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Department of the Air Force

1690 Air Force Pentagon, Washington, DC 20330-1670



Under Secretary of the Air ForceLisa S. Disbrow

Administrative AssistantPatricia J. Zarodkiewicz
Auditor GeneralDaniel F. McMillin
General CounselJoseph M. McDade, Jr.
Information Dominance and Chief Information Officer (A6)Lt. Gen. William J. Bender
Inspector GeneralLt. Gen. Anthony J. Rock
Legislative LiaisonMaj. Gen. Steven L. Basham

Assistant Secretary, AcquisitionDarlene Costello
Assistant Secretary, Financial Management and ComptrollerDoug Bennett
Assistant Secretary, Installations, Environment, and EnergyRichard K. Hartley
Assistant Secretary, Manpower and Reserve AffairsDaniel R. Sitterly

Deputy Under Secretary for ManagementMarilyn M. Thomas
Deputy Under Secretary, International AffairsHeidi H. Grant
Deputy Under Secretary, SpaceWinston Beauchamp
Director, Air Force Small Business ProgramsMark S. Teskey
Director, Public AffairsBrig. Gen. Edward W. Thomas, Jr.


Chief of StaffGen. David L. Goldfein
Vice Chief of StaffGen. Stephen W. Wilson
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air ForceCMSAF Kaleth O. Wright

Assistant Vice Chief of StaffLt. Gen. Stayce D. Harris
Judge Advocate GeneralLt. Gen. Christopher F. Burne
Surgeon GeneralLt. Gen. Mark A. Ediger

Chief of Air Force ReserveLt. Gen. Maryanne Miller
Chief of ChaplainsMaj. Gen. Dondi Constin
Chief of SafetyMaj. Gen. Andrew Mueller
Chief of Staff, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration (A10)Lt. Gen. Jack Weinstein
Chief ScientistGreg L. Zacharias

Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (A2)Lt. Gen. VeraLinn Jamieson
Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection (A4)Lt. Gen. John B. Cooper
Deputy Chief of Staff, Manpower, Personnel and Services (A1)Lt. Gen. Gina Grosso
Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Plans and Requirements (A3)Lt. Gen. Mark C. Nowland
Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Plans and Programs (A5/8)Lt. Gen. Jerry D. Harris, Jr.

Director, Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention and ResponseMaj. Gen. James C. Johnson
Director, Air National GuardLt. Gen. L. Scott Rice
Director, History and Museums Policies and ProgramsWalter A. Grudzinskas
Director, Studies and Analyses, Assessments (A9)Kevin E. Williams
Director, Test and EvaluationDevin Cate


Air Combat CommandGen. James M. Holmes
Air Education and Training CommandLt. Gen. Darryl L. Roberson
Air Force Global Strike CommandGen. Robin Rand
Air Force Materiel CommandGen. Ellen M. Pawlikowski
Air Force Reserve CommandLt. Gen. Maryanne Miller
Air Force Space CommandGen. John W. Raymond
Air Force Special Operations CommandLt. Gen. Marshall B. Webb
Air Mobility CommandGen. Carlton D. Everhart II
Pacific Air ForcesGen. Terrence J. O'Shaughnessy
U.S. Air Forces in EuropeGen. Tod D. Wolters

The Department of the Air Force defends the United States by providing air, space, and cyberspace capabilities.

Organizational Chart

The Department of the Air Force (USAF) was established as part of the National Military Establishment by the National Security Act of 1947 (61 Stat. 502) and came into being on September 18, 1947. The National Security Act Amendments of 1949 redesignated the National Military Establishment as the Department of Defense, established it as an executive department, and made the Department of the Air Force a military department within the Department of Defense (63 Stat. 578). The Department of the Air Force is separately organized under the Secretary of the Air Force. It operates under the authority, direction, and control of the Secretary of Defense (10 U.S.C. 8010). The Department comprises the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, the Air Staff, and field organizations.


The Secretary and Secretariat Staff oversee matters of organization, training, logistical support, maintenance, welfare of personnel, administrative, recruiting, research and development, and other activities that the President or Secretary of Defense prescribes.

Air Staff

The Air Staff assists the Secretary, the Under Secretary, the Assistant Secretaries, and the Chief of Staff in carrying out their responsibilities.

Field Organizations

The major commands, field operating agencies, and direct reporting units constitute the field organizations of the Air Force. They are organized primarily on a functional basis in the United States and on a geographic basis overseas. These commands are responsible for accomplishing certain phases of the Air Force's worldwide activities. They also organize, administer, equip, and train subordinate elements to accomplish assigned missions.


Air Combat Command

The Air Combat Command operates CONUS-based, combat-coded fighter and attack aircraft. It 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.

Air Education and Training Command

The Air Education and Training Command recruits, assesses, commissions, educates, and trains Air Force enlisted and officer personnel. It provides basic military training, initial and advanced technical training, flying training, and professional military and post-secondary education. The Command also conducts Air Force security assistance, joint, medical service, and readiness training.

Air Force Global Strike Command

The Air Force Global Strike Command is responsible for the Nation's three intercontinental ballistic missile wings; the Air Force's bomber force, including the B–1, B–2, and B–52 wings; the Long Range Strike Bomber program; and operational and maintenance support to organizations within the nuclear enterprise.

Air Force Materiel Command

The Air Force Materiel Command delivers expeditionary capabilities through research, development, test, evaluation, acquisition, modernization, and sustainment of aerospace weapon systems throughout their life cycles. Those weapon systems include Air Force fighter, bomber, cargo, and attack fleets and armament. They also include net-centric command and control assets; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets; and combat support information systems. The command oversees basic research and development that support air, space, and cyberspace capabilities. The command relies on an integrated, efficient life cycle management approach to ensure the best possible support to warfighters.

Air Force Reserve Command

The Air Force Reserve Command provides the Air Force with approximately 14 percent of the total force and approximately 4 percent of the manpower budget. Reservists support air, space, and cyberspace superiority; command and control; global integrated intelligence surveillance reconnaissance; global precision attack; nuclear deterrence operations; special operations; rapid global mobility; and personnel recovery. They also perform aircraft flight testing, space operations, and aerial port operations, as well as communications, civil engineer, military training, mobility support, security forces, services, and transportation missions.

Air Force Space Command

The Air Force Space Command provides space and cyberspace capabilities such as missile warning, space control, spacelift, satellite operations, and designated cyberspace activities.

Air Force Special Operations Command

The Air Force Special Operations Command provides the air component of U.S. Special Operations Command. The command deploys specialized air power and delivers special operations combat power wherever and whenever needed. It provides agile combat support, combat search and rescue, information warfare, precision aerospace fires, psychological operations, and specialized aerospace mobility and refueling to unified commands.

Air Mobility Command

The Air Mobility Command provides airlift, air refueling, special air missions, and aeromedical evacuation for U.S. forces. It also airlifts forces to theater commands to support wartime tasking.


Pacific Air Forces

The Pacific Air Forces deliver rapid and precise air, space, and cyberspace capabilities to protect the United States, its territories, and its allies and partners; provide integrated air and missile warning and defense; promote interoperability throughout the Pacific area of responsibility; maintain strategic access and freedom of movement across all domains; and posture to respond across the full spectrum of military contingencies to restore regional security.

U.S. Air Forces in Europe

The U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) execute the Air Force, European Command, and Africa Command missions with forward-based air power and infrastructure to conduct and enable theater and global operations. The USAFE direct air operations in a theater that spans three continents, covers more than 19 million square miles, contains 104 independent states, produces more than a quarter of the world's gross domestic product, and comprises more than a quarter of Earth's population.


Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation

The Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation provides seamless integration of cross-functional live, virtual, and constructive operational training environments that allow war fighters to maximize performance and optimize decisionmaking. The agency works with combatant commands, major commands, the Air Force Reserve Command, the Air National Guard, the Air Force headquarters, direct reporting units, and field operating agencies to provide the necessary development and implementation standards for common access and interoperability within the live, virtual, and constructive domains for efficient and secure global operations.

Air Force Audit Agency

The Air Force Audit Agency provides all levels of Air Force management with independent, objective, and quality audit services by reviewing and promoting operational economy, effectiveness, and efficiency; evaluating programs and activities to achieve intended results; and assessing and improving financial reporting.

Air Force Cost Analysis Agency

The Air Force Cost Analysis Agency performs nonadvocate cost analyses for major space, aircraft, and information system programs. The agency supports the departmentwide cost analysis program by developing and maintaining cost-estimating tools, techniques, and infrastructure. It provides guidance, analytical support, quantitative risk analyses, and special studies to improve long-range planning, force structure, analysis of alternatives, and lifecycle cost analyses.

Air Force Flight Standards Agency

The Air Force Flight Standards Agency performs worldwide inspection of airfields, navigation systems, and instrument approaches. It provides flight standards to develop Air Force instrument requirements and certifies procedures and directives for cockpit display and navigation systems. It also provides air traffic control and airlift procedures and evaluates air traffic control systems and airspace management procedures.

Air Force Historical Research Agency

The Air Force Historical Research Agency serves as a repository for Air Force historical records and maintains research facilities for scholars and the general public.

Air Force Inspection Agency

The Air Force Inspection Agency provides independent inspection, evaluation, oversight, training and analysis to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the Air Force.

Air Force Legal Operations Agency

The Air Force Legal Operations Agency includes all senior defense, senior trial, appellate defense, and Government counsel in the Air Force, as well as all Air Force civil litigators who defend the Air Force against civil lawsuits that claim damages and seek other remedies in contracts, environmental, labor, and tort litigation.

Air Force Manpower Analysis Agency

The Air Force Manpower Analysis Agency provides analysis and develops tools for helping Air Force and Department of Defense senior leaders make decisions affecting total force manpower requirements. The agency supports the Under Secretary of the Air Force for Management's efforts to improve processes and carries out departmentwide transformation initiatives. It also oversees human capital planning and training to develop and sustain manpower-specific capabilities at adequate levels.

Air Force Medical Operations Agency

The Air Force Medical Operations Agency assists the Air Force Surgeon General in developing plans, programs, and policies for aerospace medicine, bioenvironmental engineering, clinical investigations, family advocacy, health promotion, military public health, quality assurance, radioactive material management, and the medical service.

Air Force Medical Support Agency

The Air Force Medical Support Agency provides consultative support and policy development for the Air Force Surgeon General in medical force management. It also supports ground and air expeditionary medical capabilities used in global, homeland security, and force health protection, as well as all aspects of medical and dental services, aerospace medicine operations, and medical support functions.

Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations

The Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, a field operating agency of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, works to support the entire Department of Defense and other Federal entities ensuring dignity, honor and respect to the fallen, and care, service, and support to their families.

Air Force Office of Special Investigations

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations identifies, exploits, and neutralizes criminal, terrorist, and intelligence threats to the U.S. Air Force, Department of Defense, and U.S. Government. Its primary responsibilities are criminal investigations and counterintelligence services. It also protects critical technologies and information, detects and mitigates threats, provides global specialized services, conducts major criminal investigations, and offensively engages foreign adversaries and threats.

Air Force Operations Group

The Air Force Operations Group collects, processes, analyzes, and communicates information, enabling situational awareness of USAF operations worldwide. This awareness facilitates timely, responsive, and effective decisionmaking by senior USAF leaders and combatant commanders.

Air Force Personnel Center

The Air Force Personnel Center ensures that commanders around the world have enough skilled Air Force personnel to carry out the mission. The center also runs programs affecting the entire life cycle of military and civilian Air Force personnel from accession through retirement.

Air Force Program Executive Offices

The Air Force Program Executive Offices (PEOs) oversee the execution of a program throughout its entire lifecycle. While the PEOs are not part of USAF headquarters, they report on acquisition and program-specific issues directly to the Air Force Service Acquisition Executive and the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. Air Force PEOs are currently responsible for diverse programs in a range of areas: aircraft, command and control and combat support systems, Joint Strike Fighter, and weapons.

Air Force Public Affairs Agency

The Air Force Public Affairs Agency manages the Air Force media center. The center collects, archives, and distributes Air Force imagery; manages licensing and branding of Air Force trademarks; provides policy guidance and oversight for the Air Force's Web site and social media programs; operates the Air Force's official social media program; composes original musical arrangements for Air Force regional bands; and develops training curricula and requirements for the Air Force's nearly 6,000 public affairs practitioners.

Air Force Review Boards Agency

The Air Force Review Boards Agency manages various military and civilian appellate processes for the Secretary of the Air Force.

Air Force Safety Center

The Air Force Safety Center promotes safety to reduce the number and severity of mishaps. It also supports combat readiness by developing, implementing, executing, and evaluating Air Force aviation, ground, weapons, nuclear surety, space, and system programs.

Air National Guard Readiness Center

The Air National Guard Readiness Center performs the operational and technical tasks associated with manning, equipping, and training Air National Guard units to meet required readiness levels.

National Air and Space Intelligence Center

The National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) assesses foreign air and space threats. It creates integrated, predictive intelligence in the domains of air, space, and cyberspace to support military operations, force modernization, and policymaking. NASIC analyzes data on foreign aerospace forces and weapons systems to determine performance characteristics, capabilities, vulnerabilities, and intentions. These assessments are used to shape national security and defense policies. NASIC personnel also play a role in weapons treaty negotiations and verification.


Air Force District of Washington

The Air Force District of Washington supports Headquarters Air Force and other Air Force units in the National Capital Region.

Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center

The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center plans and conducts test and evaluation procedures to determine operational effectiveness and suitability of new or modified USAF systems and their capacity to meet mission needs.

U.S. Air Force Academy

The U.S. Air Force Academy provides academic and military instruction and experience to prepare future USAF career officers. The Academy offers Bachelor of Science degrees in 31 academic majors, and upon completion, graduates receive commissions as second lieutenants.

Sources of Information


Members of the Air Force civilian service work side by side with active duty airmen. They are a diverse group of professionals: contract specialists, engineers, human resources specialists, intelligence experts, mechanics, scientists, teachers, and more.


Factsheets contain current information and statistics on Air Force careers, organizations, inventory, and equipment—including aircraft and weapons. | Email:

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)

The Freedom of Information and Privacy Act Office manages the policy and procedural guidance for the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Privacy Act (PA) and Quality of Information (QIP) programs in accordance with applicable laws.

Links to FOIA requester service centers are available online. The service centers are grouped, by base and by command, in two lists.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Air Force provides answers to FAQs on its web-site.


For over a century, the Air Force has relied on the bravery and skill of American airmen to protect the United States in the air, space, and cyberspace. An overview of that history is available online.

Inspector General (IG)

The IG receives and investigates complaints of abuse, fraud, and waste involving Air Force personnel or programs. | Email:

Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR)

The Air Force's web-site features a section dedicated to ISR activities and news.

Joining the Air Force

To learn about its mission, how to join, and about educational, training, and career opportunities that enlistment offers, visit the Air Force's recruitment Web site.

Medal of Honor

Members of the Air Force and its predecessor organizations have earned Medals of Honor. The medal is awarded for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of life above and beyond the call of duty.


The Air Force posts announcements, art, commentaries, news items, and photos on its Web site. Air Force TV and radio news are also accessible online. | Email:

"Air Force Magazine" is posted online. Beginning in January 2013, full issues are available. Beginning in November 2015, HTML5 versions are available .

Reading List

The Air Force Chief of Staff's annual reading list (2016) is available on the Department's Web site. An archives of the reading list, starting with the year 2007, is also available online.

Sexual Assault

The "Sexual Assault Prevention and Response" (SAPR) Web page has information, policies, and reports on sexual assault, as well as links leading to additional resources within the Department of Defense (DOD) community and to external resources.

The "SAPR" Web page also provides access to the Safe Helpline—an anonymous, confidential, and free crisis support service for DOD community members who have been affected by sexual assault. Phone, 877-995-5247.

Social Media

The Air Force has a blog and maintains a social media presence on Facebook, Flickr, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube. The Web site provides shortcuts to the different platforms as well as social media resources.

Strategic Documents

The site contains various “CSAF Focus Area", and other strategic documents in Portable Document Format (PDF).

Suicide Prevention

The "Suicide Prevention" Web page promotes resources like the ACE (Ask, Care, and Escort) Card and provides access, by phone or confidential online chat, to the Military Crisis Line. Phone, 800-273-8255.

Web sites

A directory of all registered Air Force Web sites is available online.

For further information concerning the Department of the Air Force, contact the Office of the Director of Public Affairs, Department of the Air Force, 1690 Air Force Pentagon, Washington, DC 20330-1670. Phone, 703-697-6061.

For further information concerning the Department of the Air Force, contact the Office of the Director of Public Affairs, Department of the Air Force, 1690 Air Force Pentagon, Washington, DC 20330-1670. Phone, 703-697-6061.