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 OSAA exists as a unique organizational structure with a considerable network of geographically-dispersed, yet centrally controlled military aircraft. In 2005, 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 2005, these aircraft flew 50,800 hours, 18,000 missions, transported over 9.1 million pounds of cargo, and carried more than 66,750 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.
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