Air Combat Command

The Air Combat Command (ACC) is the major command (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force whose mission is to provide air combat forces (mostly aircraft), to other commands, including both commands within the Air Force as well as the unified commands that include elements from different branches of the armed forces. ACC is based at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

It was created 1 June 1992 out of the Tactical Air Command (which was thereby inactivated), but also picked up some elements formerly in the Strategic Air Command, such as bombers and ICBMs (although the ICBMs were transferred to the Air Force Space Command a year later).

ACC presently includes the First Air Force, Eighth Air Force, Ninth Air Force, and Twelfth Air Force, as well as the Air Warfare Center at Nellis AFB. General Ronald E. Keys has been the commander of ACC since May 2005.

Historically, combat command was an earlier air unit designation. During 1941 and early 1942, the tactical air units of the War Department, formerly known as the GHQ Air Force, formed the Air Force Combat Command. The AFCC was dissolved in the reorganization of the U.S. Army, effective March 9, 1942, which created the Army Air Forces as a major and semi-independent component.

ACC is one of nine major commands (MAJCOMs), reporting to Headquarters, United States Air Force (HQ USAF):



ACC operates fighters, bombers, reconnaissance, battle management, and electronic-combat aircraft, as well as 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 stragetic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime air defense. ACC numbered air forces provide air componency to USCENTCOM and USSOUTHCOM with Headquarters ACC serving as the air component to USNORTHCOM and USJFCOM. ACC also augments forces to USEUCOM, USPACOM, and USSTRATCOM.

Personnel and Resources

More than 109.000 active duty members and civilians make up ACC's workforce (approximately 98,000 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 over 600 aircraft, are assigned to ACC. In total, ACC and ACC-gained units consist of more than 1,750 aircraft.


This article contains information that originally came from a US Government publications and websites, in the public domain.

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