air mobility

air mobility command

Air Mobility Command, a major command with headquarters at Scott Air Force Base, IL, was created June 1, 1992, as the U. S. Air Force's Global Reach resources were fused into a single team. The men and women of the Air Mobility Command -- active, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilians -- provide strategic airlift and aerial refueling for all of America's armed forces.


AMC's primary mission is rapid, global mobility and sustainment for America's armed forces. In addition, the command is responsible for stateside aeromedical evacuation and continues a tradition of humanitarian support at home and around the world. In 1994, AMC aircraft and crews assisted California earthquake victims, provided humanitarian aid to Rwandan civil war refugees, assisted in upholding democracy in Haiti and continued operations in Southwest Asia and the former Republic of Yugoslavia -- just a sampling of the many missions flown.


Airlift aircraft provide the capability to deploy our armed forces anywhere in the world and help sustain them in a conflict. Air refueling aircraft are the lifeline of Global Reach. Aerial refueling increases range, payloads and flexibility. Since Air Force tankers can also refuel Navy, Marine and many allied aircraft, they leverage all service capabilities on land, sea and in the air. Our refuelers also have an inherent cargo-carrying capability -- maximizing AMC's lift options.

U.S. forces must be able to provide a rapid, tailored response to intervene against a well-equipped foe, hit hard and terminate quickly. Rapid global mobility lies at the heart of U.S. strategy in this environment -- without the capability to project forces, there is no conventional deterrent. As U.S. forces stationed overseas continue to decline, global interests remain, making the unique capabilities only AMC can provide even more in demand.


AMC's mission encompasses 121,000 active-duty and Reserve military and civilian personnel. Personnel include approximately 65,400 active duty, 20,434 Air National Guard and 36,000 Air Force Reserve.


AMC's strategic mobility aircraft include the C-5 Galaxy, C-9 Nightingale, KC-10 Extender, C-17 Globemaster III, KC-135 Stratotanker and C-141 Starlifter.


AMC is headquartered at Scott AFB, Ill., along with its agency for centralized command and control, the Tanker Airlift Control Center. The TACC schedules and tracks strategic tanker and airlift resources worldwide.

Air Force and Department of Defense support taskings are channeled through this state-of-the-art hub of mobility control. AMC assigns its active-duty resources to two numbered air forces, the 15th Air Force at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., and the 21st Air Force at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J. AMC has 10 stateside bases in addition to its headquarters including Andrews Air Force Base, Md.; Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.; Dover Air Force Base, Del.; McConnell Air Force Base, Kan.; McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.; March and Travis Air Force bases, Calif.; Fairchild and McChord Air Force bases, Wash.; and until closure in September 1995, Plattsburgh Air Force Base, N.Y. There is an AMC presence at almost 100 bases worldwide.

Point of Contact

Air Mobility Command
Public Affairs Office; 502 Scott Drive; Scott AFB IL 6225-5317
DSN 576-5003 or (618) 256-5003

June, 1995




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