Air Force Materiel Command boss Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger officially activated the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center during a ceremony at JBSA-Lackland, Texas. “Today’s ceremonial actions are part of a larger strategic initiative for our Air Force to reduce operating costs and provide overall mission efficiencies,” said Wolfenbarger at the May 5 ceremony, according to AFMC’s release. The center consolidates major command-level installation and mission support activities under one commander. It will oversee missions like security forces, civil engineering, base communications, logistics readiness, installation ministry programs, services, operational acquisitions, and financial management. The Air Force stood up AFIMSC (Provisional) last August at JB Andrews, Md., then selected Lackland in January as the site of the center’s permanent headquarters. Maj. Gen. Theresa Carter, AFIMSC commander, said she expects the center to be fully operational by October 2016. “Over the course of the next year and a half, we’ll stand up the organization, hire the permanent staff, and establish the necessary processes and procedures to deliver resources and support to commanders,” she said.
NASA, SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance are all preparing to launch their next-gen rockets from Florida’s Space Coast, two of them before the year is out. One is expected to liberate the U.S. launch enterprise from its reliance on Russian-made RD-180 engines, while all three rockets could eventually carry astronaut crews.