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Pacific Air Forces, headquartered at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, is one of nine U.S. Air Force major commands and the air component of U.S. Pacific Command. PACAF's primary mission is to provide ready air and space power to promote U.S. interests in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. PACAF consists of 46,000 members, including active duty, Air National Guard, Reserve and civilians. PACAF's area of responsibility is home to 60 percent of the world's population in 36 nations spread across 53 percent of the Earth's surface and 16 time zones, with more than 1,000 languages spoken.

  • 15th Airlift Wing

    The 15th Airlift Wing, originally constituted as the 15th Pursuit Group (Fighter) on Nov. 22, 1940, activated at Wheeler Field, Hawaii, on Dec. 1, 1940. A little more than a year later, on Dec. 7, 1941, it engaged in combat action during the Japanese attack on military installations in Hawaii. Bombing and strafing attacks that morning by
  • Andersen Air Force Base

    Andersen Air Force Base is home to Pacific Air Forces’ 13th Air Force and the 36th Air Base Wing, Air Mobility Command’s 634th Air Mobility Support Squadron and several other tenant organizations. Andersen traces its roots back to a tent on Pati Point in 1944 during the early days of World War II when four men of the 854th Airfield Construction
  • Elmendorf Air Force Base

    Elmendorf is the largest military installation in Alaska. Its 13,130 square acres are occupied by more than 800 buildings, two runways and more than 150 miles of roads. More than 6,000 military personnel from all branches of the U.S. and Canadian armed forces are assigned to Elmendorf. The military population, including family members, is more than
  • Eielson Air Force Base

    The 354th Fighter Wing is the host unit at Eielson Air Force Base and is assigned to 11th Air Force, headquartered at Elmendorf Air Force Base near Anchorage. Eleventh Air Force falls under Pacific Air Forces, which is headquartered at Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii. The wing supports operations, maintenance, mission support, and medical group
  • Osan Air Base

    Prior to the invasion of the Republic of Korea by the North Korean communists in 1950, the area, now designated Osan Air Base, consisted of four villages near the hillsides and a large number of rice paddies where the runway now lies. Originally designated K-55, the base was redesignated as Osan Air Base in September 1956. The base was not named
  • Yokota Air Base

    Yokota Air Base is one of three operational U.S. Air Force installations in Japan. The base opened in 1940 as Tama Army Airfield, a flight test center and aviation maintenance school for the Japanese Imperial Army during World War II. The base received minor damage during the war and remained fully operational until the surrender of the Imperial
  • Misawa Air Base

    The 35th Fighter Wing brings a vivid and distinguished history to Misawa Air Base, Japan. It originally activated at Johnson Air Base, Japan, on Aug. 18, 1948, under the command of Col. Edgar M. Scattergood. The 35th Fighter Wing’s original mission was to fly air defense over Japan. Flying F-51 fighters, it carried out this mission until Jan. 20,
  • Kadena Air Base

    The 18th Wing is host at Kadena Air Base on Okinawa, Japan. It is the largest U.S. military installation in the Asia-Pacific region and the largest wing in the Air Force. The 18th Wing maintains combat readiness to support the air operations taskings as directed by the commander, U.S. Pacific Command, throughout the Pacific Air Forces and 5th Air
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