Working groups to present solutions at I-WEPTAC Published Feb. 24, 2021 By Joe Bela Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Public Affairs Public Affairs JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas (AFNS) -- Members of four cross-functional teams tasked with tackling today’s combat support challenges will present their solutions during the 2021 Installation and Mission Support Weapons and Tactics Conference April 19-21 at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Hosted by the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, the conference is the Air Force’s premiere innovation forum for members of the installation and mission support community. It draws experts from the various Air Force and Space Force support core functions who address mission shortfalls and propose solutions. “I-WEPTAC has proven to be a great platform for innovation and critical thought. The solutions these Airmen provide come from their own experiences in garrison and downrange, so they’re addressing real-time challenges and future needs,” said Maj. Gen. Tom Wilcox, AFIMSC commander. “We’ve fielded or are in the course of putting into operation more than 20 recommendations from previous conferences that will make our air and space forces more lethal and ready to execute their missions. I’m looking forward to what this year’s teams bring to the fight.” To address COVID-19 concerns, attendance will be limited. Invitees will be notified and asked to register. Conference events will feature a combination of in-person and virtual gatherings. With the exception of 2020 when it was cancelled due to the pandemic, AFIMSC has held I-WEPTAC annually since 2017 to leverage the expertise of Airmen who form teams called Mission Area Working Groups. MAWG team members study, develop and recommend courses of action for specific mission topics. This year, the teams will present their recommendations at the I-WEPTAC out-brief on April 21. This year’s topics are: MAWG 1: Right Size the Foundation: Optimize Installation & Mission Support for the Air Force We Need MAWG 2: Strategic Mission Dependency Index for Targeted National Defense Strategy Investment MAWG 3: Supply Chain Vulnerabilities in the Future “Way We Fight” MAWG 4: Institutionalize Readiness as a Foundational Competency to Develop Mission-Ready Airmen “These Airmen, with their insights and perspectives earned from years of personal and professional service, are developing innovative concepts that posture the agile combat support required to deliver Air and Space Force capability in the future,” said Col. Lance Clark, AFIMSC director of expeditionary support and innovation.