728th Air Mobility Squadron
Published March 14, 2013
The 728th Air Mobility Squadron is a traditional Air Mobility Command en route squadron consisting of five flights providing expertise in three core competencies (Aerial Port Operations, Aircraft Maintenance, Command and Control) and robust staff support. The unit provides safe and effective en route support for Eastern Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia, 24/7/365, at both Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, and the Transit Center at Manas, Kyrgyzstan. The squadron's integrated Total Force team of 160 permanent party, 40 Turkish Nationals, and between 90-140 Air Expeditionary Force augmentees executes its' daily mission with Excellence, Passion and Balance.
At Incirlik Air Base, the unit functions as the 39th Air Base Wing's aerial port and services transient Department of Defense and Allied country aircraft. Additionally, since 2005, the 728th has operated a premier strategic cargo hub, supporting war-fighting operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. In partnership with the 385th Air Expeditionary Group, the 728th has supported the delivery of more than one million short tons of sustainment cargo in support of Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM and NEW DAWN.
The Aerial Port (TR) flight is responsible for conducting air transportation services for all airlift missions originating, terminating, or transiting Incirlik Air Base. The Air Terminal Operations Center provides command and control oversight for air transportation operations and orchestrates those activities with other squadron and base functions. Aircraft Services processes all Incirlik cargo utilizing air transportation to include loading and unloading AMC airlift missions. Passenger Services is responsible for the operation of the Incirlik Air Mobility Command passenger terminal and all passenger handling and fleet servicing.
The Aircraft Maintenance (MX) flight projects AMC's global air mobility mission by executing flightline operations to generate, launch, recover, service and repair C-17, C-5 and commercial cargo aircraft through "safe, quality maintenance". The Consolidated Took Kit section maintains a comprehensive suite of equipment to support flightline operations. The Maintenance Operations Center provides oversight of flightline activities and coordination with other squadron and base functions.
The Air Mobility Control Center (AMCC) flight directs the operation of airlift support and all AMC aircraft landing and departing Incirlik. Their controllers coordinate aircrew alerts, ground transportation, intelligence reports and positive/secure launch requests. AMCC acts as the eyes-and-ears for the squadron commander and up channels all required reports to HHQ levels.
Operating Location Alpha (OL-A) provides C-17 and C-5 maintenance expertise for AMC aircraft primarily supporting the passenger hub at Manas for military members deploying and re-deploying from the AOR.
The Expeditionary Resource and Readiness (ERR) flight provides a robust suite of services to support the men and women of the 728th. These services include professional and work-center training, mission readiness and deployment support, computer and administrative processing, financial, budgetary, purchasing and vehicle and facilities management.
The 728th Air Mobility Squadron is under the command of the 521st Air Mobility Operations Group, headquartered at Rota Air Base, Spain and the 521st Air Mobility Operations Wing, headquartered at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The Squadron's professionals work hand-in-hand with its' host wings (the 39th Air Base Wing and the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing) and its' host countries, Turkey (to include the Turkish Air Force, Customs and Passport Police) and Kyrgyzstan, to ensure a five-star en route system for AMC aircraft capable of sustaining the projection of America's global power.
(Current as of March 2013)