Fleet Logistics Support Wing (COMFLELOGSUPPWING)
The primary operator of logistics aircraft for the entire Navy is the Naval Air Reserve where the annual flight hour program is over 62,000 hours. Air logistics support for the fleet include nine C-9B, four C-130T, three C-20G squadrons, and one C-20D/CT-39 detachment under the administrative control of Commander, Fleet Logistics Support Wing, Dallas, Texas. Permanent detachment sites are in Sigonella, Sicily and Atsugi, Japan, where they provide air logistics to forces in the Mediterranean and European theaters, as well as to East Asia and the Pacific rim. In addition to those permanent detachment sites, the Navy's Fleet Logistics (VR) Squadrons, including squadrons who fly C-130 and C-20 aircraft, provide detachment support to U.S. forces in South America and in the Middle East as needed.
These squadrons and detachments provide the Navy's sole organic intra-theater airlift capability operating worldwide to meet the requirements of Commanders-in-Chief. For example, the Mediterranean and Pacific theaters are served almost continuously by the Naval Air Reserve. As the Active Component reduces the number of its overseas Fleet Logistics Support squadrons, the Naval Air Reserve assumed even greater responsibilities in this area. The C-9 and C-130 squadrons maintain continuous Detachment presence in the Western Pacific Theater and Mediterranean (Atsugi, Sigonella).
COMFAIRMED considers the current C-9 coverage inadequate, but if they coordinate with NAVCENT and loan them a C-9 when they have a priority mission, the Wing could free up a significant number of OUTCONUS C-9 days that are currently lost in transits to and from NAVCENT. These days could be transferred to COMFAIRMED for increased Mediterranean coverage.
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