The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, with headquarters at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is one of six specialized centers assigned to Air Force Materiel Command. AFIMSC serves as the single intermediate-level headquarters responsible for providing installation and mission support capabilities to 77 Air Force installations, nine major commands and two direct reporting units with an annual budget of approximately $10 billion. The AFIMSC cross-functional team provides globally integrated management, resourcing and combat support operations for Airman and family services, base communications, chaplain, civil engineering, contracting, logistics readiness, public affairs, security forces and financial management programs.
AFIMSC activated April 6, 2015, reached Initial Operating Capability on Oct. 1, 2015, and a year later achieved Full Operating Capability in October 2016.
The Air Force stood up the center to make the best use of limited resources in managing and operating its installations. Centralization of management support helps the Air Force realize better effectiveness and efficiency in providing installation and expeditionary combat support capabilities to wing commanders and mission partners. The consolidation of more than 150 capabilities at AFIMSC also helps major commands and direct reporting units focus on their primary mission areas.
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AFIMSC comprises its headquarters, 10 detachments and six Primary Subordinate Units, or PSUs. The AFIMSC commander activated the detachments in April and May of 2016. The PSUs joined AFIMSC when the unit activated on April 6, 2015.
Headquarters AFIMSC includes the Expeditionary Support Directorate, Installation Support Directorate and Resources Directorate. The headquarters also has a special staff function that conducts chaplain, information protection, inspector general, judge advocate, personnel, public affairs, safety and small business programs.
Expeditionary Support Directorate
The Expeditionary Support Directorate is comprised of three divisions: readiness, training and support, and plans and analysis. The Readiness Division provides readiness support specifically focused on war readiness material management, deployment requirements, global force risk analysis and shortfall mitigation, force support unit type code posturing, analysis of reporting data base information, and air expeditionary force sourcing and war planning.
The Training and Support Division conducts oversight and management of functional training programs to most effectively and efficiently provide trained and ready agile combat support Airmen to combatant commander. The division manages personnel readiness in conjunction with functional communities, training requirements, gap analysis, agile combat support leadership development, and risk assessment and development of implementation plans.
The Plans and Analysis Division provides mission support planning, analysis and validation of combatant commander requirements, performs gap analysis and conducts risk assessments. The division also researches, manages and disseminates installation and mission support lessons learned and best practices.
Installation Support Directorate
The Installation Support Directorate has three subordinate divisions: installation engineering, protection services, and operations support. The Installation Engineering Division provides policy implementation guidance and oversight of day-to-day organize, train, and equip installation and mission support functions for several civil engineering and installation planning capabilities. These capabilities include the prioritization of built and natural infrastructure, equipment, and human capital requirements; family and unaccompanied housing programs; installation planning; facilities operations and sustainment programs; division management overhead; programming; command architect and sustainable design; command interior designer; and civil engineering enterprise information technology.
The Protection Services Division is responsible for multiple facets of the security forces enterprise. Mission areas include facilities operations and sustainment programs; Air Force Inspection System program management; contingency operations management; management and operation of major command joint basing and Air Force Common Output Levels Standards program. The division also conducts management and oversight of these major command programs: general security forces training; vehicle management; security IT systems; operations and maintenance financial management and requirements prioritization; installation support manpower; military working dog program; police services; and the Air Force Inspection System. The Division also incorporates civil engineering support in the areas of facilities operations and sustainment and Integrated Defense Integration Cell programs.
The Operations Support Division manages base communications and logistics readiness programs. The division’s focus is on the maintenance and management of several key capabilities, such as communications and information systems; records, publications and forms; Privacy Act and Freedom of Information Act services; Long Haul communications; transmission systems; and cyber force training. The division also manages information assurance assessment, and command communications security; chief information officer oversight; base-level support agreements; base operating support program execution; mission planning support and site activation task force programs, base-level passenger travel and cargo movement; and unit deployment support.
The AFIMSC Resources Directorate is comprised of three divisions: financial management, operations research, and plans and programs. The Financial Management Division conducts myriad comptroller-related functional activities. These include support of financial analysis such as civilian pay, accounting, funds control and all budget drills. The division also manages finance functions related to travel, military and civilian pay and disbursement; Anti-Deficiency Act investigations; funds control; accounting support; knowledge operations; quality assurance; audit liaison activities; AEF sourcing and war planning; and non-appropriated fund financial analysis.
The Operations Research Division provides analytical and technical advice to the AFIMSC commander as well as agile combat support base and protection analysis, requirements analysis, and initiative analysis.
The Plans and Programs Division is responsible for resources planning and programming. The division provides strategic planning and division leadership codifying strategic priorities and way-ahead, strategic programming and integration of refined functional inputs.
Detachments serve as the liaison and on-site support between the commands where they’re located and the AFIMSC enterprise. The Detachments provide responsive synchronization and management of AFIMSC assets to address command-specific installation and mission support priorities and concerns.
Det Location Command Supported
1 Peterson AFB, Colorado Air Force Space Command
2 Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii Pacific Air Forces
3 Hurlburt Field, Florida Air Force Special Operations Command
4 Ramstein Air Base, Germany U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa
5 Joint Base Andrews, Maryland Air Force District of Washington
6 Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio Air Force Materiel Command
7 Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas Air Education and Training Command
8 Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia Air Combat Command
9 Scott AFB, Illinois Air Mobility Command
10 Barksdale AFB, Louisiana Air Force Global Strike Command
Primary Subordinate Units
Air Force Civil Engineer Center
The Air Force Civil Engineer Center, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, provides responsive, flexible civil engineering expertise and support to Air Force installations and the warfighter. The AFCEC team delivers capabilities across the wide civil engineering spectrum to enable ready engineers and maintain the facilities and platforms that are the backbone of the Air Force mission.
AFCEC missions include facility investment planning, design and construction, operations support, real property management, energy support, environmental compliance and restoration, readiness and emergency management, and audit assertions, acquisition and program management. The AFCEC team conducts operations at more than 75 locations worldwide, overseeing the annual execution of $11.8 billion in contracts, managing $7 billion in housing and $5 billion in Enhanced Use Lease portfolios, and indirectly controlling $49 billion in contract vehicles.
Air Force Financial Management Center of Expertise
The Air Force Financial Management Center of Expertise, located at Buckley AFB, Colo., provides expert, on-demand, specialized financial analysis to Air Force installations and major commands. At no expense to the requesting organization, the center delivers clear, unbiased analysis and decision support to commanders and other financial management customers, allowing Air Force leadership at all levels to clearly understand the financial impact of decision alternatives and make fully defendable resource decisions.
Divided into three divisions, the center uses a variety of analysis tools to provide commanders and financial management professionals improved decision support, including economic analysis, business case analysis, base realignment and closure and mission change analysis, and A-76 studies. Other services include economic risk analysis, cost analysis, benefits analysis and economic impact analysis.
Air Force Financial Services Center
The Air Force Financial Services Center, located at Ellsworth AFB, S.D., is responsible for the processing and payment of temporary duty and permanent change of station travel entitlements for travel performed outside of the Defense Travel System. This includes wounded warrior travel, attaché travel, threatened member travel, travel of families of deceased active duty members and evacuee travel. The AFFSC also reviews all remission requests in support of the Air Force Remissions Board.
The AFFSC opened its doors in 2007 when the Air Force consolidated travel pay and military pay services processing from financial services offices worldwide to a single location at Ellsworth AFB. The AFFSC supports more than 400,000 active duty members, Title 10 Reservists, and Department of the Air Force civilians serving at 96 bases and locations spanning nine major commands and the Air Force District of Washington.
Air Force Installation Contracting Agency
The Air Force Installation Contracting Agency is a worldwide-postured organization headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, that provides responsive and mission-enabling enterprise acquisition solutions for efficient and effective mission and installation operations across the Air Force. In addition to the AFICA headquarters and staff, AFICA operating locations are collocated with Air Force major command headquarters, including five specialized contracting squadrons aligned to those operating locations, and three enterprise sourcing squadrons and the Defense Technical Information Center at Offutt AFB, Neb. AFICA has more than 750 members who perform above-wing contracting operations across the Air Force enterprise. In this role, they support some 3,000 contracting professionals executing Air Force missions worldwide with contract values of $58 billion over the last five years.
AFICA plays an essential role in accomplishing the Air Force mission by providing non-organic capabilities to the Air Force and joint warfighter. It provides business advice and specialized contract support to Air Force major commands, contracting authority to operational contracting squadrons, and enterprise, regional, and local sourcing solutions to affect rate, process and demand, which maximizes the use of Air Force installation spend. AFICA is also the Air Force lead for contingency contracting operations, ensuring contracting personnel are trained and equipped to deal with all contingencies – at war, in times of disaster and at home.
Air Force Security Forces Center
The Air Force Security Forces Center, located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, organizes, trains and equips Air Force security forces worldwide. The center develops force protection doctrine, programs and policies by planning and programming resources to execute the missions of nuclear and non-nuclear weapon system security, physical and information security, integrated base defense, combat arms, law enforcement, antiterrorism, resource protection and corrections.
AFSFC identifies and delivers emergent and future force protection and force application solutions through modeling and simulation. The center also acts as the executive agency for the Department of Defense military working dog program, the world's largest training center for military dogs and handlers, based at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.
Air Force Services Activity
The Air Force Services Activity, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, delivers services programs and activities to build and sustain ready and resilient Airmen and families. AFSVA supports the bases, major commands and air staff by providing technical assistance, new initiatives, developing programs and procedures, and managing central support functions. AFSVA ensures successful operation of essential food, fitness, child care, lodging and recreation opportunities for military members and their families.
(Current as of January 2017)