Getting to know the new AFIMSC Detachment 8 commander

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The new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center commander at Detachment 8, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, believes in supporting the installations by enabling their mission. 

As Detachment 8 commander, Col. Dee Jay Katzer is AFIMSC’s senior representative to Headquarters Air Combat Command. He is responsible for providing responsive installation and mission support for the critical enterprise-wide assets that sustain Air Combat Command commanders and missions at 14 bases and 170 operating locations worldwide. 

Katzer, a 1995 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, has commanded two squadrons and a mission support group. As a career civil engineer, the 28-year Air Force veteran has served in a variety of civil engineer and staff assignments at the installation, major command, air staff and combatant command level, both stateside and overseas. 

We asked a few questions about his life, his career and his thoughts on joining the AFIMSC team. 

What about your new role has you the most excited?
The opportunity to tighten seams and help work on areas I noticed/pointed out while working on ACC’s retained staff side for the last five years. 

What do you want the AFIMSC team to know about you?
I’m all about supporting the installations. We exist to enable their mission. They are where the rubber literally meets the road, so our sole focus should be on making them more efficient and effective at their jobs.  

What’s something people would be surprised to know about you?
I was raised in Colorado and I’m not a skier. 

What do you like most about serving in the Air Force?
The people: People have made all the difference in every organization I’ve served in.  Whether they were military, civilians or contractors, the majority of people I worked with were incredible. Coworkers felt like family. 

Learn more about the colonel by reading his biography HERE