by Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane
USAFE-AFAFRICA Public Affairs
5/15/2015 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- Air
Force Installation and Mission Support Center activated Detachment 4 in
a ceremony at Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces
Africa May 15.
Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter, AFIMSC commander, presided over the ceremony
as Col. Andra Clapsaddle assumed command of the newly established
"For those of us in the installation and support world, this is a huge
deal," Clapsaddle said, "but if we do this right, the Airmen outside of
our career field will never notice this change. If we do this right, it
should be a non-event to the rest of the Air Force. "
AFIMSC was established to help the Air Force make the best use of
limited resources in the management and operation of its installations
by reducing costs, creating efficiencies and eliminating redundant
activities. It is establishing detachments at nine major commands and
one direct reporting unit in order to best support the needs of the
commands while leveraging centralized capabilities in the AFIMSC
headquarters. AFIMSC has six primary subordinate units and two direct
Detachment 4 combines and oversees functions in the comptroller, civil
engineer, communications, security forces, personnel and support career
While Airmen in the above career fields won't see a change in their
chain of command at the base level, the funding and guidance flow will
be impacted starting in fiscal year 2016, when AFIMSC takes control of
installation and mission support funding.
"We have an opportunity to really enhance the way we train and equip our
Airmen," Carter explained. "I can't think of a better way to change how
we think about combat support than really looking at us, not by our
badge, but by the support we provide."
Centralized management of installation support capabilities at AFIMSC
and its detachments ensures each installation receives the necessary
level of support to execute Air Force priorities.
USAFE-AFAFRICA is the only major command in the Air Force that directly
supports two combatant commanders over two large areas of operation.
With the centralized management of many theater resources, the command
will streamline processes once owned by multiple entities.
"USAFE-AFAFRICA is a great case of continuity and change," Carter said.
"You have a tremendous mission and a tremendous team. What doesn't
change is the important support that this command provides for our
allied partners and the defense of Europe and now taking on a very big
and important mission in that of Air Forces Africa."
Clapsaddle explained to the Airmen in the audience, "You will come in on
Monday and not very much will have changed. You will still have the
same job with the same professionalism and sense of pride as you all
have, and I, just as I always have been, will be proud to be a part of
The AFIMSC headquarters was activated in a ceremony May 5 at Joint Base
San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Three hundred and fifty people will be
assigned to the headquarters, and approximately 74 positions will make
up the AFIMSC Detachment 4 tasked with supporting USAFE-AFAFRICA's
Clapsaddle will lead the AFIMSC Detachment 4 until August at which point
she will transition to the AFIMSC headquarters to lead the Installation