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Air Expeditionary Group (AEG)

An Air Expeditionary Group (AEG) is a deployed independent group attached to an ASETF or in-place NAF by G-series orders and is the lowest command echelon of AEFs reporting directly to the COMAFFOR. The COMAFFOR also normally exercises OPCON of the AEG. An AEG is com-posed of a slice of the wing command element and some squadrons. Since Air Force groups are organized without significant staff support, a wing slice is needed to provide the command and control for AEFs smaller than the normal wing. Use of the AEG designation is also intended to provide appropriate unit awards and honors credit for the parent unit. Where possible, the AEG is formed from units of a single wing. The AEG commander, normally a colonel, will report to the ASETF/in-place NAF commander. AEGs will carry the numerical designation of the wing providing the command element. Deployed assigned or attached squadrons will retain their numerical designation and acquire the “expeditionary” designation.

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