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Air Expeditionary Force 6 (AEF-6)

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: Northern Watch
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
20th FW [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: Southern Watch
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
20th FW [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: Northern Watch / OEF
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
20th FW [Lead] 305th AMW [Lead]
11th RS
4th FW [Lead]
15th RS
27th FS 317th AG
17th RS
9th FS
78th FS
38th RS
118th AW [ANG]
99th RS
335th FS
119th FW [ANG] 166th AW [ANG] 336th FS
120th FW [ANG]
12th ACCS
522nd FS
132nd FW [ANG] 440th AW [AFRC]
16th ACCS
138th FW [ANG] 908th AW [AFRC]
42nd ACCS
325th BS
148th FW [ANG] 910th AW [AFRC]
180th FW [ANG]
41st RQS
99th ARS
188th FW [ANG]
66th RQS
71st RQS
116th BW [ANG]
184th BW [ANG]
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
27th FS 50th AS
15th RS
8th FS 1st FW
78th FS 61st AS
38th RS
9th FS 20th FW
99th RS
25th FS
175th Wing [ANG] 91st ARS 35th FS 6th ARW
344th ARS
16th ACCS
36th FS 100th ARW
103rd FW [ANG] 350th ARS 80th FS
111th FW [ANG] 906th ARS
43rd ECS
10th ABW
119th FW [ANG] 20th BS 42nd ABW
132nd FW [ANG] 142nd AS [ANG]
965th AACS
325th BS
138th FW [ANG] 158th AS [ANG]
393rd BS 37th TW
147th FW [ANG] 169th AS [ANG]
39th RQS [AFRC]
148th FW [ANG] 192nd AS [ANG]
301st RQS {AFRC]
60th AMW 71st FTW
180th FW [ANG]
305th RQS [AFRC]
305th AMW
188th FW [ANG] 108th ARS [ANG]
305th AMW
146th ARS [ANG] 62nd AW
147th ARS [ANG]
436th AW 314th AW
150th ARS [ANG] 437th AW 375th AW
327th AS [AFRC]
137th AS [ANG] 437th Wing
155th AS [ANG]
183rd AS [ANG] 103rd FW [ANG]
111th FW [ANG]
68th AS [AFRC] 119th FW [ANG]
337th AS [AFRC] 132nd FW [ANG]
756th AS [AFRC] 138th FW [ANG]
147th FW [ANG]
445th AMW [AFRC] 148th FW [ANG]
452nd AMW [AFRC] 180th FW [ANG]
188th FW [ANG]
41st RQS
71st RQS 129th RW [ANG]
55th Wing 165th AW [ANG]
57th Wing 166th AW [ANG]
355th Wing 182nd AW [ANG]
93rd ACW 175th Wing [ANG]
552nd ACW
45th SW [AFRC]
302nd AW [AFRC]
914th AW [AFRC]
355th Wing [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 6)
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 6)
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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