The men and women of the 11th Wing deliver contingency response capabilities critical for the protection of national security; ensure emergency-reaction, rotary-wing airpower for the National Capital Region and provide combat-ready Airmen to Air and Space Expeditionary Forces, a secure and robust infrastructure for base organizations and resources essential for the well-being of the Andrews Team and family members.
11th Wing Staff
The 11th Wing Staff directly supports the 11 WG commander in the functioning of various wing and base operations.
Agencies on the staff include the Andrews Operations Center and protocol office to support the arrival of more than 18,000 distinguished visitors including the president of the United States and various foreign heads of state. The 11th Wing Staff also includes the offices of the wing historian, inspector general, wing safety, military and civilian equal opportunity, public affairs, judge advocate, plans and exercises, the base chaplain and the comptroller squadron.
As an essential part of the 11th Wing, Protocol’s mission is to deliver first-rate hospitality and support to transitioning distinguished visitors as well as to provide timely, useful Protocol guidance to all of Team Andrews and coalition forces.
Wing Protocol supports and coordinates distinguished visitor visits; retirement, promotion, and change of command ceremonies; as well as other wing-wide functions. Distinguished visitor visits include the Secretary of the Air Force, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, senior U.S. leaders, military commanders, foreign leaders and diplomats.
Andrews Regional Operations Center
The Andrews Regional Command Post is the primary focal point for all command and control functions at JBA on a 24-hour-a-day, worldwide basis in support of Special Air Missions. Additionally, they provide direct, en route support for strategic and tactical airlift missions, to include presidential and distinguished visitor airlift and transient Air Mobility Command missions.
The chapel staff at JBA is a key element of the 11th Wing, focusing on spiritual fitness for the base community. The chapel staff’s mission is to provide religious opportunities that engage the spiritual needs of the base community through pastoral care, facilitating religious expression and moral development.
Along with weekend worship opportunities and programs to enhance spiritual faith, the staff is trained to assist in personal, family, marital, premarital and job-related counseling.
The 11th Wing historian provides historical services to the 11 WG and others in the JBA community. The primary responsibility of the Historian is to officially record the wing’s history through a written narrative and a collection of supporting documentation, objectively recounting the missions, significant activities and events of the wing and its assigned units. The wing historian also maintains the base’s historical archives, dating back to the early 1940s. The office reviews proposed unit emblem designs and updates any changes in the wing’s lineage and honors data. In addition, the historian conducts research and responds to inquiries from wing organizations, other government agencies, and the general public.
The 11th Wing Inspector General serves as the eyes and ears of the commander by performing inspections, evaluating exercises and providing an alternate channel for resolving the complaints and grievances of the base population. The IG keeps the commander informed of potential areas of concern as reflected by inspection and exercise trends as well as analysis of complaints and inquiries data. The IG also educates and trains commanders and members of the base population on their rights and responsibilities in regard to the IG system. The IG assists Airmen of all ranks, family members, civilian employees, retired Airmen and other civilian personnel.
The mission of the 11th Wing Judge Advocate is to provide a full spectrum of high quality legal services that supports the operations, people, infrastructure, and security of all of Andrews.
Equal Opportunity serves as diversity consultants to commanders and assists them in establishing a diverse and mission-capable human relations climate free from personal, social or institutional barriers which prevent service members from rising to the highest possible level of responsibility based on their individual merit, fitness and capability balanced on fairness, equality and justice.
EO provides the base populace a venue to eradicate unlawful discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability (mental/physical), genetic information, age, and reprisal for civilian members; race, color, religion, national origin, and sex for military members and any barriers contrary to good order and discipline, counter-productive to combat readiness and mission accomplishment. More importantly, EO utilizes proactive teaching methods that foster tolerance and understanding of diversity and cultural awareness.
Military and civilian members seeking assistance with an allegation of unlawful discrimination or harassment, including sexual harassment, may contact the EO office.
The 11th Wing Public Affairs office is responsible for communicating information about the 11 WG and base programs and activities to the general public and Air Force members and their families. Their mission is to ensure all audiences are informed about how well the Air Force is prepared to carry out its mission at Andrews.
All appropriate channels of communication are used in carrying out this mission -- print, electronic, Web and interpersonal. A primary activity of Public Affairs is providing timely, accurate and authoritative information about activities at Andrews to the local, national and international news media. Because of the around-the-clock nature of operations at Andrews and the nature of news reporting, designated Public Affairs personnel are accessible 24 hours a day.
PA provides internal communication with Air Force members and their families stationed at Andrews, contractors and vendor personnel who work on base. Public Affairs also features multimedia services using state-of-the-art photographic technology to document events in and around the National Capital Region.
The 11th Wing Safety office strives to build and maintain the most proactive, world-class safety prevention program at Andrews in the areas of flight safety, ground safety and weapons safety. Their goal is a mishap-free environment for base personnel, enabling 11 WG and partner units to provide the safest possible contingency response and air mobility capability for the National Capital Region and America’s leaders.
The Flying Safety Program at Andrews ensures thoroughness and quality of mission accomplishment through day-to-day accident prevention.
The Ground Safety Office is responsible for an effective Air Force Occupational and Environmental Safety, Fire Prevention and Health program that provides a safe and healthful workplace for all Air Force employees.
The Weapons Safety Office makes sure base construction and facility usage is consistent with Department of Defense and Air Force explosives safety guidelines, and assures every unit on base understands and complies with all weapons and explosives safety standards.
Plans and Exercises
The 11th Wing Plans and Exercises office provides Andrews with executable contingency and operations plans to ensure base agencies can respond to any local or global contingency. Plans and Exercises manages the wing commander’s senior staff, comprised of Andrews’ senior leadership, which activates to respond to contingencies, crises and natural disasters.
Plans and Exercises is the Andrews focal point for presidential inaugural activities, presidential material movements from the National Archives, state funerals, and situational reports to higher headquarters as required.
In addition, Plans and Exercises takes the lead in planning and executing the Department of Defense Joint Service Open House, which falls on Armed Forces Day weekend in May of the years in which it is held. This event allows the DoD to showcase the military’s finest air and land assets to more than 100,000 spectators. This builds public appreciation for the capabilities of the world’s most advanced weapons systems and those who maintain and operate them.
11th Operations Group
The United States Air Force Band
The United States Air Force Band is the premier musical organization of the U.S. Air Force. Stationed on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling at historic Hangar II, The USAF Band’s official military life began Sept. 24, 1941, with the formation of the Bolling Army Air Forces Band.
Through numerous international concert tours with performances in more than 50 countries and 42 world capitals, the band has come to be known as “America’s International Musical Ambassadors.” The band entertains troops deployed overseas and presents concerts from coast to coast through local performances and national concert tours. The USAF Band’s ensembles include the Air Force Strings, Airmen of Note, Ceremonial Brass, Concert Band, Max Impact and Singing Sergeants. Collectively, these groups present more than 2,000 live performances annually.
• The highly acclaimed Guest Artist Series is held on Sunday afternoons in February and March at the 3,700-seat Daughters of the American Revolution Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C.
• The band’s popular Summer Concert Series is held regularly during June, July and August at the Air Force Memorial and at other locations in the National Capital Region. The Jazz Heritage Series, presented each fall, features the Airmen of Note in concert with the world’s foremost jazz artists.
• Annual Holiday Concerts are presented the first weekend of December.
The USAF Band also performs at area high schools, colleges, universities and concert halls.
All performances are free and open to the public. For the latest information on all performances, call the concert information line at 202-767-5658 or visit the USAF Band’s website at www.USAFBand.af.mil.
Chaplaincy at Arlington National Cemetery
Paying final respects to departed heroes, Air Force chaplains and chaplain assistants provide spiritual care and guidance to families as they commemorate their departed family members. They help provide the “final tribute on behalf of a grateful nation” in more than 1,000 chapel and graveside funeral services annually at the nation’s premier military shrine. For additional information or to contact the chaplaincy call 703-607-8951.
The United States Air Force Honor Guard
The United States Air Force Honor Guard is home to more than 210 men and women directly responsible for providing final military funeral honors at Arlington National Cemetery. “Sharp, crisp, and motionless,” the members of the USAF Honor Guard also train other Air Force base honor guards, and support state funeral plans anywhere they may occur. Members of the Air Force Honor Guard represent the Air Force in military and civilian ceremonies throughout Washington, D.C., including events at the White House, Pentagon, Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknowns.
The Honor Guard also operates the Air Force’s only precision drill team, dedicated to inspiring Air Force awareness among military and civilian audiences. Through its complex drill routines, the drill team attempts to personify the integrity, discipline, teamwork, and professionalism of every military mission. For more information visit www.honorguard.af.mil or call 202-404-2428.
11th Comptroller Squadron
The 11th Comptroller Squadron is comprised of two flights. The Financial Management Analysis Flight is responsible for forecasting, formulating and executing the wing’s budget. It serves as the principal financial advisor to the wing commander on all budgetary and accounting policy matters. Flight personnel analyze spending patterns, evaluate resource requirements using a variety of accounting and budget tools, and serve as the gatekeepers for all governmental and commercial payments handled through the Defense Finance and Accounting Service. The staff also provides financial management advice, training and budgetary guidance to commanders at all levels and their respective resource advisers. The Financial Services Office is the focal point for military and travel pay entitlements for personnel assigned to the 11th Wing, mission partners, most National Capital Region organizations and a host of worldwide customers. In addition, the FSO provides help desk support for base-wide programs including the Defense Travel System, GTC and LeaveWeb. Hours of operation are Mondays 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. for walk-ins and Fridays 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. by appointment.
11th Mission Support Group
The 11th Mission Support Group was activated in June 2006 aligning all base support functions under one group and one command structure. The group provides home station and expeditionary services, engineering, contracting, logistics services and personnel management in direct support of the presidential and special airlift missions of JBA. On a daily basis, the group sustains a combined force of 25,000 in the 11th Wing; 89th Airlift Wing, Air National Guard Readiness Center; Naval Air Facility; 459th Air Refueling Wing; Air Force Reserve Component; 113th Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard and more than 60 partner units. To accomplish this mission, the group consists of five diverse squadrons.
11th Civil Engineer Squadron
The 11th Civil Engineer Squadron is responsible for readiness and emergency management, fire and emergency services, facility planning, programming, design construction, operations and maintenance, explosive ordnance disposal, resources and asset management and environmental protection for a $5.6 billion physical plant, 6.7 million square feet of facilities and 2.5 million square yards of airfield pavements supporting presidential and distinguished visitor airlift missions. Additionally, they provide combat-ready engineer forces to meet combatant commander requirements and critical contingency response needs for the National Capital Region.
11th Contracting Squadron
The 11th Contracting Squadron provides acquisition support for the 11th Wing, 89th Airlift Wing, 459th Air Refueling Wing and many partner units in direct support of the president, vice president, members of the Cabinet, Congress and other high-ranking dignitaries. It also supports and manages complex construction services and commodities contracts in support of Joint Base Andrews valued in excess of $450 million and deploys contracting officers worldwide to provide expeditionary and contingency contracting support.
11th Logistics Readiness Squadron
The 11th Logistics Readiness Squadron – “The Air Forces’ LRS” comprised of over 300 military, civilian, and contractor Airmen provides 24/7 full spectrum logistics support to Joint Base Andrews sustaining America’s Airfield. The unit also delivers focused executive logistical support to the President of the United States, dignitaries, and Air Force senior leaders throughout the National Capital Region and worldwide. The squadron operates the Air Force Executive Driver Service – the only unit of its kind in the Air Force providing timely transport throughout the National Capitol Region for over 2,000 Department of Defense and international distinguished visitors annually. The squadron is also the single point of contact for all Air Force General Officer Personal Property Moves in the NCR managing over 100 relocations annually. The squadron also provides vehicle operations support to over 12,000 aircrew missions annually as well as over 200 Air Force Band and Honor Guard national-wide engagements annually. Additionally, the squadron delivers time-definite, supply, fuel, vehicle management, munitions, traffic management, and cargo deployment operations supporting Joint Base operations. The 11th Logistics Readiness Squadron also operates the regions “Warfighter’s Gateway” managing the deployment and reception of over 1,500 Airmen annually in support of combat operations.
11th Force Support Squadron
The 11th Force Support Squadron provides a full spectrum of support for the Andrews population and the military community at large. This includes military and civilian personnel management, manpower and organization support, education and training services, military and family support, military readiness programs, Professional Military Education and a First Term Airman orientation for all first duty station Airmen. The 11 FSS team supports more than 120,000 members of the military, family members and retirees in the National Capital Region, including members of the Air National Guard Readiness Center, the 89th Airlift Wing, District of Columbia Air National Guard, the 113th Wing, the 459th Air Refueling Wing, and more than 250 other partner and geographically separated units. The 11 FSS also provides a full spectrum of quality of life programs and activities. Great values and entertainment can be found in dining and recreation at The Courses and The Club at Andrews. The squadron manages these facilities and touches the lives of Team Andrews through overseeing the operations of lodging, two fitness centers, three childcare centers, a youth center, a dining facility for enlisted personnel, a flight kitchen, an outdoor recreation office, parks, a base lake, a secure RV storage lot, family camp grounds, a swimming pool, equipment rental, a ticket and tours office, and a library complete with a computer support center. In addition, the 11 FSS oversees the Non-Appropriated Fund financial office, the Andrews Personnel Readiness Function, and the mortuary/casualty affairs office. Successful execution of this diverse mission would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of the men and women of the 11 FSS. Whether it be providing the finest mission support possible or enhancing individual and family lifestyles on JBA, the FSS team is committed to its mission to be “Poised...Proud...Ready!”
811th Force Support Squadron
Located in The Pentagon they provide support to personnel assigned the HAF/SAF and Joint Staffs within The Pentagon along with numerous other agencies located within the National Capital Region. This includes military personnel management, education and training services, military and family support, military readiness programs and professional development for military members. In addition, they have a Services store for merchandise and ITT services for personnel in The Pentagon.
11th Security Forces Group
The 11th Security Forces Group is an elite, expertly trained, competently led, properly equipped, professional security force capable of defending national assets, resources, and personnel in any environment. The 11th Security Forces Group is comprised of 3 squadrons the 11th Security Forces Squadron, the 11th Security Support Squadron and the 811th Security Forces Squadron, with each performing a critical part in defending and securing America’s Airfield.
11th Security Forces Squadron
The 11th Security Forces Squadron is one of the largest squadrons in the 11th Wing and one of the largest security forces squadrons in the Air Force. Its 400-plus members provide worldwide security for Air Force One in support of the president, vice president and Special Air Missions. The 11 SFS can rapidly deploy forces for global wartime contingency operations. Additionally, it actively protects Department of Defense assets and provides police services, visitor control and personnel, information and industrial security for the 20,000 military and civilian personnel assigned to the base. The 11 SFS is home to the only protective services sections in the Air Force and has one of the largest K-9 sections in the continental United States in the Air Force. The 11 SFS provides combat arms training, serving JBA and the National Capital Region.
11th Security Support Squadron
The 11th Security Support Squadron provides resources, installation security programs and plans, military working dogs, weapons training, and training support to the 11th Security Forces Group. The 11 SSPTS equips and trains more than 800 security forces members to meet expeditionary force protection and base law enforcement and security for Joint Base Andrews. The military working dog provides support to security force members protecting non-nuclear assets and national leaders throughout the National Capital Region, including foreign heads of state and diplomatic dignitaries. The weapons training section supports deploying warfighters, and home station defenders maintain proficiency of assigned weapons. In addition, the 11 SSPTS maintains oversight of physical security systems and enhancements protecting Joint Base Andrew assets and personnel.
811th Security Forces Squadron
811th Security Forces Squadron- Presidential Defenders aggressively shielding America’s strategic national assets while providing first-class mission support to our Commander in Chief, senior United States and International Leaders and mission partners. The 811th Security Forces Squadron is responsible for the security of Air Force One at Joint Base
Andrews and the Air Force One Maintenance and Support Complex. The 811th Security Forces Squadron defend the Presidential Airlift Group, Department of Defense Special Air Missions, and United States and foreign dignitaries transiting JBA and throughout the National Capital Region. The 811 SFS boasts the largest fly away security Raven and protective services sections in the Air Force.
811th Operations Group
The proud professionals of the 811th Operations Group provide continuous rotary-wing contingency response capability to the National Capital Region while simultaneously supporting JBA’s global aerial port customers with critical airfield infrastructure and aviation services. The group consists of two squadrons: The 1st Helicopter Squadron’s highly skilled, experienced and motivated aircrew and support personnel execute the Air Force District of Washington’s only flying mission. The 811th Operations Support Squadron warriors support distinguished visitor and contingency airlift missions for the White House, members of the Cabinet, Congress and Department of Defense officials.
1st Helicopter Squadron
The 1st Helicopter Squadron is the Air Force’s largest helicopter squadron. The 1 HS operates the UH-1N “Huey,” conducting high-priority airlift missions in the National Capitol Region. The squadron traces its heritage back to 1955, serving as the first Air Force rotary wing squadron within the Washington, D.C. area.
The unit also maintains the capability to provide Defense Support to Civilian Authorities in the event of disaster.
811th Operations Support Squadron
The 811th Operational Support Squadron provides aviation related support to the 811th Operations Group. Key components include Aircrew Flight Equipment, Aircrew Flight and Simulator Training, Operations Group Plans and Mobility, and Operations Group Tactics and Exercises. The 811 OSS also serves as the aircraft maintenance squadron providing oversight and advocacy for the contract helicopter maintenance function for 21 UH-1N aircraft. The squadron also provides airfield systems support and host aviation resource management support for the entire National Capital Region.
Air Force District of Washington
The Air Force District of Washington, located on Joint Base Andrews, Md., brings air, space and cyberspace capabilities to the joint team protecting the nation’s capital, and supports local personnel and those serving worldwide. As a direct reporting unit with major command responsibilities, AFDW provides headquarters support to the U.S. Air Force Band and Honor Guard, located on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling,
Washington, D.C., and to the 11th Wing, 320th Air Expeditionary Wing, 844th Communications Group and 79th Medical Wing on Joint Base Andrews, Md.
Web site - http://www.afdw.af.mil/
79th Medical Wing
The 79th Medical Wing is the Air Force’s medical voice for planning and implementing Air Force and joint medical solutions within the National Capital Region. Activated on May 10, 2006, it is a key mission partner on Joint Base Andrews with two subordinate units; the 779th Medical Group on Joint Base Andrews and the 579th Medical Group on Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling. 79 MDW medics also work at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Fort Belvoir Community Hospital, Fort Meade and the Pentagon.
The 79th Medical Wing is a tenant wing on Joint Base Andrews, and is headquartered at Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center. Together with our Army and Navy partners, the 79 MDW is fully engaged with the Defense Health Agency National Capital Region Medical Directorate in the planning and delivery of integrated world-class health care. Our personnel are deployed throughout the world to include Europe, the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and Central America. With an annual budget of $66 million and nearly 1,475 military and civilian employees, the 79 MDW provides quality health care to more than 540,000 Tricare eligible beneficiaries in the National Capital Region. The 79 MDW is privileged to work with the Air Force District of Washington in supporting state funerals, inaugurations and State of the Union addresses. The face of Air Force medicine in the NCR is evolving to meet the needs of our community.
Web site - http://www.79mdw.af.mil Facebook page – AFMS 79th Medical Wing
779th Medical Group
The 779th Medical Group, also known as Malcolm Grow Medical Clinics and Surgery Center, is named in honor of the first Air Force Surgeon General Major General Malcom Grow and is the primary healthcare facility on Joint Base Andrews. Located on the west side of Joint Base Andrews, the 779th Medical Group provides a wide range of primary care services and offers a spectrum of medical and surgical sub-specialties to more than 454,000 beneficiaries in the National Capital Region. On a typical day, the 779th Medical Group averages nearly 800 clinic visits, 60 emergent care visits and 90 dental visits, as well as 2,200 lab tests and 1,500 prescriptions filled. In addition, surgeons perform approximately 150 same day surgeries each month to include Laser Eye Surgery.
The 779th Medical Group maintains medical readiness for worldwide contingencies with 1,150 staff members and 30 residents, sponsors 19 professional training programs, and provides medical support to Presidential and Congressional Special Airlift Missions. They also operate the largest aeromedical staging facility in the continental United States serving as the East Coast hub for aeromedical evacuation aircraft returning wounded, sick and injured patients from Europe to the United States.
The 779th Medical Group is partnered with other major facilities in the National Capital Region (NCR) (Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC), Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (FBCH) and Kimbrough Ambulatory Care Clinic (KACC)) to form the enhanced Multi Service Market (eMSM). There are 120 personnel integrated as full-time staff working at Fort Belvoir Community Hospital and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, and some medical staff travel to other NCR facilities to continue the care of beneficiaries primarily seen on Joint Base Andrews.
They also have personnel who travel to other facilities to care for our beneficiaries. General surgeons average 35 same-day surgeries and 14 inpatient cases per month while orthopedic surgeons complete 4 total joint cases monthly at FBCH. Obstetricians help deliver over 155 babies monthly at FBCH. About 62 providers within the NCR provide services in the facility. This allows 290 monthly visits to be seen at MGMCSC, reducing the need for patients to travel to other facilities.
The 779th Medical Group is affiliated with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and serves as a training facility for medical students from across the country. Graduate medical education and technical training programs for health care professionals are available in 19 different specialties and provide training programs for approximately 1,600 health professionals each year.
844th Communications Group
The 844th Communications Group provides communications and information technology systems and services for the National Military Command Center, Headquarters United States Air Force, the Air Force District of Washington, and other Air Force organizations within the National Capital Region. The group’s mission also includes travel and communications support to the Secretary of Defense, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. The 844th Communications Group is comprised of the headquarters and subordinate units at Joint Base Andrews-NAF Washington, Md., Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, Washington, D.C., and the Pentagon. The 844th Communications Group also provides a wide range of communications and information management services supporting all Air Force units in the National Capital Region, and Air and Space Expeditionary Forces around the globe. The group delivers voice, data, publishing, mail and mobile communications services. Group responsibilities include records management, reprographics, Freedom of Information Act requests, Privacy Act and information assurance programs. Other 844 CG elements include the 744th Communications Squadron, headquartered at Joint Base Andrews-NAF Washington, Md., and the 844th Communications Squadron, headquartered at the Pentagon.
744th Communications Squadron
The 744th Communications Squadron provides network operations for Joint Base Andrews-NAF Washington and Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling, including a help desk, network management, small computer support, and information protection. The squadron also provides administrative communications and customer training, technical and systems support for communications and computer systems including ground radio--land mobile radio, cellular phones and frequency management, telephone and client computer systems.
To contact the help desk call 202-767-8000.
89th Airlift Wing
The mission of the 89th Airlift Wing is to transport our nation’s civilian and military leaders to locations around the globe during peace, crisis and conflict; to employ a wide range of current and emerging command, control and communications capabilities and to keep them connected and able to make and transmit timely decisions that further United States interests. The 89 AW provides safe and reliable worldwide airlift and logistical support for the president of the United States, vice president, Cabinet members and other high-ranking U.S. and foreign government officials. The 89 AW also provides combat-ready forces to theater combatant commanders. http://www.89aw.af.mil/units/index.asp
The wing traces its roots to Oct. 1, 1948, when the 1254th Air Transport Squadron was established at Washington National Airport. Special Air Mission began even earlier. The first truly “special mission” aircraft were specifically designated to transport high-ranking government officials in 1936, with the activation of the 1st and 2nd Staff Squadrons at Bolling Air Force Base, Washington, D.C. As SAMs became more organized, the 503rd Army Air Force Base Unit Special Air Missions was formed at Washington National Airport. The 503rd was dubbed the “Brass Hat Squadron” for all the VIPs it transported.
The 1254th became a group in 1952, and a wing in 1960. In 1961, the 1254th Air Transport Wing was moved from Washington National Airport to Andrews. The 1254th was inactivated Jan. 8, 1966, and the 89th Military Airlift Wing (Special Mission) was organized in its place. It was re-designated the 89th Military Airlift Group Sept. 30, 1977, and back to the 89 MAW in December 1980. The wing was re-designated July 12, 1991 to the 89th Airlift Wing. An asset of Air Mobility Command, the wing is directly assigned to the 18th Air Force, headquartered at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
The 89th Airlift Wing is truly a diverse wing and, in recognition of its quality efforts, has been awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award 22 times.
89th Airlift Wing Staff
The 89th Airlift Wing staff directly supports the 89th Airlift Wing commander in the functioning of various wing operations.
The 89th Airlift Wing Protocol office
The 89th Airlift Wing Protocol office is responsible for wing ceremonies and flight line protocol operations. 89 AW protocol is the largest and busiest protocol office in the Department of Defense, supporting the president of the United States, foreign heads of state, the vice president, senior executive and legislative branch leaders, government and other foreign dignitaries, general officers and civilian equivalents. This office provides flight line protocol guidance to the Department of State, foreign embassies, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, military service protocol staffs and other Department of Defense and federal agencies.
The 89th Airlift Wing Public Affairs office
The 89th Airlift Wing Public Affairs office communicates information about 89 AW programs and activities to Air Force members, retirees, their families and the general public. A primary activity of public affairs is providing timely, accurate and authoritative information about activities within the 89th Airlift Wing to the local, national and international news media. Because of the around-the-clock operations of the 89 AW, and the nature of the news media, 89 AW Public Affairs personnel are accessible 24/7.
The 89th Airlift Wing Historian
The 89th Airlift Wing Historian provides historical services to the 89 AW. The primary responsibility of the Historian is to officially record the wing’s history: a written narrative volume and supporting documentation that recounts the significant activities and events of the wing. The wing historian maintains the historical archives of the wing and its predecessor organizations, dating back to the early 1940s. The Historian reviews proposed unit emblem designs, updates any changes in the wing’s lineage and honors data and promotes wing and Air Force heritage. In addition, the historian conducts research related to its wing and the Air Force and responds to inquiries from wing organizations, other government agencies, and the general public.
The 89th Airlift Wing Safety office
The 89th Airlift Wing Safety office is responsible for maintaining a world-class safety program in the areas of flight safety and ground safety. Their goal is to provide a mishap-free environment for the personnel of the 89 AW.
The 89th Airlift Wing Plans and Programs office
The 89th Airlift Wing Plans and Programs office provides executable contingency and operations plans to ensure the 89 AW can respond to any local or global contingency.
The 89th Airlift Wing Financial Manager
The 89th Airlift Wing Financial Manager forecasts, formulates and balances the wing’s budget. It serves as the principal financial advisor to the wing commander on all budgetary issues and accounting policy matters.
Presidential Airlift Group
The Presidential Airlift Group is comprised of three components: The Presidential Logistics Squadron, the Presidential Airlift Squadron and members of Boeing, L-3 Communications and other Field Service Representatives. The PAG plans and conducts Special Air Missions carrying the president of the United States, members of the first family and other key dignitaries aboard specially configured VC-25 aircraft. The Presidential Airlift Squadron provides aircrews to conduct global missions on assignment from the White House Military Office. The Presidential Logistics Squadron, in concert with its civilian partners, is responsible for all facets of maintenance, depot, programmatic and logistics support of the presidential fleet. Additionally, the unit maintains alert crews vital to our Nation’s security. The Group is selectively manned. Since Jan. 1953, Air Force One has flown more than 6.5 million accident-free miles.
89th Airlift Support Group
The 89th Airlift Support Group consists of the 89th Aerial Port Squadron and the 89th Communications Squadron.
The 89th Aerial Port Squadron
The 89th Aerial Port Squadron provides aerial port services for all aircraft transiting in and out of Andrews. It’s responsible for processing all passengers, baggage and air cargo. It also provides around-the-clock air transportation support for the president, national leaders, combatant commanders and Special Air Missions. It is the busiest aerial port in the continental United States.
The 89th Communications Squadron
The 89th Communications Squadron operates and maintains senior leader command, control, and communications systems in support of the president, vice president, Cabinet members, combatant commanders, senior leaders and Mobility Air Forces using the Executive Airborne Communications Network and the Government Network Operations Center. The squadron is also responsible for the operation and maintenance of the High Frequency Global Communication System used by senior leaders, government agencies, combatant commanders, and Mobility and Combat Air Forces around the world. The 89th Communications Squadron is the program manager for the Mystic Star program and operates the Chief of Staff of the Air Force’s Information and Telecommunications System of the American Air Forces network for 18 countries.
89th Operations Group
The proud men and women of the 89th Operations Group provide airlift to our nation’s highest civilian and military leaders on missions known as Special Air Missions. The group consists of three squadrons. Executing the critical flying mission of the operations group requires highly skilled, experienced and motivated personnel. Pilots require a minimum of 2,500 flying hours and must be qualified as an instructor pilot in a major weapons system to be considered for selection. The skilled flight engineers and communications system operators in the operations group have an average of 11 years’ experience.
Flight attendants, in addition to being skilled chefs, are experts in emergency procedures and customs regulations, and are selected from all Air Force specialties. The distinctive, blue and white aircraft of the 89 OG represent a unique aspect of Air Mobility Command’s mission of “global reach,” and provide a powerful tool for the nation’s leaders to wield “global diplomatic power.” Primary SAM customers include the White House staff, vice president, first lady, members of Congress, Cabinet secretaries, foreign heads of state, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other high-ranking government and military officials as directed by the Air Staff. Above all, the Operations Group remains committed to providing its customers unparalleled safety, comfort and reliability, while keeping them connected and protected.
1st Airlift Squadron
The 1st Airlift Squadron’s lineage can be traced back to its formation March 23, 1944 at Homestead Army Airfield, Fla. As part of the Caribbean Wing of Air Transport Command, the squadron quickly prepared for activation and deployment overseas. Upon activation, the 1st Air Transport Squadron trained for airlift operations in the China-Burma-India theater of operations. It began military airlift missions at Kharagpur Airfield, India, in May of 1944. Using C-46 and C-87 aircraft, the 1 ATS was responsible for transporting men and material over the Himalayas to United States and Allied bases in China. The squadron was inactivated March 25, 1946, and disbanded Oct. 8, 1948. It was then reactivated Nov. 18, 1953, at Dover Air Force Base, Del., as the 1st Air Transport Squadron, Medium. The 1st was re-designated the 1st Military Airlift Squadron Jan. 8, 1966, and continued to serve at Dover AFB, providing worldwide airlift which included personnel and equipment to Southeast Asia, until inactivated June 30, 1971. The squadron was reactivated at Andrews Sept. 12, 1977, and was redesignated the 1st Airlift Squadron July 12, 1991. The 1st Airlift Squadron flies the C-32A and C-40B, which are highly modified Boeing 757 and 737 aircraft, in support of the nation’s leaders.
99th Airlift Squadron
The 99th Airlift Squadron traces its history back to Aug. 1, 1943 when it was activated as the 99th Troop Carrier Squadron at Sedalia Army Airfield, Mo. The squadron deployed to Langar Field, England in March of 1944, where they paradropped the 101st Airborne Division over France in the initial assault of the invasion of Normandy. After having been inactivated in 1951, the 99th TCS was redesignated the 99th Military Airlift Squadron Dec. 1965. The squadron officially moved to Andrews AFB in Jan. 1966 to provide safe, reliable and efficient transportation for the president and vice president of the United States, members of the Cabinet, Members of Congress, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and other high ranking domestic and foreign dignitaries. The 99th Airlift Squadron operates the C-20B, C-37A and C-37B, modified Gulfstream III, V and 550 aircraft executing Special Airlift Missions. The pilots, flight engineers, communications systems operators and flight attendants of the 99 AS also maintain rapid-reaction alert crews to support short-notice White House requirements. They transport America’s distinguished leaders to more international locations than any other Air Force unit.
89th Operations Support Squadron
The 89th Operations Support Squadron provides vital mission support and training to the 89th Airlift Wing and other tenant flying organizations on Joint Base Andrews and within the National Capital Region. While some elements of the 89 OSS are common to most Operations Support Squadrons, many of them have unique responsibilities and demands based on the missions of the supported units. The elements common to most Operations Support Squadrons include Operational Support Training, Current Operations, Aircrew Flight Equipment, Communications Security, Tactics, and Survival/Evasion/Resistance/Escape. Other elements of the 89 OSS are unique, including Mission Operations, In-Flight Service Funds, and the Executive Airlift Training Center. In July of 2010, the 89th Operations Support Squadron gained responsibility for Airfield Management, Airfield Operations, and Weather Services. While the demands are many, the squadron embodies a standard of perfection with its motto: “Expect the Best.”
89th Maintenance Group
The 89th Maintenance Group provides aircraft maintenance support for 16 assigned Special Air Mission aircraft along with Roll-On/Roll-Off assets valued at more than $780 million. This equipment is used to transport the president, vice president, Cabinet secretaries, Congress members, combatant commanders and other high-ranking U.S. and foreign dignitaries worldwide. As a result of a government competitive sourcing in April of 2001, the group transitioned flight line maintenance, transient alert maintenance, base supply and fuels from military to a civilian contractor. The 89th Maintenance Group is now comprised of four sections: The Maintenance Operations Center, the Flying Crew Chief Section, the Contract Officer’s Representative Section, and the Aircraft Programs Section.
Maintenance Operations Center
The MOC coordinates sortie and maintenance production, while monitoring the execution of the daily flying and maintenance schedules. Additionally, this unit constantly assesses health of fleet indicators for negative trends. Through collaboration with maintenance sub-units, the MOC communicates priorities for competing demands on limited resources such as fuel docks, wash racks, and dispatched specialists based on the daily flying schedule and maintenance priorities. The exchange of information between units and the MOC must be in sufficient detail to allow the MOC to anticipate and avert potential problems along with accomplishing higher headquarters’ reporting requirements.
The Contracting Officer’s Representative Section
The COR Section oversees Headquarters Air Mobility Command’s Very Important Person Special Air Mission Support contract, valued at over $378 million. Its members ensure the contractor meets or exceeds all contractual terms and conditions as they pertain to aircraft maintenance. Additionally, this section drafts technical requirements for contract modifications or re-acquisition and delivers technical expertise to the VIPSAM program office. The CORs work extensively with the 11th Contracting Squadron on contractual matters.
Flying Crew Chief Section
The FCC section maintains the C-32A and C-40B while on mission off-station. They also maintain a RO/RO section responsible for the Silver Bullet, the Senior Leader Intransient Conference Capsule, and Senior Leader Intransient Pallet.
The Programs section is responsible for program management of five commercial-derivative aircraft types assigned to the 89th Airlift Wing. In addition, they are the Contractor Officer’s Representative for four logistic support contracts. The program management of aircraft at the wing level is the only one of its kind in the Air Force.
459th Air Refueling Wing
The 459th Air Refueling Wing, an Air Force Reserve Command unit, provides air refueling and aeromedical transport support with its KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft to joint units worldwide.
The wing is composed of three groups (Operations, Maintenance, and Support) and two medical squadrons (Aerospace Medicine Squadron and Aeromedical Staging Squadron). A full-time civilian and Air Reserve Technician staff of more than 1,300 people provides day-to-day administration and management of the unit. It is the only flying AFRC unit in the greater Washington D.C. area and a seven-time recipient of the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. During peacetime, the 459th falls under the command and control of Headquarters, AFRC, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. In war or during times of national emergency, the 459th is under the direction of the 4th Air Force.
The 459 ARW provides in-flight refueling capabilities to joint mission partners across the globe during exercises and critical missions through the deployment and maintenance of the KC-135R Stratotanker. Other missions include presidential and congressional support; movement of urgent, priority and routine patients; administrative preparation of patients for flight and ensuring they are clinically supported while waiting for transport.
Since its activation in 1943, the 459th has participated in many exercises and contingencies to include Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, Northern and Southern Watch, Noble Anvil, Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. The wing has also served in places around the globe to include Iraq, Afghanistan, Cuba, Bosnia and Kosovo.
The wing has contributed to humanitarian missions in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and flooding in Honduras and the Dominican Republic in 2006.
In 2015, KC-135R missions were critical in suppressing emerging Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant threats through the refueling of fighters and bombers targeting threats in Syria and Iraq. Additionally, air refueling crews enabled U.S. embassy evacuation operations in Yemen.
Joint Base Andrews units, including the 459 ARW, received recognition from the President of the United States for outstanding and innovative performance resulting in the 2015 Commander In Chief’s Award for Installation Excellence.
District of Columbia Air National Guard
Joint Base Andrews is home to the 113th Wing and the 121st Weather Flight of the District of Columbia Air National Guard. Unlike other ANG components, the DCANG is the only ANG unit located outside of its home state. The DCANG consists of citizen Airmen who reside and work in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, Maryland, Virginia and neighboring states. As the air component to the Joint Force Headquarters, DCANG is the only air guard component that reports directly to the President of the United States.
The 113th Wing’s Capital Guardians provide fighter, airlift and support forces capable of global employment and air sovereignty forces to defend the Nation’s Capital; employ the forces with mastery and lethality, if required and provide the community with support enhanced through good will. The 113th Wing prevents enemy nation-states and non-state adversaries from attacking fellow Americans and adversely impacting our way of life. The wing responds aggressively and quickly to natural disasters or public insecurity situations to protect life and property and quickly restore normality to the lives of those affected; and develops and trains highly motivated, capable, and respected Guardsmen who will accomplish the mission with integrity and leadership while serving and enriching the community and developing the trust and respect of our neighbors.
121st Weather Flight
The 121st Weather Flight provides aviation-specific weather forecasts to the District of Columbia Air National Guard. They also provide weather support to First United States Army Headquarters at Fort Gillem, Ga., in response to disaster contingency efforts for major weather events.
Air National Guard Readiness Center
The Air National Guard Readiness Center’s mission is to ensure that Air National Guard field units are properly resourced to train and equip for state and federal missions across the entire spectrum of military operations, and serves as a channel of communication between the National Guard Bureau and the states on Air National Guard operational activities. It also provides wingman support to the 105,700 ANG Airmen throughout the mission and their entire military careers.
It was established as the Air National Guard Support Center, and activated as a direct reporting unit in June 1979. In February 1991, its status was changed from a direct reporting unit to a field operating agency, until it was re-designated as the ANGRC June 1, 1992.
The ANGRC commander is responsible for four detachments and 23 operating locations with an authorized strength of nearly 750 military and civilian personnel.
Naval Air Facility Washington
Naval Air Facility Washington (NAFW) maintains a joint partnership as the supported component of Joint Base Andrews-NAF Washington. Naval Air Facility Washington is one of only three Navy Reserve bases in the U.S. and is subordinate to Commander Naval Air Force Reserve headquartered in San Diego, Ca. Its mission is training and readiness support for 12 Navy and Marine Corps commands aboard NAFW in order to deploy forces globally. These tenants include three operational squadrons: VR-1, VR-53, and VMR Andrews. The squadrons execute missions with C-37B, C-20D, C130T, and the UC-35D aircraft to support VIP transport, Navy Airlift Logistics, and Marine Corps VIP flights. The other tenant commands on NAFW perform different missions supporting various enterprises throughout the Navy. Navy Operational Support Center Washington ensures personnel support and mobilizations readiness for over 3000 Navy Reservists in the DC area. Fleet Readiness Center (FRC) Mid-Atlantic detachment NAFW performs all the intermediate level maintenance functions to support the operational squadrons. Navy Communication-Security Material System (NCMS) Command manages all COMSEC throughout the Navy and reports to Navy Cyber Command. Additional NAFW tenant commands include: Information Dominance Corps Region Washington, Branch Health Clinic NAFW, Aviation Supply Depot Washington, Fleet Logistics Center detachment NAFW. More than 700 personnel work on NAFW on a daily basis. In addition to deciding executive facility priorities with the Air Force, the NAFW HQ staff provides the following functions to the tenants: maintenance of the Navy Marine Corps Internet System, Communication Security Material support, VIP hosting, facility coordination and station weapons.
Army Jet Detachment
Army Priority Air Transport provides long-range, executive airlift around the world. The Army’s First Jet Detachment was established with the ability to send its leaders more than 5,000 nautical miles non-stop, anywhere in the world. The jet detachment operates three short-range UC-35 Cessna Citations and three large-cabin, long-range Gulfstream V jets. USAPAT, which began its life within the Military District of Washington, then fell under the Operational Support Airlift Command and other agencies, came back with creation of MDW’s Air Operations Group in December 2005.
Civil Air Patrol Detachment 2
Civil Air Patrol-United States Air Force, Detachment 2, is the Air Force’s regional headquarters for liaison to its auxiliary, the Civil Air Patrol. Detachment 2, Middle East Liaison Region, is one of eight regional headquarters nationwide, and provides assistance to CAP wings in Delaware, Maryland, the National Capital Region, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Air Force and civilian personnel provide advice, liaison and oversight to CAP for emergency services, search and rescue, disaster relief, homeland security, cadet programs and aerospace education. Each year, the region sponsors a variety of programs in support of the CAP. For more information about CAP-USAF, go to www.au.af.mil/au/holmcenter/CAPUSAF/.
Andrews Composite Squadron
The Andrews Composite Squadron is part of Civil Air Patrol’s National Capital Wing, the operational component responsible for the Washington, D.C. metro area. The all-volunteer, cadet and officer squadron holds a general membership meeting Thursdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with 61,000 members nationwide. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 32 lives in fiscal year 2012. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and counter-drug missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people participating in CAP cadet programs. CAP has performed missions for America since 1941. For more information, visit the National Capital Wing’s Web site at www.natcapwg.cap.gov.
The Civil Air Patrol’s Congressional Squadron is an operational search and rescue and disaster relief unit made up of members of Congress, their staff, Legislative and Executive Branch officials and aviation professionals. It has conducted flight operations from Andrews since 1976, and currently operates two Cessna 182T glass cockpit aircraft, located on the east side of the airfield. The unit was formed in 1967 by Congressman Lester Wolff and is commanded by Senator Tom Harkin. It reports directly to CAP National Headquarters at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., and, in addition to its operational missions, conducts special missions including the new national CAP display at the biannual Joint Service Open House and capabilities demonstrations for the United States and other governments. For more information about Congressional Squadron, email email@example.com.
317th Recruiting Squadron
The 317th Recruiting Squadron, commanded by Lt. Col. James Hamilton, directs and operates the recruiting activities of seven enlisted accession flights and one line officer accession flight with approximately 86 active-duty and 10 civilian personnel. Senior Master Sgt. Jerome Peele is the squadron production superintendent. The 317th RCS is located in Oxon Hill, Md., and covers a 43,000 square-mile area that includes Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina. Its mission is to inspire, engage and recruit future Airmen to deliver airpower for America.