Published May 17, 2017
380th Air Expeditionary Wing Aircraft fly in formation over the CENTCOM Area of Responsibility.
380TH AIR EXPEDITIONARY WING
The 380th Air Expeditionary Wing was established on Jan. 25, 2002. It is located at Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates, and is one of the most diverse combat wings in the Air Force. The wing is comprised of four groups and 15 squadrons. Its mission partners include an Army air defense battalion, and multiple coalition partners.
The wing's mission is to conduct combat operations directed by the President to provide high-altitude all-weather intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, command and control and air refueling for Operations Inherent Resolve and Resolute Support. To accomplish its mission, the wing is equipped with diverse systems: The E-3 Sentry (AWACS), EC-130 Compass Call, RQ-4 Global Hawk, E-11 BACN Bombardier and KC-10 Extender. They are a unique combination of aircraft which acts as the "eyes and ears," serve as guardians of the sky and provide greater range and endurance for coalition aircraft throughout the Area of Responsibility.
380TH EXPEDITIONARY OPERATIONS GROUP
The 380 EOG includes nine diverse squadrons with over 45 aircraft responsible for executing the U.S. Central Command's daily air tasking order with air superiority, all-weather precision strike, airborne command and control, persistent tactical command and control and air refueling missions around the clock as tasked by the Combined Forces Air Component Commander. The group is the sole provider of its assigned air assets used to carry out its taskings - the F-15, F-16, EC-130, E-3, E-11, MQ-9, RQ-4/EQ-4, and KC-10. In all, the group is responsible for employing more than $7.8 billion in combat assets and helps sustain combat operations for eight major named operations in the Central Command's area of responsibility. It also ensures air traffic control, airfield management, aircrew flight equipment, intelligence and crew communications support and provides asset support for the Gulf-region Joint Air Defense and Air and Missile Defense exercises such as Air Tactical Leadership Course.
380TH EXPEDITIONARY MAINTENANCE GROUP
The 380th Expeditionary Maintenance Group oversees on- and off-equipment maintenance performed by over 900 personnel in both the 380th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance and Expeditionary Maintenance Squadrons. The group manages sortie production for theater support packages, and various expeditionary operations and task forces ensuring quality maintenance on the wing's 45 plus combat aircraft comprised of 6 mission design series of aircraft, worth over $6.3 billion. The group also manages an industrial complex comprised of over 40 facilities, 196 vehicles, a temporary munitions storage facility, and over 360 pieces of aerospace ground equipment.
380TH EXPEDITIONARY MISSION SUPPORT GROUP
By far the wing's largest group, the 380th EMSG Airmen and contractors work together in six diverse squadrons delivering comprehensive mission support and force protection. The group manages more than $281 million in base facilities, oversees a $243 million in Contracts, operates $47.5 million in communications equipment, and secures nearly $8 billion in combat assets in the AOR. The group's mission includes contracting, communications, security, logistics readiness, force support, personnel accountability, civil engineering and aerial port operations.
380TH EXPEDITIONARY MEDICAL GROUP
The 380th Expeditionary Medical Group provides a broad range of health and wellness services to include primary care, flight medicine, physical therapy, immunizations, dental, pharmacy, laboratory, radiology, and mental health. The group's combat effectiveness assures for in-house care of 97 percent of its patients, with 3 percent referred to host-nation facilities or transported via aeromedical evacuation missions for specialty and/or higher-level care. Bioenvironmental engineering and public health personnel offer additional capabilities through inspection of all wing workplaces, living quarters, potable water sources and food producing facilities. The 380 EMDG also provides a wide variety of outreach programs such as smoking cessation, healthy living and stress management.
AIRCRAFT: The 380 AEW is the Air Force's only airborne command and control and refueling unit utilizing the following weapons systems throughout the U.S. Central Command's 27-country Southwest Asia area of responsibility.
E-3 SENTRY (AWACS): The E-3 is an airborne warning and control system aircraft with an integrated command and control battle management, surveillance, target detection and tracking platform. It provides an accurate, real-time picture of the battlespace to the Joint Air Operations Center. The AWACS provides situational awareness of friendly, neutral and hostile activity, command and control of an AOR, battle management of theater forces, all-altitude and all-weather surveillance of the battle space, and early warning of enemy actions during joint, allied, and coalition operations.
RQ-4 GLOBAL HAWK: The RQ-4 is a high-altitude, long-endurance unmanned aircraft system with an integrated sensor suite that provides ISR capability. The Global Hawk's mission is to provide a broad spectrum of ISR collection capability to support joint combatant forces in worldwide peacetime, contingency and wartime operations. The Global Hawk complements manned and space reconnaissance systems by providing near-real-time coverage using imagery intelligence sensors.
EC-130H COMPASS CALL: The EC-130H Compass Call is an airborne tactical weapon system using a heavily modified version of the C-130 Hercules airframe. The system disrupts enemy command and control communications and limits adversary coordination essential for enemy force management. The Compass Call system employs offensive counter-information and electronic attack (or EA) capabilities in support of U.S. and Coalition tactical air, surface, and special operations forces.
KC-10 EXTENDER: The KC-10 Extender is an advanced tanker and cargo aircraft designed to provide increased global mobility for U.S. Armed Forces. Although the KC-10's primary mission is aerial refueling, it can combine the tasks of a tanker and cargo aircraft by refueling fighters and simultaneously carry the fighter support personnel and equipment on overseas deployments. The KC-10 is also capable of transporting litter and ambulatory patients using patient support pallets during aeromedical evacuations.
THE CONTINUING MISSION...
The 380th Air Expeditionary Wing conducts combat operations directed by the president in support of contingency operations to protect national interests in United States Central Command's 27-country Southwest Asia area of responsibility. The wing maintains multiple aircraft in order to provide combat air power in joint and combined aerospace operations with Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Coalition forces.
The 380th AEW brings together active duty, Reserve and Air National Guardsmen joined with civilian patriots and DoD contractors to carry out its diverse mission of all-weather high-altitude ISR, command and control and air refueling.
(Current as of July 2021)