HomeUnits379th Air Expeditionary WingFact SheetsDisplay

379th Air Expeditionary Wing Fact Sheet

379th Air Expeditionary Wing

379th Air Expeditionary Wing

MISSION:

The 379th Air Expeditionary Wing delivers airpower by executing the air and space tasking order as directed by Headquarters U.S. Air Forces Central Command, sustains regional presence, and partners with Qatar and mission partners for the future.

The 379th Air Expeditionary Wing is the largest expeditionary wing in the world. The thousands of Airmen in the Grand Slam Wing fly 18 percent of daily air tasking order sorties. The wing is also in the top three for aerial port movements and dispenses more fuel than the next top five U.S. Air Force bases combined. It also runs the largest U.S. Department of Defense Blood Transshipment Center in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility and provides support for over 20 detachments, groups and headquarters.

379th Expeditionary Operations Group

The expeditionary operations group operates six major weapon systems and five mission sets, including aeromedical evacuation, within the Air, Space and Cyberspace domains, supporting all six U.S. Air Force distinctive capabilities missions to enable Global Vigilance, Global Reach and Global Power. It is the largest expeditionary operations group in the Air Force, combining all three total force components to execute over 15,000 missions and 100,000 hours per year in support of operations throughout the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility and in support of Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa.

379th Expeditionary Maintenance Group

The expeditionary maintenance group is a true total force team comprised of Airmen and aircraft from more than 70 different active, guard, and reserve force providers supporting six different airframes. In addition to generating combat airpower, the group provides unique capabilities for the entire area of responsibility to include crash recovery, aircraft battle damage repair, on-site depot liaison engineers, and centralized repair facilities for avionics, precision measurement equipment, brakes, and wheel and tire assemblies.

379th Expeditionary Mission Support Group

The expeditionary mission support group provides combat support to U.S. and coalition forces supporting Operations Freedom’s Sentinel and Inherent Resolve, Combined Defense of the Arabian Gulf, and emerging U.S. Central Command operations. The group provides all essential base-operating support services to include contracting, security, civil engineering, personnel, communications, transportation, supply, and fuel. Of note, the group runs the largest fuel and lodging operation in the DOD, and the largest civil engineering squadron, communications network, K9 operation, and sensor field in U.S. Air Forces Central Command.

379th Expeditionary Medical Group

The expeditionary medical group is an Expeditionary Medical Support (EMEDS)+10 deployable medical capability operating an 11-bed hospital and a 21-bed En Route Patient Staging Facility providing care to U.S. and coalition partners. The group is a Role-2 surgical facility supporting installation and U.S. Central Command patients. It also supports CENTCOM missions with two forward-deployable Rapid Response Medical Augmentation Teams. It is the Department of Defense's sole expeditionary blood transition shipment center, and is the sole certifying and assembly point for individual first aid kits for the CENTCOM area of responsibility.

BACKGROUND:

The wing, which was activated in April 2002, draws its history from World War II and can trace its roots back to the only bombardment group ever to achieve a "Grand Slam" for its war efforts.

This historic unit began as the 379th Bombardment Group, established Oct. 28, 1942, and assigned to the 8th Air Force. During that time in history, massive aerial formation assembly was frequently chaotic. In response, 8th Air Force leaders developed a system to more easily identify the bombers. The three air divisions of the 8th Air Force were represented by different shapes. The designs were painted on the wing and vertical stabilizers of each bomber along with a letter inside the shape, designating when the group's first entered combat.

As a result, the 379th Bombardment Group came to be recognized by the Triangle K insignia. The 379th Bombardment Group was assigned to the 1st Air Division, with its designating shape being a triangle. The selection of the letter "K" indicated the 379th Bombardment Group was the eleventh unit to enter combat.

Among its many distinctions, the 379th Bombardment Group was awarded the unprecedented "8th Air Force Operational Grand Slam," for operations during April 1944 in recognition for having the best bombing accuracy, greatest tonnage of bombs dropped on target, largest number of aircraft attacking, lowest losses, and lowest mission-abort rate. As the only unit ever recognized in this manner, the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing still proudly uses the moniker of "Grand Slam" wing today.

REFERENCES

379th Air Expeditionary Wing home page: www.379aew.afcent.af.mil

(Current as of 9 Jan 17)

379th AEW Public Affairs DSN: 318-436-0108