7/11/2012 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) -- The Air Force Global Logistics Support Center officially became part of the Air Force Sustainment Center during a ceremony here July 11.
Gen. Janet Wolfenbarger, commander of Air Force Materiel Command, officiated the ceremony.
The change is part of an AFMC construct that consolidates the command's number of centers from 12 to five. The restructure will standardize processes and save about $109 million annually. It was announced in November 2011 and is a major part of AFMC's response to a congressional challenge to find efficiencies and save tax dollars. By consolidating overhead, the command will improve the way it accomplishes its mission, ultimately providing better support to the warfighter.
"The people of AFGLSC will continue to be critical to AFMC achieving its mission of providing warfighter support," Wolfenbarger said. "They're important not only to the AFMC mission, but to the greater Air Force mission as well."
The subordinate units of the former AFGLSC will continue to manage the Air Force's worldwide supply chain system. Its 635th Supply Chain Operations Wing here is now aligned with the Air Force Sustainment Center. The 448th Supply Chain Management Wing at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., also aligned with the Air Force Sustainment Center. The 591st Supply Chain Management Group at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is now a Logistics Operations Division aligned with the Air Force Sustainment Center.
Establishment of the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker AFB and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, along with the re-designation of the Air Force Test Center at Edwards AFB, Calif., are the first major steps of a transition phase during which center frameworks will be built and units will be assigned, leading up to initial operational capability Oct. 1. Full operational capability is planned for mid-2013.
The sustainment, life-cycle management and test centers will join the present Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB and the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at Kirtland AFB, N.M., to complete AFMC's five-center line-up.
(Courtesy of Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs.)