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315th Contingency Response Flight

315th Contingency Response Flight Patch. (U.S. Air Force Graphic)

315th Contingency Response Flight Patch. (U.S. Air Force Graphic)

Unit Location: Charleston Joint Base Charleston, SC.

Unit Size: 6 Officers; 26 Enlisted (approximate)

Established: December 1984

Mission Statement: To maintain a compact force, capable of deploying worldwide to any airfield with limited notice to set up mobile command and control of contingency, humanitarian, or exercise missions as directed by Headquarters Air Mobility Command (HQ AMC).

Major Responsibilities: The flight is responsible for planning and coordinating exercises and special mission operations. To provide on-site management of AMC airfield operations including command and control, communications, aerial port services, maintenance, security, weather, and intelligence at fixed, enroute or austere locations where AMC operational support does not exist. This is accomplished by building manning and equipment packages through taskings to other units for personnel and equipment as needed to fulfill the package requirements. An important war readiness responsibility is the Affiliation Program which is a DoD directed, formal liaison between HQ AMC and combat units of the US Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Air Force and FBI, who are tasked by the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) or Justice Department to be prepared for aerial deployment.

2009 Highlights: The 315th CRF gained two UTCs from the 94th CRF due to a realignment of the AFRC CRFs and increased in size to 32 positions. The Transformation brought all the equipment from Dobbins ARB and 14 personnel positions. The CRF was the lead unit in Joint Exercise Global Medic 2009, held at Augusta Regional Airport, GA. They will also be the lead unit in 2010. Other training exercises included a Patriot Hoover and Patriot Apache. The CRF were also involved with the unloading of Apache helicopters for the SC Air National Guard unit at McEntire. The Affiliation Program taught 8 classes for a total of 277 personnel from all over the DoD, FBI, and Coast Guard.

Commentary: The 315 CRF is one of the most actively participating Reserve CRF's in the Air Force. The unit is consistently striving to maintain preparedness, training, and leadership to ensure mission accomplishment for both its members as well as its affiliated units. The Affiliation Program is an integral part of training both aircrews and airlift users in operations and exercises to ensure that the mission is achieved safely and efficiently.