Welcome to the official World Wide Web site for Air Force History. This site provides information about the Air Force Historical Research Agency, the Air Force Historical Studies Office and the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
Air Force Mission
The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight and win...in air, space and cyberspace.
To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision:
The United States Air Force will be a trusted and reliable joint partner with our sister services known for integrity in all of our activities, including supporting the joint mission first and foremost. We will provide compelling air, space, and cyber capabilities for use by the combatant commanders. We will excel as stewards of all Air Force resources in service to the American people, while providing precise and reliable Global Vigilance, Reach and Power for the nation.
The Air Force has three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible:
Air and Space Superiority : With it, joint forces can dominate enemy operations in all dimensions -- land, sea, air and space.
Global Attack: Because of technological advances, the Air Force can attack anywhere, anytime -- and do so quickly and with greater precision than ever before.
Rapid Global Mobility: Being able to respond quickly and decisively anywhere we're needed is key to maintaining rapid global mobility.
Precision Engagement: The essence lies in the ability to apply selective force against specific targets because the nature and variety of future contingencies demand both precise and reliable use of military power with minimal risk and collateral damage.
Information Superiority: The ability of joint force commanders to keep pace with information and incorporate it into a campaign plan is crucial.
Agile Combat Support: Deployment and sustainment are keys to successful operations and cannot be separated. Agile combat support applies to all forces, from those permanently based to contingency buildups to expeditionary forces.
The Air Force bases these core competencies and distinctive capabilities on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.
AF Historical Research Agency
The Air Force Historical Research Agency is the repository for Air Force historical documents. Located at Maxwell AFB, Ala., AFHRA documents USAF history through lineage and honors records, personal papers and photos.
AF Historical Studies Office
The Air Force Historical Studies Office, located at Joint Base Anacostia Bolling, D.C., is the book writing element of the Air Force History and Museums program and also provides historical services to Headquarters, USAF.
National Museum of the USAF
The National Museum of the United States Air Force, located at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, near Dayton, Ohio, is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world. The museum showcases USAF history through its exhibits and special events to more than one million visitors each year.