Air Force Public Affairs Agency

AFPAA is a U.S. Air Force field operating agency that reports to the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for Public Affairs (SAF/PA) at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

Mission Statement

The benchmark for innovative communication capabilities in the Department of Defense.

Vision Statement

Provide premier combat camera and video production capabilities, and specialized Public Affairs program management, to advance Air Force and Department of Defense missions.

The Air Force Public Affairs Agency is a field operating agency that reports directly to the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force for Public Affairs at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.  The AFPAA headquarters is comprised of two directorates, the Directorates of Staff and Operations.  Additionally, AFPAA provides operational control over one combat camera squadron and two audiovisual squadrons.  AFPAA also provides administrative control over four SAF/PA operating locations.  The Directorate of Staff includes financial management, Internet Technology support, knowledge operations, logistics, and personnel and training.  The Directorate of Operations oversees Air Force Branding and Trademark Licensing, Air Force Public Web and Air Force Visual Information programs.  Additionally, AFPAA manages the Public Affairs career-field development course writers and the aerial photographer program, and serves as the Functional Area Manager for all Air Force Combat Camera (COMCAM) forces. 

The agency oversees the 1st Combat Camera Squadron (CTCS), which is located at Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. COMCAM provides senior U.S. government officials with a directed imagery capability in support of strategic, operational and planning requirements during wartime operations, worldwide crises, contingencies, joint exercises and humanitarian operations.  The 1st CTCS also provides administrative and logistical support to two subordinate operating locations at Hurlburt Field, Florida and March Air Reserve Base, California.

The agency oversees a second COMCAM squadron, the 4th CTCS, the only COMCAM unit in the Air Force Reserve Command, when activated under Title 10 authority.  The 4th CTCS is co-located with 1st CTCS at Joint Base Charleston as a Classic Associate Unit.

The agency also oversees two audiovisual squadrons -- the 2nd Audiovisual Squadron at Hill AFB, Utah and the 3rd Audiovisual Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.  The audiovisual squadrons primarily provide video productions to senior Department of Defense and Air Force leaders, with cinematic-level video production products.

The agency provides administrative and logistical support to four field offices across the United States.  These include a command information branch at the Pentagon; the public affairs assignment managers at the Air Force Personnel Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas; the Air Force Media Engagement Office in New York City; and the Air Force Entertainment Liaison Office in Los Angeles.

Combined, all AFPAA offices and units encompass representatives from all specialties within the public affairs career field, and are charged with being Air Force lead agents for a multitude of public affairs responsibilities including:  providing imagery documentation of Air Force war-fighter and humanitarian relief missions; audiovisual production support; the public affairs visual information equipment purchasing program; the public web program; the branding and trademark licensing program, and serving as the Air Force’s primary liaison to both the Defense Media Activity's Defense Video and Imagery Distribution System and the American Forces Public Information Management System.  Additionally, the agency serves as the sole force provider for COMCAM forces in the Air Force and provides career-field support through the development of career development courses.


AFPAA Fact Sheet (Printable)

AFPAA History

AFPAA traces its roots to June 1, 1978, with the activation of the Air Force Service Information and News Center. The center was redesignated as the Air Force News Center April 1, 1990 and became a field operating agency February 5, 1991. It was redesignated to the Air Force News Agency August 1, 1991 before its redesignation to the Air Force Public Affairs Agency October 1, 2008. The agency achieved full operational capability June 3, 2013.

Staff Sgt. Tyler Hodge, 820th Combat Operations Squadron data systems technician, rappels during pre-deployment training, Sept. 29, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Each Airmen had to properly tie their own rope harness before conducting several rappels. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Ryan Callaghan)
WASHINGTON DC - Seaman Joshua Rodriguez, a member of the U.S. Navy's Ceremonial Guard Drill Team conducts training during a laste-night thunderstorm at Joint Base Anacostia Bolling on June 17, 2016. Members of the Navy Ceremonial Guard participate in some of the nation's most prestigious ceremonies, including presidential inaugurations and arrival ceremonies for foreign officials. In addition, the Navy Ceremonial Guard serves as the funeral escort and conducts all services for Navy personnel buried in Arlington National Cemetery. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher S. Muncy) (US Air National Guard / Staff Sergeant Christopher S. Muncy / released)
Participants of the Air Force Special Operations Command Team Cohesion Challenge toss sand behind their heads at Hurlburt Field, Fla., Sept. 29, 2016. The challenge was used to teach the individuals about direct, indirect and heavy fire by receiving commands on when, where and how to throw the sand at a specific target. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Dennis Spain)
A participant in helped up an obstacle wall during the USMC Ultimate Challenge Mud Run in Lexington S.C., April 30, 2016. The run is held each year to honor the sacrifices made by Marines and veterans and then donating all of the proceeds to charities that help support military and ROTC programs. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jensen Stidham)
A U.S. Army Expert Infantry Badge candidate reads land navigation documents March 27, 2016, during the nighttime land navigation portion of the EIB course at Arta, Djibouti. Candidates had three hours to find three different points in the dark and rocky terrain of Arta using only their red light, map, protractor, and compass. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kate Thornton)
An Airman assigned to the 480th Expeditionary Fighter Squadron holds his daughter during the squadron’s return to Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, Oct. 12, 2016. Approximately 300 of the Airmen, who serve in flight, maintenance or support roles for the F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter aircraft, completed a six-month deployment to Southwest Asia by providing close air support and dynamic targeting operations as part of the squadron’s first deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. Operation Inherent Resolve aims to eliminate the Da'esh terrorist group and the threat they pose to Iraq, Syria and the wider international community. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joe W. McFadden)
A battle cross sits on display during sunrise, April 15, 2016, at Avon Park Air Force Range, Fla. U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 93d Air Ground Operations Wing set up the cross for Lt. Col. William Schroeder, who was killed April 8. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Ryan Callaghan/Released)
Airmen, Sailors, Marines and Soldiers salute during the presentation of the colors at the 47th Annual Explosive Ordnance Disposal Memorial Service at the Kauffman EOD Training Complex at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., May 7. Names of recent fallen and past EOD technicians are added to the memorial wall during a ceremony each year. The Army, Marines and Navy added six new names this year. The all-service total now stands at 320. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Samuel King Jr.)
Airman 1st Class Lauren Nolan, 22nd Logistics Readiness Squadron materials management journeyman, practices her barrel racing patterns with her horse, Tiz Sunshine, Oct. 23, 2016, in Wichita, Kan. Tiz is a 4 year old off-the-track thoroughbred. Nolan works with her to train for barrel racing competitions. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Jenna K. Caldwell)
Lt. Col. Todd Larsen, 5th Reconnaissance Squadron commander, waits as aircrew flight equipment Airmen fasten his helmet as he prepares for a flight on a U-2 Dragon Lady at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, June 16, 2016. The U-2 flies at heights so great that its pilots are required to wear full pressure suits to compensate for lack of atmosphere. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Victor J. Caputo/Released)
Sylvia Stilson wears her mom’s cap and dog tags in honor of Month of the Military Child at Minot Air Force Base, N.D., April 8, 2016. This awareness month was established to underscore the important role children play in the Armed Forces community. There are approximately 2 million military children, ranging in ages from newborn to 18 years old. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Sahara L. Fales)
U.S. Army and Air Force veteran Master Sgt. Tom Davis receives a folded American flag from a young local resident during the opening ceremony for Military Appreciation Night as part of the 84th annual San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo at Foster Communications Coliseum in San Angelo, Texas, Feb. 17, 2016. The rodeo honored military members from all generations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer/Released)
U.S. Marines watch for enemy activity during an urban clear exercise as part of Integrated Training Exercise 2-16 at Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif., Feb. 11, 2016. MCAGCC conducts relevant live-fire combined arms, urban operations, and joint/coalition level integration training that promote operational forces' readiness. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Steven A. Ortiz/Released)
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Jim Burley, 1st battalion-228th aviation regiment flight engineer, looks out the back of a U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook during an aid relief mission Oct. 14, 2016 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. JTF Matthew was a U.S. Southern Command lead humanitarian assistance, disaster relief effort in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew. Matthew was a category 4 hurricane that formed in the Western Atlantic Ocean and affected Haiti, eastern Cuba, and the Bahamas before moving up the southeast coast of the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Paul Labbe)
A 628th Air Base Wing Airman posts security during a locally developed combat skills training course at McCrady Army National Guard Training Center, S.C., Sept. 29, 2016. The purpose of the course is to provide hands-on field training for Airmen who are deploying in locations that do not require attendance to U.S. Air Force sanctioned in-residence CST. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos)
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Larry Reid, 1st Combat Camera Squadron aerial combat photojournalist, fires a round during live-fire weapons training at Exercise Scorpion Lens 2016 on Fort Jackson, S.C., March 3, 2016. Scorpion Lens is an annual ability to survive and operate training evolution designed to provide refresher training to combat camera personnel from the 1st and 3rd Combat Camera Squadrons and Operating Location-H. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Marianique Santos)
Retired U.S. Air Force Maj. Laura Perry, 45th Medical Operations Squadron master social worker, talks with an attendee after a speaking engagement, Dec. 2, 2016, at Moody Air Force Base, Ga. Perry was instrumental in the fight for transgender military members to openly serve and travels the country sharing her story. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Janiqua P. Robinson)
U.S. Air Force Combat Control trainees assigned to Operating Location C, 342nd Training Squadron, laugh with each other while sharing a meal, ready to eat during a long day of training Feb. 13, 2015. Working as a team and keeping morale high within the unit is vital to each Airman’s success as they push through training. At the 342nd TRS, both CCT and Special Operations Weather Team trainees go through four months of grueling tactical and classroom training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Kenny Holston/Released)
Staff Sgt. Darrel Linkus, 379th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordnance disposal craftsman, controls the Pacbot 310 robot to where the team detected an improvised explosive device during a training exercise May 19, 2016, at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar. The Packbot 310 robot performs dismounted operations such as surveillance and EOD and route clearance measures. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Janelle Patiño/Released)

AFPAA Divisions



Col. Todd Vician

Senior Enlisted Leader
CMSgt. Jill Victor
Col. Todd M. B. Vician, Commander,  Air Force Public Affairs Agency CMSgt Jill n. Victor, Senior Enlisted Leader for the Air Force Public Affairs Agency


Mailing address
Air Force Public Affairs Agency
555 E Street East, Bldg. 581
JBSA-Randolph, TX  78150

(210) 652-9000 / DSN 487-9000


(210) 652-4413 / DSN 487-4413