Operational Control

1. The authority delegated to a commander to direct forces assigned so that the commander may accomplish specific missions or tasks that are usually limited by function. time. or location; to deploy units concerned, and to retain or assign tact1cal control of those units. It does not of itself include administrative or logistic control. (AFPM 3-8-1, PAM 3-071) 2. Command authority that is transferable and may be exercised by commanders at any echelon at or below the level of combatant command. OPCON may be delegated and is the authority to perform those functions of command over subordinate forces involving organizing and employing commands and forces, assigning tasks, designating objectives, and giving authoritative direction necessary to accomplish the mission. (PAM 3-07) 3. A set-up wherein the Force Commander (FC) is responsible for the Table of Organization (TO) of sub-units, tasks , objectives and employment while the mother unit is responsible for administrative functions, logistics, discipline, internal organization and training. (PAM 3-05) 4. Transferable command authority that may be exercised by commanders at any echelon at or below the level of combatant command. Operational control is inherent in combatant command (command authority). (PAM 8-03)


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