621st Air Mobility Operations Group [621st AMOG]
The 621st Air Mobility Operations Group (AMOG), is one of only two specialized groups in the USAF responsible for training and deploying Air Mobility Command mission support forces, and reports directly to Headquarters, Twenty-First Air Force. The AMOG provides the organization and management that direct and supervise deployable Air Mobility Command forces to provide worldwide Global Reach Laydown in support of USTRANSCOM assigned missions. Provides liaison with the Air Reserve Component forces.
The AMOG's ability to deploy rapidly in all situations makes the unit an essential part of AMC's mission. The unit maintains a ready core of AMC mobility support forces ready to execute a full spectrum of Global Reach operations, as directed by the Tanker Airlift Control Center (TACC) at Scott AFB, IL. There are about 510 people assigned at McGuire and about 138 assigned at Charleston with an annual budget of $7.5 million. Today, more than ever, the Air Force is supporting airlift operations all over the globe. Operations such as Noble Anvil/Allied Force, Shining Hope, and Joint Guardian, which provided international humanitarian relief for refugees fleeing from Kosovo to Albania and Operation Atlas Response in Africa, supporting flood relief are a tribute to the readiness of the 621 AMOG to provide mission support whenever and wherever the requirement exists.
The 621 AMOG is comprised of five squadrons, one of which is located at Charleston AFB, S.C. -- The 1st Combat Camera Squadron (1CTCS). The other four, located at McGuire, AFB include the 621st Air Mobility Operations Squadron (AMOS), 621st Air Mobility Squadron (AMS), 721st Air Mobility Squadron (AMS), and the 821st Air Mobility Squadron (AMS). The AMOS provides cadre personnel to deploy an Air Mobility Element (AME) worldwide as an extension of the (TACC) to monitor, coordinate, and interface AMC strategic operations within a defined area of responsibility (AOR). The Air Mobility Squadrons provide the core cadre of command and control (C2), aerial port, and aircraft maintenance personnel to deploy worldwide as AMC's Tanker Airlift Control Elements (TALCEs). These personnel establish or augment command, control, and mission support for strategic and theater air mobility forces supporting Global Reach. The 1 CTCS provides combat camera documentation of contingency operations, exercises, test programs, and historical interest events providing for editing, cataloging, duplication, and transmission of imagery.
A Tanker Airlift Control Element is a deployed Air Mobility Command organization established at fixed, en route, and deployed locations where AMC operational support is non-existent or insufficient. The TALCE provides continuing on-site management of AMC airfield operations including command and control, communications, aerial port services, maintenance, security, weather, and intelligence -- those critical elements needed to ensure safe and highly efficient air base for all tanker and airlift operations, A TALCE is composed of mission support elements from various units and deploys in support of contingency/emergency relief operations on both a planned and "no-notice" basis.
AMC, as the air component of the U.S. Transportation Command, provides our military forces the ability to rapidly mobilize and deploy in support of national objectives. To manage, coordinate and control that air mobility mission, AMC established a global command and control (C2) network of fixed and deployable elements. One of the key deployable elements is the TALCE. The TALCE is a composite organization consisting of command and control by a TALCE cadre and essential mission support elements.
The organizational structure of a deployed TALCE mirrors that of a typical air wing, with the TALCE cadre providing command and operations functions and deployed maintenance and aerial port personnel providing maintenance and cargo and passenger handling duties. This compact force deploys to locations where a fixed AMC C2 and support structure is limited or nonexistent. The TALCE is part of the AMC Mission Support Force.
The TALCE cadre are those individuals assigned to active duty Airlift Control Squadrons and to Air Reserve Component Airlift Control Flights.
The following organizations may deploy to support the AMC global reach mission:
The TALCE cadre is the command element of the deployed TALCE. The cadre provides the command, the command and control function, and the communications required to support AMC's worldwide refueling and airlift operations. TALCEs conduct worldwide operations from airfields ranging from austere locations to established facilities at civilian or military airfields. They provide minimum essential onload, offload, and en route AMC mission support during deployment, employment, and redeployment operations.
A Mission Support Team performs the same functions as a TALCE, however, a MST is managed by an enlisted supervisor certified by an Airlift Control Squadron commander
Communication Support Teams are formed by members from the Airlift Control Squadron communication maintenance section. Those teams deploy in support of AMC communication requirements and may or may not be a part of a TALCE.
An Airfield Survey Team is responsible for conducting airfield assessments worldwide. That team is led by a TALCE cadre member certified in conducting these specialized surveys. The composition of a team is determined by the TALCE team chief tasked to complete the survey. A typical survey team includes safety, civil engineer, combat control team, emergency ordinance disposal, security maintenance, and aerial port personnel.
AMC's Mission Support Forces are managed by the C2 Mobile Operations Branch at Headquarters AMC, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The operational planning, tasking, and control of TALCEs are done by the Tanker Airlift Control Center's Mission Support Planning Office which operates a 24-hour a day mission support cell within the TACC. The TACC maintains a worldwide communications network to exchange mission data directly with every deployed TALCE. The cornerstone of any of the command's deployed TALCEs is the mobility air reporting and communications shelter or MARC. That transportable structure supports mission planning and scheduling and gives the TALCE cadre the ability to track the status of resources, manage passenger and cargo operations, plus offering a myriad of communication and information processing systems to maintain a link between the command's Tanker Airlift Control Center and a deployed TALCE. Similar to a base operations center, the MARC can relay mission essential information from anywhere in the world.
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