Air Force Maj. Gen. Chad P. Franks, Fifteenth Air Force commander, assumes command of 15th Air Force, after Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin W. Hedden, 15th Air Force command chief, unfurls the newest Numbered Air Force’s flag at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Aug. 17, 2020. Ninth Air Force was inactivated and 15th Air Force was reactivated during a virtual ceremony at Shaw AFB, Aug. 20, 2020. Fifteenth Air Force was established in the Mediterranean Theater in 1943 as a strategic Air Force during World War II, transferred to Air Mobility Command in 1992 and was previously inactivated in 2012. (Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Dick)
Maj. Gen. Chad P. Franks, Fifteenth Air Force commander, assumes command of 15th Air Force, after Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin W. Hedden, 15th Air Force command chief, unfurls the newest Numbered Air Force’s flag at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Aug. 17, 2020. Ninth Air Force was inactivated and 15th Air Force was reactivated during a virtual ceremony at Shaw AFB, Aug. 20, 2020. Fifteenth Air Force was established in the Mediterranean Theater in 1943 as a strategic Air Force during World War II, transferred to Air Mobility Command in 1992 and was previously inactivated in 2012. (Air Force photograph by Tech. Sgt. Amanda Dick)

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