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AF consolidates three field operating agencies

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- Three San Antonio-based field operating agencies officially consolidated with Friday's initial operational capability announcement, Air Force officials said today.

The Air Force Personnel Center, Air Force Services Agency and Air Force Manpower Agency, FOAs under the Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services, are now the new Air Force Personnel Center, and efforts are underway fully integrate the agencies' functions.

Air Force Secretary Michael Donley and Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz signed the FOA consolidation program guidance letter May 23, authorizing consolidation.

"Consolidating allows us to streamline processes, identify efficiencies and reduce overhead in the A1 enterprise," said Lt. Gen. Darrell Jones, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services. "This just makes good business sense for the Air Force in today's budget constrained environment."

The program guidance letter also confirmed that the name of the consolidated FOA will be the Air Force Personnel Center. However, the integrated agency will be a reengineered organization with processes designed to better serve Airmen.

"The new Air Force Personnel Center will be structurally different from the previous independent agencies, which will allow us to better focus our resources, effort and time on Airmen and families, force support squadrons and other A1 enterprise customers," said Maj. Gen. A. J. Stewart, AFPC commander.

Process and management structure reviews are ongoing as cross-functional teams work to design the new agency, Stewart said, citing such immediate efficiency actions as consolidating readiness, financial management and training functions.

"The Air Force is counting on us to get this consolidation right, and we have the multi-skilled, talented and adaptable team to make it happen," said Stewart.

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