Located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, the U.S. Air Force 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 621st Contingency Response Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the 319th Air Base Wing at Grand Forks Air Force Base, North Dakota; the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing at Ramstein AB, Germany; the 615th Contingency Response Wing at Travis AFB, California; the 628th Air Base Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina; the 43d Airlift Group at Pope Field, North Carolina; and the 627th Air Base Group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.
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 Mobile Air Tactics School and Phoenix Ace Combat Readiness Exercise and Evaluation, Force Support and Readiness, Maintenance Training Qualification Program, Air Transport Manager, Director of Mobility Forces, Environmental Control Unit, Intermediate Wartime Contingencies, Cargo Operations and Systems, Passenger Operations and Systems and Command and Control Information Processing Systems Courses.
The center was officially renamed the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center on March 4, 2007, and on January 7, 2011, 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 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!"