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Air Expeditionary Force 4 (AEF-4)

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
January 1, 2000 - March 31, 2000
Operation: Northern Watch
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
48th FW [Lead] 60th AMW [Lead]
4th FW [Lead]
366th Wing [Lead]
911th AMW [AFRC]
507th ARW [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
March 1, 2001 - May 31, 2001
Operation: Southern Watch
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
48th FW [Lead] 60th AMW [Lead]
4th FW [Lead]
366th Wing [Lead]
910th AMW [AFRC]
434th ARW [AFRC]

Cycle 3

For Cycle 3, the Air Force tried, as much as possible, to get the AEFs back on a 90 day rotation. At July 2002 levels of contingency tasking, the AEF construct was meeting both combatant commander force requirements and the three-month deployment guideline for most airmen. 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
June 1, 2002 - August 31, 2002
Operation: Northern Watch / OEF
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
48th FW [Lead] 60th AMW [Lead]
11th RS
3rd Wing [Lead]
305th AMW [Lead]
15th RS
4th FW [Lead]
60th FS
17th RS
492nd FS 43rd Wing
38th RS
9th FS
493rd FS
99th RS
8th FS
317th AG 335th FS
9th BS
12th ACCS
336th FS
118th AW [ANG]
16th ACCS
389th FS
169th FW [ANG] 123rd AW [ANG]
42nd ACCS
390th FS
143rd AW [ANG] 391st FS
156th AW [ANG]
41st RQS
522nd FS
166th AW [ANG]
66th RQS
71st RQS
325th BS
302nd AW [AFRC] 393rd BS
440th AW [AFRC]
41st ECS
908th AW [AFRC]
43rd ECS
91st ARS
910th AW [AFRC] 99th ARS
914th AW [AFRC]
603rd ACS
606th ACS
726th ACS
728th ACS
729th ACS
963rd AACS
964th AACS
965th AACS

Cycle 4 AEF Blue/Silver

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)
September 1, 2003 - November 30, 2003
Operation: OIF/OEF
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces Combat Forces
493rd FS 39th AS
15th RS
8th FS 27th FW
494th FS
38th RS
9th FS 48th FW
523rd FS 93rd ARS
99th RS
25th FS 49th FW
524th FS 349th ARS 35th FS 169th FW
911th ARS
16th ACCS
36th FS 325th FW
169th FW [ANG] 80th FS
61st AS [ANG]
43rd ECS
28th BW
143rd AS [ANG] 20th BS 509th BW
181st AS [ANG]
66th RQS
325th BS
185th AS [ANG] 393rd BS 50th SW
198th AS [ANG]
963rd AACS
60th AMW 55th Wing
106th ARS [ANG] 305th AMW
141st ARS [ANG] 62nd AW
62nd AMW 89th AW
77th ARS [AFRC] 436th AW
465th ARS [AFRC] 437th AW 99th ABW
357th AS [AFRC]
137th AS [ANG] 311th HSW
757th AS [AFRC]
155th AS [ANG]
183rd AS [ANG] 319th ARW
68th AS [AFRC] 137th AW [ANG]
337th AS [AFRC] 143rd AW [ANG]
756th AS [AFRC]
144th FW [ANG]
445th AMW [AFRC] 146th FW [ANG]
452nd AMW [AFRC] 162nd FW [ANG]
173rd FW [ANG]
41st RQS 178th FW [ANG]
71st RQS 301st FW [ANG]
55th Wing 184th BW [AFRC]
57th Wing
355th Wing 507th ARW [AFRC]
93rd ACW 917th Wing [AFRC]
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
January 1, 2005 - April 30, 2005
Operation: OIF/OEF
Forces are now assigned to AEF pairs (AEF 3/AEF 4), instead of individual AEFs (AEF 4)
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low Density, High Demand Forces
19th FS 43rd AW
12th AACS
34th FS 86th AW
16th AACS
75th FS
962th AACS
77th FS 317th AG
963rd AACS
493rd FS 463rd AG
494th FS
41st ECS
523rd FS 517th AS
43rd ECS
524th FS
6th AMW
41st RQS
20th BS 60th AMW
66th RQS
96th BS
71st RQS
19th ARG
113th Wing [ANG]
15th RS
22nd ARW
38th RS
144th FW [ANG] 92nd ARW
99th RS
169th FW [ANG] 319th ARW
174th FW [ANG]
726th ACS
192nd FW [ANG] 127th Wing [ANG]
93rd BW [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
September 1, 2006 - December 31, 2006
Operation: OIF/OEF
Forces are now assigned to AEF pairs (AEF 3/AEF 4), instead of individual AEFs (AEF 4)
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low Density, High Demand Forces
19th FS 43rd AW
12th AACS
34th FS
16th AACS
75th FS 317th AG
128th AACS
77th FS 463rd AG
962nd AACS
493rd FS
964th AACS
494th FS 6th AMW
523rd FS 60th AMW
41st ECS
524th FS 305th AMW
43rd ECS
20th BS 19th ARG
41st RQS
96th BS
55th RQS
22nd ARW
71st RQS
113th Wing [ANG] 92nd ARW
79th RQS
144th FW [ANG] 319th ARW
169th FW [ANG]
15th RS
174th FW [ANG] 127th Wing [ANG]
38th RS
192nd FW [ANG] 175th Wing [ANG]
99th RS
93rd BW [AFRC] 109th AW [ANG]
726th ACS
143rd AW [ANG]
146th AW [ANG]
156th AW [ANG]
403rd Wing [AFRC]



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