Air Force Materiel Command
The U.S. Air Force Materiel Command is responsible for research & development, system acquisition, and logistics for the United States Air Force. It traces its origins to an Army Air Corps organization created in 1917, and has gone through several evolutions of its name.
Its earlier ancestor was McCook Field, a World War I-era, experimental engineering facility in Dayton, Ohio. When the U.S. Air Service was created in 1918, it became the Engineering Division, and then was given responsibility for logistics, and designated . Air Corps Materiel Division in 1926.
In the Second World War, R&D was separated from logistics, but combined in the late 1940s as Air Materiel Command. In 1950, the R&D function again was split out into Air Research and Development Command. 1961 saw yet another renaming of both, with the Air Material Command becoming the Air Force Logistics Command (ALFC) and the ARDC gaining the role of weapons system acquisition and becoming the Air Force Systems Command (AFSC).
To continue the dance, AFLC and AFSC merged again in 1992.
Bases and Centers
AFMC "owns" 10 Air Force bases where it operates major activities and hosts non-AFMC units, as well as being hosted on other bases.
|Base||Major AFMC Units||Responsibilities|
|Arnold Air Force Base, Tennessee||aerospace ground test and evaluation complex|
|Brooks City-Base, Texas|| *
311th Air Base Wing
|Scheduled for closure in 2011|
|Edwards Air Force Base, California||
||Edwards AFB Flight Test Range (20,000 square miles of airspace), including three supersonic corridors and four aircraft spin areas.|
|Eglin Air Force Base, Florida||
|Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts||
|Hill Air Force Base, Utah||
||F-16 Fighting Falcon, A-10, B-2, KC-135, T-38, T-37 LGM-30 Minuteman; ammunition|
|Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico|
|Robins Air Force Base, Georgia||
||F-15 series fighter aircraft, C-130 Hercules and all Air Force helicopters; U-2; C-17; air-to-air missiles|
|Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma||
||E-3 Sentry, C-135, B-52 and B-1, Navy's E-6 TACAMO|
|Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio||
AFMC guest units
The Global Logistics Support Center (GLSC), at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, serves as the Air Force supply chain manager, providing enterprise planning, global and control, and a single focal point, all in support of the full range of military operations. Scott AFB is the headquarters of the United States Transportation Command and the Air Mobility Command. In addition to Scott AFB, GLSC operates from Hill AFB; Langley Air Force Base, Virginia; Robins AFB; Tinker AFB and Wright-Patterson AFB.
Located at Gunter Annex, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, home of the Air University,the 754th Electronic Systems Group, formerly Standard Systems Group, is the center of excellence for Air Force combat support information systems.
Affectionately called "the Boneyard", Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center, at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, is a major industrial complex. The center occupies 2,600 acres, with an inventory of nearly 4,400 aircraft and aerospace assets, as well as more than 350,000 line items of production tooling. The center's work force returns aircraft back to service and prepares them for overland shipment. It also salvages equipment from retired aircraft and destroys aircraft as required for arms control treaties. It also performs intermediate and augmented depot-level maintenance.