Sustainment Task Force 16

The mission of STF 16 is to facilitate the passenger transit back and forth between home station and the Central Command area of operations.

During the process, STF 16 receives passengers, provides temporary quarters for approximately 24-48 hours, and arranges onward movement. The process involves moving transiting personnel through several processing stations to include a passenger terminal and customs.

Units supporting STF 16 include:
  • Special Troops Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade
  • 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade
  • 421st Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 30th Medical Brigade
  • 15th Engineer Battalion, 18th Engineer Brigade
  • 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade
  • 2nd Cavalry Regiment

Black Sea Area Support Team

The mission of the Black Sea Area Support Team is to provide base operations support to U.S. Forces in the Black Sea theater of operations. This includes, but is not limited to, providing life support, logistics support, base camp operations, reception, staging, fiscal management and budgetary activities, and coordination of force protection of U.S. military and government civilians in the area of responsibility.

780th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron

On order, the 780th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron provides combat airlift for Operation Enduring Freedom warfighters with synchronized C17A air crews, maintenance, aerial port, command and control, airfield security, and crash fire rescue personnel.

Black Sea Rotational Force

The BSRF is a rotational deployment of Marines to the Black Sea, Balkan and Caucasus regions of Eastern Europe to participate in security cooperation, build military capacity, provide regional stability, and develop lasting partnerships with nations in the region. Additionally, the almost 350 Marine Corps and U.S. Navy reserves of BSRF operate as a Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force to the Black Sea region.

Romanian Air Force

The Romanian Air Force is the host of the American forces at M.K. Their continued support of operations is essential to the success of the Passenger Transit Center's mission. Some of the examples of the direct support provided by Romania include bus transport for each flight, facility security, and border and customs processing assistance.

Background Info

Mig-29M.K. Air Base, a part of the Mihail Kogalniceanu Airport, was home of the former Romanian Air Force 57th Air Base, which was the only unit operating the Mikoyan MiG-29 fighter aircraft. The base was disbanded in April 2004 and all of the 18 MiG-29s remain in open storage at the airport.

M.K. Air Base has been in use by the U.S. military since 1999. In 2003, it became one of four Romanian military facilities that have been used by U.S. military forces as a staging area for the invasion and ongoing counter-insurgency efforts in Iraq.

During the first three months of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, the base was transited by 1,300 cargo and personnel transports towards Iraq, comprising of 6,200 personnel and about 11,000 tons of equipment.