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Air Force Materiel Command, with headquarters at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, was created July 1, 1992. The command was formed through the reorganization of Air Force Logistics Command and Air Force Systems Command.


AFMC's mission is to develop, deliver and sustain the best products for the world's best Air Force. It is the Air Force's largest command in terms of employees and funding. AFMC supports other U.S. military forces and allies and handles major aerospace responsibilities for the Department of Defense. This includes research, development, testing, and evaluation of satellites, boosters, space probes and associated systems needed to support specific National Aeronautics and Space Administration projects.

AFMC researches, develops, tests, acquires, delivers and logistically supports every Air Force weapon system as well as other military non-weapon systems. AFMC works closely with its customers - the operational commands - to ensure each has the most capable aircraft, missiles and support equipment possible. AFMC uses five goals to help build a better Air Force:

  • Satisfies its customers' needs in war and peace
  • Enables its people to excel
  • Sustains technological superiority
  • Enhances the excellence of its business practices
  • Operates quality installations

Personnel and Resources

AFMC employs a highly professional and skilled command work force of about 108,000 military and civilian employees. It is the Air Force's largest command in terms of employees and funding, as it manages 57 percent of the total Air Force budget. The command's work force operates major product centers throughout the United States.

AFMC fulfills its mission of equipping the Air Force with the best weapons systems through a series of facilities that foster "cradle-to-grave" oversight for aircraft, missiles, munitions and the people who operate them. Weapon systems, such as aircraft and missiles, are developed and acquired through four product centers, using science and technology from the research sites that make up the Air Force Research Laboratory. The systems are tested in AFMC's three test centers, then are serviced and receive major repairs over their lifetime at the command's five air logistics centers. The command's specialized centers perform many other development and logistics functions. Eventually, aircraft and missiles are "retired" to AFMC's Arizona desert facility.

Product Centers

Aeronautical Systems Center, at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is responsible for research, development, test, evaluation and initial acquisition of aeronautical systems and related equipment for the Air Force. Its major active programs are the B-2 and B-1B bombers, C-17 airlifter, F-22 fighter and continuing work on the F-117A fighter, F-15 Eagle and F-16 Fighting Falcon.

Electronic Systems Center, at Hanscom AFB, Mass., develops and acquires command, control, communications, computer and intelligence systems. Among the systems developed by the center are mission planning systems, the Airborne Warning and Control System, the Ballistic Missile Early Warning System, the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System and the North American Aerospace Defense Command Center in Cheyenne Mountain, Colo.

Space and Missile Systems Center, at Los Angeles AFB, Calif., designs and acquires all Air Force and most DOD space systems. It oversees launches, completes on-orbit checkouts, then turns systems over to user agencies. It supports the Program Executive Office for Space on the Navstar Global Positioning, Defense Satellite Communications and Milstar systems. SMSC also supports the Titan IV, Defense Meteorological Satellite and Defense Support programs, and Follow-on Early Warning System. In addition, it supports development and acquisition of land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles for the Air Force Program Executive Office - Strategic Systems.

Human Systems Center, at Brooks AFB, Texas, has the role of integrating and maintaining people in Air Force systems and operations. The center concentrates on crew-system integration, crew protection, environmental protection and force readiness (human resources and aerospace medicine). It develops and acquires systems such as life support, chemical warfare defense, air base support and aeromedical casualty.

Air Force Research Laboratory

The Air Force Research Laboratory's mission is to identify and provide advanced, affordable, integrated technologies to keep the U.S. Air Force the best in the world. As a full-spectrum laboratory, it is responsible for planning and executing the Air Force's entire science and technology budget. The headquarters, located at Wright-Patterson AFB, directs the activities of research facilities across the nation.

Test Centers

Arnold Engineering Development Center, at Arnold AFB, Tenn., has the nation's most advanced and largest complex of flight simulation test facilities. The center has more than 50 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, space environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistics ranges and other units. The center tests aircraft, missiles and space systems and subsystems at flight conditions they will experience during a mission.

Air Force Development Test Center, at Eglin AFB, Fla., tests and evaluates non-nuclear munitions, electronic combat systems, and navigation and guidance systems. The center's test wing manages all of the large test ranges on the 724-square-mile Eglin complex, as well as 97,963 square miles of water ranges in the adjacent Gulf of Mexico. Major tests include aircraft systems and subsystems, missiles, guns, bombs, rockets, targets and drones, high-powered radar and airborne electronic countermeasures equipment.

Air Force Flight Test Center, at Edwards AFB, Calif., covers 301,000 acres on the western edge of the Mojave Desert. It has tested all the aircraft in the Air Force inventory. The nation's first jet- and rocket-powered aircraft completed their first flights at Edwards. The center is where piloted aircraft first exceeded Mach 1 through 6. It is also the site of lifting-body research flights, critical to the design and development of the space shuttle.

Air Logistics Centers

Ogden Air Logistics Center, at Hill AFB, Utah, provides logistics support for the entire Air Force inventory of intercontinental ballistic missiles, as well as depot-level maintenance for F/RF-4, F-16 and C-130 aircraft. Other responsibilities include management of the Maverick air-to-ground missile, GBU-15 and laser-guided bombs and the Emergency Rocket Communications Systems. The center is the logistics manager for all landing gear, air munitions, solid propellants and explosive devices used by the Air Force.

Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center, at Tinker AFB, Okla., provides worldwide logistics support and depot-level maintenance for a variety of weapons systems, including the B-1B, B-52, multipurpose 135-series aircraft, the E-3, E-4 and management of the B-2 bomber. It supports the short-range attack missile and the air-launched cruise missile. The center also manages a large variety of aircraft engines.

Sacramento Air Logistics Center, at McClellan AFB, Calif., provides worldwide logistics management and depot-level maintenance for a number of aircraft, including the F-111, A-10, C-12, C-21, T-39 and F-117A. It has worldwide responsibility for ground communications electronics, which includes several space-support programs and major ground-communications electronics system networks. The center will support the F-22 air superiority fighter

San Antonio Air Logistics Center, at Kelly AFB, Texas, provides worldwide logistics support for such weapon systems as the C-17, T-37 and T-38 aircraft. The center manages the Air Force's nuclear ordnance and fuels, liquid propellants and lubricants used by the Air Force, NASA and other agencies.

Warner Robins Air Logistics Center, at Robins AFB, Ga., provides worldwide logistics management and depot-level maintenance for the C-5, C-141, C-130 and F-15 aircraft. In addition, the ALC has worldwide management responsibilities for the U-2, all Air Force helicopters, all special operations aircraft and their avionics systems. Also, the center provides logistics support for all Air Force missiles, vehicles, general purpose computers and many avionics and electronic warfare systems used on most Air Force aircraft.

Major Specialized Centers

Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., is the site for storing surplus aircraft and for aircraft regeneration. The center stores preserved aircraft indefinitely with minimum deterioration and corrosion because of the meager rainfall, low humidity and alkaline soil in the Tucson area. It presently stores more than 3,600 aircraft from all the services. When production of older aircraft ceases, the center sometimes is the sole source for parts. Reclamation projects have become a major part of the center's work load.

Air Force Security Assistance Center, at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, integrates and coordinates the security assistance activities of Air Force Materiel Command. The center ensures fulfillment of Air Force commitments for goods and services to its foreign customers - more than 80 foreign governments, allies and international organizations. The center is responsible for information systems and process management that support the logistics and financial management of security-assistance programs.

Joint Logistics System Center, at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, equips forces with improved, standardized and interoperable logistics processes, systems and information. The center's item entry control process compares and technically assesses the form, fit, function and safety requirements of new items against currently cataloged items. This prevents duplicating in the inventory. Its logistics data management division develops, monitors and updates logistics data on all supply items used by the Air Force. A customer support division provides users with information on stock and part numbers and the interchangeability of spare parts.


AFMC traces its heritage to 1917 when the Equipment Division of the U.S. Army Signal Corps established a headquarters for its new Airplane Engineering Department at McCook Field, Dayton, Ohio, a World War I experimental engineering facility.

Functionally divided during World War II, research and development, and logistics were reunited for several years as Air Materiel Command during the late 1940s. In 1950, the Air Research and Development Command became a separate organization devoted strictly to research and development.

In 1961, Air Materiel Command was redesignated Air Force Logistics Command while Air Research and Development Command, gaining responsibility for weapon system acquisition, was redesignated Air Force Systems Command. The two commands were integrated to form Air Force Materiel Command July 1, 1992.


Air Force Materiel Command, Public Affairs Office; 4375 Chidlaw Road, Ste 6; Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio 45433-5006; DSN 787-7592 or (937) 257-7592.

Above Information Courtesy of United States Air Force


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