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Mission success depends on mobility partnerships

  • Published
  • By Jodi Ames
  • Headquarters Air Mobility Command Public Affairs

Teamwork is a hallmark for Air Mobility Command when it comes to supporting warfighters and delivering Rapid Global Mobility.

Through a reliable network of partnerships, AMC supplies U.S. and coalition forces with the support needed to take the fight to the enemy when necessary and deliver hope to those in need.

During the recent ordered departure of all Department of Defense dependents living in the Izmir, Adana and Mugla provinces of Turkey, AMC called upon industry partners to help provide critical airlift of the men, women, children and pets leaving their homes in the face of mounting security concerns in the region.

Over the course of 74 hours, three contracted commercial aircraft and six military aircraft moved nearly 650 displaced travelers and 70 pets to safe haven locations.

At an all call held at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, AMC Commander Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II pointed to the presentation screen bearing the photo of a small girl sleeping soundly aboard a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft.

The auditorium fell silent.

"That picture says it all," the general said. "Because of Air Mobility Command ... between the C-17s and [commercial] 747s, that little girl can sleep well at night."

The partnerships that aided in that passenger movement are not new to Air Mobility Command.

As the air component of U.S. Transportation Command, AMC relies on teammates spanning the total force. Interoperability and strong relationships with the Civil Reserve Air Fleet, industry partners and communities provide both combatant commanders and warfighters with a foundation of readiness to conduct global operations and agility to accomplish the mission.

"AMC operates in a global area of responsibility," said Everhart. "Our mission transcends borders and geographic AORs. We are integrated with Guard, Reserve, joint, commercial and international partners and must modernize our command and control systems to maximize these strengths and guard against threats."

Continually fostering these relationships also provides a framework that reduces costs across the mobility enterprise and encourages the exchange of fresh, innovative ideas that have the potential to shape the force of the future, said the AMC commander.

CRAF readiness remains vital to the airlift mission and allows AMC to achieve USTRANSCOM's goals while maintaining a viable surge capacity that meets the nation's transportation needs. 

The CRAF is a unique and significant part of the nation's air mobility resources that provides contractually committed aircraft from U.S. airlines to augment DoD requirements in emergencies when the need for airlift exceeds the capability of military aircraft, according to an AMC fact sheet.

The USTRANSCOM commander, with approval from the Secretary of Defense, serves as the activation authority for each stage of CRAF. As of January 2016, 23 carriers and 453 aircraft are enrolled in CRAF and available for activation, should the need for additional aircraft arise during a national defense or humanitarian crisis.

"We couldn't achieve Rapid Global Mobility on a large scale without civilian airlines," said Merle Lyman, chief of the DoD's Commercial Airlift Division at Headquarters AMC. "We simply don't have the number of military aircraft we need when world events push us to an unexpected surge in activity."

Timely access to these airlift capabilities allows mobility air forces to respond quickly to multi-service, interagency and coalition operations.

"The Air Force puts the 'rapid' in global mobility," said Everhart. "AMC is still required to support an increasingly demanding operations tempo while preserving the capability to surge if called upon. Without our total force and CRAF partners, surge operations would be almost impossible."

Meeting that demand for Rapid Global Mobility through enhanced relationships and interoperability is occurring now.

This week, teams from across the mobility enterprise are answering the call to support international relief efforts for victims impacted by earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador, as well as refueling operations that enable ongoing missions to monitor Russian activities in the Black Sea.

As global theater demands and changes in the geopolitical and international scene continually evolve, officials throughout AMC, the Air Force and the Department of Defense recognize the need to enhance interoperability and build lasting partnerships.

"Warfighters' success depends on enhancing mobility partnerships," said Everhart. "This construct has worked well for more than 40 years, and to ensure readiness and access to resources, we will continue to evaluate our total force relationships and optimize the composition and development of our associate programs."

By building relationships that provide increased flexibility and capabilities, AMC continues to deliver global contributions that transcend branch of service to provide the joint team with the freedom to fight in the air, on the ground and at sea.

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