Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland will host the new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) headquarters, officials announced Wednesday.
Joint Base San Antonio was selected over three other candidates — Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Scott Air Force Base, Ill., and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio — primarily because much of the new organization’s subordinate staff already are located there, according to a press release.
“Following site surveys at the four candidate locations, we ultimately selected Joint Base San Antonio because almost 50 percent of AFIMSC’s subordinate unit personnel currently reside at the installation,” said Timothy Bridges, deputy assistant secretary for installations. “In fact, two of AFIMSC’s primary subordinate units will share the same building with the headquarters. We believe co-locating AFIMSC with a large percentage of its subordinate staff will allow the Air Force to harness operational synergy as the headquarters matures into full operational capability,” Bridges said.
Initial personnel assigned to the support center are expected to begin reporting by summer 2015, with most of the staff slated to be in place by fall 2016.
AFIMSC, which reports to Air Force Materiel Command, will consolidate installation management functions currently being performed at every major command and will serve as the single intermediate-level headquarters for the delivery of installation support capabilities.
This week’s basing decision was made following a thorough review of a variety of factors, including estimated cost to establish the new headquarters, environmental and operational requirements, and potential impacts to existing missions, housing, infrastructure and manpower.
“The new AFIMSC aligns Air Force-wide installation support authorities, responsibilities and resources under one accountable commander. The consolidation will drive standardized processes, reduce overhead and drive down costs,” Bridges said.
Last October, six field operating agencies — Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Air Force Security Forces Center, Air Force Installation Contracting Agency, Air Force Financial Management Center of Expertise, Air Force Financial Services Center and the Air Force Services Activity — were moved under Air Force Materiel Command to help form the foundation of the new support organization. The entities are currently attached to AFIMSC (provisional).