Current as of October 17, 2016
The 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing is assigned to United States Air Force Expeditionary Center, Air Mobility Command, with headquarters at Ramstein Air Base, Germany.
The 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing safely expedites maximum war-fighting and humanitarian effects for America through rapid and precise global air mobility in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
The 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing consists of over 2,700 personnel divided into two groups and 10 squadrons, with 14 geographically separated units located across 18 sites in 13 countries. The wing provides all command and control, en route maintenance support, and air transportation services for theater and strategic air mobility missions in Europe and Southwest Asia.
The 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing command and control teams execute global command and control for AMC transient aircraft and flight following for AMC missions and also coordinate ground support requirements, OPREP-3 reporting and aircrew support. Additionally the specialized maintenance personnel provide en route maintenance support through Aircraft Maintenance Units, Maintenance Operations Centers, Quality Assurance, Regional Training Center, fuel cell, Aerospace Ground Equipment, Forward Supply Location, and Maintenance Recovery Teams. Lastly, the wing air transportation professionals operate Air Terminal Operations Centers, providing passenger and fleet services, cargo processing, special handling, ramp services, load planning and data records.
The 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing has roughly 1,700 permanent party authorized and supports a deployed contingent of about 1,000, augmenting two Expeditionary Air Mobility Squadrons and the Expeditionary Operations Support Squadron which provides Aeromedical Evacuation and Mission Support through Stage, Intel, Tactics, Aircrew Flight Equipment, Flying Crew Chiefs and Ravens.
Achievements and Honors
The honors of the 555th Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion are bestowed on the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing. This includes the service streamer for World War II: American Theater, as well as World War II campaign streamers for Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes-Alsace, Central Europe and Rhineland. In addition to these bestowed honors, the wing earned five Air Force Meritorious Unit Awards for the periods of 1 October 2010-30 September 2011, 1 October 2011-30 September 2012, 1 October 2012-30 September 2013, 1 October 2013-30 September 2014, and 1 October 2014-30 September 2015. The wing received two Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards for the periods of 1 October 2008-30 September 2009 and 1 October 2009-1 October 2010. The emblem for the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing received approval on 3 December 2008.