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USAF Expeditionary Center
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The U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center is the Air Force's Center of Excellence for advanced mobility and expeditionary combat support training and education. Located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., the EC also has direct oversight for enroute and installation support, contingency response and partner capacity building mission sets within the global mobility enterprise. The EC provides administrative control for six wings and two groups within Air Mobility Command, to include the 87th Air Base Wing and the 621st Contingency Response Wing at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, the 319th Air Base Wing at Grand Forks AFB, N.D.; the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing at Ramstein AB, Germany; the 628th Air Base Wing at Joint Base Charleston, S.C.; the 43rd Airlift Group at Pope Field, N.C.; and 627th Air Base Group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. 

Home of the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Operations School, the USAF EC offers 77 in-residence courses and 23 web-based training courses, graduating more than 28,000 students annually.

Both the 87th Air Base Wing and the 628th Air Base Wing are the Air Force leads on Joint Bases that host AMC flying units, along with other Department of Defense partners. The 43rd Airlift Wing and 627th Air Base Group enjoy unique partnerships with the U.S. Army, while the 319th Air Base Wing supports the Department of Homeland Defense and Air Combat Command emerging missions.

The 515th and 521st AMOWs, along with the 621st CRW, are responsible for en route and expeditionary combat support, contingency response and partner capacity building mission sets around the globe. The reorganization of these units enables them to effectively partner with the EC from training and exercises all the way through execution.

The Center was first opened as the Air Mobility Warfare Center on May 1, 1994, and officially received its mission on Oct. 1, 1994. At first opening, the Center operated the Phoenix Ace Combat Readiness Exercise and Evaluation Course, Mobile Air Tactics School, Force Support and Readiness Course, Maintenance Training Qualification Program Course, Air Transport Manager Course, Director of Mobility Forces Course, Environmental Control Unit Course, Intermediate Wartime Contingencies Course, Cargo Operations and Systems Course, Passenger Operations and Systems Course, Command and Control Information Processing Systems Course.

The Center, which was officially renamed the U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center on March 4, 2007, is the Air Force's leader in expeditionary training offering more than 90 courses.  On January 7, 2011, the Center expanded in scope, taking added responsibility for evolving AMC mission sets. These include installation support missions unique to three joint bases within the command, as well as at two AMC bases where missions are evolving as a result of previous Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) decisions.

Courses at the Expeditionary Center include the Combat Airman Skills Training course, Air Force Exercise Eagle Flag, Phoenix Raven Training, Advanced Study of Air Mobility, Aerial Port Operations Course and more. Through all of the courses - whether in the classroom, in the field, or through distance learning, students are trained on how to build "Airpower...from the ground up - from the Flightline to the Frontline."

Point of Contact
U.S. Air Force Expeditionary Center; 5656 Texas Ave., Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ, 08640  DSN 650-7500 or (609) 650-7500.

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