49th Materiel Maintenance Group
The 49th Materiel Maintenance Group is responsible for the storage, inspection, repair, deployment and accountability of bare base assets belonging to Air Combat Command. The groups' 431 authorized personnel encompass 42 Air Force specialties and are responsible for bare base assets worth over $234 million.
The group responds worldwide for the deployment, setup, operation, maintenance, teardown and reconstitution of equipment in support of contingencies, exercises, counterdrug operations and other higher headquarters-directed requirements. Additionally, the group provides a mobile training team that instructs other Department of Defense personnel in deployed bare base operations. The 49th Materiel Maintenance Group works with the ACC Headquarters and Air Expeditionary Force Battle lab to adapt the AEF concept to its Harvest Falcon assets; further increasing the speed in which a bare base can become operational.
These assets are currently divided among two systems; Harvest Eagle and Harvest Falcon. Harvest Eagle assets are green in color and provide billeting, kitchen, shower and latrine support for a 550-person bare base.
Harvest Falcon assets are tan in color and consist of housekeeping sets, an industrial operations set, and initial flight line and follow-on flight line sets. The housekeeping sets provide billeting with heating and cooling, a kitchen, showers, latrines, and high voltage power generators for an 1100-person encampment.
The Harvest Falcon industrial operations set provides base support functions and backshop maintenance capability. The initial flight line and follow-on flight line sets provide the aircraft hangars, mobile aircraft arresting systems, emergency airfield lighting systems, and additional structures and utilities to support fighter aircraft sortie generation at a bare base. The 49th Materiel Maintenance Group keeps this equipment at the highest state of readiness to support worldwide contingency operations.
The 49th Materiel Maintenance Group is the USAF's only BEAR Base [Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources (BEAR)] Group, responsible for maintaining the readiness of $145 million of BEAR Base War Reserve Materiel in 42 Harvest Eagle and Harvest Falcon sets ( as of September 2004. It is responsible for preparation and mobilization of 170 equipment and personnel Unit Type Codes in the deployment, erection, operation, redeployment and reconstitution of BEAR Base systems in support of worldwide operations.
A three year BEAR set aggregation program would see 49th MMG deliver half of the Air Force's nearly 200 new BEAR Base systems through FY 2007. The Group's home station industrial, supply, and training operations as well as vehicle maintenance activities for a fleet of 130 general and special purpose vehicles are housed in an approximately 200 acre compound encompassing 48 facilities. As the Air Force Center of Excellence for BEAR Operations, the Group conducts BEAR Base training, UTC management as BEAR Pilot Unit, and asset modernization.
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