The new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) for the first time will provide the service a “single voice” for installation and mission support, allowing officials to better prioritize funding across the service, according to the center’s vice commander.
“The tremendous opportunity that is presented by the AFIMSC is that, for the first time in our history as an Air Force, we are going to be able to have that single voice across that installation and mission support portfolio and try to provide the balance and leveling that our commands have done a great job at thus far,” Col. Brian Duffy told a class of Air Force leaders attending the Commanders’ Professional Development School at Air University earlier this week.
Duffy explained how centralized capabilities will affect the class as they depart and become mission support group commanders, reported the Air Force News Service.
“They have been internally focused, for good reason, but we are now going to have a chance to look across the enterprise and put an Air Force focus on it. This will help us better prioritize our funds across the Air Force and ensure that the highest needs are cared for,” Duffy said.
AFIMSC, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, consolidates 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.
“They’re living through the change right now,” Duffy said of the class of colonels he addressed.
“The crop that is going into command right now is going to live the world the way we’ve done it before, and then on Sept. 30, the world for funding is going to change. The people they call are going to be different. That’s why getting the word out here and integrating them into our build plan is important,” he said.