Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) is a major command (MAJCOM) of the United States Air Force (USAF). AFMC was created on July 1, 1992, through the amalgamation of the former Air Force Logistics Command (AFLC) and the former Air Force Systems Command (AFSC).
|Air Force Materiel Command|
|Active||1 July 1992 – present|
(30 years, 6 months)
|Country||United States of America|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Role||Deliver and support agile war-winning capabilities|
|Size||77,416 Airmen |
|Headquarters||Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio, U.S.|
Air Force Organization Excellence Award
|Commander||Gen Duke Z. Richardson|
|Deputy Commander||Lt Gen Carl E. Schaefer|
|Command Chief||CCM David A. Flosi|
|Attack||A-10C, MQ-1B, MQ-9B|
|Bomber||B-1B, B-2A, B-52H|
|Fighter||F-15C/D, F-15E, F-16C/D, F-22A, F-35A|
AFMC is headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. AFMC is one of nine Air Force Major Commands and has a workforce of approximately 80,000 military and civilian personnel. It is the Air Force's largest command in terms of funding and second in terms of personnel. AFMC's operating budget represents 31 percent of the total Air Force budget and AFMC employs more than 40 percent of the Air Force's total civilian workforce.
The command conducts research, development, testing and evaluation, and provides the acquisition and life cycle management services and logistics support. The command develops, acquires and sustains the air power needed to defend the United States and its interests. This is accomplished through research, development, testing, evaluation, acquisition, maintenance and program management of existing and future USAF weapon systems and their components.
The United States Armed Forces procurement of military aircraft began when the United States Army's Aeronautical Division of the Signal Corps (United States Army), acquired several examples of the Wright Military Flyer of 1909. USAAF/USAF aircraft Research and Development (R&D) was merged with aircraft procurement twice in the 20th Century (e.g., 1944, 1992).
Air Materiel Command was established on March 9, 1946, and in November 1946, AMC's History Office published Materiel Research and Development in the Army Air Arm, 1914-1945. In 1947, AMC bases were transferred to the newly established United States Air Force, with facilities such as the storage depot in Maywood, California, being renamed Cheli Air Force Station.
On April 1, 1961, as part of the DoD reorganization under President John F. Kennedy and his Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara, the Air Force Logistics Command was established at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, replacing the Air Materiel Command and assuming the latter's supply and maintenance roles. The material procurement role was transferred. On the same date, Air Force Systems Command was also established at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland, assuming the R&D role of the former Air Research and Development Command while also inheriting AMC's materiel procurement role.
Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) was activated on July 1, 1992, as part of a post-Cold War, USAF-wide reorganization that resulted in the merger of AFLC and AFSC into a single major command.
After AFMC was established, the command's infrastructure saw significant reductions through Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions. This included the BRAC-directed closure/privatization of the San Antonio Air Logistics Center at Kelly Air Force Base, Texas and the closure of Kelly Air Force Base as an independent installation, with incorporation of its runways and remaining military flight line areas as the Kelly Field Annex to adjacent Lackland Air Force Base.
The Sacramento Air Logistics Center at McClellan Air Force Base was also closed/privatized and McClellan Air Force Base totally closed. McClellan became a totally civilian airport with the exception of Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento and the Air Force Recruiting Service's 364th Recruiting Squadron.
In 2012 there was a major reorganization (5 Center Construct) and several new centers were organized. Among them, the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker Air Force Base now directs the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex at Tinker Air Force Base, the Ogden Air Logistics Complex at Hill Air Force Base, and the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex at Robins Air Force Base. The center provides depot maintenance, supply chain management and installation support. In 2015, the command officially activated its sixth center, the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, which provides centralized management of installation and mission support. The center is located at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.
Air Force Materiel Command conducts research, development, test and evaluation, and provides acquisition management services and logistics support.
The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) serves as the single intermediate-level headquarters responsible for providing installation and mission support capabilities. Its headquarters are located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas and it has the following subordinate units.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center's (AFLCMC) mission is to deliver affordable and sustainable combat capabilities to US and international partners. It is the single center responsible for total life cycle management of all aircraft, engines, munitions, and electronic systems. Its headquarters are located at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio and it has the following subordinate units.
The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) is the Air Force's nuclear-focused center, synchronizing all aspects of nuclear materiel management in support of Air Force Global Strike Command. Its headquarters are located at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico and it has the following subordinate units.
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is the Air Force's only organization dedicated to leading the discovery, development and integration of technologies in air, space and cyber for the US Air and Space Forces. Its headquarters are located at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio and it has the following subordinate units.
The mission of the Air Force Sustainment Center (AFSC) is to provide sustainment and logistics readiness. The center provides integrated logistics and sustainment to the Air Force through depot maintenance, supply chain management and installation support. Its headquarters are located at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma and it has the following subordinate units.
The Air Force Test Center (AFTC) conducts developmental and follow-on testing and evaluation of manned and unmanned aircraft and related avionics, flight-control, munitions, and weapon systems. Its headquarters are located at Edwards AFB, California and it has the following subordinate units.
|Portrait||Name||Took office||Left office||Term length|
Ronald W. Yates
|1 July 1992||30 June 1995||2 years, 364 days|
Henry Viccellio Jr.
|30 June 1995||9 May 1997||1 year, 313 days|
Kenneth E. Eickmann
|9 May 1997||29 May 1997||20 days|
George T. Babbitt Jr.
|29 May 1997||20 April 2000||2 years, 327 days|
|20 April 2000||22 August 2003||3 years, 124 days|
Gregory S. Martin
|22 August 2003||19 August 2005||1 year, 362 days|
Bruce A. Carlson
|19 August 2005||21 November 2008||3 years, 94 days|
Donald J. Hoffman
|21 November 2008||5 June 2012||3 years, 197 days|
Janet C. Wolfenbarger
|5 June 2012||8 June 2015||3 years, 3 days|
Ellen M. Pawlikowski
|8 June 2015||8 August 2018||3 years, 61 days|
Robert D. McMurry Jr.
|8 August 2018||31 May 2019||296 days|
Arnold W. Bunch Jr.
|31 May 2019||13 June 2022||3 years, 13 days|
Duke Z. Richardson
(born c. 1964)
|13 June 2022||Incumbent||227 days|
U.S. Armed Forces systems commands