Essay on Expeditionary
At the turn of the 21st century, the U.S. Air Force embarked on a new journey—the Expeditionary Air Force —a concept involving the deployment of integrated combat and support aircraft and personnel on a rotational basis, to meet the operational needs of Commanders-in-Chief.
This reorganization resulted from a shift in Cold War mindset to post Cold War reality—the Air Force were doing more with less. U.S. forces were forward deployed, with approximately one-third less resources and two-thirds less overseas bases. Today's EAF is hailed as the solution to providing rapid and decisive response whenever and wherever necessary. Additionally, the concept was designed to reduce deployment tempo by creating a …show more content…
World War II also brought about airpower's maturity in battle. A good example of early joint forces was Henry "Hap" Arnold's Army Air Force Air Commando Groups operating out of the Philippines and Burma. During Operation THURSDAY, these units seized Japanese airstrips and used them for Army ground troop placement. Once staged, they opposed and conquered the enemy under Allied close-air-support cover. Reflecting today's EAF, these units consisted of multiple-role aircraft working with joint forces to achieve a common goal.
During the first stage of United States intervention in the Korean War, initial Tactical Air Command operations flown four months after the decision to come to Korea's aid failed to meet EAF standards of expediency and effectiveness. War planners realized that a more conventional response process was needed to tackle "hot" wars. The overall slow air response during the Korean conflict paved the way for the Composite Air Strike Force, the predecessor to EAF, in 1955.
One of the most widely regarded expeditionary forces is the