380TH AIR EXPEDITIONARY WING Factsheet
Established at a non-disclosed base in Southwest Asia on Jan. 25, 2002, the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing is one of the most diverse combat wings in the Air Force. The wing is comprised of five groups and 16 squadrons. Its mission partners include an Army air defense battalion, an Air Force training group and a Navy aerial maritime surveillance detachment.
The wing's mission is to conduct combat operations directed by the President to provide high-altitude all-weather intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, airborne command and control and air refueling for Operations Inherent Resolve and Resolute Support. To accomplish its mission the wing is equipped with six diverse systems: The U-2 Dragon Lady, E-3 Sentry (AWACS), RQ-4 Global Hawk, F-15 Eagle. F-22 Raptor, and KC-10 Extender. They are a unique combination of aircraft which act 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 60 aircraft responsible for executing the U.S. Central Command's daily air tasking order with air superiority, all-weather precision strike, high altitude all-weather ISR, airborne 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-22, F-15E, U-2, E-3, RQ-4, EQ-4 and KC-10. In all, the group is responsible for employing more than $6.3 billion in combat assets and helps sustain combat operations for seven 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 1,100 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 60 plus combat aircraft comprised of 7 mission design series of aircraft, worth over $8 billion. The group also manages an industrial complex comprised of over 40 facilities, 180 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 $430 million facilities and $42 million in communications in the combat 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 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.
WEAPONS SYSTEMS: The 380 AEW is the Air Force's only joint high-altitude ISR, 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:
U-2 DRAGON LADY: The U-2 is a high-altitude, all-weather aircraft that delivers surveillance and reconnaissance, day or night, in direct support of U.S. and allied forces. It delivers critical imagery and signals intelligence to decision makers throughout all phases of conflict, including peacetime indications and warnings, low-intensity conflict, and large-scale hostilities.
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.
F-15 EAGLE: The F-15 Eagle is an all-weather, extremely maneuverable, tactical fighter designed to permit the Air Force to gain and maintain air supremacy over the battlefield. The Eagle's air superiority is achieved through a mixture of unprecedented maneuverability and acceleration, range, weapons and avionics. The F-15 has electronic systems and weaponry to detect, acquire, track and attack enemy aircraft while operating in friendly or enemy-controlled airspace.
F-22 RAPTOR: The F-22 Raptor performs both air-to-air and air-to-ground missions. The F-22, a critical component of the Global Strike Task Force, is designed to project air dominance, rapidly and at great distances. The F-22 possesses a sophisticated sensor suite allowing the pilot to track, identify, shoot and kill air-to-air threats before being detected. Significant advances in cockpit design and sensor fusion improve the pilot's situational awareness.
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 generates multiple aircraft types providing combat missions in joint and combined aerospace operations with Army, Navy, Marine Corps & 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, airborne command and control and air refueling.
(Current as of Feb 2016)