by Headquarters Air Mobility Command Public Affairs
10/9/2015 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Air
Force senior leaders from across the globe came together to discuss
current and future challenges central to the Air Force during the Fall
2015 CAF/MAF Commanders' Conference here at Scott Air Force Base,
Illinois, Oct. 7-9, 2015.
Combat Air Forces, known as CAF, encompasses all Air Force aircraft that
drop precision munitions. Mobility Air Forces, known as MAF, aircraft
handle all airlift, air refueling and aeromedical evacuation missions.
Both have to work together to ensure the U.S. maintains global air
"Our adversaries are catching up. We must think strategically to ensure
the United States maintains what we've enjoyed for the past 68 years:
air superiority," said Gen. Carlton "Dewey" Everhart II, Air Mobility
Command commander. "We use CAF/MAF to put some of our most
knowledgeable Airmen together in an effort to develop plans that will
improve our readiness, cut costs and efficiently leverage and unite our
Combat and Mobility Air Force capabilities," he said. "We know tough
choices need to be made and we are at our best when we work together."
During the conference, CAF and MAF subject matter experts presented
numerous topics, ideas and challenges for discussion and proposed
"It's important that we continuously evaluate our infrastructure,
aircraft capabilities, and force employment processes so that we can
employ our forces efficiently and effectively," said Gen. Hawk Carlisle,
commander of Air Combat Command. "Last month, we successfully
showcased our rapid force deployment concept by sending CAF and MAF
resources together to train with allied forces in Europe. It's just one
example of how we are looking at integrating CAF and MAF capabilities
to improve our Air Force. It's really about finding ways to provide
improved capabilities with a shrinking budget and fewer Airmen in an
effort to remain best Air Force on the planet."
"We have a responsibility to make the critical decisions that will help
advance the Air Force in this difficult fiscal environment," said
Everhart. "We owe it to the tax payers and our Airmen to find solutions