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Eighteenth Air Force

The 18th Air Force was reactivate 1 Oct. 2003 as part of an overall Air Mobility Command reorganization to improve mobility support to the war fighters. General John W. Handy, commander, US Transportation Command and Air Mobility Command, presided over the ceremony.

The 18th Air Force will reactivate and serve as the only numbered Air Force in AMC. The existing 21st and 15th Air Forces located at McGuire, New Jersey, and Travis, California respectively, will be re-designated the 15th and 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Forces.

The staffing for the EMTFs and the new 18th AF will be fewer than the 99 military and civilian positions now authorized for each NAF.

Extensive troop carrier operations within Tactical Air Command during the early 1950s called for some intermediate echelon of command, and HQ USAF created a new numbered air force for this purpose in March 1951. Initially established as Eighteenth Air Force (Troop Carrier) on March 7, 1951. The unit was organized on March 28, 1951, at Donaldson AFB, South Carolina, and assigned to Tactical Air Command. THe unit was redesignated Eighteenth Air Force on June 26, 1951. Moved to Waco, Texas, effective September 1, 1957. 18th Air Force was inactivated on January 1, 1958 and all of its units were absorbed by the 12th Air Force.

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