621st Contingency Response Wing

The 621st Contingency Response Wing is a highly specialized team of Airmen that rapidly deploy to open airbases, coordinate air mobility operations, enable joint interoperability, and advise partner nations. From wartime taskings to disaster relief, the 621st CRW extends Air Mobility Command's reach in deploying people and equipment around the globe.

Established in March 2005 and based at both Joint Base McGuire-Dix Lakehurst, N.J. and Travis Air Force Base, Calif., the 621st consists of approximately 1,500 Airmen in three groups, thirteen squadrons and more than 20 geographically separated operating 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 Air Mobility Command, in order to meet Combatant Command wartime and humanitarian requirements.

Two Contingency Response Groups (821st CRG and 621st CRG) 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. Each CRG consists of three Contingency Response Squadrons and one Contingency Response Support Squadron.

The Contingency Response Squadrons perform aircraft quick-turn maintenance, airfield management, passenger and cargo movement, and command and control of personnel, aircraft, supplies threat assessment, force protection, air traffic control, weather, airfield systems maintenance, finance and contracting.

The Contingency Response Support Squadrons deploy contingency response forces to locations where the en-route support for AMC's global air mobility operations is insufficient or nonexistent. In garrison, each CRSS manages and maintains the wing's assigned equipment as well as facilitating training for and equipping 621st CRW assigned personnel.

The 621st Air Mobility Advisory Group contains the 571st and 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadrons (MSAS), 321st and 621st Air Mobility Operations Squadrons (AMOS) and the 621st Mobility Support Operations Squadron (MSOS).

Each MSAS unit focuses 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, while the 571st MSAS is trained to operate in Central and South America.

The 321st and 621st 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 (AMD) 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 MSOS is comprised of Air Mobility Liaison Officers (AMLO) and Expeditionary Air Ground Liaison Elements (EAGLE) who provide air mobility expertise to Army/Marine/Special Operations units at the Regiment, Division and Corps levels. Dispersed across 20 locations and 16 time zones, AMLOs are fully embedded with their aligned joint units to support any exercise, deployment or contingency. AMLO operating locations include: Joint Base MDL, New Jersey; Fort Drum, New York; Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; Fort Stewart and Fort Benning, Georgia; Fort Campbell; Fort Carson, Colorado; Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth, Kansas; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; Camp Pendleton, California; Fort Hood, Fort Bliss, and Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Grafenwohr and Wiesbaden, Germany; Vicenza, Italy; Okinawa, Japan, and the Republic of Korea. In addition, the EAGLEs located at Joint Base MDL advise and assist joint interagency, intergovernmental, and multinational partners with cargo preparation, passenger movement, cargo documentation, and command and control capability.

Today, more than ever, the Air Force is supporting mobility operations all over the globe. Operations such as INHERENT RESOLVE in Iraq and Syria, UNITED ASSISTANCE in Africa, Afghanistan retrograde operations and humanitarian assistance deployments such as, Hurricanes Irma, Maria, Matthew, and Katrina, and the Haiti and Pakistan earthquake relief operations.

Recently, the 621st CRW played a vital role in the largest non-combatant evacuation operation (NEO) when closing Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The U.S. Air Force, in support of the Department of Defense, moved forces into Afghanistan to facilitate the safe departure and relocation of U.S. citizens, Special Immigration Visa recipients, and vulnerable Afghan populations from Afghanistan. The 621st CRW deployed Airmen from the 621st and 821st CRGs as well as the 621st Air Mobility Advisory Group to support the mission.  These operations represent the diverse missions Airmen perform and are tributes to the 621st CRW's enduring capabilities and readiness to provide support whenever and wherever the requirement exists.