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Twenty-Second Air Force

In the event of mobilization, some of the Twenty-Second Air Force subordinate units would come under the operational control of the Air Mobility Command's (AMC) 21st Air Force, headquartered at McGuire Air Force Base, NJ.

The Twenty-Second Air Force can trace its origins to World War II through an official consolidation of two organizations in 1979. Originally established as Domestic Division, Air Corps Ferrying Command, the unit was activated on 28 December 1941 in Washington, DC, and assigned to Air Corps Ferrying Command. On 26 February 1942, the unit was redesignated as Domestic Wing, Air Corps Ferrying Command and then as Domestic Wing, Army Air Forces Ferry Command, on 9 March 1942; Domestic Wing, Army Air Forces Ferrying Command, on 31 March 1942; Ferrying Division, Air Transport Command, on 20 June 1942.

On 10 October 1946, the unit moved to Cincinnati, OH. On 28 February 1946,the unit was redesignated Continental Division, Air Transport Command. This unit was discontinued on 31 October 1946.

On 29 March 1979, the unit was reactivated but consolidated with the organization previously established as Continental Division, Military Air Transport Service, and organized at Kelly AFB, TX, on 1 July 1948, assigned to Military Air Transport Service (later, Military Airlift Command); moved to Travis AFB, CA, on 25 June 1958; redesignated Western Transport Air Force on 1 July 1958, and Twenty-Second Air Force on 8 January 1966.

The unit was relieved from assignment to Military Airlift Command and assigned to Air Mobility Command on 1 June 1992. Inactivated on 1 July 1993. Activated the same day at Dobbins ARB, GA, with a change in assignment to the Air Force Reserve. It is under the peacetime command of Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base, GA.

Twenty-Second Air Force manages more than 25,000 Reservists and has 149 unit-equipped aircraft. Reserve crews fly C-141Bs, C-130s, C-17s, C5A/Bs, and KC-10As, which are located at fifteen different Reserve wings. The 24 flying squadrons and more than 225 support units are spread throughout fourteen states - from New York to Mississippi, and from Massachusetts to Minnesota, with our western most wing in Colorado Springs, CO.

22nd Air Force Resources
27,000 Reservists
28 locations
15 Wings
7 Reserve Bases
24 Flying Units
130 Assigned Aircraft
191 Support Units
172 Associate Aircraft
19 States

In 1995, Twenty-Second Air Force gained the 622nd Regional Support Group, co-located with the headquarters. The 622nd Regional Support Group is one of three Reserve regional support groups and is responsible for the command and control of 15 units in nine states, from New York to Florida, and as far west as Little Rock, AR, at ten separate locations.

The peacetime mission of Twenty-Second Air Force is to recruit and train reservists, maintain subordinate units at the highest level of combat readiness, and, as a by-product of training, coordinate daily support of the active force mission. The wartime mission is to provide combat-ready airlift and support units and augment personnel requirements to Air Mobility Command in the United States.

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