Combat Command, with headquarters at Langley Air Force Base, VA, is a major
command activated June 1, 1992.
ACC provides the "global power" arm of the "global reach-global
power" Air Force vision and focuses on deterrence and air campaign operations.
ACC's force structure consists of fighters; bombers; command, control, communications
and intelligence aircraft; reconnaissance aircraft; combat delivery aircraft;
electronic warfare aircraft; and air rescue aircraft.
As a force provider,
ACC organizes, trains, equips and maintains combat-ready forces for rapid deployment
and employment while ensuring strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the
challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime air defense. ACC provides
nuclear-capable forces for U.S. Strategic Command and theater air forces for the
five geographic unified commands (U.S. Atlantic Command, U.S. European Command,
U.S. Pacific Command, U.S. Central Command and U.S. Southern Command). ACC also
provides air defense forces to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).
In addition, ACC operates certain air mobility forces in support of U.S. Transportation
Command. ACC prepares combat air forces to globally implement national policy.
Personnel and Resources
More than 121,000 active-duty members
and civilians make up ACC's work force (approximately 108,000 active-duty members
and more than 13,000 civilians). When mobilized, more than 97,000 members of the
Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with about 1,400 aircraft, are
assigned to ACC. In total, ACC and ACC-gained units consist of more than 2,400
ACC's forces are organized under
four numbered air forces and two major direct reporting units. The ACC commander
is also component commander of U.S. Air Forces Atlantic Command and U.S. Strategic
Command. He also acts as executive agent for the Air Force chief of staff on search
and rescue matters in the 48 contiguous states.
Numbered Air Forces
First Air Force, with headquarters at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., performs
a daily operational mission as the continental U.S. NORAD Region. The First Air
Force commander, as the region commander, reports directly to the commander in
chief, NORAD. First Air Force includes three air defense sectors responsible for
the air defense of their respective sectors of the continental U. S. using Air
National Guard aircraft on around-the-clock alert. First Air Force plays a key
role in the nation's war on drugs by working closely with the U.S. Coast Guard
and the U.S. Customs Service to monitor and intercept illegal drug traffic.
Eighth Air Force, with headquarters at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., is
responsible for ACC forces in the central United States, and functions as the
air planner under the commander in chief, U.S. Atlantic Command (USACOM) for the
Atlantic area of responsibility, and commander, Task Force Bomber for U.S. Strategic
Air Forces Iceland at Naval Air Station Keflavik is the Air
Force component of the Iceland Defense Force, a subordinate command under the
commander in chief of USACOM. Air Forces Iceland provides a combat force for the
air defense of Iceland and air surveillance data in support of the NORAD mission.
Ninth Air Force, with headquarters at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., is responsible
for fighter, bomber, tanker, airlift and air control operations and training in
the Eastern United States.
Ninth Air Force also is U.S. Central Command
Air Forces, the Air Force component of U.S. Central Command. Operation Desert
Shield deployed the USCENTAF staff to the Southwest Asia theater, operationally
controlling joint and coalition air forces. To prepare for this type mission,
USCENTAF active and reserve forces train regularly with Army, Navy and Marine
Twelfth Air Force, with headquarters at Davis-Monthan AFB,
Ariz., operates combat-ready forces and equipment in the Western and Midwestern
United States and Panama. In addition, 12th Air Force is the Air Force component
of the U.S. Southern Command. The command's units perform fighter and bomber operations,
training, reconnaissance, air control and a wide range of electronic combat tasks.
Direct Reporting Units
U.S. Air Force Air Warfare Center,
at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., serves as the focal point for combat air forces
in electronic combat, chemical defense, reconnaissance and aircrew training devices.
The center is also responsible for operational testing and evaluation of new equipment
and systems proposed for use by these forces.
U.S. Air Force Weapons
and Tactics Center, at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., conducts multiple activities
to ensure Air Force combat air forces worldwide maintain the skilled instructors,
knowledge of the enemy, technical expertise, effective equipment and sound tactics
to fly, fight and win.
Point Of Contact
Air Combat Command
Public Affairs Office, 115 Thompson St., Suite 211; Langley AFB, Virginia 23667
DSN 574-5014 or (804) 764-5014; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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