Twentieth Air Force
The Twentieth Air Force (20 AF) is a numbered air force of the United States Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). It is headquartered at F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming.
20 AF's primary mission is Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) operations. The Twentieth Air Force commander is also the Commander, Task Force 214 (TF 214), which provides alert ICBMs to the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM).
Established on 4 April 1944 at Washington D.C, 20 AF was a United States Army Air Forces combat air force deployed to the Pacific Theater of World War II. Operating initially from bases in India and staging though bases in China, 20 AF conducted strategic bombardment of the Japanese Home Islands. It relocated to the Mariana Islands in late 1944, and continued the strategic bombardment campaign against Japan until the Japanese Capitulation in August 1945. The 20 AF 509th Composite Group conducted the Atomic Bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, in August 1945.
Inactivated on 1 March 1955, the command was reactivated 1 September 1991, as a component of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) and became operationally responsible for all land-based Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles.
20 AF is commanded by Maj Gen Michael J. Carey.
... Islands, July 1945 Kadena AB, Okinawa, 16 May 1949 – 1 March 1955 Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, 1 September 1991 – 1993 FE Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming, 1993 – present ...
... SPN was a sugarcane field before the Imperial Japanese Navy Air Service (IJNAS) constructed a temporary landing field on the site in 1933 ... during the Battle of the Philippine Sea later that month, being almost wiped out by the American forces during the battle ... hands, Isely Field was expanded considerably to support Twentieth Air Force B-29 Superfortress operations ...
... The initial raids were carried out by the Twentieth Air Force operating out of mainland China in Operation Matterhorn under XX Bomber Command ... Initially the Twentieth Air Force was under the command of Hap Arnold, and later Curtis LeMay ... islands close enough to Japan to be within the range of B-29s, the Twentieth Air Force was assigned to XXI Bomber Command which organized a much more effective bombing campaign of the Japanese home islands ...
... Headquarters, Twentieth Air Force – Francis E ... Warren AFB, Wyoming Twentieth Air Force is responsible for maintaining and operating the Air Force's ICBM force ... Designated as STRATCOM's Task Force 214, 20th Air Force provides on-alert, combat-ready ICBMs to the president ...
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