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USAF & USSF ALMANAC: FOAs, DRUs, and Civil Air Patrol

July 8, 2021

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A FOA Is a Field Operating Unit, an organization that performs a specialized function not performed by any other command, which reports to Headquarters, USAF. A Direct Reporting Unit (DRU) reports directly to the Chief of Staff. The Air Force Auxiliary is the Civil Air Patrol. Personnel numbers are for Active Duty.

Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation

  • Headquarters: Orlando, Fla.
  • Date of Current Designation: June 3, 1996 
  • Type: Field Operating Agency (FOA)
  • Mission: Oversee air, space, and cyberspace modeling and simulation requirements and provide joint interoperability standards within live, virtual, and constructive (LVC) domains.
  • Personnel: 8

Air Force Audit Agency

  • Headquarters: Pentagon
  • Date of Current Designation: Dec. 31, 1971
  • Type: FOA
  • Mission: Provide independent, objective, and quality internal audit service.
  • Personnel: 0

Air Force Cost Analysis Agency

  • Headquarters: Arlington, Va.
  • Date of Current Designation: Aug. 1, 1991
  • Type: FOA
  • Mission: Perform independent cost and risk analyses and provide special studies to aid long-range planning.
  • Personnel: 12

Air Force District of Washington

  • Headquarters:  JB Andrews, Md.
  • Date of Current Designation: July 7, 2005
  • Type: Direct Reporting Unit (DRU)
  • Mission: Orchestrate support for National Capital Region activities; train, equip, and provide forces for contingency, homeland, and ceremonial support operations.
  • Personnel: 125

Air Force Flight Standards Agency

  • Headquarters: Tinker AFB, Okla.
  • Date of Current Designation: Oct. 1, 1991
  • Type: FOA
  • Mission: Develop, standardize, evaluate, and certify policy, procedures, and equipment for flight operations and centrally manage air traffic control and landing systems.
  • Personnel: 116

Air Force Historical Research Agency

  • Headquarters: Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • Date of Current Designation: Sept. 1, 1991
  • Type: FOA
  • Mission: Research, record, and disseminate history; collect, preserve, and manage historical document collection and oral history program; determine unit lineage and honors; verify aerial victory credits.
  • Personnel: 0

Air Force Inspection Agency

  • Headquarters: Kirtland AFB, N.M.
  • Date of Current Designation: Aug. 1, 1991
  • Type: FOA
  • Mission: Provide independent assessments of operations and activities; conduct nuclear surety inspection oversight, training, and certification; serve as primary action arm of the Secretary of the Air Force’s inspection system. 
  • Personnel: 94

Air Force Legal Operations Agency

  • Headquarters: JB Andrews, Md.
  • Date of Current Designation:  Sept. 1, 1991
  • Type: FOA
  • Mission: Administer military justice programs; provide legal research technology and train legal professionals; support the Department of Justice in civil or criminal litigation pertaining to the Air Force.
  • Personnel:  555

Air Force Manpower Analysis Agency

  • Headquarters: JBSA-Randolph, Texas
  • Date of Current Designation: June 1, 2015
  • Type: FOA
  • Mission: Measure and document Air Force manpower requirements.
  • Personnel: 139

Air Force Medical Readiness Agency

  • Headquarters: Falls Church, Va.
  • Date of Current Designation: June 28, 2019
  • Type: FOA
  • Mission: Enterprise-level policy development, management and oversight of medical readiness programs, strategic partnerships, medical capability development, operational medical logistics, dental operations, and programs unique to the deployed environment and to the Air Force. The Air Force activated the agency while simultaneously deactivating the Air Force Medical Operations Agency and Air Force Medical Support Agency.
  • Personnel: 302

Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations

  • Headquarters: Dover AFB, Del.
  • Date of Current Designation: Jan. 6, 2009
  • Type: FOA
  • Mission: Ensure respectful handling, dignity, and honor of the fallen; provide care, service, and support to family of the fallen; transfer remains.
  • Personnel: 19

Air Force Office of Special Investigations

  • Headquarters: Quantico, Va.
  • Date of Current Designation: Dec. 20, 1971
  • Type: FOA
  • Mission: Provide investigative service to USAF commanders; identify, exploit, and neutralize criminal, terrorist, and intelligence threats; combat threats to information systems and technologies; defeat fraud affecting acquisitions and base-level capabilities.
  • Personnel: 120

Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center

  • Headquarters: Kirtland AFB, N.M. 
  • Date of Current Designation: April 4, 1983
  • Type: DRU
  • Mission: Test and evaluate new weapon systems.
  • Personnel: 298

Air Force Operations Group

  • Headquarters: Pentagon
  • Date of Current Designation: April 1, 1995
  • Type: FOA
  • Mission: Provide 24-hour watch on current operations; train and staff Crisis Action Team; develop weather data for National Command Authority, Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Military Command Center, Army Operations Center, and other federal agencies.
  • Personnel: 34

Air Force Personnel Center

  • Headquarters: JBSA-Randolph, Texas
  • Date of Current Designation: Oct. 1, 1995
  • Type: FOA
  • Mission: Identify proper grades, specialties, and skill levels for USAF mission; manage assignments; monitor professional development; plan and schedule expeditionary forces; oversee airmen and family readiness centers; assist casualty reporting and missing in action/prisoner of war actions.
  • Personnel: 666

Air Force Public Affairs Agency

  • Headquarters: JBSA-Lackland, Texas
  • Date of Current Designation: Oct. 1, 2008
  • Type: FOA
  • Mission: Develop and sustain public affairs products; provide combat camera and graphics support; test emerging technologies; manage public affairs personnel deployments.
  • Personnel: 55 

Air Force Review Boards Agency

  • Headquarters: JB Andrews, Md.
  • Date of Current Designation: Aug. 1, 1991
  • Type: FOA
  • Mission: Manage military and civilian appellate processes; serve as lead agent for DOD Physical Disability Board of Review.
  • Personnel: 29

Air Force Safety Center

  • Headquarters: Kirtland AFB, N.M.
  • Date of Current Designation: Jan. 1, 1996
  • Type: FOA
  • Mission: Manage mishap prevention, risk management, and nuclear surety programs; provide flight, ground, weapons, human factors, and space safety technical assistance; oversee major command mishap investigations and evaluate cor­rective actions; direct safety education programs.
  • Personnel: 48 

Air National Guard Readiness Center

  • Headquarters: JB Andrews, Md.
  • Date of Current Designation: June 1, 1992
  • Type: FOA
  • Mission: Ensure field units have resources to train and equip forces for state and federal missions; sustain airmen and help shape leadership capability.
  • Personnel: 36

National Air and Space Intelligence Center

  • Headquarters: Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
  • Date of Current Designation: Feb. 20, 2003
  • Type: FOA
  • Mission: To discover and characterize air, space, missile, and cyber threats to enable full-spectrum multi-domain operations, drive weapon system acquisition, and inform national defense policy.
  • Personnel: 148

US Air Force Academy

  • Headquarters: Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Date of Current Designation: April 1, 1954
  • Type: DRU
  • Mission: Develop, educate, and inspire young men and women to become USAF officers with knowledge, character, and discipline.
  • Personnel: 201     
  • Cadets: 4,000

Civil Air Patrol

  • Headquarters: Maxwell AFB, Ala.
  • Date of Current Designation: Dec. 1, 1941
  • Type: Auxiliary
  • Mission: Provide operational capabilities to support search and rescue, disaster relief, a nationwide communications network, and counter­drug and homeland security missions; conduct leadership training, and career and technical education for CAP Cadet Program; promote aerospace education.
  • Total Volunteers: 60,00