U.S. Air Forces Africa
As the air component of U.S. Africa Command, U.S. Air Forces Africa (AFAFRICA) conducts sustained security engagement and operations to promote air safety, security, and development in Africa.
U.S. Air Forces Africa, located at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, is combined with U.S. Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and is the air component for U.S. Africa Command.
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 force postured for 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 personnel and resources able to 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.