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Air Force District of Washington

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Air Force District of Washington
Air Force District of Washington.png
Air Force District of Washington emblem
Active7 July 2005 – present
1 October 1985 – 15 July 1994
(37 years, 2 months)[1]
Country United States
Branch United States Air Force
TypeDirect Reporting Unit
Part ofDepartment of the Air Force
(administrative chain of command)
Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region
(operational chain of command)
HeadquartersAndrews Air Force Base, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, U.S.[2]
Motto(s)"Pride... Teamwork... Success"
Anniversaries7 July
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Air Force Organization Excellence Award[3]
CommanderMaj Gen Joel D. Jackson[4][5]
Deputy CommanderCol Paul G. Filcek
Command ChiefCCM Leon O. Calloway

The Air Force District of Washington (AFDW) is a Direct Reporting Unit of the United States Air Force. AFDW oversees Air Force operations in the Washington, D.C. region (also known as the "National Capital Region" or "NCR").

As a Direct Reporting Unit, AFDW is directly subordinate to the Chief of Staff, Headquarters, United States Air Force, and serves as the Air Force service component to the JFHQ-NCR. AFDW was originally headquartered on Bolling Air Force Base, but changed to Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility Washington (JBA-NAFW).


AFDW originates back to the post-World War II era when Bolling Field Command was established on 15 December 1946. Bolling Field Command absorbed functions from various support organizations in the Washington, D.C. vicinity.[6] It was redesignated Headquarters Command, USAF, on 17 March 1958. When Headquarters Command, USAF, inactivated on 1 July 1976, many of its functions passed to Military Airlift Command. The Air Force District of Washington was constituted and activated, on 1 October 1985. it was inactivated on 15 Jul 1994, due to declining defense budgets. AFDW was reactivated on 7 July 2005, to realign the Air Force command structure in the NCR with the other military services, improve Air Force support to Joint Force Headquarters – National Capital Region (JFHQ-NCR).


AFDW oversees two wings and one group on JBA-NAFW: the 11th Wing, the 79th Medical Wing and the 844th Communication Group. The 79th Medical Wing and 844th Communications Group both have specialized missions and serve as a single Air Force voice in the National Capital Region (NCR) for their respective fields of expertise. The 11th Wing fulfills duties as the host base organization of JBA-NAFW, while also supporting AFDW requirements. AFDW also supports airmen in more than 2,000 Air Force Elements in more than 500 locations in 108 countries.[7]

AFDW serves as the Air Force service component for coordination purposes to JFHQ-NCR and the supporting command to Joint Task Force-National Capital Region/Medical (JTF-CapMed). JFHQ-NCR has an emergency or major event operation 'mobilization' function as Joint Task Force-National Capital Region. When the JFHQ-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.

Component units

Air Force District of Washington comprises the following wings and major units.[8]


Permanent units

Expeditionary units

List of commanders

No. Commander Term
Portrait Name Took office Left office Term length
1Giddings, Edward N.Brigadier General
Edward N. Giddings
(born 1935)
1 October 1985November 1988~ 3 years, 31 days
2Rohatsch, Ralph R. Jr.Brigadier General
Ralph R. Rohatsch Jr.
(born 1940)
November 1988July 1990~ 1 year, 242 days
3Vick, James L.Brigadier General
James L. Vick
(born 1943)
July 1990~ September 1992~ 2 years, 62 days
4Richard, Stevan B.Colonel
Stevan B. Richards
~ September 199215 July 1994~ 1 year, 317 days
5Jones, Duane A.Brigadier General
Duane A. Jones
7 July 200514 April 2006281 days
6Smolen, Robert L.Major General
Robert L. Smolen
14 April 200629 June 20071 year, 76 days
7Gorenc, FrankMajor General
Frank Gorenc
(born 1957)
29 June 20076 August 2008[9]1 year, 38 days
8Jodice, Ralph J. IIMajor General
Ralph J. Jodice II
(born 1955)
6 August 200818 November 20091 year, 104 days
9Jones, Darrell D.Major General
Darrell D. Jones
18 November 20099 December 20101 year, 21 days
10McDew, Darren W.Major General
Darren W. McDew
(born 1960)
9 December 201026 July 20121 year, 230 days
11Dunbar, Sharon K.G.Major General
Sharon K.G. Dunbar
26 July 201222 July 20141 year, 361 days
12Burke, Darryl W.Major General
Darryl W. Burke
22 July 201421 June 20172 years, 334 days
13Jacobson, James A.Major General
James A. Jacobson
21 June 20179 July 20192 years, 18 days
14Rupp, RickyMajor General
Ricky Rupp
9 July 201920 July 20212 years, 11 days
15Jackson, Joel D.Major General
Joel D. Jackson
20 July 2021Incumbent1 year, 136 days

See also


  1. ^ "Air Force District of Washington (USAF)".
  2. ^ "Air Force District of Washington (USAF)".
  3. ^ "Air Force District of Washington (USAF)".
  4. ^ "MAJ GEN JOEL D. JACKSON". Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  5. ^ "Jackson takes reins at Air Force District of Washington, marking a new era at vital command". DVIDS. 21 July 2021.
  6. ^ Air Force Historical Research Agency, Headquarters Command, USAF Archived 18 July 2012 at the Wayback Machine, 10 January 2008
  7. ^ "Factsheets : Air Force District of Washington". Archived from the original on 27 May 2016. Retrieved 11 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Units". Air Force District of Washington. US Air Force. Archived from the original on 28 December 2006. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  9. ^ Land, Michael (6 August 2008). "New AFDW leader assumes command". Joint Base Andrews. Retrieved 30 January 2022.


Public Domain This article incorporates public domain material from the Air Force Historical Research Agency.

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