by 1st Lt. Samantha Degnan
Air Force Space Command Public Affairs
5/13/2015 - PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Air
Force Installation and Mission Support Center activated Detachment 1 at
Air Force Space Command in a ceremony here May 12.
Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter, AFIMSC commander, presided over the ceremony
as Col. Nathan Mooney assumed command of the newly established
Carter highlighted the importance of the detachment activation ceremony,
saying, "It's a visible way to demonstrate that we are one, moving
forward and making progress, but two, that we are entrusting the
detachments to the capable hands of a variety of leaders."
"Our focus needs to be, and should continue to be, supporting commanders
out in the field and in the major commands," Carter said. "We really
pushed to put graduating group commanders in charge of our detachments
for a couple of reasons. One was to make sure that they never forgot
what it took out in the field to support their squadrons, their group,
and their wing where the rubber meets the road."
AFIMSC was created as part of an Air Force plan to create efficiencies
by realigning organizations at Headquarters Air Force, major commands,
numbered air forces and field operating agencies.
"Continuity and change are really important and I think Space Command
really embodies those two elements. You can't take a day off in Space
Command. It doesn't happen, so your constant 24/7 mission certainly
embodies that continuity. The mission never sleeps," the general said.
Detachment 1 will be responsible for providing support and coordination
of Air Force Space Command-specific installation and mission support
requirements and priorities.
Upon assuming command of AFIMSC Detachment 1, Mooney said, "Today we
begin the process here in Space Command to centralize our key
installation and mission support capabilities in order to more
effectively and efficiently support our Airmen in the field who have the
daunting task of meeting unprecedented operational requirements. As we
all know, failure for them is not an option. This is why today's
detachment activation is so important. It cements the partnership
between AFIMSC, Air Force Materiel Command and Space Command as we work
to ensure operational success for our wings and our mission support
"I am especially proud of the opportunity to serve as the commander of
Detachment One and to lead this exceptional team... as we take the Air
Force's newest transformation initiative from concept to reality,"
AFIMSC Detachment 1 will be located on Peterson AFB. It will be
comprised of 13 military and 12 civilian positions from the civil
engineering, security forces, communications, finance, and logistics
"Detachment 1 will serve as the conduit between AFIMSC, AFSPC, and
AFSPC-assigned units. A tremendous amount of teamwork has taken place
to make this transition to a world-class Installation and Mission
Support Center possible. We're eager to build upon this initial success
to ensure our wings are well supported in the future," said Scott
Anderson, Director of Logistics, Installations and Mission Support at
The activation of AFIMSC helps the Air Force meet a Department of
Defense mandate to reduce management staff levels by at least 20 percent
and make the best use of limited resources to manage and operate its
Carter stressed, "Anything and everything that we do, we don't do it for
the sake of the AFIMSC or the detachments. We are doing it on behalf
of, and in support of, the various MAJCOMS and mission sets that we are
"We have the opportunity to create a network of not only staff that
remain behind at the MAJCOM, but really the entire AFIMSC enterprise,
which includes our headquarters, our 10 detachments, and six primary
subordinate units," Carter said. "Working in tandem, working
collaboratively and working together, I have no doubt that we can
provide the effective, efficient, responsive and trusted support that
our commanders need."