2009 – present
Maj Gen Scott Zobrist
Air Combat Command
United States Air Force
Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
South Carolina, United States
Twelfth Air Force, Eighth Air Force, Tenth Air Force, Third Air Force, First Air Force
The Ninth Air Force (9 AF) is a numbered air force of the United States Air Force's Air Combat Command (ACC). It has been headquartered at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, since activation on 5 August 2009. From 1990, units were deployed to the Middle East against Iraq, and from 2001 against threats emanating from Afghanistan. In this role, the organization was known as United States Air Forces Central (USAFCENT).
Until August 2009, the Ninth Air Force shared its commander with USAFCENT. In a complicated transfer of lineage, the Second World War-and after heritage of the Ninth Air Force was bestowed solely on United States Air Forces Central, and a new Ninth Air Force, which technically had no previous history, was activated on the U.S. East Coast.
This article deals with the current organization, as the lineage of the previous organization currently belongs to USAFCENT.
The command is responsible for the organizing, training, and equipping eight active duty wings and two direct reporting units. These eight wings are:
Supervised non-flying direct reporting units include:
The Ninth Air Force is also responsible for overseeing the operational readiness of 30 designated units of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.