Air Force Mission

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win... Airpower anytime, anywhere.

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision:

The United States Air Force will be a trusted and reliable joint partner with our sister services known for integrity in all of our activities, including supporting the joint mission first and foremost. We will provide compelling air, space and cyber capabilities for use by the combatant commanders. We will excel as stewards of all Air Force resources in service to the American people, while providing precise and reliable Global Vigilance, Reach and Power for the nation.

The Air Force has three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible: 

Air and Space Superiority:  With it, joint forces can dominate enemy operations in all dimensions -- land, sea, air and space. 

Global Attack:  Because of technological advances, the Air Force can attack anywhere, anytime -- and do so quickly and with greater precision than ever before. 

Rapid Global Mobility:  Being able to respond quickly and decisively anywhere we're needed is key to maintaining rapid global mobility. 

Precision Engagement:  The essence lies in the ability to apply selective force against specific targets because the nature and variety of future contingencies demand both precise and reliable use of military power with minimal risk and collateral damage. 

Information Superiority:  The ability of joint force commanders to keep pace with information and incorporate it into a campaign plan is crucial. 

Agile Combat Support:  Deployment and sustainment are keys to successful operations and cannot be separated. Agile combat support applies to all forces, from those permanently based to contingency buildups to expeditionary forces. 

The Air Force bases these core competencies and distinctive capabilities on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do.

20th Air Force

The 20th Air Force, activated April 4, 1944, has a proud heritage as America's long-range strategic force. The 20AF is a Numbered Air Force headquartered out of F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo., in the Cheyenne community.

20AF mission: Defend the United States with combat-ready nuclear forces; on order, conduct global strike.

20AF vision: The world's most respected and feared global strike team, always ready to strike.

The commander of the 20th Air Force is Maj. Gen. Michael Lutton, the deputy commander is Col. Matthew Dillow, and the command chief master sergeant is Chief Master Sgt. Charles Orf.

AFGSC

Air Force Global Strike Command, activated Aug. 7, 2009, is a major command headquartered at Barksdale Air Force Base, La., in the Shreveport - Bossier City community.

AFGSC mission: Airmen providing strategic deterrence, global strike and combat support...anytime, anywhere!

AFGSC vision: Innovative leaders providing safe, secure and effective combat-ready forces for nuclear and conventional global strike...today and tomorrow!

The commander of Air Force Global Strike Command is Gen. Anthony Cotton, the deputy commander is Lt. Gen. Mark Weatherington, and the command chief master sergeant is Chief Master Sgt. Charles Hoffman.

Dept. of the Air Force

The Department of the Air Force is headquartered in the Pentagon, Washington D.C. The service is organized in nine major commands throughout the world which provide combat aircraft, airlift, refueling, reconnaissance and other support to the Unified Combatant Commands.

The Air Force also has more than three dozen field operating agencies and direct reporting units which directly support the mission by providing unique services.

Together with Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard forces, the United States Air Force is the best in the world.

The Acting Secretary of the Air Force is Frank Kendall, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force is Gen. Charles Q. Brown, the Vice Chief of Staff is Gen. David W. Allvin, and the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force is CMSAF JoAnne S. Bass.