deployment data

  1. Deployment execution of cargo preparation requirements
    1. The unit commander oversees all cargo preparation in support of deployments. Must ensure cargo is prepared IAW Defense Transportation Regulation, Vol III., Mobility, and AFJMAN 24-204, Preparing Hazardous Materials for Military Air Shipments, and any other applicable directives.
    1. Units should identify, prepare, and document cargo tasked for deployment as soon as possible.
    2. Increments are identified on DD Form 1387, Military Shipping Label, or placard. As a minimum the placard will contain:

- measurements such as weight, height, center of balance, etc.

    1. Deploying unit is responsible for preparing and marking hazardous materials.
    2. The CDF loads unit cargo and equipment
    3. Sensitive cargo (classified, weapons, etc) is handled and shipped IAW applicable directives
    4. Deploying units must ensure accountability of deployed assets. To do this, the deploying equipment custodian/vehicle control officer/NCO should identify deploying assets to base supply/vehicle operations. Most bases print a Custodian Account/Custody Receipt Listing (CA/CRL) and/or deployed vehicle list for the deploying equipment custodian to highlight the deploying assets and quantities.
    5. Transportation units must use CMOS to maintain cargo in-transit visibility.
  1. Deployment execution of unit personnel preparation requirements
    1. All deployment tasking requirements for a particular contingency, exercise, or deployment are consolidated into a single document, known as the Deployment Requirements Manning Document (DRMD). This document is vitally important to personnel and manpower functions. DRMD information is passed through DeMS at installations that operate IDS. The five essential elements of a DRMD are the:


    1. Unit commander identifies personnel to fill UTC requirements by AFSC and rank
    1. Unit commander identifies who deploys, and ensures they meet current eligibility requirements (see handout 1 for listing of deployment availability codes).
    2. Personnel identified for deployment must keep personal affairs up to date, including:
    3. - current immunizations

      - dog tags and ID card

      - current DD Form 93, Record of Emergency Data

      - up to 60 days' supply of prescription medications

      - wills, powers of attorney, etc.

    4. Units will track personnel preparedness using DeMS and/or AF Form 4005, Individual Deployment Requirements.