Air Force Command

Major commands (MAJCOMs) are a major subdivision of the U.S. Air Force and are directly subordinate to Headquarters U.S. Air Force, serving under the chief of staff. This entry examines the history of MAJCOMs and describes the 10 MAJCOMs active today.


At the establishment of the U.S. Air Force in 1947, 14 MAJCOMs were initially organized. Although these commands would soon be rearranged and their overall number would change, this organizational form provided a foundation for the air force.

The Air Force Organization Act of 1951 provided the statutory framework for the internal organization of the U.S. Air Force, codifying organizational and management policies. Three major air commands—(1) the Air Defense Command (ADC), (2) Strategic Air Command (SAC), and (3) Tactical Air Command (TAC)—were specifically recognized. The ...

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