Twenty-Second Air Force traces its origins to December 28, 1941, when the Domestic Division, Air Corps Ferrying Command, was established and activated in Washington, D.C. Amid many re-organizations, the mission of the command remained constant – provide airlift support to crisis areas in which American interests were at stake. The Command was activated as a reserve Numbered Air Force on July 1, 1993, and is under the peacetime command of Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. In the event of mobilization, some of the Twenty-Second Air Force subordinate units would come under the operational control of the Air Mobility Command's (AMC) 21st Air Force, headquartered at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey.
The mission of Twenty-Second Air Force is to recruit and train reservists, maintain subordinate units at the highest level of combat readiness, and coordinate daily support of the Regular Air Force. The wartime mission is to provide combat-ready airlift and support personnel to Air Mobility Command. Twenty-Second Air Force manages more than 21,000 Reservists and has 149 unit-equipped aircraft. Reserve crews fly C-130s, C-17s, C-5A/Bs, and KC-10As, which are located at fourteen different Reserve wings. The 24 flying squadrons and more than 225 support units are spread throughout fourteen states.
Twenty-Second Air Force hosts several missions unique to the Department of Defense, including the Modular Airborne Firefighting System, the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, and the Modular Aerial Spray System. Aircrews from the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., were mobilized in support of the Southern California wildfires in the summer of 2003. The “Hurricane Hunters” from the 403rd Wing, Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., is the only military unit in the world flying weather reconnaissance on a routine basis. Each year, the National Hurricane Center estimates that data obtained from the Hurricane Hunters increases the center’s accuracy in issuing hurricane warnings by 25 to 30 percent. The Modular Aerial Spray System unit from the 910th Airlift Wing (Youngstown, Ohio) deployed at the request of the Federal Emergency Management Agency to control the mosquito population in North Carolina and Virginia after Hurricane Floyd in 1999. The unit has also completed testing which showed that aerial spray operations can effectively apply oil dispersants during catastrophic oil spills.
In 1995, Twenty-Second Air Force gained the 622nd Regional Support Group, co-located with the headquarters. The 622nd Regional Support Group is one of three Reserve regional support groups and is responsible for the command and control of 15 units in nine states, from New York to Florida, and as far west as Little Rock, Arkansas, at ten separate locations.
In 2003, Twenty-Second Air Force gained the 413th Flight Test Group, the only Group of its kind in Air Force Reserve Command. The nine units within the 413th Flight Test Group provide personnel and resources to determine airworthiness of post-maintenance aircraft and execute aircraft sustainment flight tests in seventeen different aircraft, including the F-15, F-16, A-10, B-1, B-52, KC-10 and KC-135.
Twenty-Second Air Force has also accomplished high-visibility humanitarian missions to include the airdrop of humanitarian daily rations over Afghanistan to the first C-17 aircrew landing in Iran in over 24 years, providing supplies to the victims of the devastating December 2003 earthquake in Bam, Iran.
Since September 11, 2001, more than five thousand Reservists from 22nd Air Force units have been activated and deployed in support of Operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, and Iraqi Freedom. Reserve aircrews within 22nd Air Force have flown more than 80,000 strategic flying hours, and 55,000 tactical flying hours in the Global War on Terrorism.
In 2010, 22nd Air Force units were some of the first to provide relief operations following the devastating earthquake in Haiti. Hundreds of its members were also called to extended active duty activated as part of President Obama’s requirement for surge operations in Afghanistan and the Middle East.
Headquarters 22nd Air Force, 1364 Chennault Circle, Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia 30069-4904
(678) 655-5467 or Toll Free 1-888-436-2246, Extension 5467