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97th Air Mobility Wing

The 97th Air Mobility Wing traces its lineage to the 97th Bombardment Wing, Very Heavy, organized on December 1, 1947 at Mile 26 Air Field, later named Eielson Air Force Base (AFB), Alaska. The wing reported to Fifteenth Air Force, Strategic Air Command (SAC), although the Yukon Sector of the Alaskan Air Command controlled its operations. The 97th was originally a temporary organization, comprised of components of the 97th Bombardment Group and the 519th Air Service Group, deployed from Smoky Hill Air Force Base, Kansas. The Air Force was conducting a service test of a combat wing structure that elevated the wing headquarters to the highest echelon of command on the base. This gave the wing commander the authority to direct activities rather than merely request that his flying mission receive support.

The wing consisted of a combat group, an airdrome group, a maintenance and supply group, and a medical group. The unit's March 1948 history stated: "The mission of the 97th Bombardment Wing (VHB) is to man, train and maintain a self-sustaining strategic bombardment group capable of operations in any theater." While in Alaska the 97th flew B-29 Superfortress training missions over the Arctic Ocean, testing the aircraft and maintenance crews in the harsh climate. At the end of the Alaskan deployment the wing moved to Smoky Hill AFB, near Salina, Kansas, in March 1948.

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97th Air Mobility Wing
tab97th Operations Group 
97th Operations GroupPlans and executes C-17, KC-135 formal school initial and advanced specialty training programs for up to 3000 students annually. Sustains C-17, KC-135 airland, airdrop and air refueling mobility forces providing global reach for combat and contingency operations. Provides air traffic control and weather forecasting for flying operations.
tab97th Maintenance Directorate 
97th Maintenance DivisionThe 97 AMW/MX (A-Team) mission is to provide quality maintenance and support to all KC-135R and C-17 aircraft and provide the same quality maintenance support to transient aircraft, engines and associated ground equipment. To provide quality backshop support to all three aircraft while continuously improving environmental awareness and effectively managing maintenance resources, allowing the 97th Air Mobility Wing to perform its aircrew training mission.
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tab97th Medical Group 
shieldEnsures maximum wartime readiness and combat capability by promoting the health, safety and morale of active duty personnel. Staffs, trains, mobilizes and provides medical services in support of contingency operations worldwide. Develops and operates a prevention-oriented, cost-effective managed healthcare system for over 9.500 beneficiaries, increasing wellness in the local community. 97th Medical Group main page

97th Medical Operations Squadron 
97th Medical Support Squadron
tab97th Misson Support Group 
97th Mission Support Group ShieldWelcome to the 97th Mission Support Group! Our team provides mission support for C-17, KC-135 aircraft and base wide infrastructure to include communications, civil engineering, law enforcement, force/fire protection, contracting, disaster response, , environmental, lodging, transportation, recreation, supply, education, mobility, food service and family & personnel support.
97th Force Support Squadron
97th Civil Engineer Squadron
97th Security Forces Squadron
97th Logistics Readiness Squadron
97th Communications Squadron
97th Contracting Squadron
tabHQ AMC Det 2 
HQ AMC Aircrew TrainingThe HQ AMC/A3T Detachment 2 mission is to certify the performance of all C-17, KC-135, and KC-X flight crew simulators and training devices at 25 locations worldwide. We are subject matter experts in all facets of simulator development from initial procurement and concurrency management while maintaining active flying instructor qualifications.


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