The 618th Air Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), located at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is Air Mobility Command's execution arm for providing America's Global Reach. The 618th AOC (TACC) plans, schedules and directs a fleet of nearly 1,100 mobility aircraft in support of combat delivery and strategic airlift, air refueling and aeromedical evacuation operations around the world.
Mission Command and Control Rapid Global Mobility by transforming requirements into effective missions--plan, task, execute, and assess global air mobility operations.
Vision Become an integrated, interoperable weapon system providing multi-domain Command and Control of air mobility in all operational environments. Synchronize with Air Force, Joint/Interagency, and coalition partners to meet national objectives while developing mobility airmen and capitalizing on new technology and process opportunities.
About 700 personnel are assigned to the 618th AOC (TACC). The unit is a total force team consisting of active duty, Reserve, Air National Guard, contractor and civil service personnel.
The 618th AOC (TACC) employs a wide range of military aircraft to achieve AMC's Global Reach mission. The military aircraft typically employed to accomplish 618th AOC (TACC) missions include the C-5 Galaxy, KC-10 Extender, C-17 Globemaster III, C-130 Hercules and KC-135 Stratotanker. The 618th AOC (TACC) also works with commercial contractors to fulfill airlift requirements on an as-needed basis.
The 618th AOC (TACC) reports to 18th Air Force, also located at Scott Air Force Base. The organization consists of nine directorates with the resources and technical expertise to plan, task, execute and assess all 618th AOC (TACC) missions. The directorates are:
Mobility Management Directorate (XOB): The XOB directorate is responsible for matching validated airlift requirements with active duty and available Air Reserve Component units to support AMC's Global Mobility mission.
Command and Control Directorate (XOC): The XOC directorate, the largest directorate in the AOC, is a highly skilled command and control team exercising the AMC commander's authority and direction over AMC assigned and gained missions. It operates 24-hours-a-day, every day, providing first-class flight planning, diplomatic clearance, and integrated flight management services to aircrews from the moment a mission enters execution through mission completion.
Global Channel Operations Directorate (XOG): The XOG directorate manages worldwide strategic channel airlift operations for passenger and cargo movement in the Defense Transportation System. The directorate also assists transportation officers worldwide with booking passenger movements for Department of Defense international travelers.
Mission Support Directorate (XON): The XON directorate maintains the 618th AOC (TACC)'s viability today and develops solutions for tomorrow's challenges. The directorate is comprised of three divisions providing timely, accurate and relevant data, technology and resource support. It serves as a force multiplier ensuring unrivaled execution of AMC's Global Mobility mission.
Current Operations Directorate (XOO): The XOO directorate plans and monitors Air Force and commercial airlift and air refueling missions to meet customer requirements for movement of passengers and cargo in support of National Command Authority-directed classified programs, nuclear airlift, fighter and bomber deployment and employment air refueling, and distinguished visitor airlift.
Global Readiness Directorate (XOP): The XOP directorate is the single manager for integrating Global Reach by focusing airlift and mission support resources in response to directives and tasking from the National Command Authority. It projects mobility forces to achieve national goals and objectives in support of wartime needs, contingencies, aeromedical evacuation, exercises and humanitarian efforts, and is AMC's source for theater augmentation and contingency response assets.
Global Mobility Weather Operations Directorate (XOW): The XOW directorate provides weather products, services and briefings for mission planning and execution phases managed by the 618th AOC (TACC) for strategic airlift and air refueling crews operating worldwide.
Strategy Directorate (SRD): The SRD directorate is focused on integration and synchronizes the AOC's 4-24 month emerging requirements with global operations.
Director of Operations (XOZ): The XOZ directorate acts as AMC's single point of contact for AMC mission execution serving as the command's representative to the Joint Staff, Air Force Watch Cell, National Military Command Center, U.S. Transportation Command, the DOD and other agencies. The "Senior" provides immediate 24/7 oversight and decision making for all AMC command and control efforts.
The 618th AOC (TACC), initially known as TACC, became operational April 1, 1992. Air mobility leadership sought to simplify the execution of the worldwide mobility mission. They created a highly efficient organization to centralize command and control operations previously located within numbered air forces and airlift divisions. TACC was redesignated as the 618th TACC on April 1, 2007, and remained under that designation until being renamed the 618th AOC (TACC) Aug. 30, 2010.
Air Mobility leverages a tightly integrated AMC team that includes the 618th AOC, commanders across the spectrum, crews, support personnel and customers. The 618th AOC (TACC) optimizes the Global Air Mobility System while providing aircrews with mission details, support, training and authority necessary to successfully execute their missions. As an air operation center, commanding combat forces around the globe, the 618th AOC (TACC) is a committed partner for today and tomorrow's expeditionary Air Force.
(Current as of February 2017)