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Air Combat Command

Definition/Scope: Air Combat Command is the primary force provider of combat airpower to America’s warfighting commands. To support global implementation of national security strategy, ACC operates fighter, bomber, reconnaissance, battle-management and electronic-combat aircraft. It also provides 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 strategic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime air defense. ACC numbered air forces provide the air component to U.S. Central and Southern Commands with Headquarters ACC serving as the air component to U.S. Northern and Joint Forces Commands. ACC also augments forces to U.S. European, Pacific and Strategic Commands. The ACC was activated on 01 June 1992 with the inactivation of the Tactical Air Command (TAC). Not long after activation, ACC underwent organizational and mission changes. The first such major change was the transfer of the combat search and rescue mission from Air Mobility Command to the ACC. The formal transfer took place on 1 February 1993, when the Air Rescue Service (ARS) was assigned to ACC. On 2 July of the same year, the ARS was redesignated the USAF Combat Rescue School and was assigned to the 57th Wing at Nellis AFB, Nevada. OLD VERSION US Air Force component of the US Joint Forces Command. It is the primary provider of air combat forces to America's unified combatant commands.

Used For:

Air Force component, Joint Forces Command
Joint Forces Command Air Forces
Strategic Air Command
Tactical Air Command



Broader Terms:

Air Force Global Strike Command
Combat Air Force
major Air Force commands
unified commands (Air Force components)
US Joint Forces Command, Combatant Command, Functional/Unified

Narrower Terms:

102d Fighter Interceptor Wing
104th Fighter Wing
119th Fighter Interceptor Group
120th Fighter Interceptor Group
125th Fighter Interceptor Group
142d Fighter Interceptor Group
144th Fighter Wing
147th Fighter Interceptor Group
148th Fighter Wing
158th Fighter Interceptor Group
177th Fighter Interceptor Group
191st Fighter Interceptor Group
90th Space Wing
ACC Air National Guard units
ACC Lessons Learned Center
Aerospace Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Center
Aerospace Rescue and Recovery Service
Air Force Air Warfare Center
Air Force Weapons and Tactics Center
Air Forces Iceland
Air Rescue Service
Barksdale AFB
Beale AFB
Cannon AFB
Davis-Monthan AFB
Dyess AFB
Eighth Air Force
Ellsworth AFB
First Air Force
Griffiss AFB
Holloman AFB
Howard AFB, Panama
Lajes Field, Azores
Langley Air Force Base
Moody AFB
Mountain Home AFB
Ninth Air Force
Offutt AFB
Seymour Johnson AFB
Shaw AFB
Tinker AFB
Twelfth Air Force
Whiteman AFB

Related Terms:

Combat Edge
Minot AFB

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