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As the air component for both U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command, USAFE-AFAFRICA executes the Air Component missions with forward-based airpower and infrastructure to conduct and enable theater and global operations. USAFE-AFAFRICA directs air operations in a theater spanning three continents, covering more than 19 million square miles, and containing 104 independent states.

MISSION: To forward project power across air, space and cyber domains, defend United States interests, demonstrate warfighting readiness, and forge partnerships in support of United States European Command and United States Africa Command Campaign objectives.

VISION: The preeminent forward-based air force- lethal, agile, highly respected and always ready – a fully engaged partner.


People: Everything we do starts with people 

The most valuable resource in the military is our people!

Readiness: Demonstrate & present trained & ready combat air forces

Our mission is to provide the combat credible air forces needed to deter war and to protect the security of our nation and allies. Should deterrence fail, we are prepared to win. 

Posture: Enable global reach & power projection

Our forward-based posture is central to defining and communication to allies, partners, and adversaries our commitment to defending mutual interests and advancing U.S. national security objectives. 

Partnerships: Strengthen relationship to build capacity, capability & interoperability with allies & partners

Mission success requires relationships with our partners that are based on trust and confidence, which are built over time by demonstrating loyalty and delivering on your word. You can't surge trust. 

AREA OF OPERATIONS: USAFE - AFAFRICA area of operations span 104 nations; 8 wings based in Europe; 83 geographically separated units and maintains administrative control over the U.S. Airmen assigned to the Heavy Airlift Wing, Papa AB, Hungary. While USAFE-AFAFRICA has no forces permanently based in Africa, Airmen provide expeditionary base support, force protection, construction and resupply operations in austere locations.

3rd Air Force Leadership

Maj. Gen France     Col. John Gonzales     CMSgt Diaz
Maj. Gen. Derek France   Col. John Gonzales   Chief Master Sgt. Heriberto Diaz
Commander   Vice Commander   Command Chief


3rd Air Force Mission

3rd Air Force Emblem

Third Air Force is USAFE-AFAFRICA's component numbered air force for EUCOM and AFRICOM. For more information, click here.


The U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band is comprised of 45 active duty Air Force musicians committed to fortifying international relationships, enhancing troop morale and fostering trust and friendship among the military, governmental and civilian populations within the European and African theatres. Through numerous international radio and television broadcasts and over 300 annual live performances, the U.S. Air Forces in Europe Band brings America's musical heritage and Air Force excellence to millions across the continent.

USAFE-United Kingdom


U.S. Air Forces in Europe- United Kingdom (USAFE-UK), a forward detachment of USAFE-AFAFRICA, is headquartered at RAF Mildenhall, England.

USAFE-UK serves as the designated U.S. country representative for U.S. European Command and USAFE-AFAFRICA, providing primary military liaison to Her Majesty's government for all U.S. Visiting Forces. Its staff facilitates effective relationships with host nation representatives through ongoing dialogue and integration in international relations, international law, airspace operations, logistics and public affairs mission sets. The organization further serves as the focal point for overseas negotiations with Her Majesty's government on a wide range of issues.


Combatant Commands

EUCOM Emblem
U.S. European Command
U.S. Africa Command