of the 515 AMOW is to deliver strength and hope throughout the Indo-Pacific
area of responsibility in order to meet the peacetime and wartime needs of the
United States and our allies. The wing is responsible for two Air Mobility
Operations Groups (AMOG), six Air Mobility Squadrons (AMS), three Detachments,
six Operating Locations (OL), six Air Terminal Ground Handling Service
Contracts (ATGHS) and various small terminals comprised of nearly 2,000
geographically separated personnel with an annual budget of over $50 Million.
of the Wing dates to July 9, 1942 when it was established as the 15th Ferrying
Group at Morrison Field, Florida. The 15th Group ferried aircraft between Florida
and points in western Africa. On March 19, 1943, the unit was redesignated as
the 15th Transport Group with mission focus on air transportation. Although the
group was stationed at Morrison, its personnel were also used at other stations
of the Caribbean Wing of Air Transport Command (ATC). At the end of 1943 the 15
Transport Group was disestablished. After 42 years the unit was reestablished
and redesignated as the 515 Tactical Air Support Group, on July 31, 1985. The current organization of the 515 Air
Mobility Operations Wing was redesignated on 11 Apr 2008, and activated on 5
Jun 2008 at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii.
consists of two AMOGs, the 515th (Yokota) and 715th, controlling the six Air
Mobility Squadrons. Originally located
at Hickam, the 715 AMOG relocated to Elmendorf AFB, AK in June 2010. The units
within the 515 AMOW are structured for peacetime workloads with a limited surge
capability. Wartime response or sustained contingency operations such as
disaster relief or humanitarian operations require higher headquarters
The 515th Air Mobility Operations
Group (515 AMOG) was
activated June 5, 2008 at Yokota Air Base, Japan the same day that its parent
organization, the 515th Air Mobility Operations Wing (515 AMOW) was activated
at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. The
515 AMOG was activated to oversee all en route operations in the western
Pacific, and remains headquartered at Yokota to this day.
The 730th Air Mobility Squadron (AMS) is collocated with the 515th Air
Mobility Operations Group (AMOG) at Yokota Air Base, Japan. In many respects, Yokota is similar to Joint
Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s status as a major hub for air mobility, passenger,
and cargo operations, but in this case for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) and
Southeast Asia. For this reason, the 730
AMS has the largest squadron personnel strength in the AMOG with some 350
officers, enlisted, and civilian personnel.
The 731st Air Mobility Squadron (AMS) is located at Osan Air Base, South
Korea and has a personnel complement of just over 150 military and civilian
personnel, including Korean nationals.
The squadron’s primary mission as the sole APOD/APOE for the Korean
peninsula is to provide air mobility cargo and passenger support for all DoD
entities, including the United States Air Force, United States Forces-Korea
(USFK), Combined Forces Command, Defense Logistics Agency-Korea, and the United
Nations Command. This includes support for the training and operational
deployment of United States Army forces in Korea. The 731 AMS also fulfills a
major role in operating the Patriot Express to accomplish the movement of US
civilian and military personnel and their dependents.
The 733d Air Mobility Squadron (AMS), known as the “Enroute Pacesetters”,
is located at Kadena Air Base on the Japanese island and prefecture of
Okinawa. It has a strength of over 200
military and civilian personnel. The
base supports continuous flight operations, with no quiet hours unlike other
bases in overseas locations. The 733 AMS, also provides support to AMC missions
elsewhere in Southeast Asia through its operating locations (OL) at U-Tapao,
Thailand and Clark Air Base in the Philippines.
The 715th Air Mobility Operations
Group (715 AMOG) was
originally established as the 615th Air Mobility Support Group (615 AMSG) on
May 26, 1994, which consolidated the Pacific en route Air Mobility operations
of the previously existing 316th, 603d, and 619th Airlift Support Groups (ALSG)
under one command. Originally
headquartered at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii, the group was re-designated the
715 AMOG on 15 March 2001. The 715 AMOG remained at Hickam until June 2010,
when its headquarters were moved to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska,
where it remains to this day.
The 732d Air Mobility Squadron (AMS) is located at Joint Base
Elmendorf-Richardson with personnel strength of just over 250 officers,
enlisted, and civilians. Collocated with
the 715th Air Mobility Operations Group (AMOG), the squadron’s primary mission
in Alaska is to provide 24/7 en route capability to United States
Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) and Air Mobility Command (AMC) strategic
operations. The unit supports Alaska
Command in its weekly resupply missions to 10 long range radar sites which
protect North America and the sole resupply route for more than 700 personnel
stationed across Alaska. Additionally,
the squadron annually supports nearly 200 Joint Airborne Air Transportability
Training missions to prepare United States Army-Alaska (USARAK) to deliver
combatant commanders a dedicated and scalable force throughout Pacific
Command’s area of responsibility.
The 734th Air Mobility Squadron (AMS) is located at Andersen AFB on the
Marianas Island of Guam. It has a
strength nearly 200 officers, enlisted and civilian personnel. The squadron works closely with the 36th Wing
to support the Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadrons during their rotations
through Andersen, providing the air bridge for expeditionary bomber and fighter
units. Since 1966 the squadron continues to support Operation CHRISTMAS DROP;
the longest-running annual humanitarian airlift in the world to the remote
outer islands of Micronesia and the Carolines.
The 735th Air Mobility Squadron (AMS) is collocated with the 515th Air
Mobility Operations Wing (AMOW) at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii. The 735 AMS boasts a strength of approximately
350 military and civilian personnel.
Hickam is a Tier I AMS serving as the major airlift and mobility hub in
the Eastern Pacific region. The squadron
and its personnel operate a busy passenger and freight terminal, and are also
responsible for handling the maintenance of all AMC missions transiting
Hickam. One of the squadron’s primary
missions is to provide airlift support for other military services such as the
US Army’s 25th Infantry Division (25 ID) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and 3d Marine
Regiment, located at Marine Corps Base Hawaii.
The 515 AMOW
activation and daily operations demonstrate that AMC’s en route structure is
flexible and shaped by the needs of our nation’s security, establishing the
appropriate level of authority, enhancing response time and agility to meet the
changing theatre requirements and support combatant commanders.
Point of Contact
515th Air Mobility Operations Wing; 290 Vickers Ave.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, HI, 96753