Updated On: 9/21/2012 11:05:17 AM
Air Force Material Command
Air Force Materiel Command Headquarters is located in Gilmore Hall, Building 262, Area A. AFMC directs a highly professional and skilled work force of about 77,000 military and civilian employees worldwide. The headquarters mission is to provide the command with policies, processes and resources and to shape the workforce and infrastructure required to develop, field and sustain war-winning capabilities.
The command’s emphasis on "high technology" makes it the Air Force’s largest employer of scientists and engineers. AFMC employs the most Air Force civilians, about 57,000, and has 6,413 officers and 13,498 enlisted people. This work force operates major product centers, laboratories, test centers and logistics centers throughout the United States.
The AFMC mission is to deliver 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. As the Air Force’s largest command in terms of employees and funding, it manages 37 percent of the total Air Force budget.
AFMC researches, develops, tests, acquires, delivers and logistically supports every Air Force weapon and non-weapon system. It fulfills its mission of equipping the Air Force through a series of facilities that foster "cradle-to-the-grave" oversight for aircraft, missiles and munitions. The command’s three product centers, using science and technology from 10 major laboratories develop and acquire equipment such as planes and missiles. AFMC’s three test centers ensure newly developed Air Force products are working appropriately and efficiently, and three air logistics centers provide service and repairs to Air Force equipment already in use. Other developmental and logistical functions are handled in the command’s specialized centers. Finally, aircraft and missiles are "retired" in AFMC’s Arizona desert facility, the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center at Davis-Monthan AFB near Tucson.
AFMC works closely with its customers, the operational commands, to ensure each has the most capable aircraft, missiles and support equipment possible. AFMC also provides support to other U.S. military forces and allies, and handles major aerospace responsibilities for the Department of Defense. That support includes research, development, testing and evaluation of satellites, boosters, space probes and associated systems needed to support specific NASA projects.
Aeronautical Systems Center
Aeronautical Systems Center is the largest of three product centers in Air Force Materiel Command and manages an annual budget of more than $19 billion. With a workforce of approximately 11,000 people located here, at Brooks City Base, Texas, and other smaller detachments around the country, ASC is responsible for developing, acquiring, modernizing and in some cases, sustaining the world’s best aerospace systems and related equipment.
Appropriately located in the "Birthplace of Aviation," where the Wright brothers developed the world’s first airplane, ASC and its predecessors have been planning, building, testing and modifying aircraft since the days of the Army Air Corps. For nine decades this center has built one of the most responsive deterrent forces in the history of military aviation. And although the Air Force and center have changed dramatically over that time, ASC’s goals and vision have not. ASC’s priorities include strengthening the operational forces responding to today’s hot spots around the globe, and modernizing aerospace forces for tomorrow’s combat requirements. To accomplish these priorities, the acquisition work force is staffed with experts in areas such as program management, engineering, planning, contracting, finance, modeling and simulation, and training. The center manages weapon system development for such advanced aircraft as the F-22A Raptor, F-16 Fighting Falcon and F-15 Eagle fighters; B-2 Spirit and B-1B Lancer bombers; C-17 Globemaster III, C-130J Hercules and KC-X; T-6A Texan II trainer; and unmanned aerial vehicles such as Global Hawk, Reaper and Predator. The acquisition team also is making major contributions to the development of the F-35 Lightning II.
Over the years ASC’s expert acquisition team has developed every fighter, bomber, cargo, reconnaissance, and trainer aircraft currently in the Air Force inventory. The center also maintains a historically symbiotic relationship with the Air Force Research Laboratory, whose headquarters and Wright Research Site are located here. This relationship helps to set the research agenda and ensures a continuous flow of critical advanced technology for the weapon systems ASC develops and acquires. ASC is the only center in the Air Force with all the organic or "in house" expertise and facilities necessary to manage, design, test, assemble and support any aspect of modern combat aircraft.
Together, these experts provide combat-ready weapon systems and related support to planners and operational users from U.S. Air Force operational commands, other military services and -government agencies and selected foreign governments. They concentrate on producing superior military capabilities at an affordable cost, helping the Air Force maintain its distinctive capabilities—air and space superiority, global attack, rapid global mobility, precision engagement, information superiority and agile combat support.
KC-46A Tanker Modernization Directorate
The Tanker Directorate is responsible for the acquisition of the new Air Force tanker.
The Fighters/Bombers Directorate is responsible for program execution to develop, acquire, field and modernize existing and advanced aircraft strike capabilities, and support life-cycle management (in concert with Air Logistics Center supported and supporting commanders) of the directorate portfolio for the United States and coalition partners and includes the F-22, F-35, B2, B-1, B-52 F-15, F-16, Combat Systems and the Light Attack Branch.
Intelligence, Surveillance and
Reconnaissance (ISR) and Special
Operations Forces (SOF) Directorate
Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) and Special Operations Forces (SOF) Directorate develops, acquires, integrates and sustains airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) systems and special operations forces (SOF) systems, executing a $4 billion plus annual budget. The Directorate employs specialized management of high priority programs including MQ-1 Predator, MQ-9 Reaper, RQ-4 Global Hawk, RC-135, U-2, EC-130, AC-130, MC-130, CV-22, a variety of mission specific ISR sensors and data links, as well as other classified, nationally critical capabilities. The Directorate also provides support for foreign military sales programs.
The Mobility Directorate is responsible for the planning, modernization, development, test, production, deployment and sustainment of mission systems to meet AMC, AFRC, ANG and SOF mobility requirements. The Wing portfolio consists of the C-17A, C-32, C-37 and C-40 aircraft, the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) program and includes Development System Managers and SPMs that support other PEO programs, including the C-5AMP (Avionics Modernization Program) and RERP (Reliability Enhancement and Re-engining Program), C-130AMP, C-130J and KC-135 GATM (Global Air Traffic Management).
Agile Combat Support Directorate
Provide affordable advanced simulator, trainer aircraft, combat electronic, propulsion, survival, human centered systems, environmental engineering, and alternate fuels capabilities to U.S. and allied air, ground and naval forces.
Air Force Security
The Air Force Security Assistance Center, located in Buildings 210 and 89 in Area A, is Air Force Materiel Command’s focal point for Foreign Military Sales. AFSAC oversees system sales and support for more than 170 models of aircraft—a fleet totaling more than 6,600. AFSAC also orchestrates Air Force Materiel Command product and logistic center support of security assistance needs to 90 countries and nine NATO organizations. The center serves as a ‘portfolio manager’ for more than 2,300 total foreign military sales cases valued at nearly $80 billion. AFSAC provides logistics support for numerous weapon systems dating from the 1940s, such as the C-47, to modern-day systems, including the C-130, F-16, F-15, C-17 and the advanced Boeing 767 Airborne Warning and Control System.
Air Force Research Laboratory
Phone (937) 904-7000
From basic research into new mathematics to rapid technology development for our deployed Airmen, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, has shattered technological barriers in its quest to provide the United States Air Force cutting edge capabilities in the domains of air, space and cyberspace.
AFRL was created in October 1997 by the merger of four former Air Force laboratories and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. At that time it became the only Air Force organization wholly dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. AFRL traces its roots back to the vision of early airpower leaders who understood science as the key to air supremacy. The lab and its predecessors have overseen more than 80 years of critical research efforts for the Air Force and the Department of Defense. Its technological breakthroughs can be found in all of today’s modern aircraft and weapon systems, including the B-2 Spirit, C-17 Globemaster III, F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II and the Predator and Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Systems. It has contributed to significant advancements in modern communications, electronics, manufacturing and medical research and products.
As a full-spectrum laboratory, AFRL is responsible for planning and executing the Air Force’s entire science and technology budget. AFRL’s annual budget is nearly $4.1 billion, much of which comes from its customers. Its partners include academia, other government organizations and industry, with which AFRL invests a large percentage of its finances for sponsored research and development. The Laboratory is the Air Force’s manager for technology transfer to, and in cooperation with, civilian enterprises. AFRL is also the Air Force’s program manager for the Small Business Innovation Research program.
AFRL is organized into a human performance wing, nine technical directorates, one of which is subordinate to the wing, and an office for managing national and international basic research. The wing along with each directorate has the responsibility to perform, procure and synthesize basic research, exploratory technology development and advanced technology development in their associated disciplines. Wright-Patterson AFB is the home of the 711th Human Performance Wing and four of the technical directorates. The remaining units are dispersed across the United States in addition to two offices located in foreign countries.
Also located at Wright-Patterson AFB is the AFRL Major Shared Resource Center (MSRC). The MSRC is a full service, high performance computing operation in support of Department of Defense research, development, test and evaluation. Combining powerful computational resources with professional service and support, the Center guarantees unrivaled performance across a wide range of applications.
The Air Vehicles Directorate
Phone (937) 656-2807
The Air Vehicles Directorate of the Air Force Research Laboratory is the preeminent aeronautical vehicle research and development organization in the world. Core technology areas include aeronautical science, vehicle control technologies, and structures for all atmospheric and transatmospheric vehicles. The directorate develops technologies in these core disciplines from inception through transition to both current and future military aerospace vehicles.
The Materials and Manufacturing Directorate
Phone (937) 255-4726
The Materials and Manufacturing Directorate develops materials, processes and advanced manufacturing technologies for aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets and ground-based systems and their structural, electronic and optical components. Research areas include revolutionary nanotechnologies and biotechnologies, as well as nonstructural materials such as coatings, fluids and greases. Air Force product centers, logistic centers and operating commands rely on the directorate’s expertise in materials, nondestructive inspection, systems support and advanced manufacturing methods to solve system, expeditionary deployment and operational challenges.
The Sensors Directorate
Phone (937) 528-8830
The Sensors Directorate provides sensor and countermeasure technology enabling freedom of air and space operations for the warfighter, no sanctuary for adversaries, and homeland security. The directorate’s mission is to lead the discovery, development and integration of affordable sensor and countermeasure technologies to our warfighter for the precision engagement of these forces and electronic warfare equipment for protection of our personnel and equipment.
711th Human Performance Wing
Phone (937) 255-0061
The historic activation of the 711 HPW at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in 2008 created the first human-centric warfare wing to consolidate research, consultation and education under one roof. Its missions are science and technology research, aerospace medicine and human systems integration. The Wing’s Human Effectiveness Directorate develops human performance technologies to dominate the decision environment and influence behavior, optimize human-human and human-machine interaction, predict and mitigate directed energy bioeffects, and exploit directed energy bioeffects for nonlethal applications. The Wing’s USAF School of Aerospace Medicine contains all three elements of a university model in support of aerospace operations: Education and Training; Operational Consultation; and Aeromedical Research and Modernization in the areas of Airman Performance in Adverse Environments, Aeromedical Evacuation and Enroute Care, Aircrew Health and Performance, Directed Energy Casualty Care, and Force Health Protection and Expeditionary Medicine/Advanced Diagnostics and Surveillance. The Wing’s Performance Enhancement Directorate provides human performance integration support, and develops human systems integration training and consultation.
Phone (937) 255-2520
The Air Force Research Laboratory’s Propulsion Directorate is the source to provide a complete spectrum of advanced propulsion technologies for the nation’s military services. Because we demonstrate these technologies through partnerships with industry, we are very often a principal provider of propulsion technologies to aircraft and rocket engine manufacturers serving commercial enterprises as well. Besides providing propulsion technologies for aircraft, rockets, and spacecraft, the directorate also conducts leading edge research and development in aerospace fuels, propellants, and power generating systems.
The Air Force Institute
The Air Force Institute of Technology, or AFIT, is the Air Force’s graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical professional continuing education. A component of Air University, AFIT is committed to providing defense-focused graduate and professional continuing education and research to sustain the technological supremacy of America’s air and space forces.
AFIT accomplishes this mission through three resident schools: the Graduate School of Engineering and Management, the Civil Engineer and Services School and the School of Systems and Logistics. Through its Civilian Institution Programs, AFIT also manages the educational programs of officers enrolled in civilian universities, research centers, hospitals and industrial organizations. Since resident degrees were first granted in 1956, more than 16,000 graduate and 350 doctor of philosophy degrees have been awarded. In addition, Air Force students attending civilian institutions have earned more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees in the past 20 years.
The Graduate School of
Engineering and Management
Phone (937) 255-3636
The Graduate School of Engineering and Management offers doctor of philosophy and master’s degrees in aeronautical engineering, applied mathematics, applied physics, astronautical engineering, computer engineering, computer systems, electrical engineering, electro-optics, materials science, nuclear engineering, operations research, and systems engineering. The graduate school also offers master’s degrees in applied computing, C4I systems, cost analysis, engineering management, environmental engineering and science, information resource management, logistics management, operations analysis, research and development management, space systems, and strategic leadership. In addition, the school offers a Master of Mobility Management degree in partnership with the Air Mobility Warfare Center at Fort Dix, New Jersey.
In the 2008 to 2009 academic year, the Graduate School of Engineering and Management awarded 289 master’s degrees, 31 doctorates and 44 certificates. With this high-quality research, every thesis has directly contributed to current military projects and issues. AFIT research saves the Air Force and other DoD customers approximately $26 million each year.
The Civil Engineer and Services School
Phone (937) 255-5654
The Civil Engineer and Services School provides professional continuing education in engineering, environmental and services management subjects for military officers and civilians in the civil engineering and services career fields. The school offers more than 70 courses and seminars delivered in-residence, on-site, by videotape and satellite presentations and through consultation services. More than 5,000 students worldwide receive education from the Civil Engineer and Services School annually.
The School of Systems and Logistics
Phone (937) 255-7777, exts. 3269 or 3253
The School of Systems and Logistics is the Air Force’s sole provider of professional continuing education courses in the areas of acquisition, logistics and software engineering. With more than 75 courses and seminars, the school plans, develops and conducts courses and programs to satisfy the technical management educational needs of logistics, systems and acquisition customers from the Air Force, Department of Defense and other federal agencies. More than 15,000 students receive education from the School of Systems and Logistics each year.
The school currently offers Air Force courses ranging in length from two days to four weeks in the disciplines of acquisition management, engineering management and sustainment. It is also the leader in Web-based education for the acquisition and logistics workforce, providing the tools, skills and abilities to manage the entire spectrum of a systems life cycle.
The Office of Civilian
Phone (937) 255-3636
The Office of Civilian Institution Programs manages the graduate degree programs of more than 2,400 Air Force members in civilian universities, research centers, hospitals and industrial organizations to meet the specific educational requirements of the Air Force. Additionally, this program arranges professional continuing education courses for approximately 3,600 Air Force personnel annually.
In addition to the schools, the Center for Systems Engineering is established at the Air Force Institute of Technology to promote education, training, research and consultation throughout the DoD in the best practices of systems engineering, systems architecture, evolutionary acquisition, risk management and total life cycle project management.
Some of the most accomplished engineers and scientists in Air Force history are AFIT alumni. Air Force pioneers General George Kenney, General Jimmy Doolittle and General Bernard Schriever attended AFIT programs prior to the time degrees were conferred. General Lawrence Skantze, who culminated his career as the commander of Air Force Systems Command, was one of the early degree graduates. Major General William Anders and fellow astronaut Colonel Guion Bluford also attained graduate degrees at AFIT.
The effects of AFIT’s educational programs pervade the Air Force and Department of Defense. Graduates are assigned to a wide range of positions in a rapidly changing technological environment. They become both practicing engineers and broadly educated leaders.
No matter what degree a student earns, AFIT’s primary goal is to graduate mission-ready men and women who can positively impact the Air Force.
As the scientific and technical capabilities of the Air Force continue to evolve, AFIT strives to maintain a corps of officers and other leaders who are prepared intellectually to harness these innovations and apply them so that our Air Force is prepared to conduct and sustain decisive operations. AFIT will continue to ensure that members of our force have the in-depth knowledge in military sciences and defense technologies needed to uphold the high standards of the most powerful aerospace force in the world. As the Air Force continues to excel in the challenges of the 21st Century, AFIT stands poised to lead the way in meeting the educational needs of our Air Force and Department of Defense.
National Air and Space
Phone (937) 522-6600
The National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) is the source of air and space intelligence for the Department of Defense (DoD), and produces integrated, predictive, air, space and specialized intelligence to enable military operations, force modernization and policy making. NASIC is a global intelligence enterprise which fulfills the needs of today’s and tomorrow’s warfighter, aids in shaping national and defense policy, and guides the development of future weapons systems. NASIC products and services play a key role in ensuring that United States forces avoid technological surprise and can counter existing and evolving foreign air and space threats. A unit of the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, NASIC develops its products by analyzing all available data on foreign air, space and long range ballistic missile systems to determine performance characteristics, capabilities and vulnerabilities. NASIC employs more than 2,800 active duty, civilian, reserve, guard and contract personnel and is located in Building 856, Area A.
Air Force Audit Agency
Phone (937) 255-6214
The Air Force Audit Agency, Directorate of Acquisition and Logistics Audits, located in Building 280, Area A, directs all acquisition, maintenance, supply, contracting and security assistance audits. The organization is also responsible for the audit offices located at Hanscom, Hill, Los Angeles, Robins, Tinker, Edwards and Wright-Patterson AFBs.
Defense Institute of Security
Phone (937) 255-5850
The Defense Institute of Security Assistance Management is the centralized Department of Defense activity for the education of USG, U.S. industry, and international (foreign government) purchaser personnel engaged in security cooperation/assistance activities. One of the primary goals of security cooperation is to strengthen United States’ alliances and partnerships through enhancement of the defense capabilities of our partners. DISAM annually provides resident and non-resident instruction for approximately 4,000 U.S. military, civilian and foreign personnel. DISAM is located in 2475 K St. (Building 52, Area B).
Detachment 1 E-4B National Airborne Operations Center
Phone (402) 294-8286
Detachment 1’s parent wing is located at Offutt AFB, Neb., the largest wing in Air Combat Command. The 55th WG/OLWP was located at WPAFB Nov. 15, 1994. One of few organizations with all enlisted personnel, Detachment 1 has a total of 12 Air Force personnel.
The unit supports the National Airborne Operations Center, known as NAOC, as a forward operating base, providing billeting, ground transportation and ground support equipment for the E-4B aircraft. The E-4B is a militarized version of the Boeing 747-200, a modern, highly survivable, command, control and communications platform with capabilities for directing U.S. forces, executing war orders and coordinating actions taken by civil authorities. At least one fully manned E-4B is always on alert at one of many selected bases throughout the world—the aircraft itself will be seen only periodically at Wright-Patterson.
445th Airlift Wing
Phone (937) 257-5784
The 445th Airlift Wing is under the command of Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. If mobilized, the wing becomes part of Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.
The wing flies the C-17, Globemaster III, the newest and most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force. The C-17 is capable of delivering troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area.
The mission of the 445th AW is to attain and maintain operational readiness to provide strategic transport of personnel and equipment worldwide, and to provide aeromedical evacuation.
The unit consists of the 445th Operations Group, 445th Maintenance Group and 445th Mission Support Group. Ten squadrons and two flights fall under the three groups, including the 87th Aerial Port and 89th Airlift Squadrons. The wing also includes the Aerospace Medicine and Aeromedical Staging Squadrons.
Approximately 2,000 reservists make up the 445th, including approximately 400 who work full-time for the unit as air reserve technicians.
The Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), located in Area B, is the DoD clearinghouse for the collection and dissemination of scientific and technical information flowing in and out of the DoD research and development cycle. Much of this information is in the form of technical reports related to completed and ongoing research. DoD personnel, DoD contractors, potential contractors and other U.S. government agencies are eligible to become registered users. Everyone else can search DTIC’s publicly accessible collections and display or download scientific and technical information, using the Public STINET service at http://stinet.dtic.mil. DTIC is a DoD Field Activity under the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, reporting to the Director, Defense Research and Engineering (DDR&E).
Band of Flight
The United States Air Force Band of Flight provides professional music for official military ceremonies, troop morale and esprit de corps, recruiting and community events. With a continuous record of service dating back to 1942, the band, comprised of 60 active-duty members, performs primarily within a seven-state area of the Midwest that includes almost one-quarter of the nation’s population. The band’s many component ensembles provide an unlimited variety of musical services designed to foster our national heritage in both military and community settings; the groups include a concert band, jazz ensemble, popular music combo, ceremonial band, Dixie band and several chamber groups. The band’s vocalists add to the versatility in covering music ranging from classical to Broadway to the hottest hits from today’s popular music charts. read more...