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660th AMXS
The 60th Air Mobility Wing (60 AMW) is the host unit at Travis Air Force Basemarker in Californiamarker. It is the largest air mobility organization in the United States Air Force and is responsible for strategic airlift and aerial refueling missions around the world. Wing activity is primarily focused in the Pacificmarker and Indian Oceanmarker area, including Alaskamarker and Antarcticamarker.


Provide rapid, reliable airlift of American fighting forces anywhere on earth in support of national objectives and to extend the reach of American and allied air power through mid-air refueling.


60th Operations Group (60 OG)

60th Maintenance Group (60 MXG)
  • 60th Component Maintenance Squadron (60 CMS)
  • 60th Equipment Maintenance Squadron (60 EMS)
  • 60th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (60 AMXS)
  • 60th Maintenance Operations Squadron (60 MOS)
  • 660th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (660 AMXS)
  • 860th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (860 AMXS)

60th Mission Support Group (60 MSG)
  • 60th Contracting Squadron (60 CONS)
  • 60th Security Forces Squadron (60 SFS)
  • 60th Services Squadron (60 SVS)
  • 60th Aerial Port Squadron (60 APS)
  • 60th Logistics Readiness Squadron (60 LRS)
  • 60th Mission Support Squadron (60 MSS)
  • 60th Communications Squadron (60 CS)
  • 60th Civil Engineering Squadron (60 CES)

60th Medical Group (60 MDG)
  • 60th Aerospace Medical Squadron (60 AMDS)
  • 60th Dental Squadron (60 DS)
  • 60th Inpatient Operations Squadron (60 IPTS)
  • 60th Medical Operations Squadron (60 MDOS)
  • 60th Medical Support Squadron (60 MDOS)
  • 60th Medical Diagnostics and Therapeutics Squadron (60 MDTS)
  • 60th Medical Surgical Operations Squadron (60 MSGS)

Additionally, the 60th Comptroller Squadron (60 CPTS) reports directly to the wing staff.


For additional history and lineage, see 60th Operations Group


  • Established as 60 Troop Carrier Wing, Medium, and activated, on 1 Jul 1948
Redesignated: 60 Troop Carrier Wing, Heavy, on 5 Nov 1948
Redesignated: 60 Troop Carrier Wing, Medium, on 16 Nov 1949
Inactivated on 25 Sep 1958
  • Redesignated 60 Military Airlift Wing, and activated, on 27 Dec 1965
Organized on 8 Jan 1966
Redesignated: 60 Airlift Wing on 1 Nov 1991
Redesignated: 60 Air Mobility Wing on 1 Oct 1994
  • Designated 60th Air Expeditionary Wing in September 2001 when wing elements deployed to combat areas.


Attached to: Airlift Task Force [Provisional], 29 Jul-3 Nov 1948
Attached to: 1 Air Lift Task Force, 4 Nov 1948-19 Jan 1949
Attached to 322d Air Division [Combat Cargo], 1 Apr 1954-31 Jul 1955



  • 7 Military Airlift: 13 Mar 1971-6 Mar 1978; 15 Feb 1979-1 Nov 1991
  • 10 Troop Carrier: attached 15 Nov 1956-11 Mar 1957, assigned 12 Mar 1957-25 Sep 1958
  • 11 Troop Carrier: attached 18-26 Sep 1949; attached 15 Nov 1956-11 Mar 1957, assigned 12 Mar 1957-25 Sep 1958
  • 12 Troop Carrier: attached 15 Nov 1956-11 Mar 1957, assigned 12 Mar 1957-25 Sep 1958
  • 22 Military Airlift: 8 Feb 1972-6 Mar 1978; 15 Feb 1979-1 Nov 1991
  • 28 Military Airlift: 8 Jan 1966-8 Jul 1967 (detached 1-8 Jul 1967)
  • 44 Military Airlift: 8 Jan 1966-1 Mar 1972
  • 62 Troop Carrier: attached 6 Oct 1955-23 Apr 1956
  • 75 Military Airlift: 8 Jan 1966-6 Mar 1978; 15 Feb 1979-1 Nov 1991
  • 84 Military Airlift: 8 Jan 1966- 1 Jul 1971
  • 85 Military Airlift: 8 Jan 1966-8 Jul 1967
  • 86 Military Airlift: 8 Jan 1966-6 March 1978; 15 Feb 1979-1 Nov 1991
  • 376 Troop Carrier: attached 15 Nov 1956-11 Mar 1957, assigned 12 Mar 1957-25 Sep 1958
  • 377 Troop Carrier: attached 15 Nov 1956-11 Mar 1957, assigned 12 Mar 1957-25 Sep 1958
  • 378 Troop Carrier: attached 15 Nov 1956-11 Mar 1957, assigned 12 Mar 1957-25 Sep 1958
  • 776 Troop Carrier: attached 28 Oct 1954-1 May 1955
  • 778 Troop Carrier: attached 28 Apr-c. 1 Nov 1955
  • 7206 Air Transport: attached Mar-1 Nov 1957.



  • Primarily C-54, 1949; C-47, 1949; C-82, 1951-1953; C-119, 1951, 1953- 1958; and C-123, 1956-1958
  • Also operated, in fewer numbers, C-45, 1948; C-74, 1948; B-17, 1949-1951; B-26, 1949-1951; C-47, 1949-1951, 1951- 1955; C-54, 1949-1951, 1951-1952; C-82, 1949-1951; L-5, 1949-1951; L-20, 1955
  • Primarily C-124, 1966-1967; C-130, 1966; C-133, 1966-1971; C-141, 1966-1997; C-5, 1970-; and KC-10, 1994-Present
  • Also operated, in fewer numbers, VC/C-54, 1966-1969; VT/T-29, 1966-1973; U-3, 1966-1968; C-47, 1968-1969; C-131, 1969-1975; T-39, 1969-1975; WC-135, 1993.


Cold War

Douglas C-124A Globemaster II 51-5174 of the 60th Troop Carrier Wing, August 1958.
This aircraft was sent to AMARC in November 1969
Douglas C-133B-DL Cargomaster 59-0533, 60th MAW, 1967.
This aircraft was sent to AMARC in 1971.
It was sold to a private owner and placed on civil registry as N77152, later sold to Carbomaster Corp of Anchorage, Alaska as N133B.
Scrapped at Anchorage IAP Apr-Jul 2000.
Lockheed C-5A Galaxy 68-0010 of the 60th Military Airlift Wing in 1970s livery.

When the wing activated in July 1948, its tactical units were detached, supporting the Berlin Airlift from other bases. The wing operated under control of the provisional airlift task force from 29 July 1948 but was not directly involved in airlift operations until it moved to RAF Fassbergmarker, Germanymarker in January 1949. From 20 January to 26 September 1949, the wing flew Berlin airlift missions, primarily with C-54s. The wing then moved to Wiesbadenmarker, Germany replacing the 7150th Air Force Composite Wing. Without a tactical mission until June 1951, the wing operated a variety of aircraft in support of USAFE and other units. Upon moving to Rhein-Main Air Basemarker, Germany, in June 1951 (where it replaced the 61st Troop Carrier Wing), the 60th resumed a tactical role. Operating from Rhein-Main Air Base until October 1955, the 60th provided airlift for troops and cargo throughout Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. It also provided training to the 433d Troop Carrier Wing, August 1951-July 1952, and the 312th Troop Carrier Wing, July 1952-March 1953. The wing moved to Francemarker in 1955 with no change in the basic airlift mission and continued operations from that area until inactivated in 1958.

The 60th replaced the 1501st Air Transport Wing, Heavy, at Travis Air Force Basemarker, Californiamarker, on 6 January 1966. It flew global airlift and humanitarian missions from that time, initially with C-124, C-130, C-133, and C-141 aircraft. The wing lost its C-130s in 1966, C-124s in 1967, and C-133s in 1971 but gained first operational C-5s in October 1970. Airlift of cargo and troops to Southeast Asia was a major responsibility of the wing, 1966-1975, but missions flown worldwide as required. In November 1966, a C-141 of the 60th Wing became the first jet to land on the Antarctic continentmarker. The 60th also played a major role in the airlift of repatriated prisoners of war to the United States after the Vietnamese ceasefire agreement in 1973, and in the airlift of Vietnamesemarker children and other refugees to the United States in 1975. After the war in Southeast Asia, the 60th continued to support worldwide airlift commitments, including scheduled and contingency logistics operations, humanitarian relief and evacuation efforts, and international scientific research programs. It provided logistic support to the President of the United States during state visits to foreign nations and conducted airlift missions annually in the Antarctic, including the first C-5 ice cap landing. The wing exchanged its C-141A aircraft for "stretched" C-141B version in 1980-1982; transferred re-winged C-5A aircraft to Air Force Reserve and replaced them with more capable C-5B, 1986-1989. The wing performed combat airlift and logistic support missions during the rescue of US nationals on Grenadamarker in October 1983 and the restoration of democracy in Panamamarker, December 1989-January 1990.

Modern era

Beginning in August 1990, the wing provided airlift and logistic support to US and coalition forces in Southwest Asia, while continuing to perform worldwide airlift operations, including humanitarian missions to nations to Latin America and the former Soviet Unionmarker. In 1992-1993, commenced airlift in support of U.S. relief operations in Somaliamarker during Operations PROVIDE RELIEF and RESTORE HOPE. It continued to support on-going operations in Southwest Asia during Operation SOUTHERN WATCH. The wing's elements also supported Operation PROVIDE COMFORT for Kurdish refugees, supported the evacuation of military personnel and their dependents from the Philippinesmarker through Operation FIERY VIGIL in 1991, and provided airlift support to Balkans peacekeeping missions beginning in 1995 with Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR, and continuing under Operations JOINT GUARD and JOINT FORGE. It deployed tanker and support elements to the European theater during Operation ALLIED FORCE from March-June 1999, as well as providing airlift support to other air expeditionary forces deploying to the operation.

After the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the 60th began airlift and refueling operations in support of Operations NOBEL EAGLE and ENDURING FREEDOM. In March 2003, the United States as part of the Global War on Terrorism, initiated Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.

One August 8, 2006, the 60th received its first C-17 Globemaster III aircraft "The Spirit of Solano". The next day, that aircraft was made operational and flew its first mission. The wing won top honors as the best Air Mobility Wing during the 2007 Air Mobility Rodeo.

Unit shields

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  • Ravenstein, Charles A. Air Force Combat Wings Lineage and Honors Histories, 1947–1977. Maxwell AFB, Alabama: Office of Air Force History, 1984. ISBN 0-91279-912-9.
  • Rogers, Brian. United States Air Force Unit Designations Since 1978. Hinkley, UK: Midland Publications, 2005. ISBN 1-85780-197-0.


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