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We Are Civilian Strong

As civilians, we share the same responsibility to our nation as the men and women in uniform. We share the same passion as well. Together, we develop innovations and harness the energy to meet every challenge.

Working in over 600 occupations and professions, we are the backbone of the Air Force, sustaining its aircraft, its facilities, its infrastructure, its systems. And all 300,000 active duty Airmen.

We are engineers working in research labs and social workers helping kids acclimate to new environments. We are physicians treating Airmen and their families. We are cybersecurity experts guarding against hackers. We are police officers, aircraft mechanics, nuclear physicists, and mathematicians. We are HR professionals, electricians, and rocket scientists. And so much more.

A Force to be Reckoned With

The Air Force is renowned for its unparalleled innovation and deployment of paradigm-shifting systems. Air Force Civilian Service is helping drive that innovation with a focus on breakthroughs in technology and in human potential.

To that end, we maintain research facilities and dedicated laboratories in 22 locations across the country. Staffed by over 16,000 civilians, these laboratories are on the cutting edge of discovery and innovation, and our scientists and engineers work with technology and advanced equipment unavailable anywhere else.

Communities of Support

We also create and sustain communities for ourselves and our active duty colleagues on over 80 Air Force bases and installations in the U.S. and nearly a dozen around the world.

These communities are vital to the well-being of Airmen and their families and contribute to Air Force readiness in mind, body, and spirit.

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Laser tester
F-15s in-flight refueling
 F-22 performance
Delta IV rocket launch
Lab test of satellite

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Strength In Diversity

AFCS values the strength that comes from our diverse perspectives and abilities and from our different backgrounds and experiences. This is essential to our creativity and success.

We rely on inspired thinking from any and every member of our team and cultivate multicultural viewpoints, varied education, and life experiences to fuel innovation in every field of operation essential to the Air Force mission. Success is assured when everyone contributes.