by Staff Sgt. David Carbajal
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Public Affairs
11/28/2012 - JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. -- Members
of the 305th Aerial Port Squadron here are using a sophisticated
electronic system that streamlines the unit's cargo processing.
Aerial transportation specialists are employing the Deployable Automated
Cargo Measurement System to prepare vehicles and equipment for airlift.
"It creates a standard through-put operation that allows us to process
cargo quickly," said Capt. Andrew Gordon, 305th APS operations officer.
"This system allows APS to utilize nearly any solid flat surface to
The system consists of two laser-enabled reading posts and a set of
digital floor-pad sensors, which takes digital measurements required for
the unit's automated load-planning systems.
The unit acquired DACMS in 2011 as APS planners forecasted several
construction projects, which would likely affect the unit's ability to
conduct inspections in fixed facilities.
"The benefit to DACMS is it's a very versatile, portable system," said
Gordon, a Smithfield, Va., native. "We can set it up practically
The process is fairly simple once DACMS is set up.
"You just drive through it," said Senior Airman Marquis Cole, 305th APS
aerial transportation specialist and an Independence, La., native. "The
system makes a digital blueprint of the vehicle and then provides us
with the key information."
DACMS can measure and record a vehicle's length, width, height, weight,
number of axles and center of balance in less than 20 seconds, and
without the vehicle operator having to come to a halt.
"Once a vehicle is processed, the load planners take the data and,
essentially, create digital puzzle pieces, which they then use to create
load plans for upcoming airlift missions," said Gordon. "All of the
data DACMS calculates is significant. It allows us to quickly determine
how to load the vehicles and keep the weight balanced on the aircraft."
APS recently found this system effective in the base's recent Hurricane Sandy response.
"We used DACMS extensively during the hurricane-relief redeployment,"
said Gordon, a graduate of Clemson University, S.C. "The outbound units
requiring airlift preparation would have quickly log jammed without the
system. In short, processing time was significantly reduced through the
use of this system."
Additionally, DACMS's portability allowed APS personnel to separate
standard operations from hurricane-response operations by processing the
cargo in different areas. Unit personnel fulfilled two missions
simultaneously while maintaining efficiency and expediency.
"Our normal operations did not stop because of the hurricane," said
Gordon. "By separating normal 'ops' from hurricane 'ops,' each
maintained its solidarity and quality."