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
Transatlantic Cooperation: Swedish Air Force collaborates with U.S. Air Force for Flying Crew Chief Program
July 20, 2023
Members of the Swedish Air Force conduct hands-on training during the first C-17 Flying Crew Chief Strategic Airlift Capability Course held for international students at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., July 17, 2023. The five-week course is intended to build interoperability between our allies and partners in an effort to bridge knowledge gaps in aircraft maintenance necessary for Rapid Global Mobility and meeting National Defense Strategy requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Sergio Avalos)

Mission Bound: 305th Air Mobility Wing Departs for Mobility Guardian 2023
July 6, 2023
MG23 has evolved from previous U.S.-based iterations, focusing on overcoming distance to deliver vital mobilization, deployment, and sustainment functions for the Joint Force, Allies, and partners worldwide. Air Mobility Command is focused on fortifying its capability to swiftly mobilize and deploy forces, ensuring the ability to promptly address any crisis or challenge arising in the Indo-Pacific region.

305th AMW celebrates a century of air mobility
June 28, 2023
To commemorate the 100 year anniversary of aerial refueling,  26 Air Mobility Command bases from around the nation carried out air refueling demonstrations over the United States and overseas, showcasing that today’s U.S. Air Force is able to deliver unrivaled rapid global reach for U.S. forces and Allies and partners through the Mobility Air Forces fleet of KC-46, KC-135 and KC-10 tankers.

The End of an Era
June 22, 2023
The retirement of the final KC-10 Extender represents a transition toward a more modern and advanced Total Force tanker enterprise within the United States Air Force. Select portions of the legacy tanker fleet were gradually divested, which allowed for the recapitalization of the aging tanker fleet, while also maintaining its aerial refueling capability and capacity for the warfighter.

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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