621st Contingency Response Wing

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621st Contingency Response Wing
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Active March 2005 – Present
Country United States
Branch Air Force
Type Rapid Mobility, Contingency Response, Initial Airbase Holding
Size 650 military and civilian personnel
Part of Air Mobility Command
Garrison/HQ Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst
Nickname(s) "The Devil Raiders"
Engagements Operation Enduring Freedom
Operation Iraqi Freedom
Operation Unified Response
Col. James Copher

The 621st Contingency Response Wing (621 CRW) is a wing of the United States Air Force based out of Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.


The 621 CRW is responsible for training and rapidly deploying personnel to quickly open airfields in remote locations and extend Air Mobility Command's ability to deploy people and equipment around the globe.

Most of the operations can be classified by three types, Joint Task Force - Port Opening (JTF-PO), where USAF and US Army units create distribution chains, Expeditionary Air Mobility Support, (EAMS) where CRW personnel augment existing forces for the mission, and Initial Airbase Opening (IAO)

Unit history and significant operations

  • LINEAGE: Established as the 621st Air Mobility Operations Group on 24 June 1994. Activated on 22 July 1994. Redesignated the 621st Contingency Response Wing on 1 March 2005
  • ASSIGNMENTS: Twenty-First Air Force (later, 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Force), 22 July 1994 - 18 March 2012; USAF Expeditionary Center, 19 March 2012 – present.
  • STATIONS: Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (formerly McGuire AFB), NJ, 22 July 1994 – present
  • In 2005, the 621st was created with four groups, eight squadrons and ten geographically separated operating locations aligned with major US Army and Marine Corps combat units. The wing maintains a ready corps of light, lean and agile mobility support forces able to respond as directed by the 618th Air and Space Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center) at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., in order to meet Combatant Command wartime and humanitarian requirements.
  • Following the 2010 Haiti earthquake of 12 January, the 817th Contingency Response Group deployed to Toussaint L'Ouverture International Airport, Port-au-Prince, Haiti in support of Operation Unified Response.[1] Before the earthquake, Toussaint L'Ouverture handled an average of 20 flights a day. Immediately following the earthquake this number jumped dramatically. At its peak on 19 January, more than 160 aircraft landed and were safely unloaded by the CRW—an 800 percent increase in air traffic from pre-disaster levels.[2]
  • In early 2010, Airmen from the 571 Contingency Response Group and 819th Global Support Squadron deployed to Camp Marmal, Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan to provide aerial cargo handling support for the Operation Enduring Freedom logistics surge.[3]
  • The 816th Contingency Response Group was inactivated on 11 June 2010.[4]
  • August 2010, 30 Airmen from the 818th Contingency Response Group deployed as a Contingency Response Element, or CRE, to Chaklala Airbase, Pakistan.[5] Once deployed, they provided additional aerial port capabilities to increase aircraft loading efficiency for the Pakistan Air Force's Central Flood Relief Cell.[6]

Operations for NASA

With a separation of over 1,000 miles, teams from the 621st are ready to launch at a moment's notice in support of the Space Shuttle launches.

Designed to provide a quick response mobility force, the 621st CRW's shuttle support mission will only be executed in the event of a post launch emergency that forces the shuttle to land at an alternate location. CRW Airmen will sit on-call during the schedule launch to facilitate the response in case the shuttle mission is aborted.[7]


Major command

Numbered Air Force

Subordinate organizations

621st Contingency Operations Support Group (621 COSG)

  • 819th Global Support Squadron (819 GSS)
  • 21st Air Mobility Operations Squadron (21 AMOS)
  • Air Mobility Liaison Officers (26)

817th Contingency Response Group (817 CRG)

  • 817th Global Mobility Squadron (817 GMS)
  • 817th Global Mobility Readiness Squadron (817 GMRS)

818th Contingency Response Group (818 CRG)

  • 818th Global Mobility Squadron (818 GMS)
  • 818th Global Mobility Readiness Squadron (818 GMRS)
  • 818th Mobility Support Advisory Squadron (818 MSAS)

615th Contingency Operations Support Group (615 COSG)

  • 573rd Global Support Squadron (573 GSS)
  • 15th Air Mobility Operations Squadron (15 AMOS)
  • Air Mobility Liaison Officers

570th Contingency Response Group (570 CRG)

  • 570th Global Mobility Squadron (570 GMS)
  • 570th Global Mobility Readiness Squadron (570 GMRS)

571st Contingency Response Group (571 CRG)

  • 571st Global Mobility Squadron (571 GMS)
  • 571st Global Mobility Readiness Squadron (571 GMRS)
  • 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron (571 MSAS)

123d Contingency Response Group (123 CRG)

  • 123d Global Mobility Squadron (123 GMS)
  • 123d Global Mobility Readiness Squadron (123 GMRS)


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