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ALCF Responsibilities
Overview
Second only to "real world" situations, the primary responsibility of the ALCF is affiliation training. The ALCF cadre provides training to airlift users within our area of responsibility. The area includes the majority of Southern California and Hawaii. This training includes but is not limited to, proper cargo preparation, correct cargo documentation, safe and efficient aircraft loading of C-130, C-141B, C-5, C-17, KC-135, KC-10, and CRAF aircraft, and regulations regarding cargo airlift. Our affiliates are units representative of the Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, Reserves and National Guard. We also frequently train and deploy in support of active duty units.
Airfields
TALCEs conduct worldwide operations from airfields ranging for the most remote/austere locations (OB/FOB/LZ) to established facilities. These can be either military or civilian airports.
TALCEs and Augmentation
When this flight is called on by AMC to deploy a Tanker Airlift Control Element (TALCE) we can do so in several ways. These packages vary in size and generally require augmentation from other organizations (Mission Support Elements) to form the deployed TALCE. Examples of augmentation include: aerial port, aircraft maintenance, security police, weather, intel, medical, fire protection, and chaplain services. When these augmentees deploy with a TALCE, they come under the command of the TALCE Commander. The time from notification to actual deployment can be as little as 12 hours. This requires proper planning, coordination, and a high level of readiness on the part of both the ALCF and the augmenting units.
When deployed the ALCF cadre is the command element of the deployed TALCE. The cadre provides the commander, operations officers, the command and control function, and the communications required to support the AMC mission.
Deployable Packages
TALCE: A Tanker Airlift Control Element (TALCE) is the deployed aspect of AMC's Command, Control and Communications network. It can function as simply a mobile command center or as an entire deployed AMC support facility (a mobile AMC airfield, "just add a landing zone"). This includes upload/download, refueling, weather forecasting/briefing, airfield security and maintenance capabilities. Normally commanded by an Air Operations Officer.

MST
: A Mission Support Team (MST) performs the same function as a TALCE; however, an MST is commanded by an enlisted supervisor certified by the ALCF commander as an MST "Team Chief."

CST
: A Communication Support Team (CST) deploys in support of AMC communications requirements and may or may not be a part of a TALCE. CSTs are formed from the ALCF Communications Maintenance section.

AST
: Airfield Survey Teams (AST) are responsible for conducting airfield surveys in support of AMC operations worldwide. This team will be led by a TALCE cadre member certified to conduct airfield surveys. Airfield surveys that are over two years old will be re-accomplished whenever a TALCE is deployed. All surveys are to be evaluated and updated during deployments to maintain current information (ref AFI 10-221).

146TH ALCF HOME PAGE | OUR STORY  AFFILIATION PROGRAM | CALENDAR | TALCE CONFERENCE | FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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