The center was founded Sept. 1, 1966, as the U.S. Air Force Tactical Fighter Weapons Center. It was later renamed the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center October 2005.
The USAFWC exists to ensure deployed forces are well trained and well equipped to conduct integrated combat operations. From our testing and tactics development programs to our training schools and venues, we provide our Airmen with proven and tested technology, the most current tactics, superb academic training and a unique opportunity to practice integrated force employment.
The USAFWC vision, mission and priorities are central to supporting the Air Combat Command’s mission to provide dominant combat airpower for America with warrior Airmen committed to excellence, trained to fly, fight, and win … anytime, anyplace.
Commander’s vision, mission
The mission of the U.S. Air Force Warfare Center is to develop innovative leaders and full spectrum capabilities through responsive, realistic, and relevant testing, tactics development, and advanced training across all levels of war.
The U.S. Air Force Warfare Center’s vision is a team of proud, professional, and highly skilled Airmen who through innovation influence and support the U.S. Air Force and joint partners with responsive, realistic, and relevant testing, tactics development, and training across air, space and cyberspace domains.
• Fully integrate fifth generation technology and capabilities to support today’s and tomorrows’ military operations.
• Efficient and effective testing, tactics development and training that enables the integration of air, space and cyberspace capabilities across the range of military operations.
• Lead and influence the development and execution of live, virtual and constructive operational testing and advanced training.
• Strengthen Air Force core missions to enable freedom of maneuver in contested, degraded and operationally-limited environments, across all domains.
USAFWC focus areas
• Efficiently, effectively, and safely execute today’s mission while preparing for tomorrow’s
• Take care of our Airmen and Families
• Foster and maintain a healthy and fun environment
• Grow Airmen leaders
To execute its mission, the USAFWC oversees the operations of four wings, two named units and one detachment: the 57th Wing, 99th Air Base Wing, the Nevada Test and Training Range, and the Air Force Joint Test Program Office at Nellis AFB, Nevada; the 53rd Wing at Eglin AFB, Florida; the 505th Command and Control Wing at Hurlburt Field, Florida, and Air Force Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities at Schriever AFB, Colorado. The USAFWC is comprised of approximately 11,000 personnel, active duty, guard, reserve and civilians, located in 23 states at 37 different locations. The USAFWC also includes its own inspector general, staff judge advocate, protocol office and historian.
Staff Judge Advocate
The office of the Staff Judge Advocate is responsible for the delivery of all legal services to the USAFWC commander. Legal support is also provided to the 99th Air Base Wing, 57th Wing, Nevada Test and Training Range and 53rd Test and Evaluation Group.
One of the SJA’s primary responsibilities is to provide legal advice to commanders regarding military justice implemented under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The office also helps military members, retirees and their family members with personal civil legal problems. In addition to these services, it monitors and analyzes civil law matters including government contracts, ethics issues, military and civilian personnel law, fiscal law issues, claims and environmental law.
Inspector General Office
The Inspector General Office acts as the ‘eyes and ears’ of the commander by establishing procedures to manage the Air Force Inspector General Complaints and Fraud, Waste, and Abuse Program throughout the United States Air Force Warfare Center. In addition, the IG office functions as the ombudsman, fact-finder, and honest broker in the resolution of complaints.
The Protocol Office supports all units on Nellis. This office plans, coordinates and orchestrates official visits, receptions, dinners, ceremonies and related protocol activities for military, political and civilian dignitaries visiting Nellis Air Force Base. It provides guidance in selecting restaurants, cultural events and other places of interest for visitors. This office also coordinates and provides tenant units with protocol requirements upon request.
USAFWC History Office
The USAFWC History Office helps the commander and his staff make informed decisions based on past events. Services include publishing a periodic history for the center, conducting special studies and special projects and answering historical inquiries.