Air Mobility Warfare Center
The Air Mobility Warfare Center (AMWC) was activated at Ft Dix, NJ, on 1 May 1994. The brainchild of then Commander, Air Mobility Command, General Ronald R. Fogleman, it serves as the command's single focal point for advanced education, training, and testing.
Acting on General Fogleman's vision, the center consolidated the functions of seven geographically separated units and located them adjacent to McGuire AFB, NJ, a major air mobility hub. The Center's Operations Division assumed the missions of the 1492nd Air Transportation Training Flight, Travis AFB, CA; the Tanker Tactics Center, Ellsworth AFB, SD; the Combat Aircrew Training School, Nellis AFB, NV; and the Air Mobility School, Scott AFB, IL, with its Operating Location Center at Ft Eustis, VA.
Additionally, AMWC's 421st Training Squadron (TS) took on the mission of the 314th Ground Combat Readiness Evaluation Squadron, Little Rock AFB, AR. The 421st TS was redesignated 421st Ground Combat Readiness Squadron on 1 December 1997. Since offering it's first course in June 1994, the AMWC curriculum catalog has grown to include over 55 in-residence courses and more than 85 exportable courses. The number of students completing these programs is fast approaching 7,000 per year.
The 33rd Flight Test Squadron (FLTS) was activated under the AMWC on 1 October 1994. It assumed the heritage of the 33rd Troop Transport Squadron and the flight test mission of the Air Mobility Center at Charleston AFB. The 33rd FLTS is AMC's only Flight Test organization, managing more than 85 on-going tests.
IOT&E of the C-17 was conducted in four phases from May 1992-June 1995. A three-year initial period of FOT&E commenced in June 1996. It was conducted by the Air Mobility Command (AMC), with management by the Headquarters Test and Evaluation Directorate, Scott AFB, IL, and test execution by the Air Mobility Warfare Center's Flight Test Squadron (33 FLTS) at McGuire AFB, NJ, utilizing a detachment (Det 1) stationed at the test location, Charleston AFB, SC. Additional OT&E and subsequent report preparation was transferred to the 33 FLTS at McGuire AFB, AMC's parent test organization.
With the return of CONUS-based C-130s to Air Mobility Command in April 1997, AMWC also assumed responsibility for the USAF Combat Air Delivery School, located at Little Rock AFB, AR. This organization manages and delivers the C-130 Weapons Instructor Course and evaluates the combat readiness of air mobility participants for the Joint Readiness Training Center Exercises.
The latest addition to AMWC, the Air Mobility Battle Lab stood up on 4 May 1998. One of seven battle labs Air Force-wide, this new organization is tasked to explore innovative air mobility operations, command and control, logistics, and sensor fusion concepts for airlift, aerial refueling, aeromedical evacuation, and mobility support, and to rapidly measure their potential for advancing the global reach core competency. Utilizing modeling and simulation techniques, the Battle Lab champions the evaluation, development, and exploitation of doctrine, technology, defensive systems, and tactics to support the air mobility objectives of force mobility and combat delivery.
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