Air Force Materiel Command headquarters is located in Gilmore Hall, Building 262, Area A, on Wright-Patterson AFB. AFMC is a major command created July 1, 1992. Its mission is to equip the Air Force for world-dominant airpower by delivering war-winning expeditionary capabilities to the warfighter through development and transition of technology, professional acquisition management, exacting test and evaluation, and world-class sustainment of all Air Force weapon systems. From cradle to grave, AFMC provides the workforce and infrastructure necessary to ensure the United States remains the world’s most respected air and space force.
AFMC directs a highly professional and skilled workforce of about 77,000 military and civilian employees worldwide. AFMC employs the most civilians of any Air Force major command—about 57,000. AFMC also has about 6,400 officers and 13,500 enlisted people.
AFMC fulfills its mission of equipping the Air Force with the best weapon systems through the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and several unique centers which are responsible for the cradle-to-grave oversight for aircraft, electronic systems, missiles and munitions.
There are nine AFMC host bases: Arnold AFB, Tenn.; Edwards AFB, Calif.; Eglin AFB, Fla.; Hanscom AFB, Mass.; Hill AFB, Utah; Kirtland AFB, N.M.; Robins AFB, Ga.; Tinker AFB, Okla.; and Wright-Patterson AFB. In addition, the command operates associate units on several non-AFMC bases.
Over the years, AFMC has adapted to an ever-changing environment. Its most significant change came in November 2011 when it reduced the number of its centers from 12 to five, placing greater emphasis on standardization and efficiency. These five centers are:
Science and technology: AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB
Life cycle management: Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB
Nuclear support: Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
Test and evaluation: Air Force Test Center, Edwards AFB, Calif.
Sustainment: Air Force Sustainment Center, Tinker AFB, Okla.