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Air Expeditionary Force 2 (AEF-2)

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: Northern Watch
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
7th BW [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: Southern Watch
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
7th BW [Lead] 43rd AW [Lead]
4th FW [Lead]
336th 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: Northern Watch / OEF
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
7th BW [Lead] 92nd ARW [Lead]
11th RS
4th FW [Lead]
60th AMW [Lead]
15th RS
3rd Wing [Lead]
23rd FS
17th RS
58th FS 314th AG
38th RS
9th FS
494th FS 43rd Wing
99th RS
8th FS
335th FS
9th BS 118th AW [ANG]
12th ACCS
336th FS
123rd AW [ANG]
16th ACCS
389th FS
442nd FW [AFRC] 143rd AW [ANG]
42nd ACCS
390th FS
926th FW [AFRC] 145th AW [ANG] 391st FS
156th AW [ANG]
41st RQS
522nd FS
66th RQS
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
23rd FS 41st AS
15th RS
8th FS 4th FW
58th FS 61st AS
38th RS
9th FS 33rd FW
90th FS
99th RS
25th FS 52nd FW
92nd ARS 35th FS 56th FW
9th BS 344th ARS
16th ACCS
36th FS
350th ARS 80th FS 6th ARW
115th FW [ANG]
43rd ECS
150th FW [ANG] 109th AS [ANG] 20th BS 7th BW
183rd FW [ANG] 156th AS [ANG]
66th RQS
325th BS
164th AS [ANG] 393rd BS 14th FTW
442nd FW [AFRC]
960th AACS
47th FTW
926th FW [AFRC] 106th ARS [ANG] 60th AMW
108th ARS [ANG] 305th AMW 36th ABW
126th ARS [ANG]
136th ARS [ANG]
62nd AW 45th SW
146th ARS [ANG]
436th AW
151st ARS [ANG]
437th AW 82nd TRW
153rd ARS [ANG]
197th ARS [ANG]
137th AS [ANG] 86th AW
155th AS [ANG] 375th AW
731st AS [AFRC]
183rd AS [ANG]
97th AMW
68th AS [AFRC] 305th AMW
337th AS [AFRC]
756th AS [AFRC] 115th FW [ANG]
131st FW [ANG]
445th AMW [AFRC] 150th FW [ANG]
452nd AMW [AFRC] 159th FW [ANG]
178th FW [ANG]
41st RQS
71st RQS 123rd AW [ANG]
133rd AW [ANG]
55th Wing 145th AW [ANG]
57th Wing 179th AW [ANG
355th Wing
315th AW [AFRC]
93rd ACW 932nd AW [AFRC]
552nd ACW
442nd FW [AFRC]
926th FW [AFRC]

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 2)
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 2)
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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