Ramstein Air Base is located in the German state of Rhineland-Palatinate (aka Rheinland-Pfalz) and is part of the Kaiserslautern Military Community -- the largest American community outside of the United States. The 86th Airlift Wing is the host wing at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. Ramstein is assigned to U.S. Air Forces in Europe. With its seven groups and 30 squadrons across four bases in Germany, Spain, Belgium and Portugal, the 86th conducts U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s only airlift, airdrop, and aeromedical evacuation flying operations providing rapid mobility and expeditionary combat support for military operations. Ramstein is also home to two mission partners: the 435th Air Ground Operations Wing and the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing.
86 AW Mission
Defend U.S. Interests, Project Power
...Enable the Global Gateway
86 AW Vision
Adaptive Airmen, Agile Team
...Ready to Execute
86 AW Priorities
Mission. People. Partners. Culture.
With airfields in four countries at Ramstein AB, Germany, Lajes Field, Portugal, Morón AB, Spain, and Chièvres AB, Belgium, the 86th Airlift Wing and Ramstein serve as the “Global Gateway” to Europe and beyond. We operate key power projection platforms critical to global operations.
As the aeromedical evacuation center for U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Central Command, and U.S. European Command, the AE team at Ramstein administers more than 97% of all COVID-19 patient movements for the Department of Defense!
The Airmen of Ramstein work daily to strengthen and leverage partnerships within our Air Force and with our joint and international partners. The 86th Airlift Wing trains and works with longstanding NATO and European partners while developing new partners in Africa.
Otis C. Jones
The C-21 is a twin turbofan engine aircraft used for cargo and passenger airlift. The aircraft is the military version of the Lear Jet 35A business jet.
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The C-37A is a twin-engine, turbofan aircraft acquired to fill the worldwide special air missions for high-ranking government and Defense Department officials.
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The C-130J Super Hercules primarily performs the tactical portion of the airlift mission, fulfilling a wide range of operational missions in both peace and war situations.
Read the full C-130 fact sheet here.
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