This week's book giveaway is in the OCAJP 8 forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA Java SE 8 Programmer I Study Guide and have Edward Finegan & Robert Liguori on-line! See this thread for details.
In all three command, anything that starts with a -D sets a system property, which is a value that can be used within the Ant build script. Doing this is a good way to write a single generalized build script that can handle multiple build task, or build multiple things. It also enables a build on one PC to be easily adapted to another PC where files might be in different locations (that appears to be the case here since the properties are being set to file locations.) For example, this property:
sets the build.mods property to the value "C:\AmFam_Custom\build\build_mods.xml". Thus the build will expect to find that file in that location.
The items without a -D are build targets. For example, in the first command PrepareBuildFiles is a target. There will be a <target> directive in the build.xml file that has this name. That is where the build starts.