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and geographical force protection while supporting the Global Strike operating concepts and RCC
needs. Mobility wings will vary in size based on facility infrastructure and the requirement for
dispersed aerial ports to support joint mobility. As we optimize unit size, we will strive to keep formal
training units separate from combat organizations. Training units should be distinct, independent, fully
resourced entities, so training is not routinely impacted by deployments.
Training transformation, a key component to improving AETF capability, will focus on joint
readiness and accommodate the unique training requirements of ARC units. Distributed Mission
Operations will enhance combat integration by allowing geographically separate units the opportunity
to train together. Training will also be a factor in our basing strategy. Organizations that routinely
fight together should have the opportunity to train together. Finally, we will look for opportunities in
our strategic basing to foster joint training.
It takes ten AEFs to keep our continental U.S. (CONUS) and outside the CONUS (OCONUS)
forces balanced and ready. This force size also preserves a surge capability beyond the two AEFs
normally deployed at any given time. For example, the Air Force deployed forces from eight AEFs
during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. In addition, it will maintain the 20-month cycle that ensures
sustained, non-tiered readiness. To sustain total force readiness, we must balance personnel and
infrastructure between CONUS and overseas basing and between accompanied and remote overseas
tours. The right balance will alleviate PERSTEMPO while supporting deployed operations. In
addition it will enable home station training for non-deployed units; provide essential support for
dependents, retirees and other base users; and avoid out-of-cycle AEF deployments and unplanned
ARC support to routine deployments. In areas where a continuing presence is needed, permanently
assigned forces will assure, dissuade, and deter. These forces should be sized to respond unaided to
The Air Force fights primarily from bases and our basing strategy contributes to the defense-in-
depth called for in the NMS. We maintain strategically located main operating bases in the United
States and overseas, as well as forward-operating sites and cooperative security locations. Our basing
strategy contributes to the agility and flexibility of airpower, allowing us to respond to the uncertain
and complex international security environment.
CONUS bases are critical for training, deploying, and employing our forces. They are also
vital to homeland defense, providing sites for the full spectrum of counter air missions and mobilizing
first responders. These bases must be sited to provide combat airpower over critical sites, provide a
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United States. Department of Defense. C-130 Squadron Size, text, July 25, 2005; (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc18551/m1/4/: accessed December 12, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.