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This is a list of Major Commands (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force

Historically, a MAJCOM is the highest level of command, only below Headquarters Air Force (HAF), and directly above Numbered Air Forces (NAF).

The USAF is organized on a functional basis in the United States and a geographical basis overseas. A major command (MAJCOM) represents a major Air Force subdivision having a specific portion of the Air Force mission. Each MAJCOM is directly subordinate to HAF. MAJCOMs are interrelated and complementary, providing offensive, defensive, and support elements. An operational command consists (in whole or in part) of strategic, tactical, space, or defense forces; or of flying forces that directly support such forces. A support command may provide supplies, weapon systems, support systems, operational support equipment, combat material, maintenance, surface transportation, education and training, or special services and other supported organizations.

The USAF experienced its last major reorganization of commands in 1992. In July 2006, the Air Force Network Operations (AFNETOPS) command was stood up at Barksdale Air Force Base. At the time, it was anticipated that it would be transformed into a new MAJCOM: the Air Force Cyber Command.[1] However, this did not occur, and AFNETOPS was integrated into Space Command.

Since its inception in 1947, a total of 27 organizations have been designated as major commands. Over time, the role of MAJCOMs have changed: some were replaced with NAFs, while some NAFs were replaced with MAJCOMs.

Currently, the USAF is currently organized into ten MAJCOMS (8 Functional and 2 Geographic), with the Air National Guard component reporting to Headquarters, United States Air Force (HAF).[2] The most recent major command, Air Force Global Strike Command, activated in August 2009. The other MAJCOMs have either inactivated or lost their command status.


Shield MAJCOM Location of Headquarters Mission
ACC Shield Air Combat Command Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia Provide Air Force component units for United States Central Command, United States Southern Command, United States Northern Command, and United States Strategic Command
Pacific Air Forces Pacific Air Forces Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii Provide Air Force component units for United States Pacific Command
United States Air Forces in Europe United States Air Forces in Europe Ramstein Air Base, Germany Provide Air Force component units for United States European Command
Shield of the United States Air Force Special Operations Command Air Force Special Operations Command Hurlburt Field, Florida Provide Air Force component units for United States Special Operations Command
Air Education and Training Command Air Education and Training Command Joint Base San Antonio/Randolph Air Force Base, Texas Recruits, trains, and educates Airmen
Air Mobility Command Air Mobility Command Scott Air Force Base, Illinois Provide global air mobility through airlift and aerial refueling for all of the United States armed forces
Air Force Global Strike Command Air Force Global Strike Command Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana Develop and provide combat-ready forces for nuclear deterrence and global strike capabilities
Air Force Materiel Command Air Force Materiel Command Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio Conducts research, development, testing and evaluation, and provides the acquisition management services and logistics support necessary to keep Air Force weapon systems ready for war
AFR Shield Air Force Reserve Command Robins Air Force Base, Georgia Provide combat-ready units for active duty whenever there are not enough trained units in the Regular component of the Air Force to perform any national security mission
Air Force Space Command Air Force Space Command Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Development and operation of military space and cyberspace technologies


Shield MAJCOM Location of Headquarters
Alaskan Air Command Alaskan Air Command Historic
USAF - Aerospace Defense Command
Aerospace Defense Command Historic
Air Force Cyber Command (Provisional) Air Force Cyber Command (Provisional) Historic
Air Force Communications Command Air Force Communications Command Historic
USAF - Intelligence Command Air Force Intelligence Command Historic
USAF - Logistics Command Air Force Logistics Command Historic
USAF - Systems Command Air Force Systems Command Historic
Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Air Proving Ground Command Historic
Air Training Command Emblem Air Training Command Historic
Air University Air University Historic
United States Air Forces Southern Command - Emblem Caribbean Air Command Historic
Continental Air Command Continental Air Command Historic
USAF - Electronic Security Command Electronic Security Command Historic
Headquarters Command Headquarters Command, USAF Historic
USAF - Military Airlift Command Military Airlift Command Historic
Northeast Air Command - Emblem Northeast Air Command Historic
Seventh Air Force - Emblem Pacific Air Command Historic
Special Weapons Command - Emblem Special Weapons Command Historic
SAC Shield Strategic Air Command Historic
Tactical Air Command Emblem Tactical Air Command Historic
United States Air Forces Southern Command - Emblem United States Air Forces Southern Command Historic


  • Donald, David, Ed. US Air Force Air Power Directory, AIRtime Publishing Inc., Westport, CT, 1992
  1. Lopez, Staff Sgt. C. Todd (2006-11-03). "8th Air Force to become new cyber command". Air Force Print News. United States Air Force. Retrieved 2006-11-24. 
  2. Pampe, Capt. Carla (2006-07-10). "Air Force officials consolidate network ops". Eighth Air Force Public Affairs. United States Air Force. Retrieved 2006-07-10. 

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