by Senior Master Sgt. Kelley J. Stewart
Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Det. 4
1/28/2016 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- A
new unit officially opened its doors Oct. 1, 2015, to support
installation management across U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces
Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Detachment 4 currently
consists of more than 70 people, has fulfilled all initial operational
capability requirements and is on track to meet the full operational
capability goal of Oct. 1.
Planning for the detachment began in March 2014, and the detachment now
consists of five divisions: civil engineering, security forces,
communications, career field education and training and financial
The civil engineering section is responsible for basing and bed downs,
operations and housing management. The security forces section is
responsible for force protection and requirements, and electronic
security. The communications section is responsible for official mail,
cyber infrastructure management and resources. The career field
education and training section is currently responsible for the MAJCOM
functional manager duties in the following Air Force Specialties: civil
engineer, security forces, communications, personnel, logistics and
public affairs. The financial management section is responsible for
financial services and financial analysis.
The detachment currently supports Air Forces Africa requirements in the
U.S. Africa Command area of responsibility through its civil engineer
division with basing and bed downs and its security forces division with
force protection issues. However, that support could expand to other
divisions in the detachment.
"The mission of Det. 4 is to provide globally-integrated and networked
installation management support to USAFE-AFAFRICA. We are
revolutionizing the way our Air Force supports bases as the warfighting
platform" said Wayne Sperry, AFIMSC Det. 4 deputy commander.
The establishment of AFIMSC was part of the Air Force's Future Air Force
Organization Initiative implementing the July 23, 2013, guidance from
the Secretary and Chief of Staff of the Air Force, that according the
Program Action Directive 14-04, directed Headquarters Air Force "to plan
and present for decision a streamlined management framework within the
Air Force regarding basic organization structures and business
"AFIMSC was established to provide centralized management of
installation support, which means all the funding, all the requirements
and all the programing underneath the Agile Combat Support Mission Area
Plan [moved] into one center," Sperry said.
For example, AFIMSC Headquarters will provide the centralized funding
for MAJCOMs. This means the initial distribution of funds will go
directly to the wings.
The establishment of AFIMSC and the detachment does not change the base
support leadership structure or chain of command at the base level.
USAFE retained its Air Force Forces, Component MAJCOM responsibilities,
and compliance with guidance on war-fighting requirements and
priorities. The MAJCOM also kept its component staff to U.S. European
Command, NATO and U.S. Africa Command responsibilities.
The biggest hurdle currently for AFIMSC Det. 4 is spreading the word so
customers know who they need to call for support. AFIMSC has several
informative efforts are underway to help people. There is an AFIMSC
Phone Book located at firstname.lastname@example.org, AFISMC roadshows and base
visits located at www.afimsc.af.mil, and installation commander update
video teleconferences and briefings given at USAFE-AFAFRICA courses.
AFIMSC Headquarter reports to Air Force Material Command and is based at
Joint Base San Antonio in Texas. It is headed by a two-star general,
Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter. AFIMSC Headquarters is made up of a special
staff, resources directorate, installation support directorate and
expeditionary support directorate.
Other AFIMSC detachments are located at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam,
Hawaii; Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.; Peterson AFB, Colorado;
Hurlburt Field, Florida; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia; Scott AFB,
Illinois; Joint Base Andrews, Maryland; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.