With headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, Air Force Materiel Command is a major command created July 1, 1992. The command conducts research, development, test and evaluation, and provides acquisition management services and logistics support necessary to keep Air Force weapon systems ready for war.
Deliver and support agile war-winning capabilities
AFMC delivers war-winning expeditionary capabilities to the warfighter through development and transition of technology, professional acquisition management, exacting test and evaluation, and world-class sustainment of all Air Force weapon systems. From cradle-to-grave, AFMC provides the work force and infrastructure necessary to ensure the United States remains the world's most respected air and space force.
Innovative Airmen, trusted and empowered, creating agile, cost-effective war-winning capabilities for the Nation.
People and Resources
AFMC employs a highly professional and skilled command work force of some 80,000 military and civilian employees.
AFMC fulfills its mission of equipping the Air Force with the best weapon systems through the Air Force Research Laboratory and several unique centers which are responsible for the “cradle-to-grave” oversight for aircraft, electronic systems, missiles and munitions.
The AFMC headquarters is a major unit located at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. There are eight AFMC host bases: Arnold AFB, Tennessee; Edwards AFB, California; Eglin AFB, Florida; Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts; Hill AFB, Utah; Robins AFB, Georgia; Tinker AFB, Oklahoma; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. In addition, the command operates associate units on several non-AFMC bases.
Core Mission Areas and AFMC's Six Centers
Discovery and Development
Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
AFRL is the Air Force's only organization wholly dedicated to leading the discovery, development and integration of warfighting technologies for air, space and cyberspace forces. With a technically diverse workforce of more than 10,200 employees, distributed across nine technical directorates and 40 other operating locations worldwide, AFRL leverages a diverse science and technology portfolio that ranges from fundamental and advanced research to advanced technology development. The lab also provides a wide range of technical services to joint acquisition, logistics, aerospace medicine and operational warfighting communities.
AFRL's headquarters, 711th Human Performance Wing, Aerospace Systems, Materials and Manufacturing and Sensors Directorates are located at Wright-Patterson AFB.
Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, is home to the Directed Energy and Space Vehicles Directorates.
AFRL's Munitions Directorate is located at Eglin AFB, Florida, and advanced cyber technology research takes place at the Information Directorate in Rome, New York.
The Air Force Office of Scientific Research at Arlington, Va., manages the Air Force basic research program within AFRL, as well as cooperatively with industry and universities around the world.
Test and Evaluation
Air Force Test Center (AFTC)
Edwards AFB, California
The AFTC mission is to conduct developmental test and evaluation of air, space and cyber systems, and provide timely, objective and accurate information to decision makers. The AFTC directs the developmental test and evaluation of air, space and cyber systems for military services, other U.S. government agencies and international partners, in addition to operating the U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School.
Arnold Engineering Development Complex, located at Arnold AFB, Tennessee, is home to the most advanced and largest complex of flight simulation test facilities in the world.
The 96th Test Wing, located at Eglin AFB, Florida, and Holloman AFB, New Mexico, leads the Air Force's test and evaluation of air-delivered weapons, navigation and guidance systems, command and control systems, and Air Force Special Operations Command systems.
The 412th Test Wing, located at Edwards AFB, plans, conducts, analyzes, and reports on all flight and ground testing of aircraft, weapons systems, software and components as well as modeling and simulation for the U.S. Air Force. There are three core components for this mission: flying operations, maintenance and engineering. The U.S. Air Force Test Pilot School, also part of the test wing, is where the Air Force's top pilots, navigators and engineers learn how to conduct flight tests and generate the data needed to carry out test missions. The comprehensive curriculum of Test Pilot School is fundamental to the success of flight test and evaluation.
Life Cycle Management
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC)
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
The AFLCMC mission is to deliver affordable and sustainable war-winning capabilities to U.S. and international partners, on time, on cost, anywhere, anytime from cradle to grave. AFLCMC is the single center responsible for total life cycle management of all aircraft, engines, munitions, and electronic systems. AFLCMC's workforce of nearly 26,000 is located at 75 locations across the globe -- from Peterson AFB, Colorado, to Oslo, Norway.
AFLCMC's portfolio includes information technology systems and networks; command, control, communications, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems; armaments; strategic systems; aerial platforms; and, various specialized or supporting systems such as simulators or personal equipment. AFLCMC also executes sales of aircraft and other defense-related equipment, while building security assistance relationships with foreign partner nation air forces.
AFLCMC is headquartered at Wright-Patterson, where program executive officers oversee life cycle management of fighters, bombers, mobility, and tanker aircraft; Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance and Special Operations Forces weapon systems; as well as agile combat support systems, such as training aircraft and simulators.
The Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate conducts the foreign military sales mission. AFLCMC directorates at Wright-Patterson AFB provide intelligence, engineering, budget estimation, contracting and other operational support.
Wright-Patterson is also home to the 88th Air Base Wing.
Program Office personnel located at the Hill AFB, Utah, Robins AFB, Georgia, and Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, air logistics complexes provide weapons system product support and report to respective AFLCMC PEOs. Tinker is also host to AFLCMC's Propulsion Directorate which directs engine product support.
AFLCMC's Armament Directorate located at Eglin AFB, Florida, manages aerial delivered weapons and armaments.
Nuclear weapons life cycle management is accomplished by AFLCMC's Strategic Systems Directorate at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico.
AFLCMC's Battle Management and C3I/Networks Directorates and supporting 66th Air Base Group are located at Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts.
Operational support information technology systems management is accomplished by AFLCMC's Business Enterprise Systems Directorate at Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Alabama.
Sustainment and Logistics
Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC)
Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
The mission of the Air Force Sustainment Center is to provide sustainment and logistics readiness to deliver combat power for America. The center provides globally integrated, agile logistics and sustainment to the warfighter through world-class depot maintenance, supply chain management and installation support. Through its headquarters staff, three air logistics complexes, three air base wings and two supply chain wings, the AFSC provides critical sustainment for the Air Force's most sophisticated weapon systems, including: F-35, F-22, F-16, F-15, A-10, C-130, C-5, C-17, KC-135, B-1, B-52, E-3, E-6, T-38, KC-10, KC-46, Global Hawk, ICBMs, as well as a wide range of aircraft engines and component parts.
The Air Force Sustainment Center consists of more than 43,000 military and civilian personnel. AFSC provides installation support to more than 141 associate units with more than 75,000 personnel. The three logistics complexes are experts in world-class, comprehensive sustainment of air and space systems - from circuit cards to aircraft - and provide support to other Defense Department services and allied-nation aircraft.
Tinker AFB, Oklahoma, is home to the AFSC headquarters, Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex, 72nd Air Base Wing, and 448th Supply Chain Management Wing.
Hill AFB, Utah, is home to the Ogden Air Logistics Complex and 75th Air Base Wing.
Robins AFB, Georgia, is home to the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex and the 78th Air Base Wing.
The 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing is located at Scott AFB, Illinois.
Installation and Mission Support
Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center
Joint Base San Antonio, Texas
The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center 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. The AFIMSC cross-functional team provides globally integrated management, resourcing and combat support operations for Airman and family services, base communications, chaplain program, civil engineering, contracting, logistics readiness, public affairs, security forces and financial management. The Center manages an annual budget of approximately $10 billion.
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.
AFIMSC comprises its headquarters, 10 detachments collocated with the nine active-duty major commands and the Air Force District of Washington, and six Primary Subordinate Units (PSUs). Those units are the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Air Force Security Forces Center, Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Air Force Services Activity, Air Force Financial Services Center and Air Force Financial Management Center of Expertise.
Headquarters directorates include Expeditionary Support, Installation Support and Resources. Those directorates integrate operations across the AFIMSC enterprise. The detachments serve as the liaison to the Major Commands they support, and the PSUs execute the Center’s programs across the force.
Nuclear Systems Management
Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC)
Kirtland AFB, New Mexico
The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC), established on March 31, 2006, is the nuclear-focused center within AFMC synchronizing all aspects of nuclear materiel management on behalf of the AFMC commander in direct support of Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC). Headquartered at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, the center has about 1,100 personnel assigned at 18 locations worldwide and consists of four major execution directorates: Air Delivered Capabilities; Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) Systems; Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications (NC3) Integration; and Nuclear Technology and Interagency. It also has several functional directorates. Its commander is dual-hatted as the Air Force Program Executive Officer (PEO) for Strategic Systems.
The center's mission is to deliver nuclear capabilities warfighters use every day to deter and assure. This ensures our nation's most powerful weapon systems are never doubted, always feared. It's strategic goals are to resource, develop, and care for a diverse, mission-driven workforce; acquire and sustain effective nuclear weapon systems in a timely and cost effective manner; and provide agile and effective nuclear materiel management in support of AFGSC, U.S. Air Forces in Europe, and other stakeholders.
The Air Delivered Capabilities Directorate is principally located at Kirtland AFB, with operating locations at Eglin AFB, Florida; Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; Ramstein AFB, Germany; Robins AFB, Georgia; Tinker AFB, Oklahoma; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The directorate is comprised of about 38 active-duty military and 183 federal civilians. It also has positions for deputy program managers and product support managers for nuclear matters embedded in program offices for the B-2/B-21, B-52, F-15, F-16, F-35, and authorized test systems and support equipment. The directorate is responsible for delivering, sustaining and supporting air-delivered nuclear weapon systems for our warfighters to secure the future of our nation and our allies every day. Programs managed by the directorate include: B61-12 Life Extension Program, Long Range StandOff Weapon, W80-4 Life Extension Program, overseas Weapon Storage and Security System, Secure Transportable Maintenance System, Protective Aircraft Shelter Interior Intrusion Detection System, and Air-Launched Cruise Missile (AGM-86B/C/D) sustainment.
The ICBM Systems Directorate is principally located at Hill AFB, Utah, with operating locations at F.E. Warren AFB, Wyoming; Malmstrom AFB, Montana; Minot AFB, North Dakota; and Vandenberg AFB, California. It is comprised of about 70 active-duty military and 400 federal civilians. The directorate is responsible for inception-to-retirement, integrated weapons system management of the current Minuteman III (LGM-30) and its future replacement, the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (now in development). The directorate develops, acquires and supports silo-based ICBMs and provides program direction and logistics support as the single face to the customer. The directorate is also responsible for acquisition, systems engineering and depot repair. It manages equipment spares, provides storage and transportation, and accomplishes modifications and equipment replacement to sustain silo-based ICBM systems.
The Nuclear Command, Control and Communications Integration Directorate is principally located at Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts, and Kirtland AFB. It will eventually include personnel at Barksdale AFB, Louisiana; Fort Meade, Maryland; Los Angeles AFB, California; Hill AFB; Robins AFB; Tinker AFB; and Wright-Patterson AFB. Once fully manned, the directorate will be comprised of about six active-duty military and 57 federal civilians. It is responsible for integrating the NC3 Weapon System (AN/USQ.225) across the Air Force. The directorate advises AFGSC on the NC3 Weapon System's technical architecture and informs key decisions regarding investment and modernization. The directorate is also responsible for the weapon system's configuration management, system test, system verification, and system certification. In addition, its director is dual-hatted as the Air Force PEO for NC3.
The Nuclear Technology and Interagency Directorate is located at Kirtland AFB and is comprised of about 25 active-duty military and 90 federal civilians. The directorate is responsible for providing intelligence support to AFNWC, analyzing the full spectrum of weapons effects to support acquisition programs and inform tactics and procedures, and assessing current and future nuclear systems to identify and mitigate potential vulnerabilities. The directorate is also responsible for managing the Air Force's Nuclear Certification Program and leading the capability development initiatives for all pre-Milestone A/B activities within the center.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, is operated by the U.S. Air Force under the operational control of AFMC. This museum is the largest and oldest military aviation museum in the world. About 1 million visitors annually experience a century of aviation history in multiple galleries that connect the Wright Brothers' enduring legacy with today's technology.
The command traces its heritage to 1917 when the Equipment Division of the U.S. Army Signal Corps established a headquarters for its new Airplane Engineering Department at McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio, a World War I experimental engineering facility.
The functions of research and development and logistics were operated separately during World War II until they were reunited for several years in the late 1940s under Air Materiel Command. Then, in 1950, research and development were split off into a separate organization, the Air Research and Development Command.
In 1961, Air Materiel Command became the Air Force Logistics Command, while the Air Research and Development Command gained responsibility for weapon system acquisition and was renamed the Air Force Systems Command. On July 1, 1992, the Air Force Logistics Command and Air Force Systems Command were reintegrated to form the new Air Force Materiel Command.
(Updated: August 2018)