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Air Expeditionary Force 5 (AEF-5)

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
April 1, 2000 - June 30, 2000
Operation: Southern Watch
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
355th WG [Lead] 22nd ARW [Lead]
4th FW [Lead]
366th Wing [Lead]
302nd AW [AFRC]
514th AMW [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
June 1, 2001 - August 31, 2001
Operation: Northern Watch
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
355th Wing [Lead] 22nd ARW [Lead]
4th FW [Lead]
366th Wing [Lead]
445th AW [AFRC]
914th AW [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
September 1, 2002 - November 30, 2002
Operation: Southern Watch / OEF
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
355th Wing [Lead] 305th AMW [Lead]
11th RS
4th FW [Lead]
15th RS
13th FS 317th AG
17th RS
9th FS
44th FS
38th RS
354th FS 118th AW [ANG]
99th RS
335th FS
510th FS 166th AW [ANG] 336th FS
12th ACCS
522nd FS
23rd BS 440th AW [AFRC]
16th ACCS
908th AW [AFRC]
42nd ACCS
325th BS
122nd FW [ANG] 910th AW [AFRC]
144th FW [ANG]
41st RQS
99th ARS
174th FW [ANG]
66th RQS
71st RQS
41st ECS
43rd ECS
603rd ACS
606th ACS
726th ACS
728th ACS
729th ACS
963rd AACS
964th AACS
965th AACS

Cycle 4 AEF 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)
December 1, 2003 - February 29, 2004
Operation: OIF/OEF
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces Combat Support Forces
13th FS 50th AS
11th RS
8th FS 5th BW
44th FS
38th RS
9th FS
74th FS 92nd ARS
99th RS
25th FS 11th Wing
390th FS 96th ARS 35th FS
391st FS 99th ARS
12th ACCS
36th FS 15th ABW
510th FS 905th ARS 80th FS 377th ABW
43rd ECS
23rd BS 126th ARS [ANG] 20th BS 18th FW
133rd ARS [ANG]
41st RQS
325th BS 31st FW
136th ARS [ANG]
71st RQS
393rd BS 56th FW
145th ARS [ANG] 366th FW
151st ARS [ANG]
603rd ACS
60th AMW
153rd ARS [ANG] 305th AMW 22nd ARW
166th ARS [ANG]
964th AACS
62nd AW 47th FTW
327th AS [AFRC]
109th ACS [ANG]
436th AW
773rd AS [AFRC] 437th AW 341st SW
137th AS [ANG] 436th AW
155th AS [ANG]
183rd AS [ANG] 101st ARW [ANG]
134th ARW [ANG]
68th AS [AFRC] 161st ARW [ANG]
337th AS [AFRC] 171st ARW [ANG]
756th AS [AFRC] 190th ARW [ANG]
445th AMW [AFRC] 105th AW [ANG]
452nd AMW [AFRC] 152nd AW [ANG]
41st RQS 116th ACW [ANG]
71st RQS
184th BW [ANG]
55th Wing
57th Wing 94th AW [AFRC]
355th Wing 445th AW [AFRC]
934th AW [AFRC]
93rd ACW
552nd ACW 939th ARW [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
May 1, 2005 - August 31, 2005
Operation: OIF/OEF
Forces are now assigned to AEF pairs (AEF 5/AEF 6), instead of individual AEFs (AEF 5)
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low Density, High Demand Forces
13th FS 43rd AW
12th AACS
27th FS 86th AW
16th AACS
44th FS
964th AACS
55th FS 317th AG
965th AACS
74th FS 463rd AG
390th FS
41st ECS
391st FS 517th AS
43rd ECS
510th FS
6th AMW
41st RQS
23rd BS 305th AMW
71st RQS
103rd FW [ANG] 19th ARG
15th RS
111th FW [ANG]
38th RS
119th FW [ANG] 22nd ARW
99th RS
132nd FW [ANG] 92nd ARW
138th FW [ANG] 319th ARW
603rd ACS
147th FW [ANG]
148th FW [ANG] 127th Wing [ANG]
109th ACS [ANG]
175th FW [ANG]
180th FW [ANG] 130th AW [ANG]
39th RQS [AFRC]
188th FW [ANG] 136th AW [ANG]
301st RQS [AFRC]
137th AW [ANG]
305th RQS [AFRC]
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
January 1, 2007 - April 30, 2007
Operation: OIF/OEF
Forces are now assigned to AEF pairs (AEF 5/AEF 6), instead of individual AEFs (AEF 5)
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low Density, High Demand Forces
14th FS 43rd AW
12th AACS
27th FS
16th AACS
44th FS 317th AG
128th AACS
55th FS 463rd AG
964th AACS
74th FS
390th FS 6th AMW
41st ECS
391st FS 60th AMW
43rd ECS
510th FS 305th AMW
66th RQS
23rd BS 19th ARG
79th RQS
175th Wing [ANG] 22nd ARW
15th RS
92nd ARW
38th RS
103rd FW [ANG] 319th ARW
99th RS
111th FW [ANG]
119th FW [ANG] 133rd AW [ANG]
603rd ACS
132nd FW [ANG] 145th AW [ANG]
729th ACS
138th FW [ANG] 182nd AW [ANG]
147th FW [ANG]
39th RQS [AFRC]
148th FW [ANG]
301st RQS [AFRC]
180th FW [ANG]
305th RQS [AFRC]
188th FW [ANG]
970th AACS [AFRC]



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