305th Air Mobility Wing




Headquartered at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., the 305th Air Mobility Wing extends America's global reach by generating, mobilizing and deploying C-17 Globemaster IIIs to conduct strategic airlift and air refueling missions worldwide. In November 2021, the wing began transitioning to the new KC-46 Pegasus air refueling aircraft. Additionally, the Wing operates two of America's largest strategic aerial ports supporting the delivery of cargo and personnel to combatant commanders abroad. Uniquely, as a result of Joint Base transfer, the 305 AMW directs the operations of two geographically separated airfields--one at McGuire and another at Lakehurst.

305th Air Mobility Wing Fact Sheet

Generate – Fly – Deliver 

Warrior Airmen, Ready to Dominate and Win
Ready – Airmen and Families
Innovate – Today for Tomorrow
Execute – Anytime, Anywhere
305th AMW Leadership
                                                   Col. Elizabeth A.D. Hanson                            Col. William G. Soto                          Chief Master Sgt. Jeremy J. Swistak
                                                      305th AMW Commander                      ​305th AMW Deputy Commander                      305th AMW Command Chief


305th News
305th AMW Airmen conduct first hot pit refueling
October 20, 2023
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 87th Logistics Readiness Squadron and the 305th Air Mobility Wing conduct a hot pit refueling at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Oct. 17, 2023. This event marked the first time the 305th AMW Airmen executed the Special Fuels Operation, which is instrumental to Agile Combat Employment objectives and increases operational capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Monica Roybal)

JB MDL hosts KC-46A Pegasus Weapons System Council
October 20, 2023
U.S. Air Force Col. Elizabeth Hanson, 305th Air Mobility Wing Commander, presents closing remarks during the bi-annual KC-46A Pegasus Weapons System Council meeting hosted at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., Oct. 17, 2023. The WSC’s goal is to synchronize cooperation, and foster communication and collaboration across 10 KC-46 wings and Air Mobility Command to increase warfighting capabilities. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sergio Avalos) (This photo has been altered for security purposes)

Service Members find hope in Sean's Room
October 11, 2023
U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Minihan, Air Mobility Command commander, greets Sean's Room Peers after the ribbon cutting ceremony for Sean’s Room at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. on 10 October, 2023. Modeled after Sean’s House, a program based in Newark, Delaware, Sean’s Room offers a safe peer-to-peer environment for JB MDL personnel to receive mental health support and maintain confidentiality as required by law. Sean’s House was originally founded by Christopher Locke after he tragically lost his son, Sean, to suicide in 2018.

America's Oldest Airlift Squadron turns 90
October 10, 2023
Airmen assigned to the 305th Air Mobility Wing’s 6th Airlift Squadron commemorate its 90th anniversary at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. on 5 Oct, 2023. The Airlift Squadron is the oldest in the Air Force and derives its nickname, the Bully Beef Express, from its days of delivering beef food rations to British and Australian soldiers during World War II.

305th Maintenance Group

The 305th Maintenance Group (MXG), formerly the 305th Logistics Group, was activated on 1 October 2002. The 305 MXG provides Rapid Global Mobility consists of four squadrons with more than 1,700 Active Duty military members and civilians inspecting, repairing, generating, and launching 11 KC-46 and 13 C-17 aircraft currently assigned. Additionally, the Maintenance Group operates two of Air Mobility Command’s busiest aerial ports located at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and at Baltimore International Airport. The Maintenance Group generates 24-hour strategic airlift, aerial refueling, and aerial port capability to facilitate the deployment and supply of Department of Defense, allied, and coalition forces supporting the full spectrum of combat, security, and humanitarian operations. They provide highly trained personnel and equipment to support safe, timely maintenance and port operations. The Maintenance Group’s Maintenance Operations flight ensures Air Mobility Command wide practices and techniques to maintain aircraft long-term health. The group has successfully deployed in-theater and provided home station support for numerous exercises and operations, including Operations NEW DAWN, SOUTHERN WATCH, NORTHERN WATCH, NOBLE EAGLE, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, INHERENT RESOLVE, UNITED ASSISTANCE, FREEDOM SAHAYOGI HAAT, Deep Freeze and Combined Joint Task Force - Horn of Africa, ALLIES REFUGE and ALLIES WELCOME as well as recurring Presidential and Vice-Presidential support.
305th Maintenance Group fact sheet

305th Operations Group

The mission of the 305th Operations Group is to deploy worldwide from America's Eastern Gateway, to perform aerial refueling and airlift, in support of tactical, strategic, reconnaissance, transport, and bombardment forces in high-threat and chemical warfare environments. The group is comprised of the 2nd Air Refueling Squadron, 6th Airlift Squadron, 32nd Air Refueling Squadron, 911th Air Refueling Squadron, and the 305th Operations Support Squadron. The group flies the C-17 Globemaster III and KC-46A Pegasus in support of worldwide operations.

305th Operations Group fact sheet

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