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Air Expeditionary Force 9 (AEF-9)

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, 2000 - November 30, 2000
Operation: Southern Watch
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
27th FW [Lead] 92nd ARW [Lead]
4th FW [Lead]
366th Wing [Lead]
315th AW [AFRC]
913th 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.

After September 11, 2001, the Aerospace Expeditionary Force Center had to use its "reach forward" concept to meet the requirements needed. For AEFs 7 and 8, none of 15,257 steady state deployed were extended; AEF 9 and 10 steady state airmen replaced them on schedule. For AEFs 9 and 10, 1,077 of 25,600 deployed airmen (4.2 percent) were extended to 135-day or 179-day tours.

Cycle 2
December 1, 2001 - February 28, 2002
Operation: Northern Watch / OEF / ONE
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
2nd BW [Lead] 92nd ARW [Lead]
4th FW [Lead]
366th Wing [Lead]
459th AMW [AFRC]
934th 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. 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, 2003 - May 31, 2003
Operation: Southern Watch / OEF / OIF
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low-Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces
2nd BW [Lead] 60th AMW [Lead]
11th RS
366th Wing [Lead]
305th AMW [Lead]
15th RS
4th FW [Lead]
22nd FS
17th RS
81st FS 43rd Wing
38th RS
8th FS
99th RS
9th FS
20th BS 40th AG 335th FS
12th ACCS
336th FS
113th Wing [ANG] 145th AW [ANG]
16th ACCS
389th FS
140th Wing [ANG] 146th AW [ANG]
42nd ACCS
390th FS
154th Wing [ANG] 167th AW [ANG] 391st FS
176th AW [ANG]
41st RQS
522nd FS
102nd FW [ANG] 179th AW [ANG]
66th RQS
125th FW [ANG] 182nd AW [ANG]
71st RQS
325th BS
131st FW [ANG] 393rd BS
142nd FW [ANG] 440th AW [AFRC]
41st ECS
147th FW [ANG] 908th AW [AFRC]
43rd ECS
91st ARS
158th FW [ANG] 910th AW [AFRC]
159th FW [ANG] 911th AW [AFRC]
603rd ACS
177th FW [ANG] 913th AW [AFRC]
606th ACS
187th FW [ANG] 914th AW [ANG]
726th ACS
934th AW [AFRC]
728th ACS
729th ACS
963rd AACS
964th AACS
965th AACS

Cycle 4

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 of 2003. 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
June 1, 2004 - August 31, 2004
Operation: OIF/OEF
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low Density, High Demand Forces On-Call Air Forces Combat Support Forces
18th FS 40th AS
11th RS
8th FS 2nd BW
22nd FS
38th RS
9th FS
60th FS 92nd ARS
99th RS
25th FS 11th Wing
355th FS 96th ARS 35th FS 55th Wing
906th ARS
12th ACCS
36th FS
122nd FW [ANG] 80th FS 31st FW
158th FW [ANG] 105th AS [ANG]
41st ECS
49th FW
177th FW [ANG] 20th BS 325th FW
132nd ARS [ANG]
41st RQS
325th BS 354th FW
133rd ARS [ANG]
71st RQS
393rd BS 366th FW
147th ARS [ANG]
166th ARS [ANG]
606th ACS
60th AMW 12th FTW
196th ARS [ANG]
305th AMW
963rd AACS
62nd AMW 17th TW
123rd ACS [ANG]
436th AW 22nd ARW
437th AW 100th ARW
137th AS [ANG] 311th HSW
155th AS [ANG]
183rd AS [ANG] 314th AW
374th AW
68th AS [AFRC]
337th AS [AFRC] 377th ABW
756th AS [AFRC]
107th ARW [ANG]
445th AMW [AFRC] 121st ARW [ANG]
452nd AMW [AFRC] 128th ARW [ANG]
155th ARW [ANG]
41st RQS 163rd ARW [ANG]
71st RQS 186th ARW [ANG]
55th Wing 349th AMW [AFRC]
57th Wing
355th Wing 440th AW [AFRC]
446th AW [AFRC]
93rd ACW 459th AW [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, 2006 - April 30, 2006
Operation: OIF/OEF
Forces are now assigned to AEF pairs (AEF 9/AEF 10), instead of individual AEFs (AEF 9)
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low Density, High Demand Forces
4th FS 43rd AW
12th AACS
18th FS 86th AW
16th AACS
23rd FS
963rd AACS
60th FS 317th AG
964th AACS
71st FS 463rd AG
336th FS
41st ECS
355th FS 517th AS
43rd ECS
389th FS
6th AMW
41st RQS
37th BS 305th AMW
66th RQS
71st RQS
120th FW [ANG] 19th ARG
122nd FW [ANG]
15th RS
125th FW [ANG] 22nd ARW
38th RS
140th FW [ANG] 92nd ARW
99th RS
142nd FW [ANG] 319th ARW
150th FW [ANG]
606th ACS
154th FW [ANG] 127th Wing [ANG]
158th FW [ANG]
123rd ACS [ANG]
177th FW [ANG] 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]
179th AW [ANG]
182nd AW [ANG]
302nd AW [AFRC]
913th AW [AFRC]
914th AW [AFRC]

Cycle 6

Cycle 6
September 1, 2007 - December 31, 2007
Operation: OIF/OEF
Forces are now assigned to AEF pairs (AEF 9/AEF 10), instead of individual AEFs (AEF 9)
Combat Air Forces Mobility Air Forces Low Density, High Demand Forces
4th FS 43rd AW
12th AACS
18th FS
16th AACS
22nd FS 317th AG
128th AACS
60th FS 463rd AG
965th AACS
71st FS
336th FS 6th AMW
41st ECS
355th FS 60th AMW
43rd ECS
389th FS 305th AMW
41st RQS
34th BS 19th ARG
55th RQS
71st RQS
120th FW [ANG] 22nd ARW
122nd FW [ANG] 92nd ARW
15th RS
125th FW [ANG] 319th ARW
38th RS
140th FW [ANG]
99th RS
142nd FW [ANG] 137th AW [ANG]
150th FW [ANG] 139th AW [ANG]
606th ACS
154th FW [ANG] 165th AW [ANG]
729th ACS
158th FW [ANG] 179th AW [ANG]
177th FW [ANG]
176th Wing [ANG]



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