Twenty-Second Air Force
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Shield of the Twenty-Second Air Force
Active18 February 1942 – 31 October 1946; 1 July 1948 – present (80 years, 6 months)[1]
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
TypeNumbered Air Force
RoleProvide combat-ready reserve air forces[2]
Part of
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Air Force Reserve Command
HeadquartersDobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia, U.S.
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World War II - American Theater[1]
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Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
Major General Bret Larson

Twenty-Second Air Force (22 AF) is a Numbered Air Force component of Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC). It was activated on 1 July 1993 and is headquartered at Dobbins Air Reserve Base, Georgia.

In the event of mobilization, some of the Twenty-Second Air Force's subordinate units would come under the operational control (OPCON) of the Air Mobility Command's (AMC) 21st Expeditionary Mobility Task Force, headquartered at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, while others would come under OPCON of Air Education and Training Command's 19th Air Force at Randolph AFB, Texas.[needs update]


22 AF is responsible for recruiting and training reservists and for maintaining subordinate units at the highest level of combat readiness. A by-product of training is to coordinate daily support of the active duty air force.

22 AF's wartime mission is to provide combat-ready airlift and support units and augments personnel requirements to Air Mobility Command in the United States.

Twenty-Second Air Force manages more than 25,000 Reservists and has 149 unit-equipped aircraft. Reserve crews in 22 AF fly the C-130 Hercules, including the WC-130 "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft, which are located at nine different Air Force Reserve wings. The wings, flying squadrons and support units are spread throughout nine states – from New York to Mississippi, Ohio and Minnesota, with its westernmost wing in Colorado Springs, Colorado.



Established as the Domestic Division, Air Corps Ferrying Command in the early days of World War II, the organization's mission was the transport of newly produced aircraft from points within the United States to Ports of Embarkation for shipment to Britain and other overseas Allies. In 1946, the organization was transferred to Air Transport Command and became, in essence, a military airline its Continental Division, managing transport routes within the United States.

When the USAF was created as a separate service in 1947, Military Air Transport Service was established to support the new Department of Defense, with responsibility for its support falling to the Department of the Air Force. Redesignated Western Transport Air Force (WESTAF), the organization managed all MATS operations from the Mississippi River west to the east coast of Africa until MATS was replaced by the Military Airlift Command in 1966. When MATS became MAC, WESTAF was redesignated 22d AF, with headquarters at Travis AFB, CA.

During the 1960s, Twenty-Second Air Force transports flew missions worldwide, supporting the efforts of the United States in Southeast Asia, Europe and other places around the world. In December 1974, the Twenty-Second Air Force absorbed Tactical Air Command's Twelfth Air Force C-130 Hercules tactical airlift operations.

On 29 March 1979, the Twenty-Second Air Force assumed responsibility for managing Military Airlift Command resources in the Pacific. For this mission, the unit provided a single commander for MAC airlift units in the Pacific theater; command and control of theater-assigned airlift forces for Pacific Air Forces; theater tactical airlift war planning and Pacific exercise planning; and aerial ports in the Pacific area to support the air movement of personnel, cargo, equipment, patients, and mail. The division participated in tactical exercises such as Team Spirit, Ulchi Focus Lens, and Capstan Dragon.

The unit was relieved from assignment to Military Airlift Command and assigned to Air Mobility Command on 1 June 1992. Activated the same day at Dobbins ARB, GA, with a change in assignment to the Air Force Reserve. It is under the peacetime command of Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command at Robins Air Force Base, GA.


Route map of the Western Transport Air Force, 1964
Route map of the Western Transport Air Force, 1964
Continental Division, Air Transport Command
Redesignated Domestic Wing, Army Air Forces Ferry Command on 9 March 1942
Redesignated Domestic Wing, Army Air Forces Ferrying Command on 31 March 1942
Redesignated Ferrying Division, Air Transport Command on 20 June 1942
Redesignated Continental Division, Air Transport Command on 1 March 1946
Discontinued on 31 October 1946
Consolidated on 29 March 1979 with Twenty-Second Air Force as Twenty-Second Air Force[1]
Twenty-Second Air Force
Redesignated Western Transport Air Force on 1 July 1958
Redesignated Twenty-Second Air Force on 8 January 1966
Consolidated on 29 March 1979 with Continental Division, Air Transport Command
Inactivated on 1 July 1993
Activated on 1 July 1993[1]



Continental Division, Air Transport Command

Long Beach Municipal Airport, California
Replaced by 556th AAF Base Unit (6th Ferrying Group), 31 March 1944 – 1 December 1946
Wayne County Airport, Michigan
Replaced by 553d AAF Base Unit (3d Ferrying Group), 31 March 1944 – 15 January 1946
Hensley Field, Texas
Replaced by 555th AAF Base Unit(5th Ferrying Group), 31 March 1944 – 9 August 1946
Nashville Municipal Airport, Tennessee
Replaced by 554th AAF Base Unit (4th Ferrying Group), 31 March 1944-c. December 1945
Logan Field, New Castle Army Air Field, Delaware
Replaced by 552d AAF Base Unit (2d Ferrying Group), 31 March 1944 – 31 December 1945
Boeing Field, Washington, Gore Field, Montana
Replaced by 557th AAF Base Unit (7th Ferrying Group), 31 March 1944 – 14 December 1945[note 1]
Presque Isle Army Air Field, Maine
Atkinson Field, Georgetown, British Guiana
Hamilton Field, California
Payne Airfield, Cairo, Egypt
Nashville Municipal Airport, Tennessee
Replaced by 558 AAF Base Unit (20th Ferrying Group), 31 Mar 1944 – 9 Apr 1946
Palm Springs Army Airfield, California
Replaced by 560 AAF Base Unit (21st Ferrying Group), 31 Mar 1944 – 20 May 1946
Fairfax Field, Kansas
Replaced by 569 AAF Base Unit (33d Ferrying Group), 31 Mar 1944 – 15 Apr 1945[3]

Twenty-Second Air Force






List of commanders

No. Commander Term
Portrait Name Took office Left office Term length
Mark A. Kyle
Major General
Mark A. Kyle
October 2013Incumbent
Stayce Harris
Major General
Stayce Harris
July 2014Incumbent
John P. Stokes
Major General
John P. Stokes
8 August 2016[4]Incumbent
Craig LaFave
Major General
Craig LaFave
November 2017Incumbent
John Healy
Major General
John Healy
26 July 2019[5]Incumbent
Bret C. Larson
Major General
Bret C. Larson
10 July 2021[6]Incumbent



Explanatory notes
  1. ^ In an apparent typographical error, Kane gives the assignment date for these sectors as beginning on 28 February. But see Administrative History, pp. 64-66.
  1. ^ a b c d e Kane, Robert B. "Twenty-Second Air Force (AFRC)". Air Force Historical Research Agency. Retrieved 5 September 2022.
  2. ^ "About Us".
  3. ^ a b c Kane, Factsheet, Twenty-Second Air Force for assignment information only.
  4. ^ "22 AF Change of Command".
  5. ^ "Healy takes command of 22nd Air Force". Dobbins Air Reserve Base.
  6. ^ "Larson Takes Command of Reserve's 22nd Air Force". 13 July 2021.


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