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Twenty-Fourth Air Force
24th Air Force.png
Active August 18, 2009
Country United States of America
Branch United States Air Force
Type Cyber Operations
Part of Air Force Space Command
Garrison/HQ Lackland Air Force Base[1]
Maj Gen Richard E. Webber

The Twenty-Fourth Air Force is a Numbered Air Force (NAF) with the United States Air Force (USAF). The USAF is consolidating its cyberspace combat forces into the Twenty-Fourth Air Force.[2] The Twenty-Fourth Air Force, will be the Air Force component of United States Cyber Command.



The 24th Air Force was originally intended to be a part of the now-defunct Air Force Cyber Command (AFCYBER), the Twenty-Fourth Air Force became a component of the Air Force Space Command (AFSPC) on August 18, 2009.

In August 2008, new Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton A. Schwartz placed a stop order suspending implementation of Air Force Cyber Command, halting personnel assignments and activation of units. On October 6, 2008, following its annual Corona conference, the Air Force announced that the activation of Air Force Cyber Command would not take place, and that a numbered air force, the Twenty-Fourth Air Force, would gain the cyber warfare mission as part of Air Force Space Command.[3]

One key element under Twenty-Fourth Air Force is the Air Force's primary network warfare wing, the 67th Network Warfare Wing, headquartered at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas. The new NAF also gained the following units:

At least 14,000 airmen will become part of Twenty-Fourth Air Force. Many of these are in place at other organizations, and Air Force units host cyber specialists from other organizations. The Air Force had announced six possible locations for the headquarters of Twenty-Fourth Air Force. The candidate locations were:

On May 15th, 2009, Air Force officials announced that Lackland is the preferred alternative, and the decision was confirmed on August 12th, 2009.[4] The organization officially stood-up on August 18, 2009.[5][6]



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

  • Lord, William T., Major General, USAF (Fall 2008), USAF Cyberspace Command To Fly and Fight in Cyberspace, Strategic Studies Quarterly, United States Air Force, p. p.15  

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