The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win in the air, space, and cyberspace.
World War II had been over for two years and the Korean War lay three years ahead when the Air Force ended a 40-year association with the U.S. Army to become a separate service. The U.S. Air Force thus entered a new era in which airpower became firmly established as a major element of the nation’s defense and one of its chief hopes for deterring war. The Department of the Air Force was created when President Harry S Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947.
The Air Force has three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. These core competencies make six distinctive capabilities possible:
Air and Space Superiority: With it, joint forces can dominate enemy operations in all dimensions -- land, sea, air and space.
Global Attack: Because of technological advances, the Air Force can attack anywhere, anytime -- and do so quickly and with greater precision than ever before.
Rapid Global Mobility: Being able to respond quickly and decisively anywhere needed is key to maintaining rapid global mobility.
Precision Engagement: The essence lies in the ability to apply selective force against specific targets because the nature and variety of future contingencies demand both precise and reliable use of military power with minimal risk and collateral damage.
Information Superiority: The ability of joint force commanders to keep pace with information and incorporate it into a campaign plan is crucial.
Agile Combat Support: Deployment and sustainment are keys to successful operations and cannot be separated. Agile combat support applies to all forces, from those permanently based to contingency buildups to expeditionary forces.
The Department of the Air Force is headquartered in the Pentagon, Washington D.C. The service is organized in nine major commands throughout the world which provide combat aircraft, airlift, refueling, reconnaissance and other support to the Unified Combatant Commands.
The Air Force also has more than three dozen field operating agencies and direct reporting units which directly support the mission by providing unique services.
There are approximately 332,000 airmen currently serving across the globe.
Associated Press | Jul 25, 2014
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Little Rock Air Force Base officials are blaming a case of mistaken identity for an alarm that led them to lock down the base for several hours following the report of a suspicious individual on the base. Officials on Thursday said the 6,100-acre base was locked down after they received a report that a suspicious individual... more
| Jul 25, 2014
The Air Force Academy's visitor center would move outside the gates of the 18,500-acre campus under a plan tied to the Colorado Springs City for Champions proposal. The academy announced Thursday that the $20 million attraction would be located just east of the academy's northern gate at exit 156 off Interstate 25. The academy has been studying... more
| Jul 24, 2014
There were no injuries when a T-53A aircraft conducting flight training operations landed off course Wednesday on Air Force Academy grounds, according to academy officials. Warthen Meade, academy spokesman, said the aircraft landed about 9 a.m. on the north part of the military installation near Interstate 25 with a student and an instructor on... more
Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer | Jul 23, 2014
Timothy Wright had been making final checks on his hiking equipment as he prepared to set off with his brothers for a 10-day backpacking tour through the picturesque hills of Canada. He had been looking forward to the trip, which he spent a year planning with his older brothers, Aaron and Matthew. But Wright, whose love for the outdoors was sur... more
| Jul 23, 2014
MacDill Air Force Base will likely receive about $32 million in upgrades to accommodate eight new KC-135 refueling jets scheduled to arrive here over the next few years, according to U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor. Castor, who hosted a bipartisan meeting between Tampa's Congressional delegation and a top Air Force official on Tuesday, said that the del... more