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Mission & Strategy


PACAF delivers rapid and precise air, space and cyberspace capabilities to protect and defend the United States, its territories and our allies and partners; provides integrated air and missile defense and warning; commands and controls joint airpower and integrated air and missile defense assets; promotes interoperability in a power projection theater; and is postured 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.