Mission & Strategy


PACAF's primary mission is to deliver rapid and precise air, space and cyberspace capabilities to protect and defend the United States, its territories and our allies and partners; provide integrated air and missile warning and defense; promote interoperability throughout the Pacific area of responsibility; maintain strategic access and freedom of movement across all domains; and posture to respond across the full spectrum of military contingencies in order to restore regional security.


PACAF's area of responsibility is home to 60 percent of the world's population in 36 nations spread across 52 percent of the Earth's surface and 16 time zones, with more than 1,000 languages spoken. The unique location of the Strategic Triangle (Hawaii-Guam-Alaska) gives our nation persistent presence and options to project U.S. airpower from sovereign territory. The command has approximately 46,000 military and civilian personnel serving in nine strategic locations and numerous smaller facilities, primarily in Hawaii, Alaska, Japan, Guam and the Republic of Korea. Approximately 320 fighter and attack aircraft are assigned to the command with approximately 100 additional deployed aircraft rotating on Guam.


The command's vision is to provide combat-ready American Airmen who are the foundation of Pacific stability and security.


Strategic Framework

The Pacific Air Forces Strategic Framework articulates COMPACAF's overarching vision, mission, tenets and lines of operation in efforts to establish a common understanding of optimizing resilient airpower in air, space and cyberspace.