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Mission

Fifteenth Air Force, headquartered at Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina, is a Numbered Air Force (NAF) under Air Combat Command activated Aug. 20, 2020. Fifteenth AF trains Airmen to deliver combat airpower worldwide and provides a light, lean, and agile Air Force, Joint, or Combined Task Force Headquarters.

The 15th AF Headquarters will maintain its capability to serve as an operational headquarters that is ready to deploy. As a force provider, 15th AF is at the core of many force structural changes that will continue to advice, assist and advocate to ensure the readiness of subordinate units.

Forces and Organization

Fifteenth AF is responsible for ensuring the agile combat support capabilities of 13 wings and three direct reporting units, preparing Airmen for the dynamic requirements of air, space and cyberspace of the future. These units encompass about 600 aircraft and more than 45,000 active duty and civilian members. Fifteenth AF is also responsible for the operational readiness of 16 National Guard and Air Force Reserve Units.

The 1st Fighter Wing, located at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, consists of about 1,200 military and civilian members. They operate F-22A Raptor and T-38 Talon aircraft. The wing supports JBLE’s flying mission to meet the demands of air superiority.

The 4th Fighter Wing, located at Seymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina, consists of about 5,400 military and civilian members and is host to the Air Reserve Command’s 916th Air Refueling Wing. They operate F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft. The wing provides worldwide deployable aircraft and Airmen capable of executing combat missions in support of the Aerospace Expeditionary Force.

The 20th Fighter Wing, located at Shaw AFB, consists of about 3,700 military and civilian members. They operate the Air Force’s largest combat F-16 Fighting Falcon wing. The wing provides combat ready airpower and Airmen to meet any challenge, anytime, anywhere.

The 23rd Wing, located at Moody AFB, Georgia, consists of about 5,400 military and civilian members. They operate A-10C Thunderbolt, HC-130J Combat King III and HH-60G Pave Hawk aircraft. They train and equip to rapidly deploy and execute the Global Precision Attack, Personnel Recovery and Agile Combat Support service core functions worldwide to meet Combatant Commander requirements. The wing includes the 563rd Rescue Group at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona.

The 93rd Air Ground Operations Wing, located at Moody AFB, consists of about 2,500 military and civilian members. The wing provides commanders with expertise on close air support, battlefield weather and integrated base defense across the full spectrum of combat operations.

The 325th Fighter Wing, located at Tyndall AFB, Florida, consists of about 3,000 military and civilian members. They operate F-22A Raptor and T-38 Talon aircraft. They train and project combat power to support forces. The wing manages the southeastern air combat maneuvering instrumentation range and provides mission-ready air dominance forces in support of the Commander, North American Aerospace Defense Command/1st Air Force contingency plans.

The 355th Wing, located at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona, consists of about 5,000 military and civilian members. They operate the A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft. Their primary mission is deploying, employing and sustaining combat search and rescue and attack air power in support of combatant commanders around the globe.

The 366th Fighter Wing, located at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, consists of more than 4,800 military and civilian members. They operate F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft. The wing is home to three fighter squadrons. The wing includes the 390th Electronic Combat Squadron at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington. This squadron is responsible for suppression of enemy air defenses in support of expeditionary aircraft and ground troops by disrupting enemy activity and obtaining tactical electronic intelligence.

The 388th Fighter Wing, located at Hill AFB, Utah, consists of about 1,900 military and civilian members. They operate the F-35A Lightning II aircraft. Their primary mission is to maintain combat readiness to deploy, employ and sustain F-35A Lightning II aircraft worldwide in support of national defense.

The 432nd Fighter Wing, located at Creech AFB, Nevada, consists of about 3,000 military and civilian members. They employ remotely piloted aircraft in combat air patrols to support combatant commander needs and deploy combat support forces worldwide. This includes combat command and control, tactics development, intelligence support, weather support and standardization and evaluation oversight for Air Combat Command, U.S. Air Forces Central Command, Air Force Material Command, the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve Command and Royal Air Force remotely piloted aircraft units.

The 461st Fighter Wing, located at Robins AFB, Georgia, consists of about 1,300 military and civilian members. They operate the MQ-9 Reaper aircraft. They are responsible for operations, maintenance, logistics, training and combat support of the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft. The wing provides combat-ready theater battlespace management forces at the direction of the Secretary of Defense, operating and supporting forces worldwide and ensuring combat capability for all operations.

The 495th Fighter Group, headquartered at Shaw AFB, consists of about 600 military and civilian members across seven geographically separated fighter squadrons collocated with Air National Guard and Air Reserve host bases. They integrate active-duty Airmen, Air Reserve Component and Air National Guard units to streamline training, spending and resource use into units called “active associate” units.

The 552nd Air Control Wing, located at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, operates the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft. They provide a combat wing ready to defend the nation and prepared to rapidly deploy forward to the fight abroad.

The 633rd Air Base Wing, the host wing located at JBLE, consists of about 4,500 military and civilian. They support two four-star commands, a two-star joint task force, four brigades, five wings and more than 160 other mission partners.

The 800th Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operations Repair Squadron Engineers (RED HORSE) Group, located at Nellis AFB, Nevada, consists of more than 1,000 members. They are a self-sufficient, mobile group with three squadrons capable of rapid response and independent operations in remote, high-threat environments worldwide.

Detachment 1 (Persistent Attack and Reconnaissance Operations Center), located at Creech AFB, is responsible for synchronizing, managing and implementing flying, maintenance, and communications operations across 16 active duty and Air National Guard bases in the contingent U.S.

Priorities

Deliver READY forces for combat operations
Develop RESILIENT Airmen and families
Empower our Airmen to be RESOURCEFUL