Air Force Materiel Command

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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.

It is headquartered at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. General Donald Hoffman is its commander and Lieutenant General Janet Wolfenbarger is the Vice Commander,


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
  • Air Armament Center (also operates Kirtland AFB)
    • Armament Product Directorate
    • 46th Test Wing
    • 377th Air Base Wing
    • 96th Air Base Wing
    • Air-Air Missile Systems Wing
    • Air-Ground Munitions Systems Wing
Hanscom Air Force Base, Massachusetts
  • Air Force Electronic Systems Center
    • 66th Air Base Wing
    • Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems Wing
    • Battle Management Systems Wing
    • Network Centric Operations/Integration Systems Wing
    • Operations Support Systems Wing
    • Operation and Sustainment Systems Group
Hill Air Force Base, Utah
  • Ogden Air Logistics Center
    • 75th Air Base Wing
    • 508th Aircraft Sustainment Wing
    • 84th Combat Sustainment Wing
    • 309th Maintenance Wing
    • 526th Intercontinental Ballistic Missile Systems Wing
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
  • Headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command
  • Aeronautical Systems Center
    • 88th Air Base Wing
    • Fighter Attack Systems Wing
    • Long Range Strike Systems Wing
    • Reconnaissance Systems Wing
    • Mobility Systems Wing
    • Agile Combat Support Systems Wing
  • Headquarters, Air Force Research Laboratory
  • Air Force Security Assistance Center
  • 554th Electronic Systems Group
  • National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

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.