List of former unified combatant commands

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Since the first Unified Command Plan was approved on 14 December 1946, several unified and specified (see JP 1-02, p. 222) combatant commands have been established and disestablished.[1] Some of the commands existed before they were officially established as unified or specified commands, or continued to exist after they were disestablished as such.

Emblem Command Acronym Type Established Disestablished Comments
SAC Shield.svg Strategic Air Command SAC Specified 1946-12-14 1992-05-31 Replaced by United States Strategic Command, which also took over its command facilities at Offutt AFB, NB.
ALCOM.png Alaskan Command ALCOM Unified 1947-01-01 1975-06-30 Became a subunified command under U.S. Pacific Command; subsequently a subunified command under U.S. Northern Command
Far East Command FECOM Unified 1947-01-01 1957-07-01 Duties assumed by United States Pacific Command
Seal of the United States Southern Command.svg Caribbean Command CARIBCOM Unified 1947-11-01 1963-06-06 Replaced by USSOUTHCOM
Naval Forces Europe and Naval Forces Africa group logo.gif U.S. Naval Forces, Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean NELM Specified 1947-11-01 1963-12-01 Became part of USEUCOM as its USN component and renamed United States Naval Forces Europe.
Atlantic Command LANTCOM Unified 1947-12-01 1999-09-31 Replaced by United States Joint Forces Command
Northeastern Command USNEC Unified 1950-10-01 1956-09-01 Most functions assumed by Northeast Air Command.[2]
United States Air Forces in Europe USAFE Specified 1951-01-22 1956-07-01 Became part of USEUCOM as its USAF component command; still remains a USAF major command (MAJCOM)
Continental Air Command.png Continental Air Defense Command CONAD Unified 1954-09-01 1975-06-30 Replaced by ADCOM
Photo of U.S. Strike Command emblem - historical.JPG Strike Command USSTRICCOM Unified 1962-01-01 1971-12-31 Reorganized as United States Readiness Command
USAF - Aerospace Defense Command.png Aerospace Defense Command ADCOM Specified 1975-07-01 1979-10-01 Duties assumed by Air Defense, Tactical Air Command (ADTAC); responsibilities now rest with First Air Force.
Readiness Command USREDCOM Unified 1972-01-01 1987-04-15
USAF - Military Airlift Command.png Military Airlift Command MAC Specified 1977-02-01 1987-07-01 Duties as a specified command assumed by USTRANSCOM; later replaced as a USAF major command (MAJCOM) by Air Mobility Command in 1992
United States Space Command emblem.gif U.S. Space Command USSPACECOM Unified 1985-09-23 2002-10-01 Duties assumed by USSTRATCOM. A second Space Command, separate for the first incarnation, was established 29 August 2019.
USJFCOM SEAL.gif Joint Forces Command USJFCOM Unified 1999-10-01 2011-09-03 Duties assumed by the Joint Staff and various other combatant commands


  1. ^ JCS (1977), p. 38
  2. ^ "History of the Unified Command Plan, 1946–1977" (PDF). 20 December 1977. pp. 15, 16. Archived from the original (PDF) on 28 May 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)