The RAAF’s force element group (FEG) tasked with the movement of ADF personnel, materiel and forces by air changed its name from Air lift Group (ALG) to Air Mobility Group (AMG) on April 1.
The group is headquartered at RAAF Richmond near Sydney and comprises 84 and 86WGs which operate 33SQN (KC-30A) and 36SQN (C-17A) at Amberley, 34SQN (SPA BBJ & 604) at Fairbairn, 35SQN (C-27J), 37SQN (C-130J) and 285SQN (training) at Richmond, and 38SQN (B350) at Townsville.
“ALG was formed in February 1987 when Air Force created its original force element groups,” Commander AMG AIRCDRE Warren McDonald said in a statement. “The name Air Lift Group served us well for the last 27 years and provided a ready identity to our missions, which included air logistics support, airborne operations and aeromedical evacuation. Air Mobility more closely describes our expanded scope of operations and is consistent with the current air power doctrine. This change in terminology has been reflected in a number of our newer organisations, including the formation of the Air Mobility Control Centre in 2005 and the Air Mobility Improvement Program in 2010. The adoption of an AMG identity aligns our terminology with our allied partners, assisting with coalition integration and improving interoperability.”
AMG has a head count of 1,515 personnel and operates 36 aircraft at its four bases.