U.S. Air Forces Africa

US Air Forces Africa

As the air component of USAFRICOM, U.S. Air Forces Africa (AFAFRICA) conducts sustained security engagement and operations to promote air safety, security, and development in Africa.

USAFE-AFAFRICA Mission
U.S. Air Forces Africa, located at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, is combined with U.S. Air Forces in Europe and is the air component for the Department of Defense unified command - U.S. Africa Command located at Stuttgart, Germany.

USAFE-AFAFRICA directs air operations in a theater spanning three continents, covering more than 19 million square miles, containing 105 independent states, and possessing more than a quarter of the world's population and more than a quarter of the world's Gross Domestic Product.

During the Cold War, USAFE-AFAFRICA was a fight-in-place fighter force postured for a large-scale conflict. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, it has transitioned to an Air Expeditionary Force with a mobile and deployable mix of people and resources that can simultaneously operate in multiple locations.

Its role in Europe and Africa has expanded from warfighting to include humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, as well as other non-traditional contingencies throughout its area of responsibility.

Third Air Force Mission
Third Air Force is U.S. Air Forces in Europe's component numbered air force for U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command. Based at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, 3rd Air Force directs all USAFE forces engaged in contingency and wartime operations in the EUCOM and AFRICOM areas of responsibility. Along with its headquarters operations directorate, the command is comprised of 10 wings, two groups, and the 603rd Air and Space Operations Center.

Links
Official website
U.S. Air Forces Africa Fact Sheet
Third Air Force Mission Fact Sheet


Media Releases for U.S. Air Forces Africa

US Airlifts Rwandans to Central African Republic 1/21/2014
US Airlifts Rwandans to Central African Republic Two U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft operating at the request of the French government and African Union authorities continued airlifting a Rwandan mechanized battalion Jan. 19. Full Story
Ramstein Service Members Deliver Support during Central African Republic Conflict 1/7/2014
Ramstein Service Members Deliver Support during CAR’s Conflict Members of the 37th Airlift Squadron, assigned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, worked alongside French military forces on the ground to deliver much-needed supplies and personnel to Central African Go to Album
U.S., Burundian Military Choose to go Far Together 12/26/2013
U.S., Burundian Military Choose to go Far Together With its continued efforts to build the capacity of its partner nations, U.S. Army Africa planners recently coordinated the deployment of a Burundian Light Infantry Battalion of 850 Soldiers and Full Story
Soldiers Prepare to Support Evacuation Operations in Juba 12/26/2013
Soldiers Prepare to Support Evacuation Operations in Juba Soldiers of the East Africa Response Force, a Djibouti-based joint team, prepare to support evacuation operations in Juba, South Sudan. At the request of the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Go to Album
U.S. Supports Peacekeeping Efforts in Central African Republic 12/12/2013
U.S. Supports Peacekeeping Efforts in Central African Republic Two U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III aircraft and a small command and support team are on the ground in Uganda, preparing to conduct airlift operations in support of ongoing peacekeeping Full Story
Regional African Air Chiefs Symposium Emphasizes Partnerships 8/26/2013
Regional African Air Chiefs Symposium Emphasizes Partnerships As the 2013 Regional African Air Chiefs Conference came to a close here Aug. 22, some of the U.S. and African leaders in attendance shared their thoughts on the event. Full Story
Regional African Air Chiefs Symposium Begins 8/21/2013
Regional African Air Chiefs Symposium Begins The U.S. 3rd Air Force commander and the Ghanaian chief of air staff hosted opening ceremonies for the second Regional Air Chiefs Symposium at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Full Story
Niger Gets New Planes and Trucks Through U.S. Security Cooperation Programs 7/16/2013
Niger Gets New Planes and Trucks Through U.S. Security Cooperation Programs The Niger Armed Forces are now better able to perform their duties after the recent delivery of some new airplanes and trucks obtained through U.S. security cooperation programs. On July 5, Full Story
Liberian Soldiers Employ Training During Medical Outreach Mission 7/15/2013
Liberian Soldiers Employ Training During Medical Outreach Mission A team of Armed Forces of Liberia soldiers, U.S. service members and county health officials conducted a mobile medical outreach mission in Grand Cape Mount County recently. The mobile mission Full Story
African Airmen Return to Air University for U.S. Air Forces Africa Symposium 6/14/2013
African Airmen Return to Air University for U.S. Air Forces Africa Symposium Military officers from the air forces of 16 African countries returned to Air University for the African Airmen Alumni Symposium June 11-13. Full Story
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