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- This article deals with the unit established in 2009. For the previous unit, see United States Air Forces Central.
The Ninth Air Force
is a numbered air force of the United States Air Force
The United States Air Force is the aerial warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces and one of the American uniformed services. Initially part of the United States Army, the USAF was formed as a separate branch of the military on September 18, 1947 under the National Security Act of...
's Air Combat Command
Air Combat Command is a major command of the United States Air Force. ACC is one of ten major commands , reporting to Headquarters, United States Air Force ....
(ACC). It is headquartered at Shaw Air Force Base
Shaw Air Force Base is a United States Military facility located approximately west-northwest of Sumter, South Carolina. It is under the jurisdiction of the United States Air Force Air Combat Command...
, South Carolina.
Ninth Air Force shared its commander with United States Air Forces Central (USAFCENT) until August 2009. It is planned that they will return to a shared commander after the United States completes its current wars. This article deals with the current organization, as the lineage of the previous organization currently belongs to USAFCENT.
The command is responsible for six active duty flying wings and one active associate National Guard wing. These seven wings are
- 1st Fighter Wing
The 1st Fighter Wing is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Combat Command Ninth Air Force. It is stationed at Langley Air Force Base, Va...
, Joint Base Langley–Eustis
Joint Base Langley–Eustis is a United States military facility located in Hampton and Newport News, Virginia. The facility is under the jurisdiction of the United States Air Force 633rd Air Base Wing, Air Combat Command...
- 4th Fighter Wing
The 4th Fighter Wing is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Combat Command Ninth Air Force. It is stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, where it is also the host unit....
, Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina
- 20th Fighter Wing
The 20th Fighter Wing is a wing of the United States Air Force and the host unit at Shaw Air Force Base South Carolina. The wing is assigned to Air Combat Command's Ninth Air Force.-Mission:...
, Shaw AFB, South Carolina
- 23d Wing
The 23d Wing is a front-line United States Air Force Air Combat Command wing currently assigned to Moody Air Force Base, Georgia.-Mission:The mission of the 23d Wing is to organize, train and employ combat-ready A-10, HC-130 and HH-60, as well as pararescuemen and force protection assets...
, Moody AFB, Georgia
- 33d Fighter Wing
The 33d Fighter Wing is a United States Air Force unit assigned to the Air Education and Training Command's Nineteenth Air Force. It is stationed at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida where it is a tenant unit....
, Eglin AFB, Florida
- 116th Air Control Wing
The United States Air Force's 116th Air Control Wing is a joint active duty/Air National Guard air control wing located at Robins AFB, Georgia.-Mission:...
, Robins AFB, Georgia
- 461st Air Control Wing
The 461st Air Control Wing is an active United States Air Force unit. It is assigned to the Air Combat Command, Ninth Air Force, stationed at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia. It was activated on 7 Oct 2011....
, Robins AFB, Georgia
Supervised non-flying units include:
- 5th Combat Communications Group
The 5th Combat Communications Group is a specialized, highly trained unit of the United States Air Force. The 5th Mob is currently based at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia...
, Robins AFB, Georgia
- 18th Air Support Operations Group, Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina, and Hurlburt Field
Hurlburt Field is a U.S. Air Force installation located in Okaloosa County, Florida, immediately west of the Town of Mary Esther. It is part of the greater Eglin Air Force Base reservation, and is home to Headquarters Air Force Special Operations Command , the 1st Special Operations Wing , the...
Ninth Air Force is also responsible for overseeing the operational readiness of 30 designated units of the Air National Guard
The Air National Guard , often referred to as the Air Guard, is the air force militia organized by each of the fifty U.S. states, the commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the territories of Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the District of Columbia of the United States. Established under Title 10 and...
and Air Force Reserve.