Headquarters 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), located at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona, is responsible for two equally important missions. First, in the traditional numbered Air Force role as 12th Air Force, the organization reports to Air Combat Command to organize, train and equip U.S. Airmen to deploy in support of global military operations. Second, in the role of Air Forces Southern, the organization serves as the air component to U.S. Southern Command, responsible for providing air and space capabilities in support of U.S. military involvement and partnerships across Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
12TH AIR FORCE (AIR FORCES SOUTHERN) MISSION STATEMENT
Enable combat-ready forces for rapid global employment and receive, command and control, and employ joint air component assets to meet U.S. strategic objectives in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility, across the full spectrum of operations.
12TH AIR FORCE (AIR FORCES SOUTHERN) VISION
Provide vigorous capabilities for global operations and deliver air dominance to U.S. Southern Command.
12TH AIR FORCE OPERATIONS
The 12th Air Force is responsible for the readiness of nine active-duty wings and one direct reporting unit. These subordinate commands operate more than 600 aircraft with more than 55,000 uniformed and civilian Airmen. The command is also responsible for the operational readiness of 17 12th Air Force-gained wings and other units of the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard. The units assigned to 12th Air Force are:
- 7th Bomb Wing, Dyess AFB, Texas
- 28th Bomb Wing, Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota
- 49th Wing, Holloman AFB, New Mexico
- 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
- 366th Fighter Wing, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho
- 388th Fighter Wing, Hill AFB, Utah
- 432nd Wing, Creech AFB, Nevada
- 552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
- 557th Weather Wing, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
Direct Reporting Unit
- 820th Red Horse Squadron, Nellis AFB, Nevada — provides highly mobile and self-sufficient combat construction personnel capable of worldwide deployment in a moment’s notice.
12th Air Force-Gained Air National Guard Wings
- 114th Fighter Wing, Sioux Falls, South Dakota
- 115th Fighter Wing, Madison, Wisconsin
- 119th Fighter Wing, Hector Field, Fargo, North Dakota
- 124th Wing, Boise, Idaho
- 129th Rescue Wing, Moffett, California
- 132nd Fighter Wing, Des Moines, Iowa
- 138th Fighter Wing, Tulsa, Oklahoma
- 140th Wing, Buckley AFB, Colorado
- 147th Wing, Ellington Field, Houston
- 156th Airlift Wing, Carolina, Puerto Rico
- 159th Fighter Wing, New Orleans Joint Reserve Base, Louisiana
- 163rd Reconnaissance Wing, March Air Reserve Base, California
- 174th Fighter Wing, Hancock Field, Syracuse, New York
- 178th Fighter Wing, Springfield, Ohio
- 183rd Fighter Wing, Springfield, Illinois
- 188th Fighter Wing, Fort Smith, Arkansas
12th Air Force-Gained Air Force Reserve Wings
- 301st Fighter Wing, Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas
- 419th Fighter Wing, Hill AFB, Utah
- 513th Air Control Group, Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
- 924th Fighter Group, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona
- 926th Group, Nellis AFB, Nevada
AIR FORCES SOUTHERN OPERATIONS
Air Forces Southern is the air component to U.S. Southern Command responsible for U.S. air and space operations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Several organizations based at Davis-Monthan support the Air Forces Southern mission 24/7. Those organizations are:
612th Air Operations Center
The 612th AOC provides command and control of all air and space assets in the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility. To fulfill this task, the 612th AOC employs experts with backgrounds in intelligence, command and control, airlift, space and information operations. In addition, the 612th AOC staff develops strategy and plans for air and space operations in support of U.S. Southern Command.
612th Theater Operations Group/474th Air Expeditionary Group
The 612th TOG/474th AEG provides oversight and administrative support for Air Forces Southern’s forward operating locations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
612th Air Communication Squadron
The 612th ACOMS provides premier communications support and versatile, deployable communications capabilities to U.S. Southern Command.
612th Support Squadron
The 612th SPTS is comprised of the Forward Operating Locations Flight and the Operational Weather Flight. The organization supports counter-narcotic air operations in Central America, South America and the Caribbean by providing financial, logistical, contracting and weather support to the 612th TOG/474th AEG units. The 612th SPTS also directly supports operations for the WC-130 “Hurricane Hunters” during the hurricane season.
1st Battlefield Coordination Detachment
The 1st BCD is comprised of U.S. Army field artillery, air defense artillery, intelligence, aviation, logistics and administrative personnel. The organization’s mission is to represent the joint task force and combined forces land component commander in the 612th AOC and provide ground liaison and reconnaissance detachments to designated U.S. Air Force units, in order to facilitate the synchronization of air and Army ground operations within the U.S. Southern Command area of responsibility.