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!

"We must equip our Airmen with advanced & lethal tools to prevail in high-end combat." -- Gen. Harrigian

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. 

"The surest way to prevent war is to be prepared to win one." -- Gen. Harrigian 

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. 

"No nation can confront today's challenges alone." -- Gen. Harrigian 

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. 

"Partnerships provide capabilities & agility to prevail, providing peace through strength." -- Gen. Harrigian

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.



During the Cold War, USAFE-AFAFRICA was a fight-in-place fighter force postured for a large-scale conflict. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the command has transitioned to an Air Expeditionary Force with a mobile and deployable mix of people and resources that can simultaneously operate in multiple locations.
ts role in Europe and Africa has expanded from war-fighting to include humanitarian and peacekeeping operations, as well as other non-traditional contingencies throughout its area of responsibility.

In peacetime, USAFE-AFAFRICA trains and equips U.S. Air Force units pledged to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

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.

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.