Welcome to the official website of Air Force District of Washington (AFDW), provided as a public service by AFDW Public Affairs. Headquartered at Joint Base Andrews, Md., AFDW is the Air Force component for the National Capital Region as the Air Force element under Joint Task Force-National Capital Region, which was created in October 2004 in response to the events of September 11, 2001.

Air Force District of Washington falls under the command of Headquarters Air Force as a direct-reporting unit. AFDW manages Air Force resources in the National Capital Region while providing ceremonial support to HAF, the Department of Defense and the White House.


Head here to watch videos about AFDW's Contingency Response video and Ceremonial Honors video.

The mission of the United States Air Force is to fly, fight, and win... Airpower anytime, anywhere. 

To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision:

The United States Air Force will be a trusted and reliable joint partner with our sister services known for integrity in all of our activities, including supporting the joint mission first and foremost. We will provide compelling air, space, and cyber capabilities for use by the combatant commanders. We will excel as stewards of all Air Force resources in service to the American people, while providing precise and reliable Global Vigilance, Reach and Power for the nation.

The Air Force has three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. These core competencies make our six distinctive capabilities possible:

Air and Space Superiority :  With it, joint forces can dominate enemy operations in all dimensions -- land, sea, air and space.

Global Attack:  Because of technological advances, the Air Force can attack anywhere, anytime -- and do so quickly and with greater precision than ever before.

Rapid Global Mobility:  Being able to respond quickly and decisively anywhere we're needed is key to maintaining rapid global mobility.

Precision Engagement:  The essence lies in the ability to apply selective force against specific targets because the nature and variety of future contingencies demand both precise and reliable use of military power with minimal risk and collateral damage.

Information Superiority:  The ability of joint force commanders to keep pace with information and incorporate it into a campaign plan is crucial.

Agile Combat Support:  Deployment and sustainment are keys to successful operations and cannot be separated. Agile combat support applies to all forces, from those permanently based to contingency buildups to expeditionary forces.

The Air Force bases these core competencies and distinctive capabilities on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.

United States Northern Command
Joint Task Force-National Capital Region

Joint Task Force-National Capital Region (JTF-NCR), based at Fort McNair, Washington, D.C., enables continuity of government/operations, supports homeland defense, and conducts defense support of civil authorities in support of a lead federal agency in coordination with NCR partners and service components to minimize the effects of attacks and natural disasters in the NCR Joint Operations Area (JOA).

The Department of the Air Force is headquartered in the Pentagon, Washington D.C. The service is organized in nine major commands throughout the world which provide combat aircraft, airlift, refueling, reconnaissance and other support to the Unified Combatant Commands.

The Air Force also has more than three dozen field operating agencies and direct reporting units which directly support the mission by providing unique services.

Together with Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard forces, the United States Air Force is the best in the world.

The Secretary of the Air Force is Frank Kendall, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force is Gen. David W. Allvin, the Vice Chief of Staff is Gen. James C. "Jim" Slife, and the Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force is CMSAF David A. Flosi.


Air Force District of Washington Public Affairs: afdw.pa.public.affairs@us.af.mil

1500 West Perimeter Rd. Suite 5790 Joint Base Andrews, Md. 20762-7002 Comm: (240) 612 - 6464 DSN: 612 - 6464

AFDW Public Affairs does not act as an operator service or base locator. They do not have the capability to redirect incoming calls to other offices.

Please contact the base operator for these services: Joint Base Andrews: (301) 981-1110 DoD-wide: (703) 545-6700

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