Air Combat Command

August 20, 2021
 

Datum Software Inc., Johns Creek, Georgia, was awarded a $9,675,186 firm-fixed-price and cost reimbursement modification (P00013) to previously awarded contract FA4890-17-F-0044 for Operational Support Center operational and technical services. This contract modification exercises Option Period Four which provides continued specialized contract Air and Space Operations Center (AOC) functional operators and technicians to augment and enhance forces and operations at the 700 Air Support Squadron and the 710 Combat Operations Squadron, and provide extended services to the Combat Air Force (CAF) AOCs. Work will be performed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, and is expected to be completed by August 31, 2022.

September 1, 2021
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Detachment 12, otherwise known as Kessel Run, has created a powerful command and control tool called C2IMERA that will provide airmen, wing commanders and major command leaders with a real-time operational sight picture of installation resources for force projection and emergency management, amongst other mission applications. Gen. Mark Kelly, commander of the Air Combat Command (ACC) has directed its use at all of ACC’s installations. Credit: Kessel Run

The Command and Control Incident Management Emergency Response Application, or C2IMERA, software tool, created by Kessel Run, one of the U.S. Air Force’s software factories, will now be employed at all of Air Combat Command’s facilities, the Boston-based Kessel Run announced on September 1.

Gen. Mark Kelly, USAF, commander of Air Combat Command (ACC), has specified that the tool—which provides installation reporting, planning, force generation, emergency management, and command and control (C2) monitoring and execution functions—be used at all of its installations.

July 22, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
U.S. Air Force airmen at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, work to refuel an F-35A Lighting II aircraft assigned to Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska during the Cope North exercise in February. The airmen were conducting agile combat employment, or ACE, training during the exercise. The service’s ACE operations, which aim to bring more agility, resiliency and deterrence in a near-peer competitive environment, will be supported by its zero-trust architecture platforms. Credit: Pacific Air Forces/Senior Airmen Jona

Led by the Air Combat Command, the U.S. Air Force is pursuing zero-trust architecture on a level not seen before. One of the service’s first main use cases applies the cybersecurity measure to the agile combat employment (ACE). ACE operations provide a more lean, agile and lethal force that can generate airpower from multiple locations. ACE requires a different kind of command and control (C2) environment, as well as advanced planning concepts and logistical supply line support.

June 22, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood

Following the success of some initial, smaller-scale efforts, the U.S. Air Force is pursuing zero trust architecture on a level not seen before. The service’s Air Combat Command is leading the charge into many more initiatives with a comprehensive view to employ zero trust architecture across its bases, weapon systems and missions.

June 17, 2021
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. James C. Slife, USAF, (c), commander, Air Force Special Operations Command, explains AFSOC history and capabilities to Lt. Gen. Timothy D. Haugh, USAF, commander 16th Air Force during a visit in April at Hurlburt Field, Florida. The Air Combat Command and 16th Air Force are working to further evolve the Air Force’s information warfare approach, now that it has successfully integrated capabilities into the two-year old Numbered Air Force. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Ai

The U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command and the 16th Air Force are taking further steps to advance the service’s information warfare operations. Championed by Air Combat Command’s (ACC’s) so-called A2-6 leaders, the “accelerate information warfare” approach requires the correct data management strategy, the right teams and problem-centric operations, officers say.

May 28, 2021
 

Brig. Gen. Christopher S. Sage, USAF, will be assigned as commander, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, Azraq, Jordan.

May 20, 2021
 

Maj. Gen. Case A. Cunningham, USAF, will be assigned as commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Air Combat Command, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. 

 

 

 

February 16, 2021
 

Maj. Gen. Stephen C. Williams, USAF, will be assigned as special assistant to the commander, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley–Eustis, Virginia. 

 

August 28, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Gen. Mark Kelly, USAF, is now the new commander of Air Combat Command. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Heather Salazar

The U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command, headquartered at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia and known as ACC, has a new leader. In a ceremony broadcast via video on August 28, Gen. Mark Kelly, USAF, took over the command from retiring Gen. Mike Holmes, USAF. Gen. Kelly also received his fourth star at the event, promoting him from lieutenant general.

Most recently, Gen. Kelly served since August 2018 as the deputy chief of staff for ACC operations at the Pentagon. The deputy chief of staff determines the requirements, capabilities and training necessary for the service to conduct its missions.

July 14, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Put simply, zero trust architecture (ZTA) is a "standard security door, and it’s a door that we can put in front of any application on our networks,” says Col. James Lotspeich, USAF, chief technology officer, Air Combat Command (ACC), Directorate of Cyberspace and Information Dominance (A6). The ACC is pursuing two ZTA pilot programs to improve cybersecurity. Credit: Shutterstock/Gomolach

The U.S. Air Force is experimenting with a zero trust strategy to provide additional digital protections. Zero trust architecture offers a higher level of cybersecurity, through limited per-session access, continuous monitoring, endpoint security and monitoring of network conversations, explained Col. James Lotspeich, USAF, chief technology officer, Air Combat Command (ACC), Directorate of Cyberspace and Information Dominance (A6).

Col. Lotspeich spoke about the ACC’s zero trust architecture efforts during AFCEA Tidewater’s July 2 virtual luncheon.

May 28, 2020
 

Brig. Gen. Evan L. Pettus, USAF, has been assigned as commander, 378th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Prince Sultan Air Base, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

May 26, 2020
 

Brig. Gen. (S) Derek J. O'Malley, USAF has been assigned as commander, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

May 26, 2020
 

Brig. Gen. (S) Joseph D. Kunkel, USAF, has been assigned as commander, 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Muwaffaq Salti Air Base, Jordan.

May 7, 2020
 

Maj. Gen. Barry R. Cornish, USAF, has been assigned as commander, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), Air Combat Command, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

May 5, 2020
 

Brig. Gen. Richard H. Boutwell, USAF, has been assigned as vice commander, 9th Air Force, Air Combat Command, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.

May 4, 2020
By Kimberly Underwood
Four U.S. Air Force F-22 Raptors from the 1rst Fighter Wing line up before takeoff to conduct an adversary training sortie at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia on April 10. The Air Combat Command, which is responsible for the service's cyber mission, is examining the Air Force's cyber stance closely during the COVID-19 pandemic. Credit: U.S. Air Force photo by Nicholas De La Pena

Helping to meet the teleworking needs of the U.S. Air Force during the COVID-19 pandemic has been no small feat over the last six weeks. At the same time, the service is working to maintain the security of Air Force networks and communication tools in order to continue daily operations and critical mission functions, explained Brig. Gen. Chad D. Raduege, USAF, director of Cyberspace and Information Dominance and chief information officer, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. 

Gen. Raduege, whose role is also known as the A-6, was AFCEA Tidewater’s luncheon speaker during a virtual monthly meeting last week.

February 4, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Lt. Gen. Christopher "Wedge" Weggeman, USAF, deputy commander, Air Combat Command (ACC), speaks at the AFCEA Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Cyberspace Symposium 2020.

For the last year, the U.S. Air Force Air Combat Command has aggressively pursued revamping its organization to combat increasing threats, including cyber threats. The command is looking at how to unite its traditional air component capabilities with cyber mastery and provide its piece of Joint All Domain Command and Control, or JADC2.

These abilities are key especially as threats from adversaries are “only increasing in scope and scale,” said Lt. Gen. Christopher "Wedge" Weggeman, USAF, deputy commander, Air Combat Command (ACC), speaking at AFCEA Rocky Mountain Chapter’s Cyberspace Symposium 2020 in Colorado Springs on February 4.

November 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
U.S. Air Force Airmen prepare an F-22 Raptor for takeoff at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, in September. The Air Combat Command is taking steps to ready the Air Force for multidomain operations.  U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Sarah Dowe

On the battlefield of the future, warfighters will need to be extraordinarily interconnected to weapon systems in the air, sea, space, land and digital realms. To support operations across these multiple domains, warfighters will have to rely on advanced command and control capabilities and vigorously employ cyber defenses to its weapons and systems.

October 1, 2019
By Kimberly Underwood
Tech. Sgt. David Mooers (l) and Senior Airman Mario Lunato, 2nd System Operations Squadron system administrators, access one of the core servers in the 557th Weather Wing enterprise at Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. The wing is employing specialized cybersecurity crews on top of other cyber defenses to protect weather intelligence. U.S. Air Force photo by Paul Shirk

Given increasing threat levels, the Air Force is employing cybersecurity measures to protect its data, especially to safeguard information that is weather-related and feeds into military decision making. The service is applying mission defense teams, or specialized cybersecurity crews, to safeguard weather intelligence. The cyber mission defense team structure is in action at the 557th Weather Wing at Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska.

August 23, 2019
Kimberly Underwood
The Air Force is standing up a new Information Warfare Numbered Air Force this fall, which will help support the service and the U.S. Combatant Commands, says Gen. Mike Holmes, USAF, commander, Air Combat Command, at an Air Force Association event on August 23.

The U.S. Air Force is in the process of standing up a new Numbered Air Force (NAF) within the Air Combat Command, which will bring together the service’s information warfare capabilities.

Last year, the service announced it was moving its 24th Air Force, which specializes in cyber operations, and its Cyber Mission from the Air Force Space Command to the Air Combat Command. The Air Combat Command (ACC) is in the process of merging those cyber components with its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities from the 25th Air Force, which will all be under the new Information Warfare NAF, explained Gen. Mike Holmes, USAF, commander, ACC during an Air Force Association breakfast event on August 23.

August 26, 2019
 

PAE Aviation and Technical Services LLC, Marlton, New Jersey, has been awarded a $19,156,738 modification to previously awarded contract FA4890-15-C0018 for the Aerial Targets Program. The contract modification provides for the exercise of an option for an additional year of service under the multiple year contract, which directly supports live-fire weapons system testing and enables the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group to perform developmental and operational weapons testing for all air-to-air missiles for the F-15, F-16, F-22, and F-35 aircraft. Work will be performed at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida; and Holloman AFB, New Mexico, and is expected to be completed by September 30, 2020. Fiscal 2020 operations and maintenance funds are bei

May 21, 2019
Posted by Kimberly Underwood
The new 87th Electronic Warfare Squadron at the U.S. Air Force’s 53rd Wing will provide key electronic warfare and cyber assessments to combat and mobility air forces at the major commands across the globe. Pictured are Air Force F-16 aircraft from a recent combat exercise at Hill Air Force Base, Utah on May 1. U.S. Air Force photo by R. Nial Bradshaw

On May 17, the 53rd Wing of the U.S. Air Force at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida celebrated the establishment of its new 87th Electronic Warfare Squadron that will join the wing’s 53rd Electronic Warfare Group.

March 1, 2019
By George I. Seffers
The Air Combat Command, which is taking the lead for cyber operations from the Air Force Space Command, is building a new division that integrates cyber, intelligence, electronic warfare and information warfare capabilities. Artist’s depiction of a digitized F-22 based on a U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael Holzworth.

The newly created Cyber and Non-Kinetic Operations Division within the Air Combat Command is expected to reach full strength this summer. The new organization integrates multiple missions, including cyber, electronic warfare, intelligence and information warfare.

February 1, 2019
By George I. Seffers
A U.S. Air Force F-15E Strike Eagle, center, a Royal Air Force F-35 Lightning II, left, and a French air force Dassault Rafale fly behind a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker over the English Channel, during a November 2018 multinational training exercise. The Air Force is developing and fielding a new mission planning system for tankers using an agile software development methodology.  Photo by Air Force Senior Airman Luke Milano

A combination of artificial intelligence, machine learning, cloud computing, fifth-generation communications and agile software development processes may one day allow commanders to direct any asset from anywhere, essentially revolutionizing command and control.

During the recent AFCEA Alamo Chapter Event in San Antonio, several officials agreed that the current command and control (C2) center known as an air operations center (AOC) has grown too cumbersome and vulnerable for Air Force commanders to make the rapid-fire decisions required in the modern era of multi-domain operations.

January 9, 2019
 

Col. Adrian L. Spain, USAF, has been selected for the grade of brigadier general and assigned as commander, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Al Dhafra Air Base, United Arab Emirates.

January 8, 2019
 

Col. George M. Reynolds, USAF, has been selected for the grade of brigadier general and assigned as vice commander, 25th Air Force, Air Combat Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

December 17, 2018
 

Brig. Gen. Andrew A. Croft, USAF, has been selected to the grade of major general and assigned as special assistant to commander, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), Air Combat Command, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

December 13, 2018
 

Maj. Gen. Christopher P. Weggemen, USAF, has been assigned as special assistant to the commander, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

December 11, 2018
 

Maj. Gen. Andrew A. Croft, USAF, has been assigned as commander, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), Air Combat Command, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

September 25, 2018
 

Maj. Gen. Christopher P. Weggeman, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assignment as deputy commander, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. 

May 30, 2018
 

Col. David B. Lyons, USAF, has been selected for the grade of brigadier general and assigned as commander, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan.

May 30, 2018
 

Brig. Gen. Tom D. Miller, USAF, has been assigned as director, logistics, engineering, and force protection, Headquarters Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

April 26, 2018
 

ICF Inc. LLC, Fairfax, Virginia, has been awarded a $51,745,970 firm-fixed-price contract for cyberspace support to Air Combat Command. The contract provides for technical and programmatic expertise and recommendations for cyberspace support. Work will be performed at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, with the option to place contractors at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; and/or Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado. Work is expected to be complete by Nov. 20, 2021. This contract is a result of a competitive acquisition and four offers were received. Fiscal 2018 operations and maintenance funds in the amount of $10,608,650 will be obligated at the time of award.

April 20, 2018
 

Col. Joel L. Carey, USAF, has been selected for the grade of brigadier general and assigned as commanding general, Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air; and commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Kabul, Afghanistan.

April 12, 2018
 

Brig. Gen. Chad P. Franks, vice commander, USAF, has been assigned as deputy commander, operations and intelligence, Combined Joint Task Force-Operation Inherent Resolve, U.S. Central Command, and commander, 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force-Levant, Air Combat Command, Southwest Asia.

March 28, 2018
 

Brig. Gen. Robert G. Novotny, USAF, has been assigned as commander, 57th Fighter Wing, Air Combat Command, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

January 23, 2018
 

Brig. Gen. Kenneth P. Eckman, USAF, has been assigned as vice commander, 1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern), Air Combat Command, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.

October 12, 2017
 

Col. Deanna M. Burt, USAF, has been selected to the grade of brigadier general and assigned as vice commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Air Combat Command, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

September 27, 2017
 

Maj. Gen. Peter E. Gersten, USAF, has been assigned as commander, U.S. Air Force Warfare Center, Air Combat Command, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.

July 18, 2017
 

Col. Phillip A. Stewart, USAF, has been selected to the grade of brigadier general and assigned as commanding general, Train, Advise, Assist Command-Air; and commander, 438th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Kabul, Afghanistan.

July 13, 2017
 

Brig. Gen. Mary F. O’Brien, USAF, has been assigned as commander, 25th Air Force, Air Combat Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

June 15, 2017
 

Col. Craig R. Baker, USAF, has been selected to the grade of brigadier general and assigned as commander, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

June 15, 2017
 

Col. Jason R. Armagost, USAF, has been selected to the grade of brigadier general and assigned as commander, 379th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar.

April 25, 2017
 

Brig. Gen. Matthew C. Isler, USAF, has been assigned as assistant deputy commander, 9th Air Expeditionary Task Force, Air Combat Command, Shaw Air Force Base, South Carolina.

November 3, 2016
 

Maj. Gen. Mark D. Kelly, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general and assigned as commander, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), Air Combat Command, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona.

November 3, 2016
 

Lt. Gen. James M. Holmes, USAF, has been nominated for appointment to the rank of general and assigned as commander, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

August 17, 2016
 

Maj. Gen. Mark D. Kelly, USAF, has been assigned as special assistant to the commander, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.

June 9, 2016
 

Col. James R. Sears Jr., USAF, has been selected to the grade of brigadier general and assigned as commander, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Air Combat Command, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.

 

May 20, 2016
 

Brig. Gen. Daniel J. Orcutt, USAF, has been assigned as vice commander, First Air Force, Air Forces Northern, Air Combat Command, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.

April 18, 2016
 

Col. James R. Cluff, USAF, has been selected for the grade of brigadier general and assigned as under secretary of defense for intelligence, Office of the Secretary of Defense, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia, to vice commander, 25th Air Force, Air Combat Command, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.