Air Mobility Command will restructure some functions of the 18th Air Force and the US Air Force Expeditionary Center in an effort to become more effective and efficient. Headquarters, 15th Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, and Headquarters, 615th Contingency Response Wing—both located at Travis AFB, Calif.—will be inactivated. As will the 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Force at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. The 615th CRW’s subordinate units will remain at Travis, but will now fall under the EC within the 621 CRW at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The restructure also calls for the realignment of 18th Air Force’s two Air Mobility Operations Wings—the 515th AMOW at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, and the 521st AMOW at Ramstein AB, Germany. Those wings will fall under the EC, as will the 621st CRW, which is currently aligned under the 21 EMTF. “The reduction of 18th Air Force’s span of control allows for greater focus on its mission to present operational flying air mobility forces to US Transportation Command,” said Lt. Gen. Mark Ramsay, 18th Air Force Commander. “Ultimately, it will allow the 18th Air Force to put greater focus on the flying mission while the Expeditionary Center focuses on our contingency response, expeditionary combat support training, enroute and installation support, and building partnerships missions.” (AMC release)
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.