SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. --
In today's environment, America's Air Force continues to focus on assuring the delivery of a combination of mission critical capabilities across the globe. Through Air Mobility Command's en route system, joint forces are able to maintain their competitive edge over potential adversaries no matter when or where they are called.
The Airmen of the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing provide reach in the Department of Defense's largest area of responsibility, the Indo-Asian-Pacific region.
"Our military forces worldwide depend on Mobility Airmen to provide en route capability, and the 515th AMOW always delivers," Gen. Carlton D. Everhart II, Air Mobility Command commander, said after an operations overview visit earlier this month. "Global Mobility operations ensure America's Air Force is always there guaranteeing the Department of Defense's lethality, versatility, range, and mission success."
The 515th AMOW, headquartered at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, operates two groups - one at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, and one at Yokota Air Base, Japan, providing fixed and deployed maintenance, aerial port, and command and control support to AMC forces.
"The en route system is the backbone enabling AMC's global reach ," said Col. Scott Zippwald, 515th AMOW commander. "The innovative Airmen postured at our 26 locations across the Pacific guarantee mission execution and readiness across 52 percent of the Earth's surface."
During his visit, Everhart met with the Mobility Airmen at six 515th AMOW squadrons. He gained insight into the units' commitment to readiness, ability to support the movement of cargo, and the ability to ensure logistics throughout the area of responsibility.
"Logistics enables success in times of peace, need, and wins our nation's wars," said Everhart. "The Airmen I visited embody the innovation, determination, and expertise to deliver uninterrupted and unrivaled mission capability to our joint force and mission partners."
Every unit in the AMOW is a tenant unit of a larger host wing at their installation. This requires strong relationships with their host in order to ensure mission success. Everhart met with host wing, numbered Air Force and Pacific Air Forces leadership to discuss operations.
"Mission success relies on strong partnerships and teamwork," said Everhart. "The 515th AMOW mission is critically important and is fundamental to ensure delivery of the right effects at the right time. I am convinced we have a mission ready and fully committed total force team across the Pacific that understands the importance of what they bring. Our mobility professionals deliver for our nation."