Wright Patterson AFB Community
Major Associate Organizations
Air Force Materiel
Air Force Materiel Command headquarters is located in Gilmore Hall, Building 262, Area A, on Wright-Patterson AFB. AFMC is a major command created July 1, 1992. Its mission is to equip the Air Force for world-dominant airpower by delivering war-winning expeditionary capabilities to the warfighter through development and transition of technology, professional acquisition management, exacting test and evaluation, and world-class sustainment of all Air Force weapon systems. From cradle to grave, AFMC provides the workforce and infrastructure necessary to ensure the United States remains the world’s most respected air and space force.
AFMC directs a highly professional and skilled workforce of about 77,000 military and civilian employees worldwide. AFMC employs the most civilians of any Air Force major command—about 57,000. AFMC also has about 6,400 officers and 13,500 enlisted people.
AFMC fulfills its mission of equipping the Air Force with the best weapon systems through the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and several unique centers which are responsible for the cradle-to-grave oversight for aircraft, electronic systems, missiles and munitions.
There are nine AFMC host bases: Arnold AFB, Tenn.; Edwards AFB, Calif.; Eglin AFB, Fla.; Hanscom AFB, Mass.; Hill AFB, Utah; Kirtland AFB, N.M.; Robins AFB, Ga.; Tinker AFB, Okla.; and Wright-Patterson AFB. In addition, the command operates associate units on several non-AFMC bases.
Over the years, AFMC has adapted to an ever-changing environment. Its most significant change came in November 2011 when it reduced the number of its centers from 12 to five, placing greater emphasis on standardization and efficiency. These five centers are:
Science and technology: AFRL, Wright-Patterson AFB
Life cycle management: Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Wright-Patterson AFB
Nuclear support: Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M.
Test and evaluation: Air Force Test Center, Edwards AFB, Calif.
Sustainment: Air Force Sustainment Center, Tinker AFB, Okla.
Air Force Life Cycle
Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, is one of five centers reporting to the Air Force Materiel Command. Led by a 3-star general officer, AFLCMC is charged with life cycle management of Air Force weapon systems from their inception to retirement.
The AFLCMC mission: to deliver affordable and sustainable war-winning capabilities to U.S. and international partners, on time, on cost, anywhere, anytime from cradle to grave. AFLCMC is the single center responsible for total life cycle management of all aircraft, engines, munitions, and electronic systems. AFLCMC’s workforce of nearly 26,000 is located at 77 geographic locations across the globe—from Peterson AFB, Colo., to Oslo, Norway. AFLCMC includes 10 Program Executive Officer (PEO) directorates, 14 functional and execution support directorates, two air base wings and numerous other support organizations.
AFLCMC was designed to provide a single face and voice to customers, holistic management of weapon systems across their life cycles, and to simplify and consolidate staff functions and processes to curtail redundancy and enhance efficiency. In addition AFLCMC’s operating structure provides an integrated framework for decision making and process optimization across the weapon system life cycle.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center activated on July 9, 2012. It is a key element of AFMC’s transition from 12 to five centers. Key goals of AFLCMC are to improve weapon system acquisition and product support, simplify and reduce overhead structure, and eliminate redundancies by consolidating staff functions and processes.
The AFLCMC consolidated missions previously performed by the Aeronautical Systems Center and Air Force Security Assistance Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom AFB and the Air Armament Center at Eglin AFB, Fla.
One of the AFLCMC’s signature elements is to provide oversight of most program office personnel previously aligned in Aerospace Sustainment Directorates at each of the three former air logistics centers (now complexes) located at Robins, Hill, and Tinker Air Force Bases. These program offices remain in place but now report to PEOs in the AFLCMC.
Thirteen of AFLCMC’s 14 functional and execution support directorates include acquisition, contracting, directed energy, engineering, financial management, intelligence, logistics, personnel, plans and programs, program development and integration, propulsion, safety, and small business.
The 14th is the Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation (AFSAC) Directorate. Headquartered at Wright Patterson AFB, with experts stationed at Eglin AFB, Hanscom AFB, Hill AFB, Robins AFB, and Tinker AFB, AFSAC is responsible for leading the AFMC Foreign Military Sales Enterprise. With the help of its foreign liaison officers, the directorate manages cases with over 100 countries that cover systems in all phases of the life cycle, as well as technologies that range all the way from the 1940s to the most recently fielded systems.
The 66th Air Base Group at Hanscom AFB, along with the 88th ABW at Wright-Patterson AFB, provide base operating support at those locations and also report to AFLCMC.
10 PEO Organizations
Agile Combat Support Directorate (AFLCMC/WN)
Headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, with other major units at Robins AFB and Heath, Ohio, this directorate develops, acquires, fields, modernizes, and sustains weapon systems and capabilities that span a diverse portfolio of programs assigned to nine distinct divisions: Alternative Fuels, Combat Electronics Systems, Human Systems, Simulator Systems, Electronic Warfare and Avionics, Support Equipment and Vehicles, Automatic Test Systems, Air Force Metrology and Calibration, and Environmental and Industrial Engineering. The directorate also is home to the low observable supportability office and engine component improvement program.
Armament Directorate (AFLCMC/EB)
With major units at Eglin AFB, Robins AFB, and Hill AFB, the Armament Directorate develops, acquires, fields, modernizes and sustains air-delivered weapons and associated carriages and subsystems for the U.S. Air Force, other U.S. military services, and coalition partners. EB consists of nine divisions responsible for managing a wide range of air-to-air and air-to-ground weapons, air-launched decoys, test and training systems, and life support actuator devices.
Battle Management Directorate (AFLCMC/HB)
This directorate, headquartered at Hanscom AFB, develops, acquires, and sustains capabilities supporting aerospace management, air operations command and control, mission planning, intelligence, theater battle control, airborne battle management, missile warning, space control sensors, joint operations and force application planning, force protection, and weather operations. AFLCMC/HB is comprised of 11 divisions or direct reporting branches throughout the nation, with other major units at Robins AFB, Peterson AFB, Langley AFB, Tinker AFB, Hill AFB, and Offutt AFB.
Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate (AFLCMC/HI)
The Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, headquartered at Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, with other major units at Randolph AFB, Wright-Patterson AFB, Hanscom AFB, and Hill AFB, acquires, operates, sustains, and enables enterprise information technology (IT) capabilities, while supporting the upgrade to modernized infrastructure to the warfighter across the combat and mission support spectrum.
Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, and Networks Directorate (AFLCMC/HN)
Headquartered at Hanscom AFB, with other major units at Maxwell AFB-Gunter Annex, Robins AFB, Hill AFB, Wright-Patterson AFB, and Lackland AFB, Texas, this directorate is responsible for developing, acquiring, deploying, and sustaining cyberspace, communications, cryptologic, and space/nuclear network capabilities across the Air Force, DoD, joint service, interagency, and foreign military sales communities. AFLCMC/HN consists of five divisions that enable decisive combat operations by delivering net-centric solutions to drive dynamic integration of information/systems on the network in support of the air, space, and cyberspace domains.
Fighters/Bombers Directorate (AFLCMC/WW)
The Fighter and Bomber Directorate, headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, with other major units at Robins AFB, Tinker AFB, and Hill AFB, directs the development, test, production, fielding, modernization, and sustainment of new and existing fighter and bomber aircraft weapon systems and subsystems for the Air Force and coalition partners to include A-10, F-15, F-16, F-22, F-35, B-1, B-2, and B-52, as well as associated common fighter-bomber subsystems. These weapon systems help ensure the United States and ally military aircrew enter hostile environments with a distinct advantage over any adversary.
Intelligence, Surveillance and
Reconnaissance and Special Operations Forces Directorate (AFLCMC/WI)
The directorate is headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, with other major units at Robins AFB, Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Greenville, Texas, as well as units in Denver, San Diego and Waco, Texas. The directorate develops, acquires, fields, modernizes, and sustains network-ready intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, and Special Forces capabilities, emphasizing agility, innovation, and focus. In addition to its continental United States sites, AFLCMC/WI overseas locations include Brussels, Belgium; Amendola AB, Italy; and Kadena AB, Japan.
Mobility Directorate (AFLCMC/WL)
Headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, with other major units at Robins AFB, Tinker AFB, and Hill AFB, AFLCMC/WL directs the development, test, production, fielding, modernization, and sustainment of new and existing mobility and training aircraft systems for the Air Force and 40 allies. The directorate consists of seven divisions, executing life cycle management for the C-5, C-17, C-27J, C-130, T-1, T-6, T-38, commercial derivative aircraft, former Air Force front line aircraft, and the Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures program.
Strategic Systems Directorate
Located at Kirtland AFB in close proximity to its Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center mission partner, this directorate leads the execution of modernization programs that provide safe, secure, and effective nuclear weapons capabilities to America’s deterrent forces. The directorate’s portfolio of programs is executed at multiple locations, to include Eglin AFB, Hill AFB, Kirtland AFB, and Tinker AFB.
Tanker Directorate (AFLCMC/WK)
Headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, with a second major location at Tinker AFB, the directorate consists of the KC-46 Division and Legacy Tanker Division (KC-135/KC-10), and is responsible for the planning and execution of all life cycle activities for the Air Force tanker fleet. AFLCMC/WK directs the development, test, production, deployment, sustainment, support, and training systems for the KC-46 to provide aerial refueling, airlift, and aeromedical capabilities to Air Mobility Command and U.S. Transportation Command. AFLCMC/WK also directs aircraft modernization, sustainment, engineering, configuration control, and financial management activities for the KC-10/KDC-10 and for the KC-135, providing safe, suitable and effective tanker platforms to U.S. warfighters and allies.
Air Force Research Laboratory
Phone (937) 904-7000
The Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) is a scientific research organization operated by Air Force Materiel Command dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of affordable aerospace warfighting technologies; planning and executing the Air Force science and technology program; and provide warfighting capabilities to United States air, space, and cyberspace forces.
AFRL, with headquarters at Wright-Patterson AFB, was created in October 1997 by the merger of four former Air Force laboratories and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. At that time it became the only Air Force organization wholly dedicated to leading the discovery, development, and integration of warfighting technologies for our air, space and cyberspace forces. AFRL traces its roots back to the vision of early airpower leaders who understood science as the key to air supremacy. The lab and its predecessors have overseen more than 80 years of critical research efforts for the Air Force and the Department of Defense. Its technological breakthroughs can be found in all of today’s modern aircraft and weapon systems, including the B-2 Spirit, C-17 Globemaster III, F-22 Raptor, F-35 Lightning II, and the Predator and Global Hawk Unmanned Aerial Systems. It has contributed to significant advancements in modern communications, electronics, manufacturing and medical research and products.
The lab employs approximately 10,099 government people, including about 1,434 military and 4,759 civilian personnel. It is responsible for the Air Force’s science and technology budget of nearly $2 billion including: basic research, applied research, advanced technology development and an additional $1.7 billion from AFRL customers.
AFRL accomplishes its mission through seven technology directorates along with the 711th Human Performance Wing, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research, and a central staff. Three of the seven technology directorates, along with the 711 HPW and a central staff, are located at Wright-Patterson AFB.
711th Human Performance Wing
Phone (937) 255-0061
Website www.wpafb.af.mil/ afrl/711HPW
With headquarters at Wright-Patterson AFB, the 711th Human Performance Wing (711 HPW), is the first human-centric warfare wing to consolidate research, education and consultation under a single organization. Established in March 2008 under the Air Force Research Laboratory, the 711 HPW is comprised of the Human Effectiveness Directorate (RH), the United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and the Human Performance Integration Directorate. The wing’s primary mission areas are aerospace medicine, science and technology, and human systems integration.
Aerospace Systems Directorate
Phone (937) 656-2807
With headquarters at Wright-Patterson AFB, and an additional research facility at Edwards AFB, Calif., the Aerospace Systems Directorate leads the effort to develop and transition superior technology solutions that enable dominant military aerospace vehicles. Areas of focus include vehicle aerodynamics, flight controls, aerospace propulsion, power, rocket propulsion, aerospace structures, and turbine engines. Programs advance a wide variety of aerospace technologies including unmanned vehicles, space access, advanced fuels, hypersonic vehicles, future strike, and energy management.
Materials and Manufacturing Directorate
Phone (937) 255-4726
With headquarters at Wright-Patterson AFB, and an additional research facility at Tyndall AFB, Fla., the Materials and Manufacturing Directorate develops new materials, processes and manufacturing technologies for use in aerospace applications. This includes aircraft, spacecraft, missiles, rockets and ground-based systems and their structural, electronic and optical components. With a host of modern materials and analysis laboratories, the directorate also provides quick reaction support and real-time solutions to Air Force weapon system acquisition offices, field organizations and maintenance depots to solve materials-related concerns and problems. The directorate plans, executes and integrates advanced manufacturing technology programs and affordability initiatives addressing manufacturing process technologies, computer integrated manufacturing and excellence through design for military needs. The directorate is also responsible for the Air Force technology programs that address environmental issues and provides materials expertise for airbase assets such as runways and infrastructures and technologies for aerospace expeditionary forces.
Phone (937) 528-8830
With headquarters at Wright-Patterson AFB, the Sensors Directorate leads the discovery, development, and integration of affordable sensor and countermeasure technologies for our warfighters. In collaboration with other AFRL directorates and DoD organizations, the directorate develops sensors for air and space reconnaissance, surveillance, precision engagement and electronic warfare systems. The directorate’s vision is to provide robust sensors and adaptive countermeasures that guarantee complete freedom of air, space, and cyber operations for our forces, and deny these capabilities to our adversaries. Its core technology areas include: radio frequency and electro-optical sensing, sensor fusion and exploitation, network-enabled spectrum warfare, and revolutionary devices and components.
The Air Force Institute of Technology
Phone (937) 255-6565
The Air Force Institute of Technology, or AFIT, is the Air Force’s graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical, professional continuing education. A component of Air University and Air Education and Training Command, AFIT is committed to providing defense-focused graduate and professional continuing education and research to sustain the technological supremacy of America’s air and space forces.
AFIT accomplishes this mission through three resident schools: the Graduate School of Engineering and Management, the Civil Engineer and Services School and the School of Systems and Logistics. Through its Civilian Institution Programs, AFIT also manages the educational programs of officers enrolled in civilian universities, research centers, hospitals and industrial organizations. Since resident degrees were first granted in 1956, more than 17,500 graduate and 600 doctor of philosophy degrees have been awarded. In addition, Air Force students attending civilian institutions have earned more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate degrees in the past 20 years.
The Graduate School of Engineering and Management
Phone (937) 255-3636
The Graduate School of Engineering and Management is an academic institution devoted to the Air Force and other defense-focused organizations. Although the current mission statement is Air Force-centric, the Graduate School must recognize its broader educational role in national defense. The institution has enormous capabilities that extend beyond the Air Force to the other U.S. armed forces, allied armed services, and any federal agency involved with technical defense issues. Capitalizing on the Graduate School’s strengths and expertise to educate students belonging to these other organizations and successfully supporting their research needs will place AFIT and the Graduate School in a strong position as a quality graduate institution of choice.
The Graduate School enrolls over 700 full-time graduate students. The student body consists primarily of Air Force officers, but is rounded out by members of the other four U.S. Armed Services, international students from coalition countries, U.S. government civilians, and civilians (U.S. citizens) not affiliated with the government. Selection of officers for graduate education is fully funded by their service and is based upon outstanding professional performance as an officer, promotion potential, and a strong academic background. Admission of nongovernment-affiliated civilians is based on academic preparation and requires U.S. citizenship.
The Graduate School offers 24 programs leading to the award of a master of science or master’s degrees and 13 programs leading to the award of the Ph.D. The programs are primarily in engineering and applied sciences with four programs in areas of management. The Graduate School also offers eight graduate certificate programs.
The Civil Engineer and Services School
Phone (937) 255-5654
The Civil Engineer and Services School provides professional continuing education in engineering, environmental and services management subjects for military officers and civilians in the civil engineering and services career fields. The school offers more than 70 courses and seminars delivered in residence, on-site, by videotape and satellite presentations and through consultation services. More than 5,000 students worldwide receive education from the Civil Engineer and Services School annually.
The School of Systems and Logistics
Phone (937) 255-7777, ext. 3164 or 3255
The School of Systems and Logistics is the sole provider of more than 100 professional continuing education courses in acquisition management, logistics management, contracting, systems management, software engineering, and financial management delivered to war-fighters around the globe via customer-focused delivery modes including resident, on-site, and online courses.
The Office of Civilian
Phone (937) 255-3636
The Office of Civilian Institution Programs manages the graduate degree programs of more than 2,400 Air Force members in civilian universities, research centers, hospitals and industrial organizations to meet the specific educational requirements of the Air Force. Additionally, this program arranges professional continuing education courses for approximately 3,600 Air Force personnel annually.
In addition to the schools, the Center for Systems Engineering is established at the Air Force Institute of Technology to promote education, training, research and consultation throughout the DoD in the best practices of systems engineering, systems architecture, evolutionary acquisition, risk management and total life cycle project management.
Some of the most accomplished engineers and scientists in Air Force history are AFIT alumni. Air Force pioneers General George Kenney, General Jimmy Doolittle and General Bernard Schriever attended AFIT programs prior to the time degrees were conferred. General Lawrence Skantze, who culminated his career as the commander of Air Force Systems Command, was one of the early degree graduates. Major General William Anders and fellow astronaut Colonel Guion Bluford also attained graduate degrees at AFIT.
The effects of AFIT’s educational programs pervade the Air Force and Department of Defense. Graduates are assigned to a wide range of positions in a rapidly changing technological environment. They become both practicing engineers and broadly educated leaders.
No matter what degree a student earns, AFIT’s primary goal is to graduate mission-ready men and women who can positively impact the Air Force.
As the scientific and technical capabilities of the Air Force continue to evolve, AFIT strives to maintain a corps of officers and other leaders who are prepared intellectually to harness these innovations and apply them so that our Air Force is prepared to conduct and sustain decisive operations. AFIT will continue to ensure that members of our force have the in-depth knowledge in military sciences and defense technologies needed to uphold the high standards of the most powerful aerospace force in the world. As the Air Force continues to excel in the challenges of the 21st century, AFIT stands poised to lead the way in meeting the educational needs of our Air Force and Department of Defense.
National Air and Space
Phone (937) 522-6600
The National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC), headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, is the Department of Defense’s primary source for foreign air and space threats. NASIC creates integrated, predictive intelligence in the air, space and cyberspace domains enabling full-spectrum military operations, force modernization and policymaking.
NASIC analysts create predictive intelligence to ensure the nation is at the cutting edge of understanding foreign threats to U.S. air and space operations. NASIC all-source analysts are national experts on threats that span air, space and cyberspace domains and NASIC is a recognized innovator in information and data exploitation. The Center’s world-class connectivity ensures analysts have physical access to key mission data and partnerships throughout the intelligence community.
Because of this innovation and expertise, NASIC intelligence products are relevant to key customers daily. The President, members of Congress and senior U.S. military leaders rely on NASIC all-source analysis to form U.S. defense policy decisions. NASIC products are used by Airmen, soldiers, sailors and Marines to make their operations safer and more effective and are used to develop the next generation of Air Force systems, preparing the nation to combat future air and space threats.
The Center’s broad intelligence analysis products are founded on a unique ability to exploit every major single intelligence source and leverage communications connectivity enabling IC wide collaboration, to create fused all-source analysis. In the end, connectivity, world-class expertise, and leading intelligence community innovation working together to make NASIC products relevant to key operational, policy, and acquisition decision makers.
445th Airlift Wing
Phone (937) 257-5784
The 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson AFB is under the Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Ga. If mobilized, the wing becomes part of Air Mobility Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The 445th Airlift Wing is composed of an Aerospace Medicine Squadron, Aeromedical Staging Squadron and three attached groups: the 445th Maintenance Group, which consists of the Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Maintenance Squadron and Maintenance Operations Flight; the 445th Operations Group, which consists of the 89th Airlift Squadron, Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, and Operations Support Squadron; and the 445th Mission Support Group, which consists of the 87th Aerial Port Squadron, Civil Engineer Squadron, Communications Flight, Logistics Readiness Squadron, Force Support Squadron and Security Forces.
The wing’s mission is to attain and maintain operational readiness; provide strategic transport of personnel and equipment; provide aeromedical evacuation; and recruit and train toward these goals.
The 445th Airlift Wing currently has nine C-17 Globemaster III aircraft. The C-17 is the newest, most flexible cargo aircraft to enter the airlift force. It is built by the Boeing Company. This airframe is capable of rapid strategic delivery of troops and all types of cargo to main operating bases or directly to forward bases in the deployment area. The C-17 Globemaster III provides a major portion of the Air Force’s strategic airlift capability.