Military Organization, Air Force

Established in 1947, the Department of the Air Force is administered by a civilian secretary who, like the navy and army counterparts, is appointed by the president with the consent of the Senate; the secretary of the air force (SECAF) is the senior authority in Headquarters Air Force (HAF), located at the Pentagon. The SECAF is not part of the operational chain of command. Rather, in accordance with U.S. Code Title 10, the SECAF is responsible for all U.S. Air Force (USAF) affairs and functions. These include recruiting, organizing, supplying, equipping, training, servicing, mobilizing and demobilizing, administering, and maintaining. In addition, the SECAF oversees the construction, repair, and maintenance of the service’s military equipment and real property. Civilian assistants and the air force chief of ...

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