|Country United States|
Garrison/HQ Scott AFB, Illinois
Branch United States Air Force
|Type Air Operations Center|
Headquarters Scott Air Force Base
|Active April 1, 1992 - Present|
Role Inter-theater Airlift, Air Refueling and Aeromedical Evacuation
Part of Air Mobility Command Eighteenth Air Force
Similar United States Air Force, Military Airlift Command, Third Air Force, Fourth Air Force, Eleventh Air Force
The 618th Air Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center) is a United States Air Force unit assigned to Air Mobility Command's Eighteenth Air Force (18AF/AFTRANS). It is stationed at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The 618th AOC (TACC) is responsible for planning, scheduling, and tracking aircraft performing airlift, aerial refueling, and aeromedical evacuation operations around the world. It serves as an Air Operations Center (AOC) for 18AF/AFTRANS, executing missions assigned by the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM).
Within the United States Department of Defense, the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) is responsible for providing air, land, and sea transportation. Air transportation is provided by the US Air Force’s Air Mobility Command (AMC). Operations within AMC are conducted by the Eighteenth Air Force (18AF) which, in its capacity as a component of USTRANSCOM, is a Component Numbered Air Force (C-NAF) known as Air Force Transportation (AFTRANS). As in other C-NAFs, operations are planned by an Air Operations Center (AOC). The 618th AOC (TACC) serves as the AOC for 18AF/AFTRANS.
Founded as the Tanker Airlift Control Center in 1992, the 618th AOC (TACC) provides command and control for both military and contract air mobility aircraft. Military aircraft include the C-5 Galaxy, KC-10 Extender, C-17 Globemaster III, C-130 Hercules and KC-135 Stratotanker. Civilian aircraft include those contracted to provide airlift services, as well as the Civil Reserve Air Fleet. The unit is composed of active duty, Air Force Reserve, and Air National Guard personnel.
Brig. Gen. Brian Robinson
Because the 618th Air Operations Center (Tanker Airlift Control Center) is a functional AOC focusing on air mobility operations, it is organized differently from the standard US Air Force AOC. The 618th AOC (TACC) is composed of eight directorates.
The 618th AOC (TACC), initially known as TACC, became operational April 1, 1992. Air mobility leadership sought to simplify the execution of the worldwide mobility mission. They created a highly efficient organization to centralize command and control operations previously located within numbered air forces and airlift divisions. TACC was redesignated as the 618th TACC on April 1, 2007, and remained under that designation until being renamed the 618th AOC (TACC) Aug. 30, 2010.
Air Mobility leverages a tightly integrated AMC team that includes the 618th TACC, commanders across the spectrum, crews, support personnel and customers. The 618th AOC (TACC) optimizes the Global Air Mobility System while providing aircrews with mission details, support, training and authority necessary to successfully execute their missions. As an air operation center, commanding combat forces around the globe, the 618th AOC (TACC) is a committed partner for today and tomorrow's expeditionary Air Force.