Air Combat Command (ACC) Shield (Color), U.S. Air Force graphic. In accordance with Chapter 3 of AFI 84-105, commercial reproduction of this emblem is NOT permitted without the permission of the proponent organizational/unit commander.
Air Combat Command, with headquarters at Langley Air Force Base, Va., is a major command. It was created June 1, 1992, by combining Strategic Air Command and Tactical Air Command. ACC is the primary provider of air combat forces to America's warfighting commanders.
Mission Air Combat Command is the primary force provider of combat airpower to America's warfighting commands. To support global implementation of national security strategy, ACC operates fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, battle-management, and electronic-combat aircraft. It also provides command, control, communications and intelligence systems, and conducts global information operations.
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 numbered air forces provide the air component to U.S. Central, Southern and Northern Commands, with Headquarters ACC serving as the air component to Joint Forces Command. ACC also augments forces to U.S. European, Pacific and Strategic Command.
More than 67,000 active-duty members and 13,500 civilians make up ACC's work force. When mobilized, more than 50,000 members of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with about 675 aircraft, are assigned to ACC. In total, ACC and ACC-gained units fly more than 1,800 aircraft.
Organization ACC's forces are organized under a direct reporting unit, two numbered air forces and one Air Force Reserve numbered air force. The command operates 13 major installations and supports tenant units on numerous non-ACC bases around the globe. ACC also has responsibility for inland search and rescue in the 48 contiguous states. The ACC commander is the component commander of U.S. Air Forces - Joint Forces Command and U.S. Strategic Command.
Numbered Air Forces
First Air Force, or Air Forces Northern, with headquarters at Tyndall AFB, Fla., has responsibility for ensuring the air sovereignty and air defense of the continental United States, U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. As the continental United States Region, or CONR, for the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, 1st AF (AFNORTH) provides air defense in the form of airspace surveillance and airspace control. First AF is also the designated air component for U.S. Northern Command.
AFNORTH rapidly responds to non-military threats under the Defense Support to Civil Authorities, or DSCA, mission. The organization assists civilian agencies before and during emergencies, natural or man-made disasters, and other DOD-approved activities. Operating with the 601st Air and Space Operations Center, the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center serves as the U.S. inland search and rescue coordinator and is the single agency responsible for coordinating on-land federal searches. These search and rescue operations can be conducted anywhere in the 48 states, Mexico and Canada. The Civil Air Patrol is a significant partner in search and rescue and other DSCA missions.
Other First Air Force (AFNORTH) units include the 601st Air and Space Operations Center, the 702nd Computer Support Squadron and the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center at Tyndall AFB, the Northeast Air Defense Sector in Rome, N.Y.; the Western Air Defense Sector at McChord AFB, Wash.; Det. 1, 1st AF, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, and 722nd Air Defense Squadron, North Bay, Canada.
119th Fighter Wing, Hector Field, Fargo, N.D.: MQ-1, C-21
Det. 1, 119th Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, Va.: F-16C
120th Fighter Wing, Great Falls International Airport, Mont.: F-16
125th Fighter Wing, Jacksonville IAP, Fla.: F-15
Det. 1, 125th Fighter Wing, Homestead Air Reserve Station, Fla.
142nd Fighter Wing, Portland IAP, Ore.: F-15
144th Fighter Wing, Fresno Air National Guard Base, Calif.: F-16
Det. 1, 144th Fighter Wing, March Air Reserve Base, Calif.
147th Fighter Wing, Ellington ANG Base, Texas: MQ-1, C-26
148th Fighter Wing, Duluth IAP, Minn.: F-16
158th Fighter Wing, Burlington IAP, Vt.: F-16
177th Fighter Wing, Atlantic City IAP, N.J.: F-16
101st Information Operations Flight, Salt Lake City IAP, Utah
Ninth Air Force, with headquarters at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., controls ACC fighter forces based on the East Coast of the United States, and serves as the air component for a 25-nation area within the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility.
Other Ninth Air Force units include: 33rd Fighter Wing (F-15C/D), Eglin AFB, Fla.; 18th Air Support Operations Group, Pope AFB, N.C.; 820th Security Forces Group, Moody AFB, Ga.; and 823rd RED HORSE Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
Tenth Air Force, located at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base, Fort Worth, Texas, directs the activities of more than 13,300 reservists and 900 civilians located at 28 installations throughout the United States.
The mission of the 10th Air Force is to exercise command supervision of its assigned Reserve units to ensure they maintain the highest combat capability to augment active forces in support of national objectives. Tenth Air Force currently commands Air Force Reserve Command units gained by five other major commands, including Air Combat Command. ACC-gained units consist of six fighter wings, three air rescue units, one bomber squadron, one combat operations squadron, and one airborne warning and control group when mobilized.
Twelfth Air Force, with headquarters at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., controls ACC's conventional fighter and bomber forces based in the western United States and has the warfighting responsibility for U.S. Southern Command as well as the U.S. Southern Air Forces.
Other 12th Air Force units include: 388th Fighter Wing (F-16C/D), Hill AFB, Utah; 1st Air Support Operations Group, Fort Lewis, Wash.; and 820th RED HORSE Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nev.
Tinker AFB, Okla. -- 552nd Air Control Wing: E3-B/C
Direct Reporting Unit
U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, at Nellis AFB, Nev., conducts the Air Force's advanced weapons and tactics training, manages advanced pilot training and is responsible for the operational test and evaluation of ACC's combat weapons systems. The UAV Battlelab, and the Command and Control Training and Innovation Group located at Hurlburt Field, Fla. are assigned to the center.
Under the Air Warfare Center is the 57th Wing (A-10, F-15C/D/E, F-16C/D, HH-60G and RQ-1A/B Predator unmanned aircraft system); 99th Air Base Wing, 98th Range Wing, U.S. Air Force Air-Ground Operations School, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, U.S. Air Force Air Demonstration Squadron (the Thunderbirds), and the 414th Combat Training Squadron (Red Flag).
The 53rd Wing at Eglin AFB, Fla. is also assigned to the Air Warfare Center. The 53rd Wing's subordinate units include the 53rd Test and Evaluation Group (A-10, F-15A/C/E, F-16C/D, F-22, B-1, B-2, B-52, HH-60G, RQ-1 and RQ-4) at Nellis, the 53rd Electronic Warfare Group at Eglin, and the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group (E-9) at Tyndall AFB, Fla. The 53rd Test Management Group at Eglin coordinates the wing's test process, directing resources and priorities within the wing nationwide.