Air Combat Command

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 (ACC), headquartered at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, is one of 10 major commands in the United States Air Force. As a result of its lineal consolidation with Tactical Air Command in September 1992, ACC has performed a myriad of missions during its 75-year history ranging from counter-air, air interdiction and close air support to manned and unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, air battle management, and offensive/defensive cyber operations. For more than seven decades, ACC has served as the primary provider of air combat forces to America's warfighting commanders.

ACC organizes, trains and equips Airmen who fight in and from multiple domains to control the air, space and cyberspace. As the lead command for fighter, command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, personnel recovery, persistent attack and reconnaissance, electronic warfare, and cyber operations, ACC is responsible for providing combat air, space and cyber power, and the combat support that assures mission success to America's warfighting commands.

The command has 1,097 assigned aircraft, with 27 wings, 1,130 units at 195 non-expeditionary locations, and an additional eight wings, 241 units at 47 locations supporting expeditionary operations for a total of 35 wings, 1,372 units at 242 locations. The command’s active duty, civilian and air reserve component totals 19,921 officers, 115,574 enlisted and 20,453 civilians for a combined total of 155,948. These are organized under five active duty numbered air forces and the Air Force Warfare Center. The command also has responsibility for inland search and rescue operations in the 48 contiguous states.

Air Forces Northern, headquartered at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, is responsible 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 (CONR) for the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the command provides air defense through airspace surveillance and airspace control.

First Air Force (AFNORTH) is also the designated air component for U.S. Northern Command that rapidly responds to non-military threats under the Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) mission. The organization assists civilian agencies before and during emergencies, natural or man-made disasters, and other DOD-approved activities. This role saves lives, relieves suffering, prevents property damage and provides humanitarian assistance where and when it is needed most in the United States. 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. It is the single agency responsible for coordinating inland federal searches. These search and rescue operations can be conducted anywhere in the 48 contiguous states, Mexico and Canada. The Civil Air Patrol is a significant partner in search and rescue and other DSCA missions.

601st Air Operations Center, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida
Air Force Rescue Coordination Center, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida
Civil Air Patrol, U.S. Air Force, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
Eastern Air Defense Sector, Griffiss International Airport, New York
Western Air Defense Sector, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington

Located at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, 9th AF (AFCENT) is also headquarters to the air component of U.S. Central Command, a regional unified command. 9th AF (AFCENT) is responsible for air operations (either unilaterally or in concert with coalition partners) and developing contingency plans in support of national objectives for USCENTCOM's 20-nation area of responsibility in Southwest Asia. Additionally, 9th AF (AFCENT) manages an extensive supply and equipment prepositioning program at several sites within its area of responsibility. AFCENT also has two direct reporting units, AFCENT Air Warfare Center, Al Dhafra, United Arab Emirates, and 609th Air Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

609th Air Operations Center, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar
Air Force Central Command Air Warfare Center, Al Dhafra, United Arab Emirates

Twelfth Air Force, headquartered at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, provides a component role for the warfighting responsibility for U.S. Southern Command and U.S. Southern Air Forces. As the air and space component to U.S. Southern Command, Air Forces Southern conducts security cooperation and provides air, space and cyberspace capabilities throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

612th Air Operations Center, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona
612th Theater Operations Group, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona

Fifteenth Air Force, headquartered at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, is responsible for generating and presenting Air Combat Command’s conventional forces to include fighter, remotely piloted aircraft, command and control, and rescue flying units plus Air-Ground Operations Airmen who integrate Air Force capabilities in combined arms operations, the Air Force’s dedicated base defense group, RED HORSE engineers, and the agile combat support units that open and operate our bases. In addition to organizing, training and equipping ACC’s conventional forces, the 15th AF has a deployable Joint Task Force-capable headquarters that can provide command and control of integrated ACC forces.

Sixteenth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber), headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, integrates multi-source intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, cyber warfare, electronic warfare, and information operations capabilities across the conflict continuum to ensure the U.S. Air Force is fast, lethal and fully integrated in both competition and in war. Sixteenth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) provides mission integration of information warfare at operational and tactical levels, recognizing the role of information in creating dilemmas for adversaries in competition and, if necessary, future conflicts.

Sixteenth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) is the Service Cryptologic Component responsible to the National Security Agency/Central Security Service for Air Force matters involving the conduct of cryptologic activities, including the full spectrum of missions directly related to both tactical warfighting and national-level operations. In addition to commanding Sixteenth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber), the commander is the Joint Force Headquarters-Cyber (Air Force) director. Joint Force Headquarters Cyber personnel perform operational planning as part of coordinated efforts to support Air Force component and combatant commanders and, upon approval of the President and/or Secretary of Defense, the execution of offensive cyberspace operations.

The U.S. Air Force Warfare Center (USAFWC), located at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, reports directly to Air Combat Command. The center was founded Sept. 1, 1966, as the U.S. Air Force Tactical Fighter Weapons Center. It was later renamed the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center in October 2005.

The USAFWC exists to ensure deployed forces are well trained and well equipped to conduct integrated combat operations. From testing and tactics development programs to training schools and venues, the USAFWC provides Airmen with proven and tested technology, the most current tactics, superb academic training and a unique opportunity to practice integrated force employment. The USAFWC vision, mission and priorities are central to supporting the Air Combat Command's mission to provide dominant combat airpower for America with warrior Airmen committed to excellence, trained to fly, fight, and win ... anytime, anyplace.

(Current as of January 2022)