Tenth Air Force, located at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas, directs the activities of nearly 20,000 reserve, active duty and civilian personnel located at 37 military installations throughout the United States.
The mission of Tenth Air Force is to organize, train and equip mission-ready Tenth Air Force Citizen Airmen to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace.
Tenth Air Force was activated in February 1942 at Patterson Field, Ohio. In August 1943, it was assigned to Air Forces China-Burma-India Sector. Throughout the years there were numerous inactivations and activations. In 1976, it was re-designated Tenth Air Force and assigned to Air Force Reserve Command and eventually moved to NAS Fort Worth JRB (then Carswell Air Reserve Station) in June 1996.
With 81 military and 8 civilian headquarters staff members, Tenth Air Force serves as the focal point for all matters pertaining to assigned Air Force Reserve units and individuals. The headquarters monitors and provides assistance to all subordinate units to help resolve problem areas and more efficiently maintain unit combat readiness.
Tenth Air Force is the Air Force Reserve Command’s most diverse Numbered Air Force. It manages and supervises all reserve fighter and bomber operations and training, special operations, rescue, airborne warning and control, combat air operations battle staff, remotely-piloted aircraft, space, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance units. When mobilized or used in a full-time capacity, Tenth Air Force delivers combat capability to Air Combat Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Pacific Air Forces, Air Force Space Command, Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Education and Training Command and the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, as well as United States Strategic Command.
Almost all flying organizations within Tenth Air Force are associated with active duty units. Active associate wings, in which the reserve unit maintains responsibility for the equipment, fly the F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10 Thunderbolt II and B-52 Stratofortress. Where the active duty maintains responsibility for the equipment, Tenth Air Force members are classically associated in missions flying the F-35 Lightning II; F-22 Raptor; F-15E Strike Eagle; F-16; B-52; B-1B Lancer; U-28; C-145A; C-146; AC-130U Specter; MC-130H Combat Talon; E-3 Sentry; and the Predator, Reaper and Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. The 920th Rescue Wing is a stand-alone unit equipped with the HC-130 Hercules and the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter.
Other organizations include combat air operations, medical, civil engineer, combat logistics, communications, security forces, aerial port, intelligence and aeromedical units. Additionally, the Reserve portion of the Air National Guard/Air Force Reserve Test Center (AATC), which conducts operational test and evaluation of fighter equipment and improvements, is directly assigned to Tenth Air Force, as is the 610th Command and Control Squadron, which directly supports United States Strategic Command.