Operational Support Airlift Agency

What is it? The Operational Support Airlift Agency (OSAA) is a Department of the Army, Field Operating Agency (FOA) under the National Guard Bureau.  OSAA includes active duty Army and Army National Guard (ARNG) Soldiers and civilians.  OSAA provides high priority, short notice critical air transport to passengers and cargo movement for Soldiers from all Army components, members of Department of Defense (DoD), and personnel from other government agencies.  Overall, OSAA is responsible for scheduling and coordinating requests for the 114 Army fixed-wing aircraft.

What has the Army done?The Operational Support Airlift Agency exists as a unique organizational structure with a considerable network of geographically-dispersed, yet centrally‑controlled military aircraft.  In 2006, combat support to the warfight included transporting time-sensitive and mission-critical supplies and personnel to, from, and within Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, and the Horn of Africa.  While supporting homeland security operations, fixed-wing aircraft transported much needed supplies and personnel throughout the Gulf Coast for relief efforts following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.  Both at home and abroad in 2006, these aircraft flew 39,652 hours, transported over 11.8 million pounds of cargo, and carried more than 81,238 passengers.  The flight hours reflect an emphasis on cargo lift and demonstrate the critical role fixed‑wing cargo aircraft serve in warfighter and homeland security missions.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned for the future? The Operational Support Airlift Agency is the proponent for all ARNG fixed-wing operations and standardization in the ARNG.  To assist with standardization of training, the Fixed-Wing Army National Guard Aviation Training Site (FWAATS) located in Clarksburg, West Virginia is working closely with the Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) on the execution of and evaluation of aircrew training.

Why is this important to the Army?The Operational Support Airlift Command is the headquarters for four Regional Flight Centers located at Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Fort Hood, Texas; Fort Lewis, Washington; as well as the Regional Flight Center in Alaska.  Also under the operational control of OSAA are the ARNG's 49 State Flight Detachments, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, and ARNG C-23 (Sherpa) fixed-wing aircraft, Theater Aviation Companies.

 

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