Allied Air Command

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Allied Air Command (AIRCOM)

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Type NATO NATO headquarters
Insinuation Allied Command Operations
Location Ramstein
commander General Jeffrey L. Harrigian ( USAF )
Deputy Commander Air Marshal Stuart Evans
chief of staff Major General Karsten Stoye

The Allied Air Command , briefly AIRCOM is a NATO - command authority for conducting air forces . It is stationed with its headquarters at Ramstein Air Base in Rhineland-Palatinate and is subordinate to the Allied Command Operations (ACO).

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On June 28, 1974, the Allied Air Forces Central Europe (AAFCE) were set up under the leadership of the Allied Forces Central Europe (AFCENT). Participating nations were Belgium , Germany , Canada , the Netherlands , the United Kingdom and the United States of America . The AAFCE was responsible for the 2nd Allied Tactical Air Force (2ATAF) in Mönchengladbach , responsible for the NATO air forces in the north, and the 4th Allied Tactical Air Force (4ATAF) in Ramstein, responsible for the units in the southern area of ​​the Central Region.

With the restructuring of the NATO HQ AAFCE was considered on 1 July 1993 HQ Allied Air Forces Central Europe (AIRCENT) , German Allied Air Forces Central Europe , reorganized. Among other things, the tasks of the 2nd and 4th ATAF, which were dissolved in the same year, were assigned to him.

After the dissolution of the Allied Forces Northern Europe (AFNORTH) command, AFCENT took over responsibility for Denmark and the northern parts of Germany on January 1, 1994 . With Poland and the Czech Republic joining NATO in March 1999, AIRCENT's area of ​​responsibility increased again. On March 3, 2000, AIRNORTHWEST , High Wycombe , United Kingdom, and AIRCENT were merged and Allied Air Forces North (AIRNORTH) was established. In addition, the leadership of the associations that were assigned to the HQ Allied Command Baltic Approaches (BALTAP) was taken over.

After the Baltic states Estonia , Latvia and Lithuania as well as Slovakia became part of the North Region of NATO in March 2004 , on July 1, 2004, following internal restructuring, the name was changed to Component Command-Air Headquarters Ramstein (CC-AIR Ramstein). After the Allied Air Command Headquarters Izmir (AC Izmir) was dissolved, on January 1, 2013 it was renamed Headquarters Allied Air Command (HQ AIRCOM), which is now responsible for the entire NATO area.


The AIRCOM in Ramstein is a headquarters of the NATO command structure on a tactical level, which is directly subordinate to the Allied Command Operations . The AIRCOM commander advises the commanders of the Joint Forces Commands in Brunssum and Naples on air operations and space issues. He performs his duties as an Air Commander (German: Commanders of the Air Force), Air Defense Commander (German: Commanders of Air Defense) and Airspace Control Authority (German: Responsible for airspace control). This means, among other things, that he leads the parts of the air force assigned to him in the area of ​​responsibility, ensures the air defense in the geographically assigned area and, if necessary, takes over the coordination of the airspace.

In practice, these tasks are shown, among other things, in the fact that AIRCOM is responsible for the operations of the air forces at ISAF and NATO Air Policing Baltic States .


The commander of AIRCOM is an American general who is at the same time Commander United States Air Forces in Europe and Director Joint Air Power Competence Centers . He is supported by an international staff . It reports to the Combined Air Operations Center (CAOC) Uedem in Germany , the CAOC Torrejon in Spain and the Deployable Air Command and Control Center (DACCC) in Poggio Renatico, Italy .

From 2013, the post of his deputy will be filled alternately by a French and a British lieutenant general .


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Individual evidence

  1. Helmut R. Hammerich , Dieter H. Kollmer , Martin Rink , Rudolf J. Schlaffer : Das Heer 1950 to 1970. Concept, organization, list . R. Oldenbourg Verlag , Munich 2006, ISBN 978-3-486-57974-1 , p. 787 ( limited preview in Google Book search).
  2. NATO Command Structure , accessed on June 16, 2015. (English)