List of Major Commands of the United States Air Force

This is a list of major commands (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force

A major command is a significant Air Force organization subordinate to Headquarters, US Air Force. Major commands have a headquarters staff and subordinate organizations, typically formed in numbered air forces, centers, wings, and groups.[1]

Historically, a MAJCOM is the highest level of command, only below Headquarters Air Force (HAF), and directly above numbered air forces (NAFs).

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 Headquarters, Air Force. 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's last major reorganization of commands was 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.[2] 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 organized into ten MAJCOMS (8 Functional and 2 Geographic), with the Air National Guard component reporting to Headquarters, United States Air Force (HAF).[3] The most recent major command, Air Force Global Strike Command, was activated in August 2009. The other MAJCOMs have either inactivated or lost their command status.


ShieldMAJCOMLocation of HeadquartersMission
Air Combat CommandLangley Air Force Base, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, U.S.Provide Air Force component units for United States Central Command, United States Southern Command, and United States Northern Command
Air Education and Training CommandRandolph Air Force Base, Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, U.S.Recruits, trains, and educates airmen
Air Force Global Strike CommandBarksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, U.S.Develop and provide combat-ready forces for nuclear deterrence and global strike operations
Air Force Materiel CommandWright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, U.S.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 CommandRobins Air Force Base, Georgia, U.S.Provides operational capability, strategic depth, and surge capacity as an integrated total force partner in every Air Force core mission
Air Force Space CommandPeterson Air Force Base, Colorado, U.S.Development and operation of military space and cyberspace technologies
Air Force Special Operations CommandHurlburt Field, Florida, U.S.Provide Air Force component units for United States Special Operations Command
Air Mobility CommandScott Air Force Base, Illinois, U.S.Provide global air mobility through airlift and aerial refueling for all of the United States Armed Forces. Air Force component of United States Transportation Command
Pacific Air ForcesHickam Air Force Base, Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam, Hawaii, U.S.Provide Air Force component units for United States Indo-Pacific Command
United States Air Forces in Europe – Air Forces AfricaRamstein Air Base, GermanyProvide Air Force component units for United States European Command and United States Africa Command


ShieldMAJCOMDates Active
Alaskan Air Command1945–1990
Aerospace Defense Command1946–1950; 1951–1980
Air Force Cyber Command (Provisional)2007–2008
Air Force Communications Command1961–1991[4]
Air Force Intelligence Command1948–1993
Air Force Logistics Command1944–1992
Air Force Systems Command1950–1992
Air Proving Ground Command1946–1957 as major command
Air Training Command1946–1993
Air University1920–1993
Bolling Field Command1946-1958
Caribbean Air Command1940–1976
Continental Air Command1948–1968
Electronic Security Command1948–1993
Headquarters Command, USAF1946–1976
Military Airlift Command1966–1992
Northeast Air Command1950–1957
Pacific Air Command1946–1949
Special Weapons Command1949–1952
Strategic Air Command1946–1992
Tactical Air Command1946–1992
United States Air Forces Southern Command1940–1976


  • Donald, David, (Ed.) (1992). US Air Force Air Power Directory. Westport, CT: AIRtime Publishing Inc.
  1. Air Force Instruction 38-101, AIR FORCE ORGANIZATION, 4 APRIL 2006 (with Change 2, dated 20 July 2006), paragraph 2.2.2., page 10.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. "Air Force Communications Command". Retrieved 27 March 2018.
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