Year in Review: AFMC restructure tops list

The Northrup Grumman building shows glass windows have been installed as the
building gets somewhat closer to its expected exterior appearance Dec. 27 across from the corner of “M” Street and Wardleigh Avenue. West Gate Falcon Hill construction has changed many things, one of the Top Ten stories of 2011.
By Mary Lou Gorny
Hilltop Times Editor
December 29, 2011

The past year had plenty of events to bookmark progress, challenges and opportunities successfully met by Hill Air Force Base and its personnel. Here is a look back at some of the Top Ten.

In many ways, the stories reach across squadrons, units, wings and directorates -- so other than the top story, all others may be equally worthy to be next in order of importance.

The restructure of the Air Force Materiel Command. As an AFMC base, Hill received the news that some of its command structure will change next year as AFMC moves away from its traditional, management-staff model, with a center and headquarters staff on each AFMC base.

By creating new "lead" centers for each of AFMC's five mission areas, the new model will streamline command structure without impairing ability to successfully complete the mission.

Air Force Life Cycle Management Center

Under the new structure, the command's acquisition mission will be led by a single organization, the new Air Force Life Cycle Management Center headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB. The AFLCMC will consolidate the missions now performed by the Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright-Patterson, the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom AFB, Mass., and the Air Armament Center at Eglin AFB, Fla. These three acquisition workforces will report directly to AFLCMC, eliminating layers of management overhead. Also joining AFLCMC will be the new Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate, formerly the Air Force Security Assistance Center. It will continue its foreign military sales mission from its Wright-Patterson location.

Program executive officers (PEOs) will remain at their respective bases and continue to report to the Under Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition at the Pentagon. Also, the current Aerospace Sustainment Directorate program offices at Robins AFB, Ga.; Tinker AFB, Okla., and Hill AFB will align to a respective PEO while mission work remains at these locations.

Air Force Sustainment Center

The command's maintenance and supply mission will be led by the new Air Force Sustainment Center to be located at Tinker AFB. The AFSC will consolidate oversight of most missions now performed at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker AFB; the Warner Robins ALC at Robins AFB; and the Ogden ALC at Hill AFB. Like the current acquisition centers, the three ALC headquarters will stand down and their combined workforce will report to the new AFSC. Each location will continue to operate one of the Air Force's three air depots, to be named the Oklahoma City, Warner Robins and Ogden Air Logistics Complexes, respectively.

Maintenance wings at each location will stand down and all subordinate groups will directly report to their respective Air Logistics Complex. The current Aerospace Sustainment Directorates will become the Aerospace Sustainment Divisions reporting to their respective Logistics Complex.

The 75th Air Base Wing will report to the Air Force Sustainment Center.

The Air Force Global Logistics Support Center headquarters at Scott AFB, Ill., responsible for Air Force-wide supply chain management, will stand down.

"These important initiatives will mean reductions in our civilian workforce by approximately 261 positions over the next two years," said Maj. Gen. Andrew Busch, Ogden ALC commander. "Our efforts to date to reduce costs through hiring restrictions will help reduce the impact to our existing workforce. Additionally, we will use all personnel management options available including normal attrition, voluntary early retirement and incentive opportunities to further minimize the impact to our personnel.

"We greatly appreciate the community's support and understanding as we implement these cost saving initiatives," said Busch. "Hill AFB will continue to play a key role in Air Force logistics and critical support to the war-fighter."

The 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing at Scott AFB will align to the AFSC. The 448th Supply Chain Management Wing will become the 448th Supply Chain Operations Wing at Tinker and also align to the AFSC. The 591st Supply Chain Management Group at Wright-Patterson, which was a direct report to the AFGLSC, will stand down and become a Logistics Operations Division.

The command's test mission will also be consolidated. The center for test management will be the new Air Force Test Center at Edwards AFB, Calif., presently the Air Force Flight Test Center. The 46th Test Wing at Eglin AFB, Fla., and the Arnold Engineering and Development Center at Arnold AFB, Tenn., to be renamed the Arnold Engineering and Development Complex, will report to the AFTC, along with the 412th Test Wing, at Edwards.

The Air Force Research Laboratory, headquartered at Wright-Patterson, will continue in its role as the command's center for science, technology, research and development.

AFMC's nuclear support mission will continue to be led by the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland AFB, N.M.

All centers will be led by general officers. The AFLCMC and AFSC commanders will each be a three-star general. AFRL, the AFTC and the AFNWC will each be led by a two-star.

The Air Logistics Complexes at Tinker, Robins and Hill will be led by one-star generals, as will the test wings at Eglin and Edwards. The AFSAC commander at Wright-Patterson will become a director and remain a one-star.

AFMC will use all personnel management options available to mitigate impacts on civilian employees, to include using normal attrition and early retirement and incentive opportunities where possible.