The Air Staff
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Parent agencyDepartment of the Air Force

The Air Staff is one of the Department of the Air Force's two statutorily designated headquarters staffs: the other staff is the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force, also known as the Secretariat.[a] The Air Staff is established by the United States Code Title 10 chapter 905. The Air Staff is headed by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force General David Allvin. The Air Staff is primarily composed of uniformed United States Air Force officials who assist the Chief of Staff in carrying out his dual-hatted role: as the principal military advisor to the Secretary of the Air Force, and as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Air Staff was reorganized in 2006 to be numbered in accordance with the Joint Staff system.[1] For the most part, the Joint Staff numbering system applies to the air staff. The Air Force separated Analysis and Assessments from A8 to create a separate directorate, A9, then in 2008, followed up with the creation of a separate directorate, A10, for the Air Force's nuclear mission.[2]

Joint Staff organization

Air Staff Organizational Chart

For reference, the organization of the Joint Staff follows. See full article.

The Joint Chiefs of Staff organization includes the following departments where all the Joint Staff's planning, policies, intelligence, manpower, communications and logistics functions are translated into action.[3]

National Level Command Structure

Air Staff

Multiple Air Force military commands follow this structure, but for the HQ Air Force at the Pentagon, they combine several into one office (A5/8 and A4/7). In addition, unlike the other branches of the U.S. armed forces that place "force development and training" in J7 like elements (i.e., G7, N7, etc.), the Air Force has no A7 "training" organization at the HAF level, retaining that function within its A3 organization.

Members of the Air Staff


See also


  1. ^ The Department contains a third headquarters staff, the Space Staff; however, unlike the Air Staff and the Office of the Secretary, the existence of the Space Staff is not a statutory provision.


  1. ^ [1] Air Force Staff Restructures to Improve Joint Ops, Communication
  2. ^ [2] Oct2008: directorate on the Air Staff that will coordinate the Air Force's nuclear activities
  3. ^ Archived 3 March 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Air Force Senior Leaders". US Air Force. Retrieved 20 December 2016.