The Air Force on Monday released the criteria it will use to select candidate locations for the headquarters for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, the newly created organization that will consolidate installation management functions currently being performed at every major command.
Officials will evaluate 10 installations as potential candidates against the approved criteria and plan to identify candidates for the headquarters in the fall of 2014, according to a press release. The 10 installations include Barksdale AFB, La.; Ellsworth AFB, S.D.; Hurlburt Field, Fla.; Joint Base Andrews, Md.; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; Peterson AFB, Colo.; Scott AFB, Ill.; Tyndall AFB, Fla.; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
After the candidate bases are identified, officials will conduct site surveys, employing a range of operational and facility requirements to assess each location. The Air Force plans to announce preferred and reasonable alternatives for the headquarters and begin the environmental impact analysis process in early 2015.
The initial list includes continental U.S.-based major command headquarters, any continental U.S.-based installation with an existing installation support field operating agency with more than 50 authorizations and the National Capital Region.
“The Air Force is committed to a deliberate and open process to address AFIMSC headquarters basing,” said Timothy Bridges, deputy assistant secretary for installations. “As we progress through the basing process, we will share information so interested communities are aware of what to expect.”
The support center, which will report to Air Force Materiel Command, will serve as the single intermediate-level headquarters for the delivery of installation support capabilities. Last month, officials established the center’s temporary headquarters at Joint Base Andrews, Md.