Foraker, "We have the history here and already have the important players and experts in place."
"Several recent Air Force reviews of how nuclear business is conducted within the Air Force revealed that the community can do better with a re-focusing of nuclear weapon system management and funding," said Col. Terrence Feehan, 377th Air Base Wing commander.
Air Force Materiel Command accepted the challenge and initiated action in January 2005 to create a "nuclear" focused organization within the command.
After numerous meetings with involved agencies, extensive planning and "lots" of staff work, on Feb. 3, Gen. T. Michael Moseley, Air Force chief of staff, approved establishing a Nuclear Weapons Center here.
The center initially includes the Cruise Missile Group at Tinker Air Force Base, Okla., the 896th Munitions Squadron at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., the Nuclear Weapons Directorate, here and the 377th Air Base Wing.
It comprises two wings, the 377th Air Base Wing, the host organization directly responsible for Kirtland Air Force Base and more than 100 associate units based here and the 498th Armament Systems Wing, responsible for nuclear weapons system management.
The 498th Armament Systems Wing is responsible for the entire scope of nuclear weapon system support functions to include sustainment, modernization and acquisition support activities for both the Department of Defense and Department of Energy.