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July 27, 2017 at 8:25am

Mobility airmen in the fight

A U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment Interim Armored Vehicle Stryker drives out of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III at Plovidv Airport, Bulgaria, July 14. Photo credit: Senior Airman Tryphena Mayhugh

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Air Mobility Command serves as the world's unmatched and premier Mobility Air Force, enabling Global Vigilance, Global Reach and Global Power for America. In peacetime and in war, our airmen are engaged 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days per year. Our airmen produce mission critical effects while operating in a volatile, complex global environment against the backdrop of fiscal uncertainty.


Rapid Global Mobility supports intergovernmental agencies, partner nations, military training teams and humanitarian efforts. We routinely go where others can't, e.g. transport scientists to Antarctica or airdrop food, water and supplies to counter ISIS or provide relief across the globe.

Airlift provides the critical means of moving supplies, equipment and personnel anywhere in the world within a matter of hours and helps to sustain them during conflict.

AMC moved nearly 725 billion pounds of cargo last year - enough to airlift the St. Louis Gateway Arch more than eight times. AMC's ability to provide Rapid Global Mobility is unmatched by any other air force.

Aerial Refueling

On average, Mobility airmen refuel one aircraft every five minutes in the CENTCOM AOR alone. Last year, that totaled 110,000 refuels, powering the fight against ISIS. Since the outset of OIR, AMC has flown more than 33,000 tanker sorties in support of the operation.

Air refueling forces are the lifeblood of the joint fighter and bomber communities and provide force extension for coalition partners' fleets.

AMC and coalition tankers have made it possible to extend the range and persistence of our air operations, enabling aircraft to maintain an operational presence 24/7.

Aeromedical Evacuation

During Vietnam, it took an average of 45 days to bring an injured servicemember to the U.S.

Today, it takes three days. AE forces operate anywhere air operations occur in support of military operations, humanitarian assistance and disaster response. Our AE capability is unparalleled.

U.S. Air Force Reserve 2nd Lt. Reily Finnelly, 97th Airlift Squadron pilot, flies a C-17 Globemaster III to transport U.S. Army 2nd Cavalry Regiment Interim Armored Vehicle Strykers to Plovdiv Airport, Bulgaria, July 14. The U.S. Air Force’s capability for rapid mobility allows U.S. and allied power to be projected quickly to anywhere on the globe. Photo credit: Senior Airman Tryphenia Mayhugh

All AMC airlift aircraft can be fitted with universally qualified medical equipment, allowing crews to quickly address any medical emergency and rapidly and efficiently meet our injured warfighter's needs.

High-tech medicine, robust en route care and rapid medical evacuation has ensured our wounded warriors get the care they deserve and has enabled a 97 percent survival rate.

Mobility Support

Following Hurricane Matthew, 128 Contingency Response airmen from the 621st CRW deployed to Haiti and teamed with three other agencies to open the airport in Port Au Prince, allowing Joint Task Force Matthew to deliver 400 tons of food and medical supplies in two weeks.

Contingency Response airmen allow us to prepare flightlines in Iraq, supporting anti-ISIS efforts.

AMC plays a critical role in the DoD's humanitarian missions. The U.S. delivers relief and assistance to partner nations around the world, enabling "Gray Tail Diplomacy."

U.S. Air Force Reserve Maj. Chris Clinton, a 731st Airlift Squadron C-130 Hercules pilot out of Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Springs, Colorado, prepares for landing at Papa Air Base, Hungary, as part of exercise Swift Response 17, July 15. Swift Response is linked to exercise Saber Guardian 17, a U.S. Army Europe-led, multinational exercise that spans across Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania with more than 25,000 servicemembers from 22 allied and partner nations. Photo credit: Maj. Jolene Bottor-Ortiona

AMC/Mobility Air Force Fast Facts

–– Personnel: 124,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve & civilian airmen

–– Total aircraft: 1,100 over 11 airframes

Largest aircraft totals:

1. KC-135 - 396
2. C-130 - 324
3. C-17 - 222

–– One AMC aircraft takes off every 2.8 minutes, 365 days a year

–– AMC refuels an aircraft every five minutes in the CENTCOM AOR alone

–– Mobility airmen are currently deployed to 77 locations in 23 countries

AMC is Global

–– Operation Inherent Resolve

–– Operation Freedom's Sentinel

––Operation Atlantic Resolve

–– Approximately 40 exercises annually

Operational Fast Facts
–– Airlift (CY16 operational data):
1. Missions: 14,601
2. Sorties: 39,023
3. Passengers: 871,205
4. Flying hours: 169,822
***Approximate totals

–– Aerial Refueling: (AF assets worldwide)
1. Sorties: 30,700
2. Fuel: just under 1.172 billion pounds
3. Aircraft fueled: 123,794

–– Aeromedical evacuations:
1. Missions: 753
2. Sorties: 1,025
3. Patients: 4,339

–– Contingency Response: (Hurricane Matthew & GTMO evacuations):
1. Missions: 28
2. Sorties: 73
3. Passengers: 1,985

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