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Air Combat Command, with headquarters at Langley Air Force Base, Va., is a major command activated June 1, 1992. It is the primary provider of air combat forces to America's unified combatant commands.


Air Combat Command's operates fighters, bombers, reconnaissance, battle management, rescue and theater airlift aircraft, as well as command, control, communications and intelligence systems.

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 forces for U.S. Strategic Command, 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).

Personnel and Resources

More than 100,000 active-duty members and civilians make up ACC's work force (approximately 90,000 active-duty members and more than 11,000 civilians). When mobilized, more than 63,000 members of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, along with about 760 aircraft, are assigned to ACC. In total, ACC and ACC-gained units consist of more than 1,700 aircraft.


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 Command.

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 Corps units.

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 Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., manages advanced pilot training and integrates many of the Air Force's test and evaluation requirements. The 53rd Wing at Eglin AFB, Fla. is assigned to the Air Warfare Center.

Aerospace Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center, at Langley AFB, Va., serves as the lead organization to integrate and influence command and control (C2) and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) for the Air Force. Its primary task is to merge air and space C2 and ISR operational and delegated systems architectures, requirements and standards in a continuing drive toward commonality. Other tasks are to build aerospace C2 and ISR modernization strategies, integrated mission area investment plans and divestment strategies, appropriate C4I Support Plans and associated programming documents, and ensure they are linked to current Air Force Modernization Planning Process, Air Force Strategic Plan and Thrust Area Transformation Plans; work with appropriate Air Force agencies and major commands to ensure training programs are developed for emerging, current and future C2 and ISR systems and concepts; and serve as the Air Force interface for establishment of all C2 and ISR related joint tactics, techniques and procedures.

Point Of Contact

Air Combat Command, Public Affairs Office, 115 Thompson St., Suite 211; Langley AFB VA 23665-1987; DSN 574-5014 or (757) 764-5014.

Above Information Courtesy of United States Air Force

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