Air Mobility Command was activated June 1, 1992, with headquarters at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, and is one of 11 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 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.
Rapid global mobility...Right effects, right place, right time!
1. Full spectrum readiness
2. Sustaining an effective nuclear response
3. Mobility operations in contested environments
4. Developing the force
5. Modernization and recapitalization efforts
Personnel and Resources
AMC has approximately 110,000 Total Force personnel. 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 installations and has two regional bands, the U.S. Air Force Band of Mid-America and U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West.
Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina
Dover AFB, Delaware
Fairchild AFB, Washington
JB Lewis-McChord, Washington
Little Rock AFB, Arkansas
MacDill AFB, Florida
JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey
McConnell AFB, Kansas
Scott AFB, Illinois
Travis AFB, California
In addition, the 62nd Airlift Wing, JB Lewis-McChord, 89th AW at JB Andrews, Maryland, 43rd Air Mobility Operations Group, Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina, the 521st AMOG, Ramstein Air Base, Germany; 515th AMOG, JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; and the 317th AW at Dyess AFB, Texas, are assigned to AMC.
Numbered Air Force
The 18th Air Force, headquartered at Scott AFB, is charged to present air mobility forces to AMC and combatant commanders by ensuring readiness and sustainment of approximately 36,000 active duty, Reserve and civilian Airmen.
U. S. Air Force Expeditionary Center
The U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center is the Air Force's Center of excellence for Rapid Global Mobility and expeditionary Agile Combat Support training and education, while also providing direct oversight for the Global Air Mobility Support System and installation support, contingency response and building partnership capacity mission sets within the global mobility enterprise. Located at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the center provides administrative control for five wings and two groups within AMC, to include the 87th Air Base Wing and the 621st Contingency Response Wing at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst; the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; the 521st AMOW at Ramstein AB; the 628th ABW at JB Charleston; the 43rd AMOG at Pope Army Airfield; and 627th Air Base Group at JB Lewis-McChord.
The Expeditionary Operations School at the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center offers 92 in-residence courses and 19 web-based training courses, graduating more than 40,000 students annually. Courses include the Air Force Phoenix Raven Training, Advanced Study of Air Mobility, Aerial Port Operations Course and more.
Both the 87th ABW and the 628th ABW are Air Force-led organizations on joint bases that host AMC flying units, along with other Department of Defense partners. The 43rd AMOG and 627th ABG enjoy unique partnerships with the U.S. Army.
The 515th and 521st AMOWs, along with the 621st CRW, are responsible for en route and combat support, contingency response and building partnership capacity mission sets around the globe.
(Current as of April 2019)