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on an area basis overseas. Commands are given the responsibility for accomplishing certain phases of the worldwide activities of the USAF. They are responsible for organizing, administering, equipping, and training their subordinate elements for the accomplishment of assigned missions. Air Force Logistics Command The Command provides worldwide logistical support to the Air Force. This includes procurement, storage, and distribution of supplies and the performance of or arrangement for the performance of depot level maintenance on materiel. Air Force Systems Command The responsibility of the Air Force Systems Command is to advance aerospace technology, adapt it into operational aerospace systems, and acquire qualitatively superior aerospace systems and material needed to accomplish the United States Air Force mission.

Air Training Command The Command is responsible for Air Force recruiting and individual training for Air Force officers and airmen. Training includes basic training and indoctrination for recruits; Air Force ROTC flying training; and technical, field, and special training. Air University The University is a major command and is responsible for the higher education of Air Force officers. Education activities include the Air War College, Air Command and Staff College, Air Force Institute of Technology, Civil Air Patrol, Extension Course Institute, and the Air University Center for Professional Development. Military Airlift Command This is a major command of the United States Air Force and a Joint Chiefs of Staff specified command. Its primary mission is to provide air transportation for personnel and cargo for all the military services on a worldwide basis. In addition, it furnishes weather, rescue, special operations, and audiovisual services for the Air Force.

Strategic Air Command This is a major command of the United States Air Force and a Joint Chiefs of Staff specified command. Its primary mission is to organize, train, equip, administer, and prepare strategic air forces for combat,

including bombardment, missile, special mission, and strategic reconnaissance units, and to conduct strategic air operations.

Tactical Air Command The Command's mission is to organize, train, and equip forces to participate in tactical air operations. This includes tactical fighter, tactical air reconnaissance, air defense, close combat air support, and joint amphibious and airborne operations. It is the Air Force component of the U.S. Readiness Command, the U.S. Atlantic Command, and provides the Air Force component of the U.S. Central Command. It participates with other services in developing doctrine, procedures, tactics, techniques, training, and equipment for joint operations. It provides combat-ready air elements to the Readiness and Central Commands. Electronic Security Command The Command monitors Air Force communications in all parts of the world to ensure compliance with established communication security practices and procedures. In addition, Electronic Security Command units occasionally conduct research in communication phenomena in support of various elements of the U.S. Government. Air Force Communications Command The Command provides base and pointto-point communications, flight facilities, air traffic control, and automated data processing services, primarily to the Air Force, but also to other agencies, governmental and civil, national and foreign.

United States Air Forces in Europe As a major command of the United States Air Force, this is the Air Force component of the U.S. European Command. Its primary mission is to organize, train, equip, administer, and prepare assigned forces for combat, including tactical fighter, tactical air reconnaissance, tactical air control, close air support, and defense suppression units to conduct defensive and offensive air operations. It provides combat-ready air elements to the U.S. European Command and participates in joint and combined air operations.

Pacific Air Forces As a major command of the United States Air Force, this is the Air Force component of the U.S. Pacific Command. Its primary mission is to organize, train, equip, administer, and prepare assigned forces for combat, including tactical fighter, tactical air reconnaissance, tactical air control, close air support, and defense suppression units to conduct defensive and offensive air operations. It provides combat-ready air elements to the U.S. Pacific Command and participates in joint and combined air operations. Alaskan Air Command As a major command of the United States Air Force, its primary mission is to conduct aerospace defense operations according to tasks assigned by the Commander in Chief, North American Aerospace Defense Command. The Command plans, conducts, controls, and coordinates offensive and defensive air operations, and is the coordinating authority for all joint military administrative and logistical matters in Alaska, and is the military point of contact for the State of Alaska. Air Force Space Command The Command provides resource management and operation of assigned assets for space control, space force application, force enhancement, space support, and strategic aerospace defense. The Command provides a close link between its space activities and, through the Unified Space Command, the unified command structure.

Separate Operating Agencies The Air Force Accounting and Finance Center provides technical supervision, advice, and guidance to Air Force accounting and finance field activities and finance operations.

The Air Force Audit Agency provides independent internal audit and appraisal of financial, operational, management, and support activities as a service to all levels of management.

The Air Force Inspection and Safety Center directs the Air Force inspection and safety programs, evaluating operational readiness, accident prevention, and management systems.

The Air Force Office of Special Investigations provides criminal, counterintelligence, personnel security, and special investigative services to Air Force activities; collects, analyzes, and reports significant information about these matters.

The Air Force Military Personnel Center executes personnel plans and programs and supervises procedures applicable to the worldwide management and administration of Air Force military personnel.

The Air Force Intelligence Service provides specialized intelligence service in support of USAF operations through the conduct of comprehensive research, direction of collection activities, processing and dissemination of intelligence information and intelligence, and the exercise of management and control of intelligence systems and special security systems.

The Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center manages the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) Program; assesses the operational utility of all major and selected nonmajor Air Force systems using, implementing, and supporting commands as required; and is responsible for recommending policy and for planning, directing, evaluating, and reporting on the Air Force OT&E Program.

The Air Force Engineering and Services Center provides specialized engineering and services, technical assistance, and operating support to Air Force bases and organizations. This includes food, laundry, dry cleaning, and linen exchange services; regional civil engineering; and the highly specialized, interdisciplinary civil engineering functions.

The Air Force Commissary Service provides subsistence support to appropriated and nonappropriated fund food activities and to authorized individual patrons. It also operates a resale store system to provide service and facilities for the sale of Department of Defense authorized merchandise at the lowest practical price to authorized patrons.

The Air Force Legal Services Center provides Air Force-wide legal services in the functional areas of military justice, patents, claims and tort litigation, general litigation, labor law, preventive law, and legal aid. It also administers the Federal Legal Information Through Electronics Program for the Air Force as Executive Agent for the Department of Defense.

The Air Force Service Information and News Center plans and executes the USAF internal information program for all military and civilian personnel. It develops, produces, and distributes materials in support of information, orientation, motivation, and unit morale goals and provides information about Air Force people and missions to hometown news media and national commercial magazines.

The Air Force Office of Medical Support assists and supports the Air Force Surgeon General in developing and implementing practices for health care in peacetime and wartime environments. It also performs studies and research on how Air Force medical policies and programs are executed and recommends appropriate modifications to the Air Force Surgeon General.

The Air Force Office of Security Police develops operational policies and practices in peacetime and wartime environments to carry out programs for the security of Air Force resources and information and the delivery of law enforcement services. The Office implements plans, policies, and programs for base defense, management of security police personnel, training, systems and equipment programs, and the physical security of Air Force resources; the information, personnel and industrial security programs and the wartime information security program; maintenance of law and order; prisoner rehabilitation and corrections programs; vehicle traffic management; and the military working dog program.

The Air Force Reserve performs the USAF Chief of Staff field responsibilities of command of the Air Force Reserve and is responsible for participation in the formulation of plans for the management, administration, and execution of programs affecting Air Force Reserve

units and mobilization of these reserves when needed.

The Air Reserve Personnel Center develops personnel management policies, plans, and programs pertaining to Air Force Reserve personnel when they are not on extended active duty and provides personnel management for reserve forces of the Air Force and personnel support for mobilization of these forces.

The Air Force Management Engineering Agency develops and maintains Air Force manpower standards for the purpose of improving manpower utilization; implements the Air Force Management Engineering Program; and exercises direct supervision over assigned Management Engineering teams engaged in developing specialized and functional manpower standards and related data. Direct Reporting Units The Air Force Combat Operations Staff provides readiness-oriented, combat-related support to the Chief of Staff, U.S. Air Force. The Staff serves as a permanent nucleus of a centralized, highly responsive, and integrated combat

support structure. It includes the combatrelated activities of functions such as operations, operations plans, intelligence, logistics, and personnel.

The Air Force Civilian Personnel Management Center directs, develops, manages, and evaluates the wide range of Federal and internal policies and programs affecting Air Force civilians, including foreign nationals, worldwide.

The Air Force Review Boards Office supervises the activities of the Air Force Board for Correction of Military Records (AFBCMR), the Air Force Civilian Appellate Review Agency (AFCARA), and the Air Force Personnel Council. AFBCMR and AFCARA ensure compliance with appropriate legal and policy guidelines in the correction of military records and in resolving civilian employee complaints. The Personnel Council advises the Air Force Secretariat on matters relating to various personnel policies and the effective management of active and reserve components of the Air Force.

The Air Force Technical Applications Center operates and maintains the United States Atomic Energy Detection System (AEDS) to monitor compliance of signatories to nuclear test ban treaties. AEDS consists of a worldwide network of sensors and collection equipment, analysis laboratories, a depot to support AEDS, and a headquarters staff to perform operational management functions.

The Air National Guard Support Center is responsible for the maintenance, operational, and technical functions essential for the combat readiness of the Air National Guard forces.

The USAF Historical Research Center provides historical and reference services for the Air Force. It serves as a repository for Air Force historical documents and prepares books, monographs, research reports, studies, unit histories, and other historical works relating to the U.S. Air Force and military aviation. The Center carries out various special programs to acquire historical documents and data and answers requests for historical information from both official sources and the public.

The United States Air Force Academy provides a 4-year educational curriculum for cadets that includes a baccalaureate level education in airmanship, related sciences, and the humanities. Besides a classical education, each cadet is trained to appreciate the role of airpower, its capabilities and limitations, high ideals of individual integrity, patriotism, loyalty, honor, physical fitness, sense of

responsibility, and a dedication of selfless and honorable service.

The Air Force District of Washington (AFDW) provides logistical and administrative support to Air Force activities in the Washington, DC, area that do not have their own internal support, including Headquarters USAF and the Air Force Secretariat. In addition, AFDW represents the Air Force in matters pertaining to the National Capital Region.

The Air Force Cost Center is responsible for the development of cost analysis tools, methods, data bases, models, and automated systems, which are used in resource allocation and cost management decisions Air Force-wide.

The Air Force Center for Studies and Analyses performs studies to assist and support the decisionmaking process of the Air Force. The Center performs independent studies and evaluations of Air Force requirements, proposals, plans, and programs, while providing comparisons and trade-off analysis. The Center also evaluates critical technical and operational issues and monitors applicable tests and evaluations that address such issues.

The Air Force Center for International Programs provides direction and guidance for the Air Force portion of the military Security Assistance Program for foreign nations and international

activities. The Center also coordinates Air Force politico-military policies as they affect Security Assistance matters pertinent to DOD, the State Department, and other agencies of the Federal Government.

Sources of Information

Speakers The Air Force will make speakers available for private organizations or community groups. Requests for speakers should be

addressed to the Public Communications Branch, HQ USAF (SAF/PAGP), Washington, DC 20330. Phone, 202697-2769.



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