JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas – The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center formally redesignated two of its primary subordinate units today to bring them in line with Air Force naming conventions.
AFIMSC Commander Maj. Gen. Brad Spacy redesignated the organization’s contracting and services operations as the Air Force Installation Contracting Center and the Air Force Services Center. Those units were previously designated as activity and agency respectively.
The services and contracting mission areas now join AFIMSC’s other two subordinate units – the Air Force Civil Engineer Center and Air Force Security Forces Center – that were already designated as centers when AFIMSC activated in 2015.
Although the redesignation ceremony took place today, the name changes for AFSVC and AFICC became official June 1.
The renaming is a result of AFIMSC’s founding document, Program Action Directive 14-04, which required the names of all subordinate units to be in compliance with Air Force Instruction 38-101, Air Force Organization. As a new organization, AFIMSC was given until now to complete the redesignations.
Finding the right name to fit the functions of AFIMSC’s subordinate units was a challenge, Spacy explained during his remarks, because they had to fit all of the mission sets and be right for today.
“As I thought about it, it started to fit,” Spacy said. “We are an installation and mission support center -- Air Force level, enterprise level -- because we touch everybody and we are the center of this capability. There is no other center for installation and mission support. So when you take Air Force contracting and Air Force services – both Air Force capabilities – they are the center of that activity, there is nobody else.”
In addition to having all PSUs now named alike, the general said he also sees today’s ceremony as another milestone in AFIMSC’s journey, tying directly to the organization’s priority to function as a center.
“Becoming a center, acting as a unit is so critical to what we bring to the fight and that’s attaching all of you, all of our PSUs, our headquarters people together in like effort,” Spacy said. “What better way to do that … centers working for centers to bring Air Force-level capabilities across the entire enterprise.
“I challenge you to embrace the new names like you did the old,” Spacy said, adding. “The future is bright and this is just the beginning.”