Air National Guard - AMC
A significant portion of America's military strength is vested in its reserve forces. Coupled with its federal mission to provide the U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense with a trained combat-ready strategic military airlift force, these units provide their home states support in the event of national emergency, maintains peace and order and supports civil defense and pre-attack planning.
Air Mobility Command has embraced the Total Force concept. As part of the total Air Force, the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve provide operationally ready combat units and combat support units and qualified personnel for active duty in the Air Force to fulfill war and contingency commitments. In the event of mobilization , the Guard and Reserve provide 59 percent of AMC's airlift capability and 54 percent of AMC's aerial refueling capability. In peacetime these units look to AMC for establishment of training standards toward meeting their wartime mission, for help in conducting an effective flying safety program and for inspections. All reservists and guardsmen train to AMC standards in peacetime so they can perform their wartime mission when needed.
During peacetime, the Air National Guard units serve under the command of state governors and the adjutant general in each state. Budgetary and logistic support is provided by the National Guard Bureau. In times of national emergency, more than 35,000 members of the Air National Guard units called to active duty will join the AMC. These units will be integrated into the global airlift mobility force.
Airlift squadrons, flying C-130 Hercules aircraft, provide combat airlift of personnel, equipment and supplies. The ANG's strategic airlift capability includes C-5 Galaxy and C-141 Starlifter units. Air refueling units, flying KC-135 Stratotankers, provide air-to-air refueling for strategic, tactical and mobility aircraft missions. In addition, the Air Guard augments AMC's aeromedical evacuation units and aerial port units.
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