Air Force Security Forces Center

The Air Force Security Forces Center, located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is one of four Primary Subordinate Units under the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center and assigned to Air Force Materiel Command.

AFSFC trains, equips and manages program execution for the Air Force security forces enterprise across the globe. AFSFC’s cross-functional team provides subject matter expertise to the field to drive integration, innovation and advancement of security forces mission sets to deliver integrated defense, conduct law and order operations, provide security protection for nuclear and non-nuclear assets, acquire, disseminate and provide training and maintenance of small arms and light weapons and other Defender equipment, provide military working dog support, deliver sustainment and other training to Defenders, and manage Air Force corrections.

AFSFC enables missions by providing security forces functional implementation guidance for AF/A4S policy and standards for force providers and operational commanders. AFSFC identifies and evaluates security forces functional requirements and develops ExPlans, as appropriate. AFSFC represents the security forces career field and informs the AFIMSC plans and programming process of security forces functionally prioritized requirements.

The organization was established as the Air Force Office of Security Police and activated as a separate operating agency Sept. 1, 1979. Effective Feb. 5, 1991, its status changed from a separate operating agency to a field operating agency. On Aug. 1, 1991, it was redesignated as the Air Force Security Police Agency. The organization was redesignated as the Air Force Security Forces Center on March 17, 1997, and concurrently its status changed from a field operating agency of the U.S. Air Force to a direct reporting unit. Effective Oct. 1, 1998, the status of this organization returned to that of a field operating agency of the U.S. Air Force. Status was change again on Oct. 1, 2014, when the unit went from a field operating agency to a primary subordinate unit under the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Provisional.

Headquarters United States Air Force, Sept. 1, 1979; Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Provisional, Oct. 1, 2014; Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, April 6, 2015.

Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, Sept. 1, 1979; Lackland AFB (later, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland), Texas, Oct. 1, 1997

Air Force Organizational Excellence Award: Oct. 1, 2002- Sept. 30, 2004

Approved April 4, 1997

Develops, delivers and executes security forces capabilities and associated programs for Air Force and joint mission sets enabling a safe and secure operating environment.

Driving integrated protection for the Air Force through innovation and deliberate program execution.

AFSFC is comprise of its headquarters, three detachments and five operating locations.

Det. Location
1 Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
2 Miramar Naval Air Station, California
2 OL A, Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
2 OL B, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina
2 OL C, Chesapeake, Northwest Naval Annex, Virginia
3 Desert Defender, Ft. Bliss, Texas, Ground Combat Readiness Training Center
OL E JBSA-Lackland (co-located with CCSD at Security Hill)
OL F Eglin AFB (co-located with AFOTEC)

Headquarters AFSFC includes the Air Force Confinement and Corrections Directorate (FC), Operations and Training Directorate (S23), Logistics Directorate (S4) and Strategic Plans and Requirements Directorate (S56).

FC - AF Confinement and Corrections Directorate
The Confinement and Corrections Directorate is responsible for the transfer and management of Air Force courts-martialed members from worldwide confinement facilities for continued confinement in regional correctional facilities operated by the Department of Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps. The directorate maintains courts-martial, personnel and financial data of inmates confined in the Air Force Corrections System and members released on parole or appellate leave. In addition, the directorate is responsible for victim and witness notifications and management of the Prison Rape Elimination Act program.

S23 - Operations and Training Directorate
The Operations and Training Directorate provides policy, resource advocacy and guidance across the force protection spectrum in the areas of doctrine, antiterrorism, training and mission assurance assessment.

It is composed of five divisions: Operations Fusion Cell (S2N), Law and Order Division (S3P), Mission Assurance Division (S3M), Training Division (S3T) and the Air Base Air Defense Division (S3A).

S4 - Logistics Directorate

The Logistics Directorate provides acquisition and distribution of Individual Protective and logistics detail equipment, acquisition and distribution of small arms and light weapons and administration of the Air Force’s Non-Lethal Weapons program.

The directorate is composed of two divisions: Equipment & Resources Division (S4E) and Weapons Management Division (S4W).

S56 - Strategic Plans and Requirements
The directorate manages current and future requirements for integrated base defense security systems, facilitates development, integration and synchronization of U.S. Air Force security forces operational concepts, doctrines, strategy and innovation efforts. It also provides oversight of security forces systems development and maintenance and serves as the liaison to the AFIMSC Resources Directorate.

It is composed of two divisions: Information Technology Division (S6T) and Requirements Division (S5G), plus the Concepts and Innovation cell.

Detachment 1

The detachment supports the operation of the Department of Defense's maximum security prison for armed forces personnel who have committed the most serious criminal offenses; represent the Air Force as a detachment headquarters element delivering administrative, health, welfare, morale, training and professional development functions for assigned personnel; preside over disciplinary boards for inmates from all branches of service, Air Force parole and revocation boards to maintain good order and discipline among the population; provide operational control for the Navy detachment and liaison services for Air Force and Navy inmates; and, facilitate mental health treatment to avoid recidivism while creating productive members of society.

Operating Location
It supports the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facilities located on historic Fort Leavenworth in Leavenworth, Kansas.

Detachment 2 – Level II and Level III MAX Correctional Facilities
Detachment 2 ensures the security, good order, discipline and safety of adjudged and pretrial prisoners; to retrain and restore the maximum number of personnel to honorable service; to prepare prisoners for return to civilian life as productive citizens; and when directed by superior authority, detain enemy combatants in accordance with guidance from the President via the Secretary of Defense.

Operating Locations
It is composed of four operating locations: Miramar NAS, California; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; Joint Base Charleston, South Carlina; Chesapeake, Northwest Naval Annex, Virginia.

Detachment 3 – Desert Defender Ground Combat Regional Training Center
The Ground Combat Regional Training Center, Desert Defender, located at Fort Bliss, Texas, is a Total Force-operated premier U.S. Air Force readiness training center and centralized Unit Type Code Logistic Detail deployment hub. Its mission is two-fold as it trains and equips defenders to meet combatant commander requirements.

Train – Provide sustainment readiness training, Expeditionary Combat Certification Readiness Training, and advanced Ground Combat Skills training.
Equip – Deploy scalable capability-based equipment packages that are light, lean, lethal and mobile to conduct the full range of expeditionary missions.

(Current as of April 2024)