Unit History: AFSOUTH
United States Southern Command Air Forces (AFSOUTH), is a Numbered Air Force in Air Combat Command (ACC). It is headquartered at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. AFSOUTH also serves as headquarters for Twelfth Air Force (12 AF). On 15 February 2006, Headquarters 12 AF took on an expanded mission and a new name.
AFSOUTH serves as a primary conventional fighter and bomber WFHQ trained and ready for worldwide employment of airpower. It is responsible for the combat readiness of seven active-duty wings, which comprise more than 33,000 personnel and 400 aircraft. AFSOUTH is also responsible for three active-duty Direct Reporting Units, which comprise more than 1,200 personnel; and 14 gained units of the AFR and ANG, featuring an additional 18,800 personnel and more than 200 aircraft.
The command serves as the air component to United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM). This responsibility includes significant involvement in battling illegal narcotics trafficking from several forward operating locations.
The commander of AFSOUTH is Lt Gen Norman Seip.
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