Headquarters merger streamlines logistics, resources for nuclear enterprise system management

Hill AFB missile storage container

A storage container used for maintaining missile launch facilities and control centers is displayed at Hill Air Force Base, Utah. A recent merger between the Air Force Materiel Command Logistics, Civil Engineering and Force Protection Directorate and the Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration Directorates aims to better align AFMC efforts to support Air Force nuclear modernization missions. (U.S. Air Force file photo/Todd Cromar)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --

In an effort to increase synergy and coordination in support of the Air Force’s nuclear modernization efforts, two Air Force Materiel Command directorates merged to form a single Logistics, Civil Engineering, Force Protection and Nuclear Integration Directorate. The organizational change took effect June 25.

“This change will enable us to better streamline and coordinate logistics support for the Air Force as it modernizes and continuously improves the nuclear enterprise,” said Brig. Gen. Allan Day, director of the newly merged organization. “This merger will help synchronize our nuclear integration efforts with our other relevant core competencies of maintenance, logistics, force protection and civil engineering.”

The combined directorate’s mission is to shape the workforce and infrastructure to provide logistics, sustainment and installation support for Air Force weapon systems, acquisition logistics, supply management, depot maintenance and nuclear integration.

The re-organization aligns AFMC to other major command structures such as that of Air Mobility Command and the U.S. Air Forces in Europe, each of which has a combined directorate to oversee Operations, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration. The merger also raised the grade of the AFMC headquarters staff nuclear principal to that of flag officer, helping to better posture the command to support nuclear enterprise capabilities that span logistics and product support to oversight of weapons storage facilities and maintenance of ground based strategic deterrent systems.

“New as well as legacy nuclear enterprise systems require resources and personnel to support fielding and sustainment, which considerably impacts our oversight responsibilities and resourcing decisions,” said Day. “This merger will allow us to reallocate our resources more efficiently to meet the Air Force nuclear modernization efforts.”

The new directorate has eight divisions, which include Civil Engineering, Product Support Management, Maintenance, Systems, Resource Integration, Logistics Readiness, Security Forces and Nuclear Integration. There were no changes in manpower numbers as a result of the reorganization.

The two merged directorates were formerly known individually as the Logistics, Civil Engineering and Force Protection Directorate, or A4, and the Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration Directorate, or A10. The new directorate retains the A4/10 designation.

Similar mergers have occurred at other Air Force major commands to better align forces for the agile, integrated, multi-domain operations of the future.