The US Air Force’s (USAF) 62nd Airlift Wing (AW) has implemented the new Mobility Air Force – Force Generation (MAFFORGEN) deployment model.
This marks the first time 62nd AW has followed the new model.
Based at Joint Base Lewis–McChord, Washington, the 62nd AW’s members and C-17 Globemaster III aircraft have been deployed to the US Central, European and Africa Command area of operations.
Eighth Expeditionary Airlift Squadron commander lieutenant colonel Nicholas Disney said: “MAFFORGEN is in direct correlation with the Agile Combat Employment (ACE) concept that we can go anywhere anytime in support of any geographic combatant command, and very much aligns C-17 community more closely with rest of the USAF’s deployment model.”
The new model intends to reconstruct Air Mobility Command’s (AMC) manpower, assets and equipment as cohesive force elements.
Deployment under the MAFFORGEN model takes place in four phases, consisting of ‘reset, prepare, ready, and available to commit’.
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This allows the units and aircraft to train, deploy and recover as combined entities.
In the initial phase, airmen are given time to recoup and then assume the basic proficiency.
It is followed by the ‘prepare’ phase, under which squadron gets an opportunity to conduct an advanced training along with a certification test to improve the unit’s operational efficiency to support agencies and joint partners.
Under the ‘ready’ phase, forces from multiple wings come together to train and achieve high-level readiness to perform missions in combat environment.
The last phase involves identifying the airmen as a fully resourced deployable unit, ready for undertaking combat operations.
Similarly, for 62nd AW, the four MAFFORGEN model phases allowed personnel to enhance manning and equipment shortcomings, while validating the resourcefulness and capability of the unit to undertake missions.