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Ninth Air Force

The Ninth Air Force Headquarters commands, administers, and ensures the combat and agile support capabilities of all 9th Air Force assigned units; conducts a realistic and robust standardization and evaluation program to hone wartime missions and ensure readiness of all assigned active-duty and aligned Air Reserve component units; and identifies and advocates for resources required to support Ninth Air Force missions, airmen, and their families.

Headquarters, Ninth Air Force was established on 4 August 2009 and activated on 5 August 2009. Previously, Ninth Air Force had been the numbered Air Force designated as US Central Command Air Forces (USCENTAF) and then US Air Forces Central Command (USAFCENT). The lineage and honors of Ninth Air Force was part of AFCENT and remained so after the establishment of the separate new Ninth Air Force headquarters. The separation of the 2 commands was intended to be temporary and was designed to allow the AFCENT commander to focus solely on AFCENT's warfighting duties, and the Ninth Air Force commander to focus on oversight of stateside wings. The plan was to reset to the peacetime configuration of Ninth Air Force/AFCENT when contingency operations subsided, at which point the separate Headquarters, Ninth Air Force would be inactivated.

As of 2012, Ninth Air Force controlled Air Combat Command (ACC) fighter forces based on the East Coast of the United States and was responsible for overseeing the management of 6 wings and 3 direct reporting units, as well as ensuring the operational readiness of 14 designated units of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.

As of 2013, the Ninth Air Force was responsible for ensuring the agile combat support capabilities of 8 wings and 3 direct reporting units. These units encompassed more than 400 aircraft, and 29,000 active-duty and civilian personnel. The Ninth Air Force was also responsible for the operational readiness of 16 Ninth Air Force-gained National Guard and Air Force Reserve units.



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