Tenth Air Force

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Tenth Air Force
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General Dynamics F-16C Block 30A F-16Cs of the USAFR 301st Fighter Wing, Carswell Field, Texas over the Texas Motor Speedway
Active 12 February 1942 – present
Country  United States
Branch Flag of the United States Air Force.svg  United States Air Force
Part of AFR Shield.svg  Air Force Reserve Command
Garrison/HQ Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas
Engagements
  • Asiatic-Pacific Streamer.png
    World War II - Asia-Pacific Theater
Decorations
  • US Air Force Outstanding Unit Award - Stremer.jpg
    Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (4x)
Commanders
Current
commander
Maj. Gen. William B. Binger
Notable
commanders
Lewis H. Brereton
Insignia
Emblem of the Tenth Air Force Tenth Air Force - Emblem.png

The Tenth Air Force (10 AF) is a numbered air force of the United States Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC). It is headquartered at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas.

The command directs the activities of 14,000 reservists and 950 civilians located at 30 military installations throughout the United States. In addition, Tenth Air Force units fly satellites for both US SPACECOM and NOAA.

Tenth Air Force was a United States Army Air Forces combat air force created for operations in India, Burma and Indochina during World War II in the China Burma India Theater of operations. It was established at New Delhi, India on 12 February 1942, around a nucleus of air force personnel newly arrived from Java and the Philippines, under the command of Major General (later Lt. General) Louis Brereton. In the years since World War II, the 10th Air Force has served the US air defense and reserve training programs.

The 10th Air Force is commanded by Maj. Gen. William B. Binger.[1]

Overview[edit]

Tenth Air Force, located at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, directs the activities of nearly 16,000 reservists and 636 civilians located at 31 military installations throughout the United States. The mission of Tenth Air Force is to exercise command supervision of its assigned Reserve units to ensure they maintain the highest combat capability to augment active forces in support of national objectives.

With approximately 60 full-time headquarters staff members, Tenth Air Force acts as the focal point for all matters pertaining to assigned Air Force Reserve units and individuals. With the assistance of 36 traditional reservists assigned, the headquarters monitors and provides assistance to all subordinate units to help resolve problem areas and more efficiently maintain unit combat readiness.

The headquarters is responsible for managing and supervising five fighter wings comprising 11 fighter squadrons, seven fighter groups, one rescue wing comprising six air rescue squadrons, one bomb wing, one airborne warning and control group, one special operations wing, one space wing comprising nine squadrons, one regional support group and more than seventy non-flying units. If mobilized, the flying units and their support elements would be gained by Air Combat Command (ACC) and Special Operations Command (AFSOC), with other units gained by Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), Air Education and Training Command (AETC), Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC), Air Mobility Command (AMC), United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) and Pacific Air Forces (PACAF). Tenth Air Force is the only Numbered Air Force that touches every Major Command with the exception of Air Force Material Command (AFMC).

The flying organizations within Tenth Air Force include fighter units equipped with the F-16 (Fighting Falcon) and A-10 (Thunderbolt II); fighter associate program detachments equipped with the F-15 (Eagle) and F-16; associate flying training units equipped with the F-22 (Raptor); associate units flying Predator, Reaper and Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; air rescue units equipped with the HC-130 (Hercules) and the HH-60 (Pave Hawk) helicopter; a bomb wing equipped with the B-52 (Stratofortress); an airborne warning and control associate unit equipped with the E-3 (Sentry); and a special operations unit equipped with the MC-130E (Combat Talon). The 610th Regional Support Group at NAS Fort Worth JRB is responsible for the management of twelve geographically separated units throughout the United States.

Other organizations include combat air operations, medical, civil engineer, combat logistics, communications, security forces, aerial port, intelligence and aeromedical units. Additionally, the Reserve portion of the Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve Test Center (AATC), which conducts operational test and evaluation of fighter equipment and improvements, is directly assigned to Tenth Air Force.

Reservists from 10th Air Force units are routinely deployed to Air Expeditionary units in combat areas of Central and Southwest Asia as part of the Overseas Contingency Operation.

Units[edit]

Operational units of Tenth Air Force are:[2]

  • Combat Air Forces
301st Fighter WingNAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas
307th Bomb WingBarksdale AFB, Louisiana
414th Fighter GroupSeymour Johnson AFB, North Carolina
419th Fighter WingHill AFB, Utah
442d Fighter WingWhiteman AFB, Missouri
477th Fighter GroupElmendorf AFB, Alaska
482d Fighter WingHomestead ARB, Florida
919th Special Operations WingEglin AFB, Florida
920th Rescue WingPatrick AFB, Florida
926th GroupNellis AFB, Nevada
943d Rescue GroupDavis Monthan AFB, Arizona
  • Regional Support Groups
610th Regional Support GroupNAS JRB Fort Worth, Texas
  • Space Forces
310th Space WingSchriever AFB, Colorado
  • Pilot Training Forces
944th Fighter WingLuke AFB, Arizona
  • Command/Control Forces
513th Air Control GroupTinker AFB, Oklahoma
940th WingBeale AFB, California

Tenth Air Force Squadrons, Flights, and Operational Locations are also stationed at:

History[edit]

World War II[edit]

10th Air Force USAAF emblem

Tenth Air Force was constituted on 4 February 1942 and activated on 12 February, built up around a nucleus of air force personnel newly arrived from Java and the Philippines, under the command of Maj. Gen. Lewis H. Brereton. It had its headquarters at New Delhi. Components of the air force moved to India over a three-month period from March to May 1942. It was responsible for creating, operating and safeguarding the India-China Ferry, more commonly known as the Hump airlift, between 8 April and 1 December 1942, first with its Assam-Burma-China Command until 16 July, then the India-China Ferry Command until 1 December, when jurisdiction for the airlift passed to the Air Transport Command.

The Tenth Air Force initially provided control of all USAAF combat operations in the China Burma India Theater under theater commander Lt. Gen. Joseph Stillwell. Units based in China were controlled by the China Air Task Force of the Tenth Air Force, created 4 July 1942 to replace the American Volunteer Group, and commanded by Brig. Gen. Claire Chennault. Units based in India were controlled by the India Air Task Force, created 8 October 1942, commanded by Brigadier General Caleb V. Haynes.

In March 1943 the China Air Task Force was dissolved and its components made part of the new Fourteenth Air Force, activated in China under Chennault. The Tenth operated in India and Burma as part of the Allied Eastern Air Command until it moved to China late in July 1945.[3]

The Tenth Air Force conducted offensive strategic bombing operations in Burma and supported Allied ground efforts with close air support and operations against Japanese communications and supply installations. After the end of the war in China, the command headquarters departed from Shanghai on 15 December 1945, being attached to Army Service Forces at Fort Lawton, Washington where the last personnel were demobilized and the command inactivated, being returned to HQ USAAF on 6 January 1946.

Air Defense Command[edit]

In March 1946, USAAF Chief General Carl Spaatz had undertaken a major re-organization of the postwar USAAF that had included the establishment of Major Commands (MAJCOM), who would report directly to HQ United States Army Air Forces. Continental Air Forces was inactivated, and Tenth Air Force was assigned to the postwar Air Defense Command in March 1946 and subsequently to Continental Air Command (ConAC) in December 1948 being primarily concerned with air defense.

The command was re-activated on 24 May 1946 at Brooks Field (later, AFB), Texas. It moved to Offutt AFB, Nebraska, 1 July 1948; Fort Benjamin Harrison (later, Benjamin Harrison AFB), Indiana, 25 September 1948. It was originally assigned to provide air defense over a wide region from Kentucky to Montana; from the Four Corners of southwest Colorado to the Northeast tip of Minnesota, north of the borders of New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Tennessee.

The 56th Fighter Wing at Selfridge AFB, Michigan, joined Tenth Air Force on 1 December 1948, transferring in from SAC's Fifteenth Air Force.

In addition to the command and control of the active Air Force interceptor and radar units in its region, it also became the command organization for the Air Force Reserve and state Air National Guard units. By 1949 with the establishment of the Western Air Defense Force (WADF) and Eastern Air Defense Force (EADF), the air defense mission of the command was transferred to WADF, leaving Tenth AF free to focus on its reserve training tasks.

Moved to Selfridge AFB, Michigan, 16 January 1950 where for the next decade it concentrated on air reserve training throughout the decade. On 1 July 1960, the Fifth Air Force Reserve Region was formed at Selfridge AFB. The Fifth Air Force Reserve Region was one of five Reserve regions and became operational on 1 September 1960, under the control of Continental Air Command (CAC), as a result, Tenth Air Force was discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 September 1960.

Tenth Air Force was reactivated on 20 January 1966, at Richards-Gebaur AFB, Missouri as part of Air Defense Command with the inactivation of its organization of Air Defense Sectors. Its area of responsibility was the central region of the United States east of the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River and the northern peninsula of Michigan.

On 16 January 1968 Air Defense Command was re-designated Aerospace Defense Command (ADCOM) as part of a restructuring of USAF air defense forces. Tenth Air Force's second period of service was short lived, however, and the command was again inactivated as the result of a major ADCOM reorganization on 31 December 1969 of the First Fourth, Tenth Air Forces and several Air Divisions. This reorganization was the result of the need to eliminate intermediate levels of command in ADCOM driven by budget reductions and a perceived lessening of the need for continental air defense against attacking Soviet aircraft.

ADCOM reassigned the units under the inactivated Tenth Air Force primarily to the 14th, 23d and 24th Air Divisions.

Air Force Reserve[edit]

Continental Air Command was discontinued on 1 August 1968, and was replaced by Headquarters Air Force Reserve, located at Robins Air Force Base, GA. In July 1969, the Fourth Region moved from Randolph AFB to Ellington AFB, near Houston, TX. On 31 December 1969, the five regions were merged into three. The responsibilities of the Fourth and Fifth Regions were consolidated into the new Central Air Force Reserve Region. Eastern Region became responsible for the First and Second Region areas, the Sixth Region became the Western Region. This change increased the area of responsibility of Central Region from five states to 14, ranging from the Canadian to the Mexican borders. As a result of these consolidations, Tenth Air Force was again inactivated on 31 December 1969.

When Air Force operations were phased out of Ellington AFB, Central Region Headquarters moved to Bergstrom AFB, in Austin, TX, on 10 March 1976. The Air Force Reserve’s entire intermediate management structure was then realigned effective 8 October 1976; and the Reserve Regions were inactivated and succeeded by the currently activated Tenth Air Force. Redesignated Tenth Air Force (Reserve) on 24 September 1976, the unit activated in the Reserve on 8 October 1976 at Bergstrom AFB, TX, assigned to Air Force Reserve. It was redesignated Tenth Air Force on 1 December 1985.

As a result, the unit assumed command over all Tactical Air Command-gained and Strategic Air Command-gained Air Force Reserve units regardless of geographic location. With the inactivation of TAC and SAC in 1992, Tenth Air Force today is responsible for command supervision of fighter, bomber, rescue, airborne warning and control, special operations, flying training, combat air operations battle staff, and space reserve units.

Lineage[edit]

  • Established as 10th Air Force on 4 February 1942.
Activated on 12 February 1942
Redesignated Tenth Air Force on 18 September 1942
Inactivated on 6 January 1946
  • Activated on 24 May 1946
Discontinued, and inactivated, on 1 September 1960
  • Activated on 20 January 1966
Organized on 1 April 1966
Inactivated on 31 December 1969
  • Redesignated Tenth Air Force (Reserve) on 24 September 1976
Activated on 8 October 1976
Redesignated Tenth Air Force on 1 December 1985

Assignments[edit]

  • Air Force Combat Command, 12 February 1942
  • U.S. Army Forces in China-Burma-India Theater, 5 March 1942
  • Army Air Forces, India-Burma Sector, 21 August 1943
Attached to Eastern Air Command, 15 December 1943 – 1 June 1945
Further attached to Strategic Air Force, Eastern Air Command, 15 December 1943 – 20 June 1944
  • Army Air Forces, India-Burma Theater, 27 October 1944
  • Army Air Forces, China Theater, 6 July 1945
  • U.S. Army Air Forces, China Theater, 25 August 1945
  • Army Service Forces, Seattle Port of Embarkation, 5–6 January 1946
  • Air Defense Command, 24 May 1946
  • Continental Air Command, 1 December 1948 – 1 September 1960
  • Air (later, Aerospace) Defense Command, 20 January 1966 – 31 December 1969
  • Air Force Reserve (later, Air Force Reserve Command), 8 October 1976 – present

Components[edit]

Commands[edit]

  • IX Air Service Area: 19 March – 1 July 1948
  • X Air Force Service: 1 February – 20 August 1943
  • XXI Air Force Service: 19 March – 1 July 1948
  • Karachi American Air Base: 13 February – 20 August 1943

Air Divisions[edit]

District[edit]

  • 2 Air Reserve: 1 Dec 1951 – 1 Apr 1954.

Regions[edit]

  • Fourth Air Force Reserve: 1 Jul – 1 Sep 1960
  • Fifth Air Force Reserve: 1 Jul – 1 Sep 1960

Wings[edit]

Stations[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

Notes[edit]

Bibliography[edit]

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