U.S. AIR FORCE EXPEDITIONARY CENTER|
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Located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., the Expeditionary Center has direct oversight for en route and installation support, contingency response and partner capacity building mission sets within the global mobility enterprise. The EC is the Air Force's Center of Excellence for advanced expeditionary combat support training and education, while also providing administrative control for nine wings and groups within Air Mobility Command. These units include the 87th Air Base Wing and the 621 Contingency Response Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the 319th Air Base Wing at Grand Forks AFB, N.D.; the 515 Air Mobility Operations Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; the 521 Air Mobility Operations Wing at Ramstein AFB, Germany; the 615 Contingency Response Wing at Travis AFB, Cal.; the 628th Air Base Wing at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.; the 43rd Airlift Group at Pope Field, N.C.; and 627th Air Base Group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
The Expeditionary Center commandant oversees the Mobility Operations School, Expeditionary Operations School and Expeditionary Center Support. The EC partners with Air Staff, AMC, Air Education and Training Command and the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center to provide a disciplined training process that assures the right skills are taught at the right time across the expeditionary enterprise.
The Center was first opened as the Air Mobility Warfare Center on May 1, 1994, and officially received its mission on Oct. 1, 1994. At first opening, the Center operated the Phoenix Ace Combat Readiness Exercise and Evaluation Course, Mobile Air Tactics School, Force Support and Readiness Course, Maintenance Training Qualification Program Course, Air Transport Manager Course, Director of Mobility Forces Course, Environmental Control Unit Course, Intermediate Wartime Contingencies Course, Cargo Operations and Systems Course, Passenger Operations and Systems Course, Command and Control Information Processing Systems Course.
The Center, which was officially renamed the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center on March 4, 2007, and on January 7, 2011, the Center expanded in scope, taking added responsibility for evolving AMC mission sets. These include installation support missions unique to three Joint Bases within the Command, as well as at two AMC bases where missions are evolving as a result of previous Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decisions. With additional reorganization efforts in the spring of 2012, four more wings aligned under the EC. The new wings expanded the EC mission set by operating in the realm of expeditionary support, contingency response and capacity building, with subordinate units spanning across the globe.
The USAF EC maximizes Expeditionary Combat Support assets to meet emerging missions, and most importantly, is accountable to provide standardized and ready forces to enable "Airpower...from the ground up!"
Point of Contact
Air Mobility Command, Public Affairs Office; 402 Scott Drive, Unit 1-M-8, Scott AFB, IL 62225, DSN 779-7821 or 618-229-7821.