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Thursday, May 14, 2015

AFGSC activates Det. 10 in support of newly established AFIMSC

by Master Sgt. Tim Jenkins
Air Force Global Strike Command Public Affairs


5/14/2015 - BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. -- The seventh of 10 Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center detachments was activated in a ceremony May 13 here.

Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter, AFIMSC commander, presided over the ceremony, as Col. Jeffrey Ullmann assumed command of Detachment 10, charged with serving as the consolidated installation and mission support function for Air Force Global Strike Command wings.

"Global Strike, perhaps more than any other [major command] right now, understands what it's like to go through a transition of this magnitude," Carter said. "It wasn't too long ago, back in early 2009, that AFGSC became a provisional entity in and of itself."

AFIMSC was created in an effort to reduce overhead costs, increase efficiencies, eliminate redundant activities, and improve effectiveness and business processes. Det. 10 will ensure AFGSC commanders are provided consistent, streamlined installation support based on Air Force priorities.

"We really view our mission as communicating, advocating and synergizing for installation and mission support requirements and needs within Global Strike Command and we are dedicatedly passionate about doing that," Ullmann said.

The centralization of policy and oversight through AFIMSC delivers more standardized levels of service across the Air Force, providing program management, resourcing and support activities in key areas previously provided by 10 major commands, two direct reporting units and multiple field operating agencies.

The center combines and oversees functions in the comptroller, civil engineer, communications, security forces, personnel and support career fields.

"I would argue that AFIMSC is ... revolutionary change for the Air Force, because this is different than how we have cared for and fed our installations over the course of the last several decades," Carter said. "I see so much opportunity in what the Air Force is asking us to do."

The creation of AFIMSC will help meet the Defense Department's directive to reduce costs and staff levels by at least 20 percent and is expected to save $1.6 billion across the service in the next five years.

"I look forward to the team that's here, certainly the senior leaders, and to the detachment commanders like [Col. Ullmann], to help us continue to move forward so ... we can look back and say, 'We've made a difference, we are supporting commanders, and we are giving them what they need to get the mission done,'" Carter said.

By the end of this fiscal year, Det. 10 will be staffed with 32 military and civilian members.

"The members of Det. 10 are passionate about the (AFGSC) mission and passionate about supporting it," Ullmann said. "We will give it our all from here on out."

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