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Sixteenth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber)

The Sixteenth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber), headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is the first-of-its-kind Numbered Air Force. Also known as the Air Force’s Information Warfare Numbered Air Force, the 16th integrates multisource intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, cyber warfare, electronic warfare, and information operations capabilities across the conflict continuum to ensure that our Air Force is fast, lethal and fully integrated in both competition and in war. Sixteenth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) provides mission integration of IW at operational and tactical levels… recognizing the role of information in creating dilemmas for adversaries in competition and, if necessary, future conflicts.

What Is Information Warfare?
The employment of military capabilities in and through the information environment to deliberately affect adversary human and system behavior and preserve friendly freedom of action during cooperation, competition, and conflict. While any capability can be used to create an informational effect, the principal Air Force capabilities integrated and applied to achieve desired effects in the information environment are cyberspace operations; electronic warfare; information operations; and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
Lines of Effort
1. Generate insights 
2. Compete now
3. Prepare for escalation 

A Brief History

19540520-19560715       Joint United States Military Group, Air Administration (Spain)
19560715-20140829       Sixteenth Air Force
20190930-present         Sixteenth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber)
Established as Joint United States Military Group, Air Administration (Spain) and activated May 20, 1954. Redesignated as Sixteenth Air Force, July 15, 1956. Inactivated Aug. 29, 2014. Redesignated Sixteenth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber), Sept. 30, 2019. Activated Oct. 11, 2019.
Madrid, Spain, May 20, 1954
Torrejon Air Base, Spain, Feb. 1, 1958
Aviano AB, Italy, Aug. 10, 1992
Ramstein AB, Germany, Sept. 30, 2005
Joint Base San Antonio, Lackland, Texas, Oct. 11, 2019
Headquarters United States Air Force, May 20, 1954
Strategic Air Command, July 1, 1957
United States Air Forces in Europe, April 15, 1966
Air Combat Command, Oct. 11, 2019
Emblem (Shield)
Approval: Approved April 4, 1958; modified to delete the light blue color of the of the seme’ (sash), Sept. 3, 2003.
Motto: None.
Blazon: Azure, a bend of the like seme’ of mullets and fimbriated Argent, overall the numeral “16” Or, all within a diminished bordure Yellow. Attached below the shield, a White scroll edged with a narrow Yellow border and inscribed with the designation “SIXTEENTH AIR FORCE” in Ultramarine Blue letters.
Cable Numbers of Colors: 
FULL                           CABLE          PMS                 SUBDUED            CABLE                                     
Ultramarine Blue          67118            Reflex Blue       Flag Blue               67124
Air Force Yellow           67103           116                     Black                     67138
White                            67101                                     Olive Drab              67133
In accordance with the guidance contained in supply letter cmal 01-2, the borders and letters will be black and the background of scroll will be olive drab on the subdued version.
Significance: Ultramarine blue and Air Force yellow are the Air Force colors. Blue alludes to the sky, the primary theater of Air Force operations. Yellow refers to the sun and the excellence required of Air Force personnel. The bend bordered in white indicates the adherence to the unit mission. The stars signify the high quality of the rank-and-file within the organization. The large numerals “16” show pride of performance.

2003 - present

Sixteenth Air Force


Air Forces Cyber

Current OCP

Sixteenth Air Force (Air Forces Cyber) OCP Patch

1958 - 2003

Sixteenth Air Force