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The U.S. Armed Forces currently have several theaters (of operations)-level Unified Combatant Command units.
A Unified Combatant Command (UCC) is a United States joint military command composed of forces from two or more services, has a broad and continuing mission, and is organized either on a geographical basis (known as "Area Of Responsibility", AOR) or on a functional basis. All UCCs are commanded by either a four star general or admiral and are considered "joint" commands with specific badges denoting their affiliation. UCCs (formerly known as "COCOMs", a term now reserved exclusively for the authority they hold, which is also called "combatant command") are led by Combatant Commanders (CCDRs), formerly known as a regional "Commander-in Chief" (CINC; pronounced "Sink").
Former UCC's were:
Alaskan Command - ALCOM (1947-1975, merged into US Pacific Command, now Indo-Pacific Command)
United States Atlantic Command - USLANTCOM (1947 - 1999)
Far Eastern Command - FECOM (1947-1957, merged into US Pacific Command, now Indo-Pacific Command)
United States Joint Forces Command - USJFCOM (HQ: Norfolk, VA)
United States Readiness Command - USREDCOM (1972 - 1987)
United States Strike Command - USSTRICOM (1961 - 1972)
United States Space Command - USSPACECOM (1985 - 2002)
The creation and evolution of these units can be seen here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Unified_Combatant_Command#History
The current list of current Unified Combatant Commands are:
United States Africa Command - USAFRICOM (HQ: Kelley Barracks, in Stuttgart, Germany)
United States Central Command - USCENTCOM (HQ: MacDill AFB, in Tampa, FL)
United States European Command - USEUCOM (HQ: Patch Barracks, in Stuttgart, Germany)
United States Indo-Pacific Command - USINDOPACOM (HQ: Camp H. M. Smith, in Honolulu, HI)
United States Northern Command - USNORTHCOM (HQ: Peterson AFB, in Colorado Springs, CO)
United States Southern Command - USSOUTHCOM (HQ: Doral (Miami), FL)
United States Space Command - USSPACECOM (HQ: Colorado Springs, CO) (Note that the USSPACECOM that existed from 1985-2002 has no lineal connection with the current version)
United States Cyber Command - USCYBERCOM (HQ: Fort George G. Meade, MD)
United States Special Operations Command - USSOCOM (HQ: MacDill AFB, in Tampa, FL)
Joint Special Operations Command - JSOC (HQ: Pope Army Air Field and Fort Bragg, NC)
United States Strategic Command - USSTRATCOM (HQ: Offutt AFB, in Omaha, NE)
United States Transportation Command - USTRANSCOM (HQ: Scott AFB, in St. Clair County, IL)
Of the six American regional unified commands, CENTCOM is one of three regional unified commands whose headquarters are not within its area of operations. CENTCOM's main headquarters is located at MacDill AFB, in Tampa, Florida, although a forward headquarters has also been established since 2002 at Camp As Sayliyah in Doha, Qatar to serve American strategic interests of the Iraq region. The other regional unified commands with headquarters located outside their areas of operations are United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), currently based in Miami, Florida, and United States Africa Command (USAFRICOM), currently based in Stuttgart, Germany".
The flag of the CENTCOM is seen here:
www.headsflags.net. It is a white background flag with the coat of arms in the middle. I then conclude that all other UCCs have their respective flag, being on a white background with the coat of arms on it.
Esteban Rivera, 27 July 2010
image by Eugene Ipavec, 27 July 2010