IAW AR 95-1, How many steps are in the mission approval process?
3 Steps Total (2-14a)
-Initial mission approval authority. (Flight schedule)
-Briefing Officer (Commander or their designated representative that interacts with the mission crew or air mission commander to identify, assess, and mitigate risk for the specific mission)
-Final Mission approval authority. Members of the chain of command who are responsible for accepting risk and approving all aviation operations (ground and air) within their unit. They approve missions for a specific risk level.