Major Billy Hatchell
The AMC is responsible for providing global air mobility. It is also responsible for providing airlift and aerial refueling for all of America’s armed forces. Along with these assignments the AMC also carries out stateside aeromedical evacuation missions. AMC also operates VIP flights such as Air Force One. In June of 1992 the Air Mobility Command was activated primarily from the transport assets of the inactivated Military Airlift Command (MAC). Later the AMC acquired the aerial refueling assets of the inactivated Strategic Air Command (SAC). The AMC’s ability to provide global reach is tested daily. From providing fuel, supplies and aeromedical support to troops on the frontline of the Global War on Terrorism, to providing humanitarian supplies to hurricane, flood, and earthquake victims both at home and abroad, AMC has been engaged in almost nonstop operations since its inception. Command tankers and airlifters have supported peacekeeping and humanitarian efforts in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Iraq, Cambodia, Somalia, Rwanda and Haiti, and continue to play a vital role in the ongoing Global War on Terrorism. These many examples of the effective application of non-lethal air power indicate that air mobility is a national asset of growing importance for responding to emergencies and protecting national interests around the globe.