Travis AFB Community
Mission and Associate Units
The mission of Travis is to provide Global Reach for America, through a responsive and flexible combat-ready Air Mobility force. To fulfill this mission, the team operates and maintains C-17A Globemaster III, C-5 Galaxy and KC-10A Extender aircraft, and it is the largest of the Air Mobility Command’s 12 bases. With four core mobility organizations and more than 50 partner units, Travis has a diverse capability to meet the nation’s global air mobility needs. Together, we operate as “one team with no seam.”
60th Air Mobility Wing
When the 60th Troop Carrier Wing was activated July 1, 1948, its tactical units were detached, supporting the Berlin Airlift from other bases. The wing operated under control of the provisional airlift task force from July 29, 1948, but was not directly involved in airlift operations until it moved to RAF Fassberg, Germany, in January 1949. From January to September 1949, the wing flew Berlin airlift missions, primarily with C-54 Skymasters. The wing then moved to Wiesbaden, Germany, replacing the 7150th Air Force Composite Wing. Without a tactical mission until June 1951, the wing operated a variety of aircraft in support of United States Air Forces in Europe and other units. Upon moving to Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany, in June 1951, the 60th resumed a tactical role. Operating from Rhein-Main Air Base until October 1955, the 60th provided airlift for troops and cargo throughout Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. It also provided training to the 433d Troop Carrier Wing, August 1951 through July 1952, and the 312th Troop Carrier Wing, July 1952 through March 1953. The wing moved to France in 1955 with no change in the basic airlift mission and continued operations from that area until inactivated on Sept. 25, 1958.
The 60th Military Airlift Wing was re-activated Dec. 27, 1965, and replaced the 1501st Air Transport Wing as the “host-wing” at Travis Air Force Base, Calif., Jan. 8, 1966. It flew global airlift and humanitarian missions from that time, initially with C-124 Globemaster II, C-130 Hercules, C-133 Cargomaster and C-141 Starlifter aircraft. The wing lost its C-130s in 1966, C-124s in 1967 and C-133s in 1971, but gained the first operational C-5s in October 1970. Airlift of cargo and troops to Southeast Asia was a major responsibility of the wing from 1966 to 1975, but missions were flown worldwide as well. In Nov. 14, 1966, a C-141 of the 60th became the first jet to land on the Antarctic continent. The 60th also played a major role in the airlift of repatriated prisoners of war to the United States after the Vietnamese ceasefire agreement in 1973, and in the airlift of Vietnamese children and other refugees to the United States in 1975. After the war in Southeast Asia, the 60th continued to support worldwide airlift commitments, including scheduled and contingency logistics operations, humanitarian relief and evacuation efforts, and international scientific research programs. It provided logistic support to the President of the United States during state visits to foreign nations and conducted airlift missions annually in the Antarctic, including the first C-5 ice cap landing. The wing exchanged its C-141A aircraft for the “stretched” C-141B in 1980 through 1982 and also transferred C-5A aircraft to Air Force Reserve and replaced them with more capable C-5Bs from 1986 through 1989. The wing performed combat airlift and logistic support missions during the rescue of U.S. nationals on Grenada in October 1983 and the restoration of democracy in Panama, December 1989 through January 1990.
Beginning in August 1990, the wing provided airlift and logistic support to U.S. and coalition forces in Southwest Asia, while continuing to perform worldwide airlift operations, including humanitarian missions to nations to Latin America and the former Soviet Union. From 1992 through 1993, airlift commenced in support of U.S. relief operations in Somalia during Operations Provide Relief and Restore Hope. It continued to support on-going operations in Southwest Asia during Operation Southern Watch. The wing’s elements also supported Operation Provide Comfort for Kurdish refugees and provided airlift support to Balkans’ peacekeeping missions beginning in 1995 with Operation Joint Endeavor, and continuing under Operations Joint Guard and Joint Forge. It deployed tanker and support elements to the European theater during Operation Allied Force from March through June 1999.
Nov. 1, 1991, the wing was re-designated the 60th Airlift Wing and was designated the 60th Air Mobility Wing Oct. 1, 1994. This designation was the result of the arrival of the KC-10A to Travis. The base is one of two in the Air Force to fly the aircraft. The KC-10 provides worldwide air refueling and airlift.
After the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the 60th began airlift and refueling operations in support of Operations Nobel Eagle and Enduring Freedom.
Aug. 8, 2006, the 60th received its first C-17 Globemaster III aircraft, “The Spirit of Solano.” The next day, that aircraft was operational and flew its first mission. Nov. 5, 2008, the 60th received its 13th and final C-17 aircraft, “The Spirit of Travis.” March 17, 2011, Travis paid tribute to the seven cities of Solano County by naming a C-17 in each city’s honor. Travis now proudly flies “The Spirit of Benicia,” “The Spirit of Dixon,” “The Spirit of Fairfield,” “The Spirit of Rio Vista,” “The Spirit of Suisun City,” “The Spirit of Vacaville” and “The Spirit of Vallejo.”
Part of the Air Mobility Command, the 60th AMW is responsible for strategic airlift and air refueling missions circling the globe. The unit’s primary roles are to provide rapid, reliable airlift of American fighting forces anywhere on earth in support of national objectives and to extend the reach of American and allied air power through mid-air refueling. The wing is comprised of:
60th Operations Group
The 60th Operations Group is AMC’s largest operations group, responsible for executing the missions of the operational support squadron, which includes the KC-10 Flying Training Unit and four flying squadrons that fly three major weapon systems: the KC-10, the C-5 and the C-17.
The 60th Operations Group is comprised of:
• 60th Operations Support Squadron
• 6th Air Refueling Squadron (KC-10)
• 9th Air Refueling Squadron (KC-10)
• 21st Airlift Squadron (C-17)
• 22nd Airlift Squadron (C-5)
60th Maintenance Group
The 60th Maintenance Group is responsible for aircraft maintenance and aerial port operations of assigned aircraft at Travis AFB.
The 60th Maintenance Group is comprised of:
• 60th Aerial Port Squadron
• 60th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
• 60th Maintenance Squadron
• 60th Maintenance Operation Squadron
• 660th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
• 860th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
60th Mission Support Group
The 60th Mission Support Group is responsible for mission readiness, law enforcement, firefighting, communications, transportation, contracting and day-to-day activities which help Travis run like its own city.
The 60th Mission Support Group is comprised of:
• 60th Civil Engineer Squadron
• 60th Communications Squadron
• 60th Contracting Squadron
• 60th Logistics Readiness Squadron
• 60th Security Forces Squadron
• 60th Force Support Squadron
60th Medical Group
The 60th Medical Group manages a Joint Commission-accredited teaching hospital, David Grant USAF Medical Center.
DGMC is one of the Air Force’s largest medical facilities providing a full spectrum of health care and patient-centered treatment to a prime service area population of nearly 107,000 TRICARE-eligible patients in the immediate San Francisco-Sacramento vicinity and 377,000 Department of Veterans Affairs Northern California Health Care System eligibles.
The 60th Medical Group is comprised of:
• 60th Aerospace Medicine Squadron
• 60th Dental Squadron
• 60th Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron
• 60th Inpatient Squadron
• 60th Medical Operations Squadron
• 60th Medical Support Squadron
• 60th Surgical Operations Squadron
60th Director of Staff
The 60th Director of Staff is comprised of a variety of functions:
• Air Force Smart Operations-21
• Anti-Terrorism, Force Protection
• Command Post
• Comptroller Squadron
• Information Protection
• Inspector General
• Judge Advocate
• Military Equal Opportunity
• Public Affairs
• Sexual Assault Prevention and Response
• Treaty Compliance Office
349th Air Mobility Wing
The 349th Air Mobility Wing is the Air Force Reserve partner of the 60th Air Mobility Wing. The base’s Citizen Airmen work side-by side with their active-duty counterparts in almost every air mobility mission and role, including operations of the C-5B/C Galaxy, KC-10 and the C-17.
The 349 AMW traces its legacy to World War II, when the 349th Troop Carrier Group was established at Sedalia Army Air Field, Mo. In March 1944, the 349th deployed to the European Theater of Operations and began flying combat cargo missions. Equipped with the C-46 Commando, the 349th was the first unit to drop paratroopers from both doors. At one point during the war in Europe, the 349th participated in the largest mass formation of C-46s ever flown in that theater.
After the war in Europe ended, the 349th returned to the United States where it was inactivated and later re-activated as a reserve unit at Hamilton Air Force Base, north of San Francisco. The unit was activated for the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War.
In 1969, the unit retired its piston-engine C-123 Globemaster II transports and moved to Travis to fly the active duty’s new C-141 Starlifter jet transport. Since then, the 349 AMW has participated in every major Air Force operation and contingency action. An abbreviated list of significant operations includes: the Vietnam War, Operations Reforger, Just Cause, Desert Fox, Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Southern and Northern Watch, Deny Flight, Allied Force, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn and Enduring Freedom. Significant scientific and humanitarian relief operations for Hurricanes Hugo, Andrew, Iniki, Mitch, Georges and Katrina, Typhoons Omar and Paka, Los Angeles riots, Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes, South Asia Tsunami, Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, and Deep Freeze missions in support of the United States Antarctic Program.
The wing has been awarded numerous awards, including 16 Outstanding Unit Awards, AFOUA with “Valor” for the period Aug. 1, 2002, through Aug. 15, 2003, and the Gallantry Cross with Palm (Vietnam).
As the largest associate reserve wing in the Air Force, approximately 3,200 members are assigned to the wing. About 70 percent of the wing’s members are Traditional Reservists who serve at least 42 days per year — the balance are full-time Reservists and civilian civil servants. Air Force Reservists meet all the same standards for training and skills qualification as their active-duty counterparts, yet also maintain civilian careers. The key to success for Reservists and the 349 AMW has been strong support from civilian employers, families and active-duty partners. Most 349 AMW members have deployed one or more times to Iraq, Afghanistan or Southwest Asia since Sept. 11.
The Wing is organized into four groups and a wing staff element:
349th Operations Group
The 349th Operations Group provides crews that fly the KC-10, the C-5 and the C-17.
The 349th Operations Group is comprised of:
• 70th Air Refueling Squadron (KC-10)
• 79th Air Refueling Squadron (KC-10)
• 301st Airlift Squadron (C-17A)
• 312th Airlift Squadron (C-5)
• 349th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
• 349th Operations Support Flight
• 349th Air Mobility Operations Squadron
349th Maintenance Group
The 349th Maintenance Group works with the 60th Maintenance Group and is responsible for aircraft maintenance and aerial port operations.
The 349th Maintenance Group is comprised of:
• 349th Maintenance Operations Flight
• 349th Maintenance Squadron
• 349th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
• 749th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
• 945th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
349th Mission Support Group
The 349th Mission Support Group is responsible for providing support to the 349 AMW’s mission and its Airmen.
The 349th Mission Support Group is comprised of:
• 45th Aerial Port Squadron
• 55th Aerial Port Squadron
• 82nd Aerial Port Squadron
• 349th Civil Engineer Squadron
• 349th Logistics Readiness Squadron
• 349th Memorial Affairs Squadron
• 349th Force Support Squadron
• 349th Security Forces Squadron
• 23rd Combat Communications Squadron
349th Medical Group
The 34th Medical Group works hand-in-hand with the 60th Medical Group at DGMC.
The 349th Medical Group comprised of:
• 349th Aerospace Medicine Squadron
• 349th Aeromedical Staging Squadron
• 349th Medical Squadron
621st Contingency Response Wing
The 621st Contingency Response Wing is highly specialized in training and rapidly deploying personnel to quickly open
airfields and establish, expand, sustain and coordinate air mobility operations. From wartime taskings to disaster relief, the 621st extends Air Mobility Command’s reach in deploying people and equipment around the globe.
Established in March 2005 and based at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., and Travis Air Force Base, Calif., the 621st consists of approximately 1,500 Airmen in six groups, 14 squadrons and more than 20 geographically separated locations aligned with major Army and Marine Corps combat units. The wing maintains a ready corps of light, lean and agile mobility support forces able to respond as directed by the 18th Air Force at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., in order to meet Combatant Command wartime and humanitarian requirements.
Four Contingency Response Groups (817th and 818th at JBMDL, and 570th and 571st CRGs at Travis) provide the core cadre of expeditionary command and control, airlift and air refueling operations, aerial port and aircraft maintenance personnel for deployment worldwide as mobility control teams and airfield assessment teams. These teams rapidly survey, assess and establish contingency air base lodgments and expand existing AMC support infrastructure worldwide. Each CRG has a Global Mobility Squadron and Global Mobility Readiness Squadron. The 818th and 571st CRGs also contain Mobility Support Advisory Squadrons.
The GMS performs aircraft quick-turn maintenance, airfield management, passenger and cargo movement, and command and control of personnel and aircraft. The GMRS supplies threat assessment, force protection, air traffic control, weather, airfield systems maintenance, finance and contracting.
The MSAS is focused on the mutual exchange of air mobility concepts and procedures with partner nations in the development of their air mobility systems. The 818th MSAS is primarily focused on operations in Africa. The 571st MSAS is trained to operate in Central and South America.
Two other groups, the 615th (Travis) and 621st (JBMDL) Contingency Operations Support Groups, house the 573rd and 819th Global Support Squadrons, the 21st and 15th Air Mobility Operations Squadrons, and the Air Mobility Liaison Officers for the 621st CRW.
The 573rd and 819th GSS deploys contingency response forces to locations where the en-route support for AMC’s global air mobility operations is insufficient or nonexistent. In garrison, the GSS manages and maintains the wing’s assigned equipment as well as facilitating training for and equipping 621st CRW assigned personnel.
The AMOS’ provide operational, level-of-war planning and execution of theater airlift, air refueling, and aeromedical evacuation missions. The squadrons accomplish this role by augmenting existing Air Mobility Divisions or Air and Space Operations Centers within the theater, or by standing up an independent AMD in austere environments. While performing AMD duties, AMOS personnel synchronize scheduling of all theater-owned airframes and aircrew to meet the theater commanders’ mobility objectives.
The 621st CRW also includes Air Mobility Liaison Officers who provide air mobility expertise to their aligned Army/Marine brigade and division, and corps-level commanders.
AMLO operating locations include: Fort Drum, N.Y.; Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Fort Stewart and Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Campbell and Fort Knox, Ky.; Fort Carson, Colo.; Fort Riley, Kan.; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Polk, La.; Wiesbaden and Kaiserslautern, Germany; Vicenza, Italy; Okinawa, Japan; and the Republic of Korea.
Today, more than ever, the Air Force is supporting mobility operations all over the globe. Operations such as Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and New Dawn and humanitarian assistance deployments such as Hurricane Katrina and the Haiti and Pakistan Earthquake relief operations are tributes to the 621st CRW’s capabilities and readiness in providing mission support whenever and wherever the requirement exists.
Travis is home to more than 50 partner units, each with a unique mission set and all who contribute to the greater success of the mission as well as the well-being of the Travis family.
U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center,
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Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron (VQ) 3 (USN)
United States Air Force Band of the Golden West (BOGW)
Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI – Det 303)
Army Air Force Exchange Services (AAFES)
Area Defense Counsel (ADC)
Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA
Air Force Audit Agency (AFAA – Det 930)
Armed Services Whole Blood Processing
Civil Air Patrol (CAP) Det. 22
Civil Engineer Maintenance Inspection
Repair Team (CEMIRT)
Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA)
American Red Cross (ARC)
United Services Organization (USO)
Defense Courier Service (DCS)
Western Circuit – USAF Judiciary
Defense Wage Setting – West
373rd Training Squadron (Det. 14)
Northern California District Veterinary Command (USA)
Marine Corps Shipper Service (USMC)
Navy Computer Telecommunications Strategic Communications Unit (USN)
Navy Operational Logistics Support Center
Defense Logistics Agency – Document Services (DLA-DS)
Defense Security Services (DSS)
Defense Reutilization and Marketing Office (DRMO)
U.S. Customs and Border Security (DHS)
Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic (VA)
Royal Air Force Liaison (RAFL)
United States Post Office (USPS)
American Federation of Government
Flight Safety Services (KC-10 Aircrew Training)
Flight Safety Services (C-5 Aircrew Training)
LB&B Associates, Inc. (C-5 Aerial
Det. 1, AMC Air Operations Squadron (AOS)
Boeing Co. (C-17 Aircrew Training)
Triad Logistics Services (Transient Alert)
Northrop Grumman (KC-10 COMBS)
AAI Corporation (C-17 Maintenance)
Nakuuruq Solutions (C-5 Simulators
Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA)
Travis Credit Union
Contract Airlift Management Office
Defense Investigative Services (DIS)
Defense Microelectronic Activity
SKE Services, Inc.
Defense Office of Joint Programs
Lighthouse for the Blind
Armed Forces Bank
Balfour Beatty Communities
Medical Cost Recovery Program (MCRP)
Medical Law Consultant (MCL)