Air Mobility Command’s Gen. Mike Minihan emphasized the pivotal role of the Global Air Mobility Support System (GAMSS) in a major Pacific exercise and expressed his desire to enhance GAMSS’s capabilities. He seeks to make them more adaptable in combat by incorporating attributes of special operations forces (SOF) and improve the command and control elements.
- The Global Air Mobility Support System (GAMSS) operates airfields and facilitates cargo transport, refueling, and aeromedical evacuation operations.
- Gen. Minihan wishes to strengthen GAMSS by making them more self-reliant, refining their command elements, and promoting operations in smaller, independent teams.
- GAMSS comprises air mobility operations and contingency response, with the latter acting as mini air bases that set up initial operations.
- Preparing for Agile Combat Employment (ACE), Minihan wants GAMSS to incorporate combat techniques usually associated with special operations forces, enabling them to be more independent and efficient.
- The Mobility Guardian 2023 exercise highlighted areas needing improvement, especially in command and control, prompting Minihan to seek advancements in beyond line-of-sight communications and optimization of mobility task forces.