Contingency Response, Ceremonial Honors, and Operational Support...Across the Nation's Capital and Worldwide
Ready Airmen, Renowned for Excellence!
The Air Force District of Washington (AFDW) was reactivated in 2005 to address three broad objectives: Align the Air Force command structure in the National Capital Region (NCR) on par with that of our sister services; improve Air Force support to the Joint Force Headquarters-NCR (JFHQ-NCR); and, designate a single voice for Air Force cross-service issues in the NCR.
AFDW is a direct reporting unit to Headquarters Air Force, reporting to the Chief of Staff of the Air Force. AFDW serves as the Air Force service component for coordination purposes to JFHQ-NCR and the supporting command to Joint Task Force NCR Medical (JTF-CapMed). When the JHFQ-NCR transitions to the Joint Task Force NCR (JTF-NCR), the 320th Air Expeditionary Wing (320 AEW) activates and becomes the Air Force service component of JTF-NCR. Normally, the Commander of AFDW serves as the Commander, 320 AEW. Air Force Mission Directive 13 delineates missions and assigned duties applicable to AFDW in both its worldwide Air Force service role and its JTF-NCR Air Force service component role.
As one of USAF's three direct reporting units, AFDW executes Air Force operations and supports Joint Force and Inter-Agency operations in the NCR while providing superior support to combatant commanders and Air Force elements worldwide.
AFDW is responsible to organize, train, equip and provide forces for AEF deployment, provide ceremonial support, and conduct homeland operations as part of a Joint effort, within the NCR. Homeland operations include homeland defense, defense support to civil authorities, emergency preparedness, and support to National Special Security Events.
AFDW exercises UCMJ authority over, and provides manpower, personnel, legal, chaplain, finance, logistics, and safety support for designated Air Force activities located within the NCR, selected Field Operating Agencies, and selected Air Force elements. This includes support for approximately 40,000 Air Force military and civilian members of more than 2,000 Air Force elements in more than 500 locations in 108 countries. This makes AFDW the leading edge of the Air Force as the organization continues its never-ending support of the world's greatest Air Force.
AFDW is the parent command to the 11th Wing, 79th Medical Wing, 844th Communications Group, and two ceremonial elements. The 11th Wing at Joint Base Andrews, Md., provides contingency rotary-wing airlift and base operating support to more than 50 tenant organizations. Through the U. S. Air Force Band and the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard, the 11th Wing also provides ceremonial and musical support throughout the NCR and worldwide. The 79th Medical Wing, headquartered at Andrews, consolidates the Air Force's NCR medical assets into one organization, providing regional care and support to JFHQ-NCR and JTF-CapMed operations. Finally, the 844th Communications Group at Andrews provides enhanced communications reliability, survivability, information capabilities, and user support in the NCR.