Ninth Air Force

Ninth Air Force
Shield of the Ninth Air Force
Active 4 August 2009 – present
(9 years)[1]
Country  United States of America
Branch United States Air Force
Type Numbered Air Force
Role Provide combat-ready air forces to Air Combat Command[2]
Part of Air Combat Command
Headquarters Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, U.S.
Commanders
Current
commander
Maj Gen Scott Zobrist[3]

The Ninth Air Force (9 AF) is a numbered air force of the United States Air Force's Air Combat Command (ACC). It has been headquartered at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, since activation on 5 August 2009. From 1990, units were deployed to the Middle East against Iraq, and from 2001 against threats emanating from Afghanistan. This prior Ninth Air Force is now known as United States Air Forces Central (USAFCENT).

Until August 2009, the Ninth Air Force shared its commander with USAFCENT.[4] In a complicated transfer of lineage, the Second World War-and-after heritage of the Ninth Air Force was bestowed solely on United States Air Forces Central, and a new Ninth Air Force, was activated on the U.S. East Coast, where it is responsible for a variety of Air Combat Command units.[5]

Lineage

  • Established as Ninth Air Force on 4 August 2009
Activated on 5 August 2009[6]

Assignments

Major components

The command is responsible for operational readiness for eight active duty wings and two direct reporting units. These eight wings are:

Supervised non-flying direct reporting units include:

The Ninth Air Force is also responsible for overseeing the operational readiness of 30 designated units of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.

References

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