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Title: AEF Employment Concept

Action: Screen begins with a graphic representing AEF employment concept prior to September 11, 2001. In the center top of the screen is the on-call AEW, with an arrow pointing downward from it to the words crisis response. Branching off from that arrow are two AEFs, one on either side. Both AEFs are divided into two sections, the bottom section being forward-deployed forces, and the top section being the remaining forces. Branching down from each of the forward-deployed forces are warfighting commanders. Branching down from the left commander are the following operations supported by the Air Force: Southern Watch and OEF/ONE. Branching down from the right commander are the following operations supported by the Air Force: Northern Watch, Iceland, Balkans, Counter-drug, and OEF/ONE.

Voice: This graphic is an example that illustrates the AEF employment concept prior to September 11, 2001.

Action: The forward-deployed section of the left AEF and the arrows and text extending down from it are highlighted.

Voice: As you can see, one AEF would have forward deployed forces that support Operation Southern Watch along with Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Noble Eagle for the air defense of the United States.

Action: The forward-deployed section of the right AEF and the arrows and text extending down from it are highlighted. Other highlights are removed.

Voice: The other AEF would have forward deployed forces supporting the remaining steady state requirements depicted on the screen. The remaining forces from both AEFs remain at the home station in an on-call status. At this time forces from the on-call Air and Space Expeditionary Wing, or AEW, were postured to respond to potential pop-up contingencies. Those on-call AEWs were located at Mountain Home and Seymour-Johnson Air Force Bases. Currently, the AEF response is twofold.

Action: The on-call AEW section of the graphic and the arrow and text extending down from it are highlighted. Other highlights are removed.

Voice: The first response is to the ongoing steady-state operations and secondly, to the Global War on Terrorism.

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