CERFP/HRF Airlift Conops






  1. 1. This regulation (instruction) provides National Guard Bureau (NGB) procedures and guidance for the deployment, and redeployment of Domestic Operations (DOMOPS) personnel, cargo, and equipment via airlift. The objectives are fast-reaction and self-supportability. NGB DOMOPS units and elements include:
    1.       A.  Civil Support Team/Weapons of Mass Destruction (CST/WMD)
    2.       B.  CBRNE Enhanced Response Force Package (CERFP)
    3.       C.  CERFP Command and Control Element (CERFP C2)
    4.       D.  Search and Extraction Element (S&E)
    5.       E.  Decontamination Element (DECON)
    6.       F.  Medical Element (MED)
    7.       G.  Homeland Response Force (HRF)
    8.       H.  HRF Command and Control Element (HRF C2)
    9.       I.   HRF Security Element (CASE)
    10.       J.  Command and Control CBRNE Element Bravo (C2-CRE-B / NG)
    11.       K.  Fatality Search and Recovery Team (FSRT)
    12.       L.  Disaster Relief Mobile Kitchen Trailer (DRMKT)


  1. 2.  It is an application of the Defense Transportation Regulation (DTR) 4500.9-r, specifically Part III Mobility and Appendixes.


  1. 3.  It also establishes procedures and guidance for validating the airlift capability of each DOMOPS unit.





Each unit (HRF, CERFP, CST/WMD, FSRT, DRMKT) commander and element (C2, S&E, DECON, MED, CSE) commander will appoint, in writing:


  1. 1.  A primary Unit Movement Officer (UMO)/Unit Deployment Manager (UDM) and an alternate UMO/UDM. (A senior non-commissioned officer may be appointed.) 
  1. 2.  A primary Increment Monitor and alternate Increment Monitor for each Increment (i.e., Truck and/or Trailer).
  1. 3.  A packing and weighing team (two or three troops) for each increment, to assist the increment monitors. The packing and weighing team will act as the “worker bees” loading cargo into the trucks and trailers.




  1. 1.  UMO/UDMs must be trained and thoroughly familiar with:
    1.      A.  Service or Major Command mobility planning, unit movement planning, and military traffic management regulations.
    2.       B.  Organization structure (e.g., Air Force, Army, and terms pertaining to air operations).
    3.       C.  The transportability of the unit’s equipment and cargo along with required loading aids (e.g., shoring).
    4.       D.  Characteristics and capabilities of the type of asset the unit requires (e.g., C-5/C-17 aircraft versus C-130).
    5.       E.  Hazardous materials certification process.
    6.       F.  Assembly of the different configurations of the DOMOPS Airlift Modular Approach Shoring (DAMAS) for each specific aircraft type and increment.


  1. 2.  The UMO/UDM will:
    1.       A.  Act as the mobility representative of the transported unit/element commander.
    2.       B.  Schedule and track training and qualifications of key unit personnel (e.g., Increment Monitors, Hazmat Certifiers, packing and weighing teams) regarding airlift operations.
    3.       C.  Coordinate procurement of materials and vehicle/trailer modifications required for airlift operations. (e.g., tiedown straps, Class V receiver hitches, shoring).
    4.      D.  Prepare Airlift Load Plans.
    5.      E.  Coordinate and supervise marshalling of the unit.
    6.       F.  Maintain liaison with the supporting mobility force, installationmobility/deployment officer (IDO), Aerial Port, Contingency Response Element (CRE), and all CERFP elements as required.
    7.      G.  Maintain an updated UMO turn-over or continuity folder
    8.       H.  Ensure unit cargo is weighed and marked and cleared for airlift IAW Defense Transportation Regulation (DTR) 4500.9-r, Part III Mobility, Appendix H Unit Movement Documentation and Appendix P Center of Balance.
    9.       I.  Help prepare the unit’s passenger or cargo manifest.
    10.      J.  Pre-inspect cargo, equipment, international shipping documents and passenger manifests for accuracy.
    11.      K.  Coordinate necessary communications.
    12.      L.  Keep the commander informed of all aspects of airlift/mobility operations
    13.      M.  Ensure all cargo and equipment is prepared to pass the joint airlift DD Form 2133, Joint Air lift Inspection Checklist, is used within the deploying unit (as a guide) prior to the joint airlift inspection. (See DTR Part III, Appendix O Joint Inspection.)
    14.      N.  Ensure the planeload or troop commander understands responsibilities and conducts the required briefing of troops. (See DTR Part III, Appendix T Troop Commander.)




Increment Monitors will be responsible for the preparation, to include documentation, of the assigned increment. The Increment Monitors will:


  1.       1.  Be fully trained in equipment preparation, hazardous material packaging and certification, and aircraft loading (to include DAMAS set up).
  2.       2.  Provide direction for the packing and weighing teams.
  3.       3.  Place secondary cargo into increments so as not to exceed vehicle/trailer axle weight rating or tongue weight rating. Trailer tongue weights must be between 10 to 15 percent of gross trailer weight.  Gross trailer weight will not exceed vehicle towing limits.
  4.       4.  Secure secondary cargo using tiedown straps for flight (e.g., 3Gs forward, 2Gs vertical, 1.5Gs aft and lateral).
  5.      5.  Prepare and certify Hazardous cargo (e.g., generators, jerricans with fuel, lithium batteries, self-propelled vehicles, fire extinguishers, etc.).
  6.      6.  Weigh and mark increments with axle weights/tongue weights, gross weights, and center-of-balance (C/B).
  7.      7.  Ensure all required shoring (parking, sleeper, approach) is available during aircraft loading.
  8.      8.  Represent the unit while the increment proceeds through the Joint Inspection process.
  9.      9.  Ensure a highly experienced driver is assigned to each truck/trailer combo, skilled in trailer backing, for aircraft on/offloading




All personnel responsible for the supervision of the out-loading must be thoroughly familiar with loading procedures for the types of aircraft being used. As a minimum the UMOs/UDMs, Increment Monitors and Packing/Weighing Teams, along with the alternates will attend the following courses:
     UMOs/UMDs – AMC Equip Preparation, Airlift Load Planning, Hazmat Certifiers
     Increment Monitors – AMC Equip Preparation, Hazmat Certifiers
     Packing and Weighing Teams – AMC Equip Preparation



In order to properly prepare each increment for airlift, and enable aircraft loading, the following, as a minimum, must be available:


  1. 1.  General materials
    1.       A.  E-track Tie Down rings, rated at 5,000lbs, for Haulmark trailer E-track system.
    2.       B.  CGU-1/B 5,000lb Tiedown Straps, to secure secondary cargo.
    3.       C.  UN specification Jerricans, along with specific spouts for unleaded or diesel fuel.
    4.       D.  Defuel pump, to drain generators and reduce vehicle fuel levels.
  2. 2.  Equipment Prep Kit (recommended one per increment) used for weighing and marking C/B
    1.      A.  25’ tape measure
    2.       B.  Roll 2” painter’s tape
    3.       C.  Permanent marker
    4.       D.  Calculator and paper pad to calculate C/B.
  3. 3.  Pickups
    1.       A.  Install Class V receiver and matching ball hitch (“weight carrying” limits – tongue 1800lb/trailer 18,000lb)
    2.       B.  Install 5,000lb rated tie down rings for cargo in pickup beds.  
  4. 4.   Shoring
    1.       A. Parking shoring. All trailers with a tongue that could rest on the aircraft floor must be shipped with parking shoring, whether connected to or disconnected from its prime mover.  Minimum dimensions will be at least 12” x 12” x 3/4”.
    2.       B.  Sleeper shoring. The ATTLA certification for each increment will require sleeper shoring when 80% of the axle rating of the truck or trailer is exceeded.  (Required for ALL pickup front axles).
    3.       C.  Approach shoring. The DAMAS system will be the standard approach shoring used by DOMOPS units.  The DAMAS must accompany each increment that requires approach shoring for on/offloading, on the same sortie.  Airlift load plans will group “like items” together to maximize DAMAS utilization.  Based on a C-17 move, the following shows the required DAMAS systems for each unit (C-130 movement would require 3Xs more systems):
      •           CERFP – 11 DAMAS systems (9 @ 2-leg, 1 @ 3-leg, 1 @ 5-leg).
      •           HRF – additional 7 DAMAS systems (18 total) (all 2-leg)
      •           FSRT – 1 DAMAS (3-leg)
      •           DRMKT – 1 DAMAS (5-leg) 
  5. 5.  20,000lb rated, portable, drive-on scales will be used to weigh all increments.  They must be available both at deployment and redeployment locations.  Each element must have a minimum of four scales (preferably ten scales, to greatly decrease the time for weighing, and to have one “backup”).




  1. 1.  Each unit/element will be rated as to its ability to deploy by airlift, based on personnel training/certifications, equipment, and a validation process. The ratings, along with a short description are below:
    1.       Red – Unit/Element is not prepared to deploy by airlift. A unit may be “Red” for training deficiencies, equipment shortfalls, or both.
    2.       Amber – Unit/Element has accomplished the required training/certification and procured the required items for airlift, but has not demonstrated capability through the validation process.
    3.       Green – Unit/Element has demonstrated the capability to airlift both personnel and equipment by accomplishing a validation exercise. As a minimum the following items will be evaluated during the validation exercise:
      •           Passenger and cargo Manifesting.
      •           Prepare all unit increments, to include documentation, and pass the Joint Inspection.
      •           Demonstrate familiarization with aircraft loading by an actual flight, static aircraft, or simulated aircraft.


  1. To ensure DOMOPS units/elements are capable to deploy quickly by airlift, unit airlift validation will be demonstrated, as a minimum, every 24 months.