Air Mobility Command, activated on June 1, 1992, is a major command headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. AMC provides worldwide cargo and passenger delivery, air refueling and aeromedical evacuation. The command also transports humanitarian supplies to hurricane, flood and earthquake victims both at home and around the world.
Air Mobility Command's mission is to provide global air mobility ... right effects, right place, right time.
Personnel and Resources
More than 133,700 active-duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and DOD civilians make the command's rapid global mobility operations possible.
AMC has one numbered air force, 17 Wings, two airlift groups and smaller specialized units.
18th Air Force -- Headquartered at Scott AFB, 18th Air Force's mission is tasking and executing all air mobility missions. Units reporting to 18 AF include 11 airlift, air mobility and air refueling wings; one airlift group, and the tanker airlift control center.
Wings flying airlift, air mobility and air refueling missions are located at Joint Base Andrews, Md; Joint Base Charleston, S.C.; Dover AFB, Del.; Fairchild AFB, Wash.; Little Rock AFB, Ark.; MacDill AFB, Fla.; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; McConnell AFB, Kan.; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.; Scott AFB, Ill. and Travis AFB, Calif. The airlift group is at Dyess AFB, Texas.
There is one expeditionary mobility task force, which include contingency response wings, at Travis AFB and Joint Base MDL. The 18th Air Force also leads two air mobility operations wings in Germany and Hawaii.
The last organization reporting to 18th AF is the 618th Air and Space Operations Center (TACC). Located at Scott AFB, the TACC is AMC's execution arm for providing America's global reach. It plans, schedules and directs mobility aircraft in support of combat delivery and strategic airlift, air refueling and aeromedical evacuation operations around the world.
U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center -- AMC has one major direct reporting unit, the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center located at Joint Base MDL. The center serves as the Air Force's premier organization for expeditionary innovation, education, training and exercises.
Reporting to the USAF EC are three air base wings located at Joint Base Charleston, Grand Forks AFB, N.D., and Joint Base MDL. Also reporting to the USAF EC is an air base group located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and an airlift group at Pope Field, N.C. They all provide installation support to the myriad organizations on their bases and provide mission-ready expeditionary service members to combatant commanders in support of joint and combined operations.
Airlifters provide the capability to deploy American armed forces anywhere in the world and keep them supplied. Air refuelers are the lifeline of global reach, increasing range, payloads and flexibility. Air Force tankers can also refuel Navy, Marine and NATO aircraft and have an inherent cargo-carrying capability. Aeromedical evacuation missions transport wounded and injured service members to critical care hospitals far away from the battle space.
Air Mobility Command began on June 1, 1992, when the Military Airlift Command and Strategic Air Command were inactivated. Elements of those two organizations, MAC's worldwide airlift system and SAC's KC-10 and KC-135 tanker force, combined to form AMC. Three tanker bases also joined AMC. They were Grand Forks AFB, McConnell AFB and Fairchild AFB.
AMC has undergone considerable change since its establishment. Focusing on the core mission of strategic air mobility, the command divested itself of infrastructure and forces not directly related to global reach. The Air Rescue Service, intratheater aeromedical airlift forces based overseas and much of the operational support airlift fleet transferred to other commands.
On Oct. 1, 2003, AMC underwent a major restructuring by reactivating 18th Air Force and re-designating its two former numbered air forces as the 15th and 21st EMTFs.
(Current as of October 2012)