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Ninth Air Force

Mission

Ninth Air Force, headquartered at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, is a Numbered Air Force (NAF) under Air Combat Command activated Aug. 5, 2009, and is responsible for training Airmen to deliver combat airpower worldwide and provide a light, lean, and agile Air Force, Joint, or Combined Task Force Headquarters.

Additionally, Ninth Air Force commands eight wings and three direct reporting units in the Southeastern U.S., ensuring the operational readiness of more than 400 aircraft and 26,000 active duty and civilian members.

Forces and Organization

The 1st Fighter Wing, located at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, consists of about 1,200 officer, enlisted and civilian members. They operate F-22A Raptor and T-38 Talon aircraft. The wing supports JBLE’s flying mission to meet the demands of air superiority.

The 4th Fighter Wing, located at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, consists of about 5,400 officer, enlisted and civilian members and is host to the Air Reserve Command’s 916th Air Refueling Wing. They operate F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft. The wing provides worldwide deployable aircraft and Airmen capable of executing combat missions in support of the Aerospace Expeditionary Force.

The 20th Fighter Wing, located at Shaw AFB, consists of about 3,700 officer, enlisted and civilian members. They operate the Air Force’s largest combat F-16 Fighting Falcon wing. The wing provides combat ready airpower and Airmen to meet any challenge, anytime, anywhere.

The 23rd Wing, located at Moody AFB, Georgia, consists of about 5,400 officer, enlisted and civilian members. They operate A-10C Thunderbolt, HC-130J Combat King III and HH-60G Pave Hawk aircraft. They train and equip to rapidly deploy and execute the Global Precision Attack, Personnel Recovery and Agile Combat Support service core functions worldwide to meet Combatant Commander requirements. The wing includes the 563rd Rescue Group at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.

The 325th Fighter Wing, located at Tyndall AFB, Florida, consists of about 3,000 officer, enlisted and civilian members. They operate F-22A Raptor and T-38 Talon aircraft. They train and project combat power to support forces. The wing manages the southeastern air combat maneuvering instrumentation range and provides mission-ready air dominance forces in support of the Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command/1st Air Force contingency plans.

The 461st Fighter Wing, located at Robins AFB, Georgia, consists of about 1,300 officer, enlisted and civilian members. They are responsible for operations, maintenance, logistics, training and combat support of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. The wing provides combat-ready theater battlespace management forces at the direction of the Secretary of Defense, operating and supporting forces worldwide and ensuring combat capability for all operations.

The 633rd Air Base Wing, the host wing located at JBLE, consists of about 4,500 officer, enlisted, civilian and contract members. They support two four-star commands, a two-star joint task force, four brigades, five wings and more than 160 other mission partners.

The 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing, located at Moody AFB, consists of about 2,500 officer, enlisted and civilian members. The wing provides commanders with expertise on close air support, battlefield weather and integrated base defense across the full spectrum of combat operations.

The 495th Fighter Group, headquartered at Shaw AFB, consists of about 600 officer, enlisted and civilian members across seven geographically separated fighter squadrons collocated with Air National Guard and Air Reserve host bases. They integrate active-duty Airmen, Air Reserve Component and Air National Guard units to streamline training, spending and resource use into units called “active associate” units.

The 819th Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operations Repair Squadron Engineers (RED HORSE) Sqadron, located at Malmstrom AFB, Montana, consists of about 200 officer, enlisted and civilian members. They are a self-sufficient, mobile squadron capable of rapid response and independent operations in remote, high-threat environments worldwide.

The 823rd RED HORSE Squadron, located at Hurlburt Field, Florida, consists of about 40 officer, enlisted, civilian and contract members. They provide a highly mobile civil engineer response force to support contingency and special operations worldwide.

Operations

As a NAF, Ninth AF is the largest single provider of active duty Air Force combat fighters in the U.S. and combat search and rescue in the entire Air Force. We are one of only two NAFs focused solely on organizing, training and equipping as our primary mission. The headquarters assumed the stateside mission of U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT), along with control of its assigned continental U.S. wings and direct reporting units.

Ninth Air Force is responsible for the oversight, readiness, training and combat preparedness of its assigned units and Airmen. The emblem of Ninth AF is separate and distinct from the historic emblem retained by AFCENT. The two headquarters are separate with no organizational relationship.

In December 2018, Ninth AF was certified by Gen. Mike Holmes, ACC commander, and Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, then Ninth AF commander, as having initial operational capability as a JTF-capable headquarters.

(Current as of March 2020)