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The project leader briefed the results to General David C. Jones, CINCUSAFE, in June 1974. Interested, General Jones directed that all aspects of a centralized operation be studied carefully—including not just the potential manpower savings but transportation, vulnerability, effects on sortie production, spares availability, and pipeline times. Before the team could get started, General Jones was transferred to Headquarters to become Chief of Staff of USAF. His successor directed that preparations for a limited test within USAFE be continued.

326. CHAPTER THREE Centralized Maintenance and the AEF Concept Expeditionary Combat Support With the Cold War ended, the rapidly changing security environment of the 1990s, and the Air Force’s transition to an Air and Space Expeditionary Force, both RAND and the Air Force recognized that the current support system needed improvement to meet operational goals. One initial goal was for the AEF intended AEFs to deploy from CONUS to any location in the world within 48 hours. RAND analyses 1 examined the operational requirements for an AEF deployment and the support equipment and personnel requirements that the operation would generate.

Centralization was no longer a feasible policy. 9 Overseas, the ASC never had control of logistical activities. Instead, each overseas command organized its own air service command to conduct third- and fourth-echelon supply and maintenance. AAF Regulation 65-1, August 14, 1942, defined and discussed the echelons of aircraft maintenance as follows: First echelon: That maintenance performed by the air echelon of the combat unit; second echelon: That maintenance performed by the ground echelon of the combat unit, air base squadrons, and airways detachments; third echelon: That maintenance performed by service groups and subdepots; fourth echelon: That maintenance performed by air depot groups and air depots.

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