JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas —
More than 40 joint base and installation support leaders from across the Department of Defense are more capable of executing their missions following cross-discussion and resources at the inaugural Joint Base Commander Summit which was held here on April 19 and 20.
Hosted by the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center, the purpose of the summit was to have discussions between leaders from the Joint Base, Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Army installation and AFIMSC leadership on installation and mission support issues that are unique to joint bases.
“We are taking extra steps to ensure that we provide everything Joint Base Commanders need for the Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines on their bases,” said Steve Shea, Business Integration Division Chief. mission statement of the AFIMSC installation support directorate. “Our policy is to meet individually with the leaders of each common base twice a year to discuss their issues and concerns. However, joint base commanders rarely hear about these issues from each other, so we’ve organized this summit to provide them with a forum to share their experiences, concerns, and best practices, and to hear from our experts. .
The AFIMSC is the primary installation and mission support element of seven joint bases and represents the Air Force at three for full equity at 10 of DOD’s 12 joint bases.
“These are very large bases with very complex missions,” Shea said. “One example is Joint Base San Antonio, which houses the Air and Space Forces Basic Training Command, as well as the Army’s main Enlisted Medical Training Command. These leaders must ensure that these missions If they fail, then the Air Force is not meeting its personnel requirements and the Army is not producing medics, and then you have no combat power.So the AFIMSC is literally helping the joint war fight.
Command teams at the 10 Air Force-led and supported joint bases include sister service chiefs, such as Army Col. Harry Hung, who is the vice commander of the base’s 633rd Wing. aircraft at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia.
“I’m one of the few who’s commanded a military base and now a joint base, so I see it both ways, and culture certainly plays a big role in how you deliver services,” Hung said. “I have two four-star headquarters, one on the air force side and one on the army side, so I have to translate how resources are evenly distributed, especially since all of our funding come from the Air Force. This summit gave me some ideas on how best to communicate this and other concerns with leaders back home.
Civil engineering and services were two of the main topics of discussion – programs that take care of infrastructure and the military and their families, respectively.
“We have primarily focused on these critical functional areas because these are areas that have a lot of touchpoints and a lot of command activity, and they impact the Joint Base’s ability to fulfill its mission,” Shea said. “We also wanted to show them the governance structure above us, so we invited the leaders of OSD and Air Force Headquarters to take the floor and get a sense of how issues are addressed and resolved at this level.”
Randall Robinson, executive assistant to the commanding general of Army Installation Management Command, gave a presentation to give attendees a different perspective on how Army teams with the Army air and navy to promote and support Joint Basing. Other topics included strategies for success, making the most of infrastructure funding, new DOD policies, the role of AFIMSC detachments, and updates on housing, environment, leasing programs. and real estate.
AFIMSC achieved the goal of its inaugural summit by giving leaders a better understanding of the installation and mission support capabilities available to them, while arming them with information to help them maximize their resources, a Shea said.
“If we can help the commanders of these very large bases achieve that, that’s a win for the joint combatant,” he said.
Organizers plan to hold the summit again next year.