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U.S. TRANSPORTATION COMMAND

The U.S. Transportation Command is responsible for delivering national objectives in support of the president, the secretary of defense and combatant commander assigned missions.

USTRANSCOM, one of 10 combatant commands, provides full-spectrum mobility solutions to support the joint warfighter in times of peace and war. The command focuses on providing options to the commander in chief in two ways: delivering an immediate force through strategic airlift, tankers and aeromedical evacuation; and delivering a decisive force when needed through strategic sealift and land distribution channels.

USTRANSCOM serves as the distribution process owner and mobility joint force provider and provides Department of Defense global patient movement. USTRANSCOM relies upon its three component commands — the Army’s Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, the Navy’s Military Sealift Command and the Air Force’s Air Mobility Command — to provide intermodal transportation across the entire spectrum of military operations.

At every moment of every day, around the globe, USTRANSCOM’s superb force of Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Department of Defense civilians and commercial partners works together to accomplish a wide array of joint mobility missions, providing the United States with the most responsive strategic mobility capability in the world.

USTRANSCOM provides synchronized transportation, distribution and sustainment, which allows the United States to project and sustain national military power where needed with the greatest speed and agility, the highest efficiency, and the highest level of trust and accuracy.

AIR MOBILITY COMMAND

Air Mobility Command, a major command headquartered at Scott AFB, was established June 1, 1992. On Oct. 1, 2016, AMC consolidated with Military Air Command, making AMC the oldest major command in the Air Force, tracing its history to the establishment of the Air Corps Ferrying Command on May 29, 1941.

AMC provides America’s global reach. This rapid, flexible and responsive air mobility promotes stability in regions by keeping America’s capability and character highly visible. AMC’s mission is to provide global air mobility ... right effects, right place, right time.

As the air component of U.S. Transportation Command, AMC is comprised of nearly 130,000 total force Airmen and civilians. AMC Airmen — active duty, Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and civilian employees — provide airlift, aerial refueling and aeromedical evacuation for all of America’s armed forces.

Airlifters provide the capability to deploy our armed forces anywhere in the world within hours and help sustain them in a conflict. AMC also supports presidential and senior leader airlift.

Aerial refueling aircraft are the lifeline of global reach, increasing range, payloads and flexibility. Because Air Force tankers can also refuel Navy, Marine and many allied aircraft, they leverage all service capabilities on land, at sea and in the air. Tankers also have an inherent cargo-carrying capability maximizing AMC’s lift options.

The aeromedical evacuation system delivers wounded warriors from the battlefield to higher levels of care. As of August 2014, AMC aeromedical evacuation experts have conducted more than 225,643 patient movements and more than 46,574 sorties since 9/11.

In addition to enabling the force to respond to an enemy attack and sustain operations, rapid global mobility brings humanitarian supplies and assistance to those in need who may live in austere locations.

The command has one Numbered Air Force, the 18th Air Force, which is charged with carrying out AMC’s operational air mobility mission through 11 air mobility, air refueling and airlift wings, one standalone group, and the 618th Air Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center). The Air Operations Center, located at Scott AFB, also reports to 18th Air Force and serves as the organization’s air operations hub, planning and directing tanker and transport aircraft operations around the world.

AMC also has one major direct reporting unit, the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, which serves as the Air Force’s premier organization for expeditionary innovation, education, training and exercises. USAFEC also oversees eight base operations and support units. AMC has two overseas air mobility operations wings and one contingency response group assigned to the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center.

AMC installations include: Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina; Dover AFB, Delaware; Fairchild AFB, Washington; Grand Forks AFB, North Dakota; Little Rock AFB, Arkansas; MacDill AFB, Florida; McConnell AFB, Kansas; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; Scott AFB, Illinois; and Travis AFB, California.

In addition, the 89th Airlift Wing at Andrews AFB, Maryland; the 43rd Air Mobility Operations Group at Pope Field, North Carolina; the 317th Airlift Group at Dyess AFB, Texas; the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; and the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, are all assigned to AMC.

18TH AIR FORCE

The 18th Air Force, headquartered at Scott AFB, was first activated March 28, 1951, to execute Tactical Air Command’s troop carrier responsibilities and became operational as the 18th Air Force on June 26, 1951. It was formally inactivated Jan. 1, 1958, and its forces reassigned to the 12th Air Force. More than four decades later, on Oct. 1, 2003, it was reactivated as the operational component of Air Mobility Command.

The 18th Air Force is AMC’s only Numbered Air Force, delivering innovative rapid global mobility solutions to combatant commanders through unrivaled expertise and the operational capabilities of airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and contingency response. Additionally, it is charged with carrying out AMC’s operational role as Air Forces Transportation, the air component of U.S. Transportation Command, also headquartered at Scott AFB. Twelve active-duty wings and one stand-alone group report to 18th Air Force: the 6th Air Mobility Wing at MacDill AFB, Florida; the 19th Airlift Wing at Little Rock AFB, Arkansas; the 22nd Air Refueling Wing at McConnell AFB, Kansas; the 60th Air Mobility Wing at Travis AFB, California; the 62nd Airlift Wing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; the 89th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland; the 92nd Air Refueling Wing at Fairchild AFB, Washington; the 305th Air Mobility Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey; the 317th Airlift Wing at Dyess AFB, Texas; the 375th Air Mobility Wing at Scott AFB; the 385th Air Expeditionary Group in Southwest Asia; the 436th Airlift Wing at Dover AFB, Delaware; and the 437th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. Additionally, the 18th Air Force has operational control over all of AMC’s air mobility and contingency response wings.

618TH AIR OPERATIONS CENTER

The 618th Air Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center), at Scott AFB, is Air Mobility Command’s execution arm for providing America’s global reach. The 618th AOC (TACC) plans, schedules and directs a fleet of nearly 1,100 mobility aircraft in support of strategic airlift, air refueling and aeromedical evacuation operations around the world. As AMC’s global air operations center, the 618th AOC (TACC) is responsible for centralized command and control of Air Force and commercial contract air mobility assets 24 hours a day. The organization is capable of seamlessly transitioning from day-to-day operations to contingency support or disaster relief.

About 700 personnel are assigned to the 618th AOC (TACC). The unit is a total force team consisting of active-duty, Reserve, Air National Guard, contractor and civil service personnel. The 618th AOC (TACC) employs a wide range of military aircraft to achieve AMC’s global reach mission, including the C-5 Galaxy, KC-10 Extender, C-17 Globemaster III, C-130 Hercules and KC-135 Stratotanker. The 618th AOC (TACC) also works with commercial contractors to fulfill airlift requirements.

The 618th AOC (TACC), initially known as TACC, became operational April 1, 1992, when air mobility leadership sought to simplify the execution of the worldwide mobility mission. The highly efficient organization centralized command and control operations previously located within multiple Numbered Air Forces and airlift divisions. TACC was designated as the 618th TACC April 1, 2007, and remained under that designation until being renamed the 618th AOC (TACC) Aug. 30, 2010.

Air mobility leverages a tightly integrated AMC team that includes the 618th AOC (TACC), commanders across the spectrum, crews, support personnel and customers. The 618th AOC (TACC) makes global reach a reality by transforming requirements into executable and effective missions through efficient planning, tasking, execution and assessment of global air mobility operations. As an air operations center, commanding combat forces around the globe, the 618th AOC (TACC) is a committed partner for today and tomorrow’s expeditionary Air Force.

MILITARY SURFACE DEPLOYMENT AND DISTRIBUTION COMMAND

The Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command provides global deployment and distribution capabilities to deliver national objectives.

SDDC is the Army service component command to the U.S. Transportation Command and is a major supporting command to the U.S. Army Materiel Command. With nine brigades geographically located throughout the world to support combatant commanders, SDDC is globally postured to provide agility for the joint warfighter.

SDDC is the premier total force surface deployment and distribution synchronizer, a key member of our nation’s joint deployment and distribution enterprise, and is always ready with capabilities available to project and sustain our nation’s combat power, even in the most austere conditions. With a workforce of approximately 2,400 trusted professionals, SDDC delivers readiness to the warfighter.

SDDC books, ships, tracks and conducts port operations for surface movements worldwide by leveraging services from the best of the U.S. transportation industry. SDDC also supports service members, federal employees, and their families with safe and secure delivery of their household goods and privately owned vehicles. The command manages an average of about 500,000 booked household moves a year with about 220,000 of those moves occurring during the peak move season between the months of May and August.

SDDC’s Transportation Engineering Agency, also at Scott AFB, provides the Department of Defense with engineering, policy guidance, research and analytical expertise, ensuring U.S. military forces can respond successfully to any requirement anywhere in the world.

The U.S. Army Reserve Deployment Support Command provides SDDC with a total force capability. Operationally controlled by SDDC and headquartered at Birmingham, Alabama, the DSC provides four transportation brigades and an expeditionary rail center to support SDDC operations.

AIR FORCE NETWORK INTEGRATION CENTER

The Air Force Network Integration Center is a direct reporting unit to Headquarters Air Force Space Command. AFNIC is the Air Force’s lead organization for integrating mission systems, business systems, commercial information technology products, and other networks into or onto the Air Force Network. AFNIC provides a broad range of strategic-level network integration, architecture, standards, network engineering, and simulation services that advance Air Force priorities and enable system providers to successfully and efficiently design, develop, and deploy network-ready capabilities for the Air Force. The ultimate goal of AFNIC’s specialized technical services is to support the nation’s warfighters with decisive cyber capabilities ensuring their mission success.

DEFENSE INFORMATION SYSTEMS AGENCY

The Defense Information Systems Agency Global Operations Command has been part of the Scott AFB community for more than 20 years. DISA Global is headquartered out of Building 5160 and employs approximately 1,000 service members, civilians and contractors.

DISA Global, the largest operational command within DISA, conducts Department of Defense Information Network operations and defensive cyberspace operations of DISA’s enterprise infrastructure and services for the Department of Defense and is home of the Orion Cyber Operations Center, the largest 24/7 operations center in the DOD. Under their newly implemented “active-active” initiative, operations are mirrored at their sister site location at Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah, to ensure continuity of operations and world-class warfighter support.

DISA Global’s mission set includes operating, securing, defending and sustaining enterprise infrastructure in direct support of joint warfighters, national-level leaders, and other mission and coalition partners across the full spectrum of global operations. The command coordinates and correlates system outages, assesses network and operational impact, and coordinates and executes restoration of services based on established priorities. Through the Global Service Desk, DISA Global provides contact center services 24/7/365 for combatant commands, services and agencies.

In addition to operating and defending the Department of Defense Information Network, DISA Global offers hands-on courses throughout the year to the NetOps community highlighting the processes, procedures, tools and functionalities of DISA Global operations. Interested participants can view upcoming course dates at www.disa.mil/DGOC/Training.

DISA Global is postured to support the constantly evolving networks and services in response to the exponentially increasing cyber threats and requirements of the warfighter and takes great pride in being known as the “Department of Defense Information Network and defensive cyberspace operations technical center of excellence” within the DISA agency and globally throughout the DOD.

SPACE COMMAND CYBERSPACE SUPPORT SQUADRON

The Cyberspace Support Squadron is a unique organization with a very diverse mission set. CYSS reports to the Directorate of Integrated Air, Space, Cyberspace and Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Operations, Air Force Space Command (AFSPC/A2/3/6), the Air Force’s lead MAJCOM for cyberspace superiority. CYSS provides cyberspace forces with strategic planning, requirements development, program management, and cyberspace expertise in collaboration with warfighters, services and agencies.

The squadron is comprised of five flights, each working directly with one or more AFSPC directorates to support execution of Air Force cyberspace objectives. The squadron’s Plans and Requirements Flight supports development and documentation of operational requirements for new and existing cyber capabilities, and provides expertise to support AFSPC’s strategic planning efforts. The Operations Flight supports non-weapon system cyber and communication and information, requirements and acquisition planning activities for programs. The Cyberspace Maintenance Flight supports execution of life cycle maintenance management and sustainment functions for cyber programs and systems. The Cyberspace Security Flight is the Air Force subject matter expert for information assurance and communications security programs.

CYSS also oversees communications and information workload for the MAJCOMs through its Information and Training Management Flight. This workload includes central management of the MAJCOM Records Management and MAJCOM Publications and Forms Management, along with providing capabilities to deliver Air Force cyber training programs through execution of the Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program, management of Air Force e-learning online training, and management of communications and information mission readiness training quotas for formal training courses.

Under the strategic guidance of Headquarters AFSPC, the Cyberspace Support Squadron works diligently to achieve its vision of “advancing cyberspace capabilities to deliver decisive global effects.”

DEFENSE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY CONTRACTING ORGANIZATION

The Defense Information Technology Contracting Organization Scott field office is in Building 3600. DITCO-Scott is the largest of four DISA contracting field activities that provides worldwide procurement support to the DOD and other federal agencies.

Along with telecommunications contracting, DITCO-Scott is a full-fledged IT procurement organization. Supporting the DOD’s warfighting mission, DITCO-Scott acquires a wide range of technology to include satellite service, fiber optic transmission, software-controlled telecommunications and information systems. A self-contained, one-stop procurement shop, DITCO-Scott receives all of its funding from a minimal service fee charged to its customers. In return for this fee, DITCO-Scott provides its customers with contracting, legal, financial and information management services. More than 300 DITCO-Scott employees work in “partnership with industry” to get the best information systems equipment or service at the best price. This partnership has enabled DITCO-Scott to provide timely, economical and innovative solutions to meet the needs of the warfighter.

561ST NETWORK OPERATIONS SQUADRON, DETACHMENT 3

The 561st Network Operations Squadron, Detachment 3, formerly known as the 868th Communications Squadron, was activated on July 5, 2006, at Scott AFB. This unit is one of two detachments from the 561st Network Operations Squadron, located at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, which is aligned under the 690th Cyberspace Operations Group, 67th Cyberspace Wing, 24th Air Force, Air Force Space Command. The 561st Network Operations Squadron, Det. 3 is in Building 861 and consists of approximately 35 military members and civilian contractors, which support U.S. Transportation Command, Air Mobility Command, U.S. Army Surface Deployment Distribution Command and Joint Enabling Capabilities Command by providing core services via directory services and vulnerability remediation. Additionally, the unit provides infrastructure management, storage and virtualization technologies, hands-on maintenance, and plans management for the Cyberspace Security and Control System weapon system. The mission of Det. 3 is to provide global network core services to the warfighter by applying the vision of operation and maintenance to the Scott AFB Area Processing Center and the Air Mobility Command SIPRNet enclave. The core services generate, project and sustain combat effectiveness by providing cyber superiority to the warfighter through operating, sustaining and defending the Air Force Enterprise Network.

688TH CYBERSPACE OPERATIONS GROUP

The 688th Cyberspace Operations Group plans and executes cyberspace operations to assist a supported commander to fight in and through a contested, friendly cyberspace environment. The 688th COG conducts clear-hold-build operations to remove adversary capabilities if present and defends the supported commander’s key cyberspace terrain and critical assets. The unit also prepares local cyberspace defenders to sustain advanced cyberspace defense tactics, techniques and procedures to ensure freedom of action within friendly cyberspace while denying adversaries the same.

The group’s mission is to prosecute cyberspace operations and provide mission assurance for our national, joint and service-level mission partners. The group is an associated subordinate unit of the 688th Cyberspace Wing, aligned under the 24th Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. The group is comprised of five geographically separated units: the 833rd, 834th and 836th cyberspace operations squadrons at JBSA-Lackland and the 835th and 837th cyberspace operations squadrons at Scott.

932ND AIRLIFT WING

The 932nd Airlift Wing provides first-class, worldwide, safe and reliable airlift for congressional and military leaders and their staffs, flying C-40C aircraft. It maintains these aircraft for VIP special assignment missions. It is responsible for equipping, training and organizing a ready force of citizen airmen to support and maintain all facets of air base operations involving infrastructure and security. It also provides worldwide medical services to the warfighter from the front line to continental United States fixed medical treatment facilities.

The 932nd Airlift Wing is known as the “gateway wing” for being in close proximity to the St. Louis Gateway Arch, but more fitting to the name is the mission of delivering the nation’s executors of global strategy around the world. Full-time support between training assemblies is provided by Air Reserve technicians. These are dual-status technicians — civilian Air Force Ready reservists. Full-time support is also provided by civilian employees who are not members of the Reserve. The technicians are also tasked for training assigned reservists.

The wing has four groups assigned with vand four flights: the 932nd Operations Group and its subordinate units — the 73rd Airlift Squadron, the 54th Airlift Squadron (active associate), the 932nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, the 932nd Operations Support Flight and the 12th Operations Weather Flight; the 932nd Medical Group and its subordinate units — the 932nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, the 932nd Medical Squadron and the 932nd Aerospace Medicine Squadron; the 932nd Maintenance Group and its assigned units — the 932nd Maintenance Squadron and the 932nd Maintenance Operations Flight; and the 932nd Mission Support Group and its subordinate units — the 932nd Civil Engineer Squadron, the 932nd Force Support Squadron, the 932nd Security Forces Squadron and 932nd Logistics Readiness Flight.

In peacetime, the group is assigned to the Air Force Reserve Command. If mobilized, the units provide combat-ready individuals to Air Mobility Command.

126TH AIR REFUELING WING

The 126th Air Refueling Wing is a nearly 1,000-member, Illinois Air National Guard KC-135R Stratotanker unit capable of providing aerial refueling and airlift support to enhance the U.S. Air Force’s capability to accomplish its global mission. It also provides aerial refueling support to U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and allied aircraft and supports a wide range of conventional and nuclear plans. The 126th ARW is committed to total joint force efforts as evidenced through its two associate partners: the active associate 906th Air Refueling Squadron, with the 126th ARW serving as the host organization for this total force initiative; and the classic associate 126th Supply Chain Management Squadron, as part of the Air Force Global Logistics Supply Center. During peacetime, the wing receives direction from the adjutant general, the governor of Illinois and the National Guard Bureau.

Upon federal mobilization, the wing is assigned to Air Mobility Command, or specifically, 18th Air Force, to augment active-duty forces during national emergencies or war. The unit’s history can be traced to the 108th Observation Squadron, formed in 1927 in Chicago. The unit flew the O-47 in World War II, B-26s during the Korean conflict and KC-97s during the Vietnam years, becoming the first Air National Guard unit to fly tankers in 1961; the KC-135s arrived in 1976. During the 1990s, the unit served in Desert Shield, Desert Storm and Allied Force. In 2001, the unit was federally mobilized to support operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom after the Sept. 11, 2001, attack. In 2003, the unit was again federally mobilized to support Operation Iraqi Freedom. At various times during its history the unit has been ordered to state active duty, with the most recent state activation in 2009 and 2011 to support the Illinois National Guard’s flood control mission. The 126th ARW has participated in nearly every major contingency of the 20th and 21st centuries and continues to support today’s global war on terror.

635TH SUPPLY CHAIN OPERATIONS WING

The 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing delivers enterprise logistics support to the Air Force. It is responsible for providing supply chain command and control and conducting time-critical execution of materiel management solutions to include aircraft parts, chemical warfare defense ensembles, vehicles, petroleum, oils and lubricants, and bare base support for warfighters around the globe. This is done through three groups and one agency. The 635th Supply Chain Operations Group at Scott AFB provides materiel management support for strategic and tactical airlift aircraft, rotary-winged aircraft and tanker aircraft and also manages the Air Force’s only nuclear war related material warehouse. The 735th Supply Chain Operations Group at Langley AFB, Virginia, provides materiel management support for all fighter aircraft, bomber aircraft, special mission aircraft, intercontinental ballistic missiles, equipment, and general and special purpose vehicles. The 635th Materiel Management Group at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, stores, inspects, and deploys materiel, equipment and personnel to set-up bare base operations anywhere in the world. Lastly, the Air Force Petroleum Office in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, provides fuels and cryogenics expertise to Air Force bases and organizations worldwide. In total, the 635th SCOW manages supply chain operations supporting more than 4,100 aircraft, 1 million pieces of support equipment, 94,000 vehicle authorizations and $3 billion in stock fund authority at 168 installations worldwide 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

AIR FORCE OFFICE OF SPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS, 3RD FIELD INVESTIGATIONS REGION

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations identifies, exploits and neutralizes criminal, terrorist and intelligence threats to the Air Force, Department of Defense and U.S. government. AFOSI provides five robust capabilities: protect critical technologies and information, detect and mitigate threats, provide global specialized services, conduct major criminal investigations, and engage foreign adversaries and threats offensively. AFOSI special agents are stationed at all major Air Force installations and many special operating locations. AFOSI works with local, state, federal and foreign law enforcement agencies worldwide. The AFOSI 3rd Field Investigations Region, at Scott AFB, is one of eight AFOSI wing-level headquarters and commands and controls 13 geographically separated AFOSI units supporting U.S. Transportation Command, U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, Air Mobility Command and the National Capital Region.

AFOSI Detachment 301, also at Scott, provides professional criminal, fraud and counterintelligence investigations capability to the 375th Air Mobility Wing, 932nd Airlift Wing, 126th Air Refueling Wing, USTRANSCOM, AMC, Air Force Network Integration Center, and all Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard units and installations within the states of Illinois, Wisconsin and parts of St. Louis. AFOSI Detachment 301 deploys in support of worldwide contingencies and AMC’s global aeromedical evacuation operations.

UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF MID-AMERICA

The United States Air Force Band of Mid-America is the principal musical ambassador of Headquarters Air Mobility Command. The roots of the Band of Mid-America reach back to 1942 at Jefferson Barracks, Missouri. After several moves, the band relocated to Scott AFB in 1944 as the 528th Army-Air Force Band. Initially it represented the Military Air Transport Service, then the Military Airlift Command and now it proudly represents Air Mobility Command.

The Band of Mid-America performs nearly 400 concerts every year supporting community outreach, recruiting, and military events and ceremonies across a 10-state region. Additionally, the band has performed in New York City, Philadelphia, Germany, the Netherlands, Costa Rica, Barbados, Grenada, Guatemala, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Oman, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan. Each year, band members perform live before hundreds of thousands of people, and for millions more on television and radio broadcasts.

The band is often called upon to provide musical support for visiting dignitaries and has had the distinction of performing for Pope John Paul II; Presidents George W. Bush, William J. Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter; the Queen of the Netherlands; and hundreds of other U.S. and foreign leaders. Whether performing for a head of state, before a capacity crowd, or for troops at home or abroad, the Band of Mid-America reflects the heritage and pride of our great nation and the United States Air Force.

Today’s Band of Mid-America is comprised of 60 active-duty Airmen. All 60 musicians may perform together for special concerts, parades and other events, or they may be divided into several smaller autonomous performing groups to satisfy local, major command and regional needs. For added flexibility, the Band of Mid-America can use various vocal ensembles, protocol combos and individual musicians. For more information about ensembles and booking performances, please visit their website at www.music.af.mil/Bands/US-Air-Force-Band-of-Mid-America.

15TH OPERATIONAL WEATHER SQUADRON

The 15th Operational Weather Squadron is responsible for producing and disseminating mission planning and execution weather analysis, forecasts and briefings for Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, Guard, Reserve, United States Strategic Command and United States Northern Command forces. The squadron provides operational support to 151 installations and sites in a 24-state region of the northeastern United States, totaling more than $200 billion of assets and more than 270,000 personnel including presidential support.

The 15th OWS produces more than 9,000 weather warning and advisories, 18,000 terminal aerodrome forecasts, 12,000 graphical aviation hazard products and 30,000 flight weather briefings per year. In addition to its operational mission, the 15th OWS serves as the training center for 20 percent of all new Air Force-enlisted forecasters and weather officers. After completing an eight-month initial skills course, new weather apprentices report to the 15th OWS to complete a 15-month upgrade training process. The squadron’s manning consists of active-duty, Reserve and civilian personnel and constitutes one-sixth of the 1st Weather Group located at Offutt AFB, Nebraska.

The 15th OWS mission is to provide accurate, timely and relevant weather information to ensure safe, effective and efficient military operations and to provide world-class training to build the technical skills necessary to support the warfighter. The 15th OWS vision: warfighter focused, warrior Airmen!

345TH RECRUITING SQUADRON

The 345th Recruiting Squadron recruits active-duty Air Force personnel through seven enlisted accessions flights and officer recruiters spanning seven states and 118,000 square miles of America’s heartland. The squadron sustains U.S. Air Force combat capabilities by gleaning the best and brightest men and women from eastern Missouri, southern Illinois, eastern Arkansas, western Tennessee, northern Mississippi and Paducah, Kentucky.

The 345th RCS belongs to the Air Force Recruiting Service headquartered at Randolph AFB, Texas. AFRS is responsible for accessing 100 percent of the enlisted force into one of more than 152 enlisted career specialties, 100 percent of Air Force chaplains, 90 percent of the service’s health professions officers (physicians, dentists, nurses, health care administrators and biomedical science corps members) and about 16 percent of Air Force line officers each year. Please contact the 345th RCS for more information about joining the U.S. Air Force.

AREA DEFENSE COUNSEL

The Area Defense Counsel, an associate unit of the Air Force Legal Operations Agency, provides legal advice and representation to military members in Uniform Code of Military Justice proceedings and adverse administrative actions. Such actions range from involuntary separations and demotions to Article 15 nonjudicial punishments and courts-martial. In addition, the ADC provides advice to members of the potential consequences of off-base misconduct and assistance to those who are interrogated as suspects. The ADC is in Building P-7.

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