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Posted 3/31/2016 Printable Fact Sheet
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Air Mobility Command was activated June 1, 1992, with headquarters at Scott Air Force Base, Ill, and is one of 10 major Air Force commands. As the air component of the U.S. Transportation Command, AMC is comprised of a Total Force effort to execute Rapid Global Mobility and enable Global Reach -the ability to respond anywhere in the world in a matter of hours. This is accomplished through AMC's three core mission areas - Airlift, Air Refueling and Aeromedical Evacuation. AMC also provides support to the nuclear enterprise.

Airlift provides the capability to deploy U.S. armed forces anywhere in the world within hours and help sustain them in a conflict. AMC also supports presidential and senior leader airlift.  Air Refuelers are the backbone of Global Reach, increasing coalition and U.S. aircraft's range mid-air. Aeromedical evacuation ensures the wounded warriors get the care they deserve and today have sustained the survival rate of 97 percent. In addition to enabling the force to respond to an enemy attack and sustain operations, Rapid Global Mobility brings humanitarian supplies and assistance to those in need who may live in austere locations. 

Unrivaled Global Reach for America ALWAYS!

AMC's mission is to provide air mobility:  Right Effects, Right Place, Right Time.

     - Execute and Sustain Rapid Global Mobility
     - Enhance Mobility Partnerships
     - Prepare Mobility Forces for Tomorrow
     - Develop and Care for Airmen and Families

Personnel and Resources
AMC has nearly 49,000 active-duty and civilians, 42,000 Air Reserve Component military and 35,000 Air National Guard. The command operates the C-5 Galaxy, KC-10 Extender, C-17 Globemaster III, C-130 Hercules H and J models and KC-135 Stratotanker. Operational support aircraft are the VC-25 (Air Force One), C-20, C-21, C-32, C-37, and C-40.

AMC includes U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, one numbered air forces and the 618th Air Operations Center. The command operates 10 wings installations and has two premier bands, the USAF Band of Mid-America and USAF Band of the Golden West.

AMC Installations
Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
Dover AFB, Del.
Fairchild AFB, Wash.
Grand Forks AFB, N.D.
Little Rock AFB, Ark.
MacDill AFB, Fla.;
Joint Base Lewis-McChord AFB, Wash.
McConnell AFB, Kan.
Scott AFB, Ill.
Travis AFB, Calif.

In addition, the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB, Md., 43rd Airlift Group, Pope Filed, N.C., and the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess AFB, Texas, are assigned to AMC.

Numbered Air Force

The 18th Air Force, headquartered at Scott AFB, is charged with tasking and executing all air mobility missions. It shapes the battlespace by synchronizing forecasted and emerging requirements, crisis response efforts, and the no-fail nuclear mission to create a consistent battle rhythm and set the theater for execution. Eighteenth Air Force provides operational and administrative control for 11 wings, two groups and the 618th Air Operations Center.

The 618th AOC, located at Scott AFB, serves as the organization's air operations hub, planning and directing tanker and transport aircraft operations around the world.

U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., serves as the Air Force's premier organization for expeditionary innovation, education, training and exercises. The EC also has direct oversight for enroute and installation support, contingency response and partner capacity building mission sets within the global mobility enterprise.

The EC provides administrative control for six wings and two groups within Air Mobility Command: 87th Air Base Wing and the 621st Contingency Response Wing at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst; 319th Air Base Wing Grand Forks AFB, N.D.; the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; 521st AMOW Ramstein AB, Germany; 628th Air Base Wing at JB Charleston, S.C.; 43rd Airlift Group at Pope Field, N.C.; 627th Air Base Group at JB Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Both the 87th and 628th ABW's are the Air Force leads on joint bases that host AMC flying units, along with other Department of Defense partners. The 43rd Airlift Group and 627th Air Base Group enjoy unique partnerships with the U.S. Army, while the 319th Air Base Wing supports the Department of Homeland Defense and Air Combat Command emerging missions.

The 515th and 521st AMOWs, along with the 621st CRW, are responsible for en route and expeditionary combat support, contingency response and partner capacity building mission sets around the globe. The reorganization of these units enables them to effectively partner with the EC from training and exercises all the way through execution.

The two Contingency Response Groups 821st CRG located at Travis AFB, Calif. and 621st CRG, provide the core cadre of expeditionary command and control, airlift and air refueling operations, aerial port, and aircraft maintenance personnel for deployment worldwide as mobility control teams and airfield assessment teams. These teams rapidly survey, assess and establish contingency air base lodgments and expand existing AMC support infrastructure worldwide. Each CRG has a two Contingency Response Squadrons and a Contingency Response Support Squadron.

The Contingency Response Support Squadrons deploy contingency response forces to locations where the en-route support for AMC's global air mobility operations is insufficient or nonexistent. In garrison, each CRSS manages and maintains the wing's assigned equipment as well as facilitating training for and equipping 621st CRW assigned personnel.

The 621st Air Mobility Advisory Group contains the 571st and 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadrons (MSAS), 321st and 621st Air Mobility Operations Squadrons (AMOS) and the 621st Mobility Support Operations Squadron (MSOS).

Each MSAS unit focuses on the mutual exchange of air mobility concepts and procedures with partner nations in the development of their air mobility systems--the 818th MSAS is primarily focused on operations in Africa, while the 571st MSAS is trained to operate in Central and South America.

The 321st and 621st and 321st Air Mobility Operations Squadrons provide operational, level-of-war planning and execution of theater airlift, air refueling, and aeromedical evacuation missions. The squadrons accomplish this role by augmenting existing Air Mobility Divisions (AMD) or Air and Space Operations Centers within the theater, or by standing up an independent AMD in austere environments. While performing AMD duties, AMOS personnel synchronize scheduling of all theater-owned airframes and aircrew to meet the theater commanders' mobility objectives.

The 621st Mobility Support Operations Squadron is comprised of Air Mobility Liaison Officers who provide air mobility expertise to their aligned Army/Marine brigade and division and corps level commanders. Entirely dispersed across different 20 locations and 18 time zones, AMLOs of the 621 MSOS are embedded to support any exercise, deployment or contingency tasked to their Army and Marine Corps hosts. AMLO operating locations include: Fort Drum, NY; Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune, NC; Fort Stewart and Fort Benning, GA; Fort Campbell and Fort Knox, KY; Fort Carson, CO; Fort Riley, KS; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA; Fort Hood, TX; Fort Bliss, TX; Fort Polk, LA.; Wiesbaden and Kaiserslautern, Germany; Vicenza, Italy; Okinawa, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.


A new era in air power history began on June 1, 1992, when the Military Airlift Command and the Strategic Air Command were inactivated and Air Mobility Command formed from elements of these two organizations. AMC melded a worldwide airlift system with a tanker force that had been freed from its commitments by the collapse of the Soviet Union.

AMC has undergone considerable change since its establishment. Focusing on the core mission of strategic air mobility, the command divested itself of infrastructure and forces not directly related to Global Reach. The Air Rescue Service, intratheater aeromedical airlift forces based overseas and much of the operational support airlift fleet were transferred to other commands. However, KC-10 and most KC-135 air refueling aircraft initially assigned to Air Combat Command were transferred to AMC, along with Grand Forks AFB, McConnell AFB and Fairchild AFB.

On Oct. 1, 2003, AMC underwent a major restructuring, bringing a warfighting role to its numbered air force. AMC reactivated the 18th AF.  The 15th EMTF was inactivated on March 19, 2012 and inactivated the 21st EMTF on March 20, 2012.

AMC's ability to provide global reach is tested daily. From providing fuel, supplies and aeromedical support to troops on the frontline of the Global War on Terrorism, to providing humanitarian supplies to hurricane, flood, and earthquake victims both at home and abroad, AMC has been engaged in almost nonstop operations since its inception. Command tankers and airlifters have supported peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Cambodia, Somalia, Rwanda and Haiti, and continue to play a vital role in the ongoing Global War on Terrorism. These many examples of the effective application of non-lethal air power indicate that air mobility is a national asset of growing importance for responding to emergencies and protecting national interests around the globe.

(Current as of March 2016)

Point of Contact
Air Mobility Command, Office of Public Affairs; 402 Scott Drive, Unit 1-M-8; Scott Air Force Base, Ill. 62225; DSN 779-7843 or (618) 229-7843.

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