Air Mobility Command was activated June 1, 1992, with headquarters at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and is one of 10 major Air Force commands. On Oct. 1, 2016, AMC consolidated with Military Air Command making AMC the oldest major command in the Air Force tracing its history to the establishment of the Air Corps Ferrying Command on May 29, 1941. 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 four core mission areas – Airlift, Air Refueling, Air Mobility Support 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, C-130J Super Hercules 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 the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center, one numbered air force 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.
Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina
Dover AFB, Delaware
Fairchild AFB, Washington
Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
MacDill AFB, Florida
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst., New Jersey
McConnell AFB, Kansas
Scott AFB, Illinois
Travis AFB, California
In addition, the 62nd AW, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington, 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB, Maryland, 43rd Air Mobility Operations Group, Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina, the 521st Air Mobility Operations Group, Ramstein Air Base, Germany; 515th Air Mobility Operations Group, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; and the 317th Airlift Wing 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 forecast 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 manages the global air mobility enterprise through the 618th Air Operations Center, 11 wings and two stand-alone groups.
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.
USAF Expeditionary Center
The U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center is the Air Force's Center of Excellence for advanced mobility and combat support training and education. Located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey, the center also has direct oversight for en route and installation support, contingency response and partner capacity-building mission sets within the global mobility enterprise.
The center provides administrative control for five wings and one group within Air Mobility Command, to include the 87th Air Base Wing and the 621st Contingency Response Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam; the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing at Ramstein AFB; the 628th Air Base Wing at Joint Base Charleston; the 43rd Airlift Group at Pope Field; and 627th Air Base Group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord;
Both the 87th Air Base Wing and the 628th Air Base Wing are Air Force-lead organizations on joint bases that host AMC flying units, along with other Department of Defense partners. The 43rd Airlift Wing 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 center from training and exercises all the way through execution.
The two Contingency Response Groups, 821st CRG located at Travis AFB 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, 321st and 621st Air Mobility Operations Squadrons and the 621st Mobility Support Operations Squadron.
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 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 air frames 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 621st MSOS are embedded to support any exercise, deployment or contingency tasked to their Army and Marine Corps hosts. AMLO operating locations include: Fort Drum, New York; Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Fort Stewart and Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Campbell and Fort Knox, Kentucky; Fort Carson, Colorad; Fort Riley, Kansas; Joint Base Lewis-McChord; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Polk, Louisianna.; Wiesbaden and Kaiserslautern, Germany; Vicenza, Italy; Okinawa, Japan, and the Republic of Korea.