The Air Force’s move to centralize mission support functions under a new agency should not dramatically change how the service deals with industry, Col. Brian Duffy, vice commander of the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC Provisional), told business representatives last week.
“While some organizational changes may take place to align functions under AFIMSC, in general, the people and offices within the Air Force that small businesses work with today remain the ones you will work with in the future,” Duffy said during the Society of Military Engineers Small Business Conference in Kansas City.
The newly created AFIMSC will consolidate installation management functions that had been performed at 10 major commands, two direct reporting units and multiple field operating agencies. The center’s support capabilities will include security forces, civil engineering, base communications, logistics readiness, installation ministry programs, services and operational contracting.
The alignment of several units under AFIMSC could generate more opportunities for small business, such as projects or programs that cut across an integrated civil engineering, services and security forces community, said Joe Sciabica, director of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC).
The overall message from Air Force officials at the conference was that the service will continue to rely on partnerships with the private sector to support its operations, particularly in a climate of shrinking budgets, reported AFCEC Public Affairs.
“It’s about making sure we effectively use every dollar, because we have no slack,” Brig. Gen. Tim Green, director of civil engineers, said of the need for business partnerships. “We have no excess capacity. We’re focused on those things that will enable our mission to continue.”
Last month, the Air Force announced four installations — Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va., Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, Scott AFB, Ill., and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio — as candidate locations to host the headquarters for the new support center.