The United States Air Forces in Europe
) is the United States Air Force
component of U.S. European Command
, a Department of Defense
unified command, and is one of two Air Force Major Commands outside of the continental United States, the other being the Pacific Air Forces
. It is, however, the only USAF Major Command to be headquartered outside of the United States.
USAFE is headquartered at Ramstein Air Base
, Germany. It is the oldest continuously active USAF major command, being constituted on January 19, 1942, as the 8 Air Force
by the United States Army Air Forces
. The command was activated on February 1, 1942, at Langley Field
As of March 2011, the commander of USAFE is General Mark A. Welsh III
. The command has more than 39,000 active-duty, Reserve and civilian employees assigned.
The mission of the United States Air Forces in Europe is to be the air component for the U.S. European Command, directing air operations in a theater spanning three continents, covering more than , containing 91 countries and possessing one-fourth of the world's population and about one-third of the world's Gross Domestic Product.
As part of this mission, USAFE trains and equips U.S. Air Force units pledged to... Read More