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AEF Center moves to AFPC, Randolph AFB

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  • By Paige Hughes
  • Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
The Air and Space Expeditionary Force Center will move personnel to the Air Force Personnel Center here.

The AEF Center, located at Langley Air Force Base, Va., became a direct reporting unit of AFPC on Aug. 4, 2006.

"AFPC is leading the charge to better personnel services for Airmen - from personnel services transformation, to AFPC's 24/7 call center, to integrated programs," said Maj. Gen. Tony Przybyslawski, AFPC commander. "This initiative completes the 'people' circle. Assignment teams will have visibility into the warfighter requirements from home station to the front lines."

The move will take place over a period of 18 months and is expected to be complete by September 2008. The AEF Center employs approximately 220 personnel. One hundred and twenty are military members including Guard and Reserve, and about 100 are civilian contractors.

The AEF Center executes the Air Force battle rhythm and is the reachback enabler that plans and delivers versatile air and space power to Air Force commanders around the world.

Combining the AEF Center and AFPC synergized and focused operations by bringing together permanent authorizations, wartime requirements and assignments under a single commander. Moving the AEF Center to AFPC will enhance execution of the Air Force battle rhythm and better deliver air and space power to the combatant commanders, said the general.

"We're operationalizing personnel. AFPC is truly based on requirements," said General Przybyslawski. "We'll be able to balance career development with developing warfighters."

The new construct allows the Personnel Center to ensure warfighting commanders in the field and combatant commander have the right Airmen at the right place at the right time. In addition, AEF rotations will be worked with assignment personnel working the home station requirements.

The AEF concept was tested after 9/11 during the Global War on Terrorism with simultaneous deployments for operations Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and Noble Eagle. The success of the new program did not overshadow the reality that AEF was an additional personnel system operating outside AFPC.

"The merger of the AEF center into AFPC was well thought out, the timing was important. OEF and OIF were on my watch," said General Przybyslawski, who previously commanded the AEF Center from October 2002 to July 2004, just prior to his appointment as the AFPC commander. "I know both (personnel) systems and Airmen need one process as warfighters and as they develop their careers."

The personnel center continues to refine the services provided to Airmen, targeting policy implementation and new programs, to ensure a smooth merger of the traditional personnel system with the AEF center.

"It's not about length of time on station, it's about battle rhythm, and it's about operational need," said General Przybyslawski.