(5) Groups. They are a level of command below the wing. Groups are formed along functional lines
such as logistics, operations, mission support, and medical. A group normally contains from 500 to 2,000
(6) Squadrons. They are the basic unit of Air Force organization. A squadron may be either a
mission unit, such as an operational flying squadron; or a functional unit, such as supply, transportation, or civil
(7) Flights. They are internal subdivisions of squadrons usually based on a functional responsibility.
An example of supply squadron flights would be fuels management, material storage and distribution, material
management, and administration.
(8) Elements. They are internal subdivisions of flights. They are used as required to functionally
align responsibilities and supervision within a flight.
b. Air Force Fuels Organization and Responsibilities
(1) Headquarters United States Air Force.
(a) Establishes U.S. Air Force policy for managing petroleum resources and energy conservation
(b) Validates major command-generated wartime fuel requirements.
(c) Develops petroleum budget estimates and accomplishes other financial and commodity
(2) Major Commands.
(a) Reviews and validates fuels vehicle and equipment authorizations.
(b) Consolidates, validates, and submits both peacetime and wartime fuels and missile propellant
requirements to DESC.
(c) Develops fuel support plans to support wartime taskings.
(3) Directorate of Aerospace Fuels, San Antonio Air Logistics Center.
(a) Operates Air Force laboratories and oversees the quality control process at Air Force bases.
(b) Provides technical guidance through their Petroleum Technical Assistance Team.
(c) Processes fuels transactions applicable to the Fuels Division, Defense Business Operating