Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central)

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Ninth Air Force (Air Forces Central) is the air component of United States Central Command, a regional unified command. 9AF (AFCENT) is responsible for air operations, either unilaterally or in concert with coalition partners, and developing contingency plans in support of national objectives for USCENTCOM's 21-nation area of responsibility in Southwest Asia. Additionally, USAFCENT manages an extensive supply and equipment prepositioning program at several area of responsibility sites.


USAFCENT delivers dominant coalition air power to secure and stabilize the CENTCOM area of responsibility.


USAFCENT is postured with integrated partners to deter and, if necessary, defeat any regional aggressors or their proxies. 

Expeditionary Units

332nd Air Expeditionary Wing

The 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing generates, executes, and sustains combat airpower and combat search and rescue forces across the Levant. 

378th Air Expeditionary Wing

The 378th Air Expeditionary Wing sustains and defends joint and partner forces at Prince Sultan Air Base (PSAB) while projecting combat airpower in support of theater plans and operations.

379th Air Expeditionary Wing

The 379th Air Expeditionary Wing supports a wide range of missions to include: bomber, airlift, refueling, aeromedical evacuation, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. This collection makes the 379th AEW a large hub for humanitarian airlift activity while also providing mission-essential combat power, aeromedical evacuation and intelligence support for multiple-theaters of operations. 

380th Air Expeditionary Wing

The 380th Air Expeditionary Wing is a refueling wing for operations in the Arabian Gulf and provides combat service support to land component forces throughout the Persian Gulf Region and Iraq. 

386th Air Expeditionary Wing

The 386th Air Expeditionary Wing is an airlift and an intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance hub supporting coalition operations throughout the Arabian Gulf region. The wing also provides combat service support to land and sea component forces throughout the Arabian Gulf region.

USAFCENT Area of Responsibility

Afghanistan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, and Yemen. 


USAFCENT has a robust history of operations within Southwest Asia. Read the full history here

Updated Oct 2021