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U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Chad P. Franks, left, 15th Air Force commander, stands at attention as Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin W. Hedden, 15th AF command chief, furls the Ninth Air Force (IX) flag, Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Aug. 17, 2020. Ninth Air Force (IX) was inactivated and 15th AF was reactivated during a virtual ceremony at Shaw Aug. 20, 2020. Ninth Air Force (IX) was activated in 2009 when it was officially split from U.S. Air Forces Central Command as a brand new numbered Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Dick)