FAIRBORN, Ohio (WDTN) – Wright Patterson Air Force Base was not selected as the host base for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Headquarters.
Air Force officials chose Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. The Texas location was ultimately chosen because half of the staff for the headquarters already reside there.
The Air Force officials said they, “chose the installation after analyzing operational considerations, installation attributes, economic and environmental factors at four candidate locations.” WPAFB was one of those locations.
According to an Air Force press release, the decision involved a deliberate process.
They said, “during detailed, on-the-ground-site surveys of each candidate base, a site survey team led by Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command evaluated the bases against operational requirements, potential impacts to existing missions, housing, infrastructure and manpower.” Cost estimates was also used to make the decision.
“The new AFIMSC aligns Air Force-wide installation support authorities, responsibilities and resources under one accountable commander. The consolidation will drive standardized processes, reduce overhead and drive down costs,” said Timothy K. Bridges, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Installations. “It makes good business sense to centralize installation support the way we already centralize other support functions such as science and technology, test and sustainment.”
Air Force officials say the new headquarters will consolidate functions that are currently being performed at every major command.
The change was announced also as part of the Defense Department’s directive to reduce costs by 20 percent. That includes Wright-Patt expecting to lose about 370 positions by October.