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About United States Department of the Air Force

The mission of the US Department of the Air Force is to fly, fight, and win -- in air, space, and cyberspace. Along with the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, the US Air Force is a major military branch of the US Department of Defense responsible for defending the US and its interests through aerial, space, and cyber warfare. The agency includes about a dozen major commands, including the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. It also consists of field operating agencies and direct reporting units, which are typically assigned to specialized missions. Originally part of the US Army, the US Air Force was formed as a separate branch when president Harry S. Truman signed the National Security Act of 1947.


The agency is administered by a civilian secretary who is supervised by an Air Force chief of staff; both posts are president-appointed. The chief is the principal adviser to the secretary on all department activities, including administration, and integrating and connecting warfighting operations that allows information to be collected, analyzed and shared across all domains – air, sea, land, cyber and space – and among all services.. The Air Force chief is also one of the military advisers to the president, the National Security Council, and the Secretary of Defense.

Geographic Reach

The company is headquartered in Washington.


In 2020, Air Education and Training Command's Strategic Action Plan, designed to accelerate change across the recruiting, training and education enterprise, and was recently updated. The updates are in response to progress made on initiatives during the past year and to align with the recently updated Department of the Air Force strategic guidance.

In announcing the updates to focus areas under each priority, Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, the AETC commander and the force development commander for the Air Force, reaffirmed AETC's priorities, which remain fourfold: Advance force development, Enhance lethality and readiness, Transform learning, and Cultivate an environment of excellence. The general also explained that updated focus areas under these priorities will ensure the command continues to train and develop Airmen of character who are ready for a more competitive and dangerous international security environment than seen in generations.

Company Background

In 2013 the government announced that the Army, Air Force, and Defense Information Systems Agency would collectively be using the most up-to-date suite of Microsoft products. The agency plans for the software adoption to launch new levels of cross-agency information sharing and provide advanced business intelligence and reporting capabilities.

United States Department of the Air Force

1000 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1000
Phone: 1 (703) 545-6700

Firm Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
Secretary: Michael B. Donley
Assistant Secretary, Financial Management and Comptroller: Jaime Morin
Chief of Staff: Mark A. Welsh
Employees (This Location): 2,324
Employees (All Locations): 529,688

Major Office Locations

Washington, DC