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Air Force Security Forces Center

The Air Force Security Forces Center (AFSFC), located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is one of four Primary Subordinate Units (PSUs) under the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) 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  SF 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 AF corrections.

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

The organization was established as the Air Force Office of Security Police, and activated as a Separate Operating Agency, on September 1, 1979. Effective February 5, 1991, its status changed from a Separate Operating Agency to a Field Operating Agency. On August 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 USAF to a Direct Reporting Unit. Effective October 1, 1998, the status of this organization returned to that of a Field Operating Agency of the USAF.  Field Operating Agency status was again lost on Oct 1, 2014 when the AFSFC realigned under AFIMSC when it was activated on April 6, 2015 as a PSU.

Assignments.  HQ, United States Air Force, Sept. 1, 1979; Air Force Materiel Command, Oct. 1, 2014; Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, April 6, 2015.

Stations. Kirtland AFB, NM, Sept. 1, 1979; Lackland AFB (later, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland), TX, Oct. 1, 1997.

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

Emblem.  Approved on April 4, 1997.


Air Force Security Forces Center develops, delivers and executes Security Forces capabilities and associated programs for AF 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 NAS, 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

Mission: 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 (RCFs) operated by the Department of Air Force, Army, Navy, and Marine Corps.  AFSFC/FC 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/witness notifications and management of the Prison Rape Elimination Act program.

S23 - Operations and Training Directorate

Mission: 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.

Divisions:  AFSFC/S23 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

Mission: The Logistics Directorate provides acquisition/distribution of Individual Protective and LOGDET Equipment, acquisition/distribution of Small Arms/Light Weapons, and administration of the Air Force’s Non-Lethal Weapons program.

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

S56 - Strategic Plans and Requirements

Mission: Manages current and future requirements for integrated base defense security systems, facilitates development, integration and synchronization of USAF Security Forces operational concepts, doctrines, strategy and innovation efforts. Provides oversight of Security Forces systems development and maintenance.  Serves as the liaison to the AFIMSC/RM function. 

Divisions: AFSFSC/S56 is composed of two divisions: Information Technology Division (S6T) and Requirements Division (S5G), plus the Concepts and Innovation cell.

Detachment 1

Mission: Support 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: AFSFC Det 1 supports the United States 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

Mission: Ensure 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: AFSFC Det 2 is composed of four operating locations:  Miramar NAS, California; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina; 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 (UTC) Logistic Detail (LOGDET) 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 5 June 2020)