Equipment repair operations and the use of POL
products and 55-gallon fuel drums must be closely
monitored to avoid any contaminating spills.
Lubricating oil, fuel, hydraulic fluids, transmission
fluids, and antifreeze contain hazardous chemical
When these items are mishandled and
spilled, they can leak into the groundwater system or
into the human food chain.
hurdy-gurdy while dispensing fuel in vehicles or in
fuel cans can cause excessive fuel spills that can be
disastrous to the environment.
drums and POL products should be stored at least 50
feet away from any structure and located so vehicles and
equipment can be easily topped off at the end of each
day. Depending on your mission, the POL products and
55-gallon drums should be in a protected position (away
from likely avenues of attack) that provides protection
to the fuel storage area as well as to adjacent facilities.
Fire extinguishers must be placed for easy accessibility
and No Smoking signs must be posted in the POL
products and fuel storage area.
Embarked with limited resources, the
maintenance field crew and field crew truck play a
major role throughout the air det mission. The field
crew truck is loaded with the necessary tools and
These tools and supplies
support the reassembling of CESE, setting up light
plants, setting up camp electrical supply (generators),
repair of hand tools, and so forth. Additionally, the
maintenance field crew is required at the airfield
during aircraft flight unloading operations in case a
piece of CESE can not start or breaks down while on
board the aircraft.
Depending on the mission, the
maintenance field crew truck can be used for
delivering fuel by loading and securing a 55-gallon
drum of fuel in the back of the truck. This expidites
fuel runs for equipment on construction projects or for
the camp generators.
The requirements for
maintenance field crew support requires a radio for
communications with the maintenance field crew and
the air det camp. A field crew must be equipped with
the proper communication capability to respond to
mission requirements expeditiously.
The air det maintenance supervisor should direct
the operations of the maintenance field crew and also
know the status of all CESE assigned to the air det.
The maintenance supervisor has the responsibility to
set up the maintenance shop and set up a preventive
maintenance schedule for CESE assigned.
maintenance peerformed that requires repair parts,
lube oils, or exceeds one man-hour must be
Depending on the duration of the mission, the air
det normally schedules means for logistic support and
communications with the main body. Equipment
repair parts not covered in the mod 96 or mod 98
normally can be acquired through this logistic
support. The air det maintenance and equipment
management program should mirror that of the main
body. The management guidelines are provided in
Equipment Management, COMSECOND/COM-
THIRDNCBINST 11200.1 series.
The success of the air det mission is primary, but
should not be attained at the cost of destroyed CESE.
Operators maintenance is mandatory and must be
strongly enforced by the entire air det chain of
command. CESE damaged by operator negligence or
lack of operator maintenance is unacceptable.
Equipment failure can seriously jeopardize mission
The primary purpose of the construction platoon
is to perform construction operations for the air det
with the support of the equipment and support
platoons. Construction tasking covers a large range
of tasks that include disaster recovery operations, war
damage repairs, rapid runway repairs, humanitarian
relief, and constructing advance base functional
components. The tailoring of ratings assigned to the
air det is dependent upon the extent and variety of the
The amount of time allotted to plan construction
projects depends on the urgency of the air det to
embark to the mission site. Urgent situations can
cause the air det to embark and manage construction
projects with just the basic TA41 items. The
equipment platoon supervisor has to plan CESE
support for the construction projects, and priorities
should be set up as soon as possible due to the limited
amount of CESE embarked with the air det.
Remember, priorities are subject to change,
depending on operational conditions.
AIR DET MOUNT-OUT/RETROGRADE
At the completion of the mission, the air det
receives orders from higher command to prepare to
mount-out to relocate or to return to the main body
site. The air det will have to mount-out itself to
include the weighing and balancing of CESE,
building pallets, developing load plans, and
developing convoy procedures, if required. The air