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Air Expeditionary Force 1 (AEF-1)

Cycle 1

Each aerospace expeditionary force has a "lead" wing that provides contingency leadership. The lead wings provide commanders, if tasked to provide group- or wing-level leadership to a new deployed location. Five wings provided "on call" mobility operations for responding to humanitarian relief operations, disaster responses and noncombatant evacuation operations from hostile areas.Until the aerospace expeditionary forces firmly established themselves, two on-call wings provided rapid global response. They share the responsibilities and respond within 48 hours to meet unplanned "pop-up" contingencies. These wings will alternate on a 60-day schedule

The concentration of the first cycle was early notification, predictability, and stability for airmen. The goal of having 120 days deployment notice was fine-tuned.

Cycle 1
October 1, 1999 - December 31, 1999
Operation: Southern Watch
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
388th FW [Lead] 43rd AW [Lead]
4th FW [Lead]
366th Wing [Lead]
433rd AW [AFRC]
439th AW [AFRC]

Cycle 2

The UTCs during Cycle 2 were very large and were to meant meet the strategy of being able to fight two major theater wars at the same time. So UTCs were redesigned to reflect the demands of the current world environment. The redesign effort focused on building modular, scalable UTCs that allowed force providers to respond to the full spectrum of military operations.

Cycle 2
December 1, 2000 - February 28, 2001
Operation: Northern Watch
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
388th FW [Lead] 43rd AW [Lead]
4th FW [Lead]
366th Wing [Lead]
442nd FW [AFRC] 512th AW [AFRC]
349th AMW [AFRC]

Cycle 3

For Cycle 3, the Air Force tried, as much as possible, to get the AEFs back on a 90 day rotation. For AEFs 1 and 2, only 648 (about 3.1 percent) deployed beyond 90 days. The ANG participation in AEF 1/2 included 2,000 deployed personnel. With smaller, scalable UTCs, many of the teams deployed for AEF Cycle 3 came from a single base, rather than individual members deployed from many bases. During Cycle 3, the Air Force wanted to continue to improve quality of life, enhance retention efforts and make deployments better for airmen.

Cycle 3
March 1, 2002 - May 31, 2002
Operation: Southern Watch / OEF
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
388th FW [Lead] 92nd ARW [Lead]
11th RS
4th FW [Lead]
60th AMW [Lead]
15th RS
3rd Wing [Lead]
12th FS
17th RS
74th FS 314th AG
38th RS
9th FS
79th FS 43rd Wing
99th RS
8th FS
421st FS 335th FS
118th AW [ANG]
12th ACCS
336th FS
96th BS 123rd AW [ANG]
16th ACCS
389th FS
143rd AW [ANG]
42nd ACCS
390th FS
115th FW [ANG] 145th AW [ANG] 391st FS
150th FW [ANG] 156th AW [ANG]
41st RQS
522nd FS
183rd FW [ANG]
66th RQS
192nd FW [ANG] 302nd AW [AFRC]
71st RQS
325th BS
910th AW [AFRC] 393rd BS
913th AW [AFRC]
41st ECS
914th AW [AFRC}
43rd ECS
91st ARS
934th AW [AFRC] 99th ARS
603rd ACS
606th ACS
726th ACS
728th ACS
729th ACS
963rd AACS
964th AACS
965th AACS

Cycle 4 AEF Blue

In order to put the AEF deployment schedule back on track, after operating in crisis mode during Operation Iraqi Freedom, the Air Force established two transitional AEFs. These AEFs, designated AEF Blue and Silver, replaced AEFs 1-6 during Cycle 4. The temporary AEFs lasted 120 days instead of the usual 90. AEF Blue began in July of 2003 and ran through November. AEF Silver picked up operations in November of 2003 and ran through February of 2004. In March of 2004, the regular AEF rotation resumed with AEF 7/8.

Cycle 4 (Original Schedule)
June 1, 2003 - Aug 31, 2003
Operation: OIF/OEF
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces Combat Support Forces
12th FS 41st AS
11th RS
8th FS 3rd Wing
79th FS
38th RS
9th FS
81st FS 96th ARS
99th RS
25th FS 10th ABW
335th FS 99th ARS 35th FS 42nd ABW
421st FS 905th ARS
12th ACCS
36th FS
906th ARS
965th AACS
80th FS 20th FW
102nd FW [ANG]
131st FW [ANG] 116th ARS [ANG]
41st ECS
20th BS 21st SW
159th FW [ANG] 117th ARS [ANG] 325th BS
147th ARS [ANG]
41st RQS
393rd BS 43rd AW
173rd ARS [ANG]
71st RQS
436th AW
60th AMW 437th AW
165th AS [ANG]
728th ACS
305th AMW
81st TRW
62nd AW
436th AW 347th RW
437th AW
117th ARW [ANG]
137th AS [ANG]
155th AS [ANG] 164th AW [ANG]
183rd AS [ANG] 172nd AW [ANG]
68th AS [AFRC] 433rd AW [AFRC]
337th AS [AFRC] 439th AW [AFRC]
756th AS [AFRC] 512th AW [AFRC]
445th AMW [AFRC] 919th SOW [AFRC]
452nd AMW [AFRC]
41st RQS
71st RQS
55th Wing
57th Wing
355th Wing
93rd ACW
552nd ACW

Cycle 5

Beginning with AEF Cycle 5 in September 2004, the baseline deployment was 120 days verses 90, and the AEF cycle changed from a fifteen-month rotational cycle to a twenty-month cycle. The 20-month cycle continued to provide commanders and Airmen the ability to plan ahead, allowing a sense of predictability while providing greater continuity to the in-theater commander.

Cycle 5
September 1, 2004 - December 31, 2004
Operation: OIF/OEF
Forces are now assigned to AEF pairs (AEF 1/AEF 2), instead of individual AEFs (AEF 1)
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low Density, High Demand Forces
12th FS 43rd AW
12th AACS
23rd FS 86th AW
16th AACS
58th FS
960th AACS
79th FS 317th AG
965th AACS
81st FS 463rd AG
90th FS
41st ECS
335th FS 517th AS
43rd ECS
421st FS 305th AMW
6th AMW
41st RQS
9th BW
66th RQS
71st RQS
102nd FW [ANG] 19th ARG
115th FW [ANG]
15th RS
131st FW [ANG] 22nd ARW
38th RS
159th FW [ANG] 92nd ARW
99th RS
183rd FW [ANG] 319th ARW
187th FW [ANG]
728th ACS
127th Wing [ANG]
442nd FW [AFRC]
926th FW [AFRC] 130th AW [ANG]
136th AW [ANG]
137th AW [ANG]
139th AW [ANG]
143rd AW [ANG]
145th AW [ANG]
152nd AW [ANG]
153rd AW [ANG]
165th AW [ANG]
166th AW [ANG]
175th AW [ANG]
179th AW [ANG]
182nd AW [ANG]
440th AW [AFRC]
908th AW [AFRC]
910th AW [AFRC]
911th AW [AFRC]
914th AW [AFRC]
934th AW [AFRC]

Cycle 6

Cycle 6
May 1, 2006 - August 31, 2006
Operation: OIF/OEF
Forces are now assigned to AEF pairs (AEF 1/AEF 2), instead of individual AEFs (AEF 1)
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low Density, High Demand Forces
12th FS 43rd AW
12th AACS
23rd FS
16th AACS
58th FS 317th AG
128th AACS
79th FS 463rd AG
963rd AACS
81st FS
90th FS 6th AMW
41st ECS
335th FS 60th AMW
43rd ECS
421st FS 305th AMW
41st RQS
9th BW 19th ARG
66th RQS
71st RQS
102nd FW [ANG] 22nd ARW
115th FW [ANG] 92nd ARW
15th RS
131st FW [ANG] 319th ARW
38th RS
159th FW [ANG]
99th RS
183rd FW [ANG] 118th AW [ANG]
187th FW [ANG] 136th AW [ANG]
606th ACS
152nd AW [ANG]
728th ACS
442nd FW [AFRC] 166th AW [ANG]
926th FW [AFRC]
302nd AW [AFRC]
913th AW [AFRC]
914th AW [AFRC]



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