Joint Base Lewis-McChordCommunity
The Army’s I Corps focuses on the Pacific Rim and supports the U.S. Pacific Command’s theater campaign requirements. Through military-to-military engagements, partnership capacity building exercises and security force assistance operations, I Corps provides agile mission command and trained forces to execute the Army’s “prevent, shape and win” strategy.
I Corps participates in numerous Asia-Pacific military-to-military training exercises that include Yama Sakura (Japan), Ulchi Freedom Guardian (South Korea), Talisman Saber (Australia), Balikatan (Philippines), Garuda Shield (Indonesia), Keris Strike (Malaysia), Orient Shield (Japan) and Cobra Gold (Thailand). These exercises strengthen alliances and promote security and stability in the region.
I Corps executes mission command over tailorable, scalable and regionally aligned forces that include the 7th Infantry Division at JBLM; the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; I Corps (Forward) at Camp Zama, Japan; the 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command at JBLM; and the U.S. Army-Alaska brigade combat teams at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Fort Wainwright.
62ND AIRLIFT WING
The Air Force’s 62nd Airlift Wing at McChord Field is part of Air Mobility Command. The wing provides the DOD with fast, flexible and responsive airlift capability. The 62nd Airlift Wing, together with its Reserve associate wing, the 446th Airlift Wing, provides a large part of Air Mobility Command’s global reach airlift capability. The wing’s tasking requirements range from supplying humanitarian airlift relief to victims of disasters to air-dropping troops into the heart of contingency operations in hostile areas.
The wing flies the C-17 Globemaster III — the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force. The C-17 is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. The aircraft is also capable of performing tactical airlift and air-drop missions when required. The C-17 has an unlimited flying range with in-flight refueling, travels at speeds up to approximately 575 miles per hour and has a cargo capacity of 85 tons.
The 62nd Airlift Wing is comprised of:
- Staff agencies, which support the wing commander, group commanders and the base population.
- The 62nd Operations Group, which plans and executes air and space power and plans and trains for operational levels of war.
- The 62nd Maintenance Group, which performs all maintenance on assigned C-17 aircraft.
- The 62nd Medical Squadron, which provides health care services for military members and eligible beneficiaries at McChord Field.