603rd air and space operations center


Plan, direct, and assess operation level command and control of integrated air, space, and cyber power to support both combatant commands across the operations systems.


603rd AOC will be the recognized leaders in joint and allied command and control integration.


The 603rd Air Operations Center was established in November 2006 and was activated on Dec. 1, 2006. The 603rd AOC provides planning and directing initiatives, and assesses operational level command and control of integrated air, space, and cyber power in support of two combatant commands. The 603rd AOC responds to U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command requirements to fulfill airlift missions, planning and execution support in current, long, and near-term efforts, aeromedical missions, coordinating diplomatic clearances with 127 countries, and performing command and control of missions spanning over a 32 million square-mile region in two continents. The 603rd AOC sustains 24-hour operations for combat endeavors, air mobility, intelligence, and functions as the USAFE  - AFAFRICA Combined Coordination Center.

Divisions and descriptions

A32: Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Division provides operational-level intelligence to the Joint Forces Air Component Comander, AOC Division, and supported units. The ISRD is integrated across all AOC divisions, conducts dynamic all-source intelligence analysis, along with target development & tactical assessment support to three theaters, executes daily theater ISR collection missions, and provides direct support throughout the air task orders (ATO) cycle.

A33: Combat Operations Division is responsible for current updates and execution of ATO and Air Combat Orders (ACO) in response to real time operational environment dynamics. Providing sustainable support for Crisis Action Teams and ensuring continual oversight of operational forces during contingency operations and crisis events as USAFE - AFAFRICA CAT OPR.

A34:  Air Mobility Division is responsible for allocating validated EUCOM and AFRICOM requirements to airlift missions, aeromedical evacuation of patients, planning and executing air refueling missions, coordinating diplomatic clearances with 127 different countries, and performing command and control of missions spanning over a 32 million square-mile region in two continents.

A35:  Future Operations Division provides strategic and adaptive planning and responses for the AOC and JFACC for long and near-term joint air operations. Coordinating with the Air Component Staff and counterparts for air component planning efforts, they provide JFACC guidance through the AOD and assess effectiveness. A35 serves as the command’s primary member of EUCOM and AFRICOM Operational Planning Group by leading efforts for HQ USAFE-AFRICOM for crisis action and deliberate planning and concept of operations development.

A36: Combat Plans Division mission is responsible to conceptualize, author, and distribute Joint Force Air Component Commander Air Battle Plans and support documentation on a daily basis in order to ensure EUCOM and AFRICOM air and space forces are prepared to engage throughout their theaters of operation.

A37:  Exercise Division ensures command and unit readiness for USAFE - AFAFRICA units by providing holistic training, readiness and execution through program planning, execution and assessments within joint, multinational, and NATO environments.  

A38:  Integrated Air and Missile Defense Division is responsible for leading active and passive defense planning, direction, and guidance for theater space and missile warning. Ensuring support for Operations ATLANTIC and SHARP SENTRY, Orders/Briefs Production and develops briefs for USAFE - AFAFRICA key leadership and is responsible for publishing all orders.

A39:  Information Warfare Division coordinates operations to generate cognitive and physical effects in the information environment. This includes synchronizing non-kinetic operations, such as cyberspace operations, space operations and electronic warfare, within the air tasking cycle. Additionally, the Information Warfare Division organizes, trains and equips the HQ USAFE - AFAFRICA and eight wings for tactical Information Warfare execution of operational plans.

603rd ACOMS:  The 603rd Air Communications Squadron provides world-class Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence operations and maintenance for the Falconer AOC weapon system and manages Common Tactical, Operational services and tools.  Ensuring the health and effective material management of the AOC Weapons System and maintains over 250+ miles of fiber optic and copper cable and 2500+ network devices. The 603rd ACOMS also administers 59 servers that deliver the ATO/ACO, AOB, and intelligence to 16 remote locations. 

Contact information

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603 AOC
Unit 3105
APO, AE 09094-3105

Contact Info: 

For sponsorship information, contact the 603 AOC Commander Support Staff:  603aoc.css@us.af.mil

DSN: (314) 478-8810
Comm: +49 06371 405 8810

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