Ninth Air Force
Ninth Air Force controls Air Combat Command (ACC) fighter forces based on the East Coast of the United States and is responsible for overseeing the management of six wings and three direct reporting units, as well as ensuring the operational readiness of 14 designated units of the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve.
Headquarters, Ninth Air Force was established on 4 Aug 2009 and activated on 5 Aug 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..
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