The 621st Contingency Response Wing finalized its reorganization during a June 26 capstone ceremony at JB McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., according to a release. During the month-long reorganization, the wing inactivated four contingency response groups and two contingency operation support groups, located at JB MDL and at Travis AFB, Calif., consolidating them into three new groups: the 821st Contingency Response Group at Travis, the 621st CRG, and the 621st Air Mobility Advisory Group, both at JB MDL. “You’ve been reorganizing … while getting the mission done,” said Maj. Gen. Rick Martin, commander of the US Air Force Expeditionary Center, during the ceremony. “I equate that to modifying an aircraft while it’s flying … That’s an incredible testimony to your leadership, to the planning, and to the execution here.” A total of 17 units were inactivated and 12 new units were activated, states the release. “We now step into the future as one wing, one team, with one distinct mission executed through four distinct and integrated lines of operation—air advisors, theater command and control, air mobility, and contingency response forces,” said Col. James Copher, 621st CRW commander. “Aligning together, we create a network that builds, strengthens, and executes expeditionary air mobility operations.”
New F-35s are coming off the production line with the TR-3 upgrade and going right into storage because testing is incomplete. Next lot negotiations are continuing, but talks over a performance-based logistics contract have stalled.