List of Major Commands of the United States Air Force

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
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
Air Education and Training Command Joint Base San Antonio/Randolph Air Force Base, Texas Recruits, trains, and educates airmen
Air Force Global Strike Command Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana Develop and provide combat-ready forces for nuclear deterrence and global strike operations
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
Air Force Reserve Command Robins Air Force Base, Georgia Provides operational capability, strategic depth and surge capacity as an integrated Total Force partner in every Air Force core mission
Air Force Space Command Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado Development and operation of military space and cyberspace technologies
Air Force Special Operations Command Hurlburt Field, Florida Provide Air Force component units for United States Special Operations 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
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 - Air Forces Africa Ramstein Air Base, Germany Provide Air Force component units for United States European Command and United States African Command


Shield MAJCOM Dates Active
Alaskan Air Command 1945–1990
Aerospace Defense Command 1946–1950; 1951–1980
Air Force Cyber Command (Provisional) 2007–2008
Air Force Communications Command 1943–1991
Air Force Intelligence Command 1948–1993
Air Force Logistics Command 1944–1992
Air Force Systems Command 1950–1992
Air Proving Ground Command 1943–2012
Air Training Command 1946–1993
Air University 1920–1993
Caribbean Air Command 1940–1976
Continental Air Command 1948–1968
Electronic Security Command 1948–1993
Headquarters Command, USAF 1985–1994
Military Airlift Command 1966–1992
Northeast Air Command 1950–1957
Pacific Air Command 1946–1949
Special Weapons Command 1949–1952
Strategic Air Command 1946–1992
Tactical Air Command 1946–1992
United States Air Forces Southern Command 1940–1976


  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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