United States Air Force

United States Air Force
Mark of the United States Air Force.svg
Emblem of the United States Air Force[1]
US Air Force Logo Solid Colour.svg
United States Air Force symbol
Founded18 September 1947
(73 years, 6 months)
(As independent service)

1 August 1907
(113 years, 8 months)
(As Aeronautical Division, U.S. Signal Corps)


Country United States
TypeAir force[2]
RoleAir superiority
Global integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance
Rapid global mobility
Global strike
Command and control
Size329,614 active duty airmen
172,857 civilians[3]
69,056 reserve airmen[4]
107,414 air national guard airmen[5]
5,047 manned aircraft[6]
406 ICBMs[7]
Part ofSeal of the United States Department of the Air Force.svg Department of the Air Force
HeadquartersThe Pentagon
Arlington County, Virginia, U.S.
Motto(s)"Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win"[8]
"Integrity first, Service before self, Excellence in all we do"[9]
ColorsUltramarine blue, Golden yellow[10]
   
March"The U.S. Air Force" About this soundPlay 
Anniversaries18 September
EquipmentList of U.S. Air Force equipment
Engagements
Websitewww.af.mil
www.airforce.com
Commanders
Commander-in-Chief President Joe Biden
Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin
Secretary of the Air Force John P. Roth (acting)
Chief of Staff Gen Charles Q. Brown Jr.
Vice Chief of Staff Gen David W. Allvin
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force CMSAF JoAnne S. Bass
Insignia
FlagFlag of the United States Air Force.svg
RoundelRoundel of the USAF.svg
"Hap" Arnold SymbolUS Army Air Corps Hap Arnold Wings.svg
Aircraft flown
AttackA-10, AC-130, MQ-9
BomberB-1B, B-2, B-52H
Electronic
warfare
E-3, E-4, E-8, EC-130
FighterF-15C, F-15E, F-16, F-22, F-35A
HelicopterHH-60, UH-1N, MH-139
ReconnaissanceMC-12, RC-135, RQ-4, RQ-170, U-2, U-28
TrainerT-1, T-6, T-38, T-41, T-51, T-53, TG-16
TransportC-5M, C-12, C-17, C-21, C-32, C-37, C-130, C-40, CV-22, VC-25
TankerKC-10, KC-135, KC-46

The United States Air Force (USAF) is the air service branch of the United States Armed Forces. It is one of the eight U.S. uniformed services. Initially formed as a part of the United States Army on 1 August 1907, the USAF was established as a separate branch of the U.S. Armed Forces on 18 September 1947 with the passing of the National Security Act of 1947. It is the second youngest branch of the U.S. Armed Forces[a] and the fourth in order of precedence. The U.S. Air Force articulates its core missions as air superiority, global integrated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, rapid global mobility, global strike, and command and control.

The U.S. Air Force is a military service branch organized within the Department of the Air Force, one of the three military departments of the Department of Defense. The Air Force through the Department of the Air Force is headed by the civilian Secretary of the Air Force, who reports to the Secretary of Defense and is appointed by the President with Senate confirmation. The highest-ranking military officer in the Air Force is the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, who exercises supervision over Air Force units and serves as one of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. As directed by the Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Air Force, certain Air Force components are assigned to unified combatant commands. Combatant commanders are delegated operational authority of the forces assigned to them, while the Secretary of the Air Force and the Chief of Staff of the Air Force retain administrative authority over their members.

Along with conducting independent air operations, the U.S. Air Force provides air support for land and naval forces and aids in the recovery of troops in the field. As of 2017, the service operates more than 5,369 military aircraft [12] and 406 ICBMs.[13] It has a $156.3 billion budget[14] and is the second largest service branch, with 329,614 active duty airmen,[15] 172,857 civilian personnel,[16] 69,056 reserve airmen,[17] and 107,414 Air National Guard airmen.[18]

  1. ^ "AF Branding & Trademark Licensing". www.trademark.af.mil. Archived from the original on 4 July 2018. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 11 October 2017. Retrieved 30 December 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "Air Force Personnel Demographics". Air Force Personnel Center. af.mil. Archived from the original on 9 October 2016.
  4. ^ "Department of Defense (DoD) Releases Fiscal Year 2017 President's Budget Proposal". U.S. Department of Defense. 9 February 2016. Archived from the original on 16 February 2016. Retrieved 11 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Air Force Magazine" (PDF). Air Force Magazine. May 2012. Archived (PDF) from the original on 14 September 2012.
  6. ^ "World Air Forces 2018". Flightglobal: 17. Archived from the original on 14 June 2018. Retrieved 13 June 2018.
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  8. ^ "Aim High ... Fly-Fight-Win to be Air Force motto USAF". United States Air Force. 7 October 2010. Archived from the original on 9 January 2018. Retrieved 19 October 2010.
  9. ^ "Ventura" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 August 2017. Retrieved 5 April 2019.
  10. ^ "The Air Force Flag" (PDF). Air Force Historical Research Agency. United States Air Force. 24 March 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 September 2013. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  11. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 23 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "The Case for Fifth-Generation and NGAD Airpower". Air Force Magazine. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  13. ^ "How many nuclear weapons does the US have?". ABC News. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  14. ^ "Air Force President's Budget FY19". www.saffm.hq.af.mil. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Military Demographics Jan. 2020" (PDF). Air Force's Personnel Center. 1 January 2020. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  16. ^ "Civilian Demographics Jan. 2020" (PDF). Air Force Personnel Center. 1 January 2020. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  17. ^ "Air Force Reserve". afreserve.com. Retrieved 13 May 2020.
  18. ^ "ANG's Outstanding NCO of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Jason D. Selberg". Air National Guard. Retrieved 13 May 2020.


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