Ninth Air Force

This article is about the currently active air force. For the Ninth Air Force of World War II and later, see United States Air Forces Central Command.
Ninth Air Force (ACC)

F-22A Raptor of the 1st Fighter Wing, Langley AFB, Virginia
Active 2009 – present
Country  United States
Branch   United States Air Force
Part of Air Combat Command
Garrison/HQ Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina
Maj Gen Scott Zobrist[1]
Emblem of the Ninth 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.[2] 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.


Activated on 5 August 2009[3]


Major components

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.


  1. Hinderliter, Capt Tristan (August 3, 2015). "9th AF welcomes new commander". 9th Air Force Public Affairs. Retrieved August 4, 2015.As of 3 August 2015
  2. New leaders take command of redesignated AFCENT, 9th Air Force, 8/6/2009, Air Force News Service
  3. Air Force Historical Research Agency, Ninth Air Force (ACC), accessed August 2011
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