(b) Hot/cold pump. Hot pump means the aircraft's engines are running while refueling, but cold
pump means engines are shut down.
(c) Aircraft pilots have two criteria for accepting or rejecting fuel: clear and bright. They have
final approval authority for whether to accept or reject fuel.
g. Additional Logistics Notes.
(1) Carrier On-Board Delivery/Vertical On-Board Delivery.
(a) Fixed-wing aircraft deliver cargo for aircraft carriers (and rest of fleet) by COD.
(b) VOD (helicopter delivery) gets cargo from carriers to the rest of the fleet. VOD, while
sounding exactly like VERTREP, only refers to helicopter transfers from carriers to other ships. VERTREP can
be performed by helicopters from any source to any ship.
(c) Personnel of all services frequently transit to operational theaters this way.
(2) Airborne Delivery Drop System.
(a) Navy aircraft (P-3 Orion) fly critically needed items to a ship and drop via parachute.
(b) Use must be justified by Urgency of Need and size/weight criteria.
Organization of the Air Force.
The Air Force is typically the highest volume user of fuel in a theater of operations. In view of this, an
understanding of how the Air Force is organized for fuel support can be critical to ensuring the Air Force has an
ample and continuous supply of fuel.
a. Air Force Organization Chart.
(1) HQ USAF. This is located at the Pentagon and is the senior headquarters of the Air Force. It is
broken into two entities: the Secretariat (including the Secretary of the Air Force and the secretary's staff) and the
Air Staff which is headed by the Air Force Chief of Staff
(2) Major Commands. Major subdivisions of the Air Force are directly subordinate to Headquarters
US Air Force. They contain full staffs with management responsibility.
(a) Air Combat Command. It is located at Langley AFB, Virginia. It's mission is to operate Air
Force bombers and CONUS-based, combat designated fighter and attack aircraft, and reconnaissance aircraft.