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The '''Air Combat Command''' ('''ACC''') is a [[major command]] (MAJCOM) of the [[United States Air Force]] whose mission is to provide air combat forces (mostly [[aircraft]]), to other commands, including both commands within the Air Force as well as the [[United States]]' [[Unified Combatant Command]]s that include elements from different branches of the armed forces.  ACC is based at [[Langley Air Force Base]] in [[Virginia]].

It was created [[1 June]] [[1992]] out of the [[Tactical Air Command]] (which was thereby inactivated), but also picked up some elements formerly in the [[Strategic Air Command]], such as [[bomber]]s and [[ICBM]]s (although the ICBMs were transferred to the [[Air Force Space Command]] a year later).
[[Image:Shield Air Combat Command.png|thumb|left|150px|ACC Shield]]
ACC presently includes the [[First Air Force]], [[Eighth Air Force]], [[Ninth Air Force]], and [[Twelfth Air Force]], as well as the [[Air Warfare Center]] at [[Nellis Air Force Base|Nellis AFB]]. General [[Ronald E. Keys]] has been the commander of ACC since May [[2005]].

Historically, combat command was an earlier air unit designation.  During [[1941]] and early [[1942]], the tactical air units of the War Department, formerly known as the GHQ Air Force, formed the Air Force Combat Command.  The AFCC was dissolved in the reorganization of the [[U.S. Army]], effective [[March 9]], [[1942]], which created the [[United States Army Air Forces |Army Air Forces]] as a major and semi-independent component.

ACC is one of nine major commands ([[U.S._Air_Force#Major_Commands_.28MAJCOMs.29|MAJCOM]]s), reporting to Headquarters, United States Air Force ([[HQ USAF]]):
ACC operates fighters, bombers, [[reconnaissance]], battle management, and electronic-combat aircraft, as well as command, control, communications, and intelligence systems, and conducts global information operations. As a force provider, ACC organizes, trains, equips, and maintains combat-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring stragetic air defense forces are ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime air defense. ACC numbered air forces provide air componency to [[USCENTCOM]] and [[USSOUTHCOM]] with Headquarters ACC serving as the air component to [[USNORTHCOM]] and [[USJFCOM]]. ACC also augments forces to [[USEUCOM]], [[USPACOM]], and [[USSTRATCOM]].

==Personnel and resources==
More than 109,000 [[active duty]] members and [[civilians]] make up ACC's workforce (approximately 98,000 active duty members and more than 11,000 civilians). When mobilized, more than 63,000 members of the [[Air National Guard]] and [[Air Force Reserve]], along with over 600 aircraft, are assigned to ACC. In total, ACC and ACC-gained units consist of more than 1,750 aircraft.

''This article contains information that originally came from US Government publications and websites, in the public domain.''

== External link ==
* [http://www2.acc.af.mil/index.stml ACC home page]

[[Category:Commands of the United States Air Force]]

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