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The end of an era.

As you begin reading this edition of the Air Force Journal of Logistics, you are reading a milestone edition--the last edition of the Journal to be published by the Air Force Logistics Management Agency (AFLMA). After 37 years of service, AFLMA will be inactivated, and with it, publication of the Journal will come to a close.

It is a bitter sweet effort to pen this editorial in the Air Force's flagship publication dedicated to logistics. The bitter side comes from the realization that the Air Force will be the only Department of Defense component without a logistics-oriented publication and organization. However, looking on the sweet side, there is much to celebrate.

AFLMA was activated effective 1 October 1975 as the Air Force Logistics Management Center (AFLMC) under Special Order G-93, under Air University at then Gunter Air Force Station in Montgomery, Alabama. The concept was developed by Lieutenant General William Snavely, who was the Deputy Chief of Staff for Systems and Logistics, the predecessor to today's Headquarters Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff, Logistics, Installations, and Mission Support, A4/7. Colonel Donald Watt was assigned as the first commander, with the responsibility of standing up this fledgling organization. Air Force Regulation 23-35, dated 2 April 1976, stated that the purpose of AFLMC was to:
   ...develop logistics concepts and procedures for improving Air
   Force logistics systems by utilizing the talents of Government,
   industry, the academic community, and the United States Air Force
   in a comprehensive and coordinated research, analysis, and studies

Flash forward to the current Air Force Mission Directive 33, dated 13 November 2002, which is the prime directive for the Agency's mission today. It reads:
   The mission of the AFLMA is to consult, conduct studies, manage AF
   [Air Force] logistics wargaming participation, and develop DoD
   [Department of Defense] and civilian partnerships to support the
   development of policy and identify the resources needed to deliver
   effective agile combat support across the full spectrum of
   operations. The AFLMA produces solutions to logistics problems and
   designs new and improved concepts, methods, and systems to improve
   overall logistics and combat capability. Also, the AFLMA publishes
   the Air Force Journal of Logistics and other publications on
   logistics issues.

You'll see many similarities between the two mission statements. Both distinctly mention improving logistics concepts and procedures (methods), and doing do so through a collaboration with DoD, industry and academia. Added to the mission over the years were the publication of the Air Force Journal of Logistics and logistics wargaming participation. The Journal was first published in 1976 as the Pipeline to provide an open forum for presenting research, innovative thinking, and ideas and issues of concern to the entire Air Force logistics community. Over the decades, the Journal and other AFLMA publications have met this goal exceedingly well. A prime example is the numerous articles authored by many of our finest officers attending Air War College and Air Command and Staff College. They published their papers in the Journal with ideas, proposals, and dialogue to spark the intellectual capital to improve our overall logistics capability.

Other AFLMA publications have been veritable best sellers. One would be hard pressed to find an aircraft maintenance officer without a copy of the AFLMA-produced Air Force Maintenance Metrics handbook squirreled away in a desk drawer or on a bookshelf. Other notable books include the AEF Fuels Management Pocket Guide, the Defense Contingency Contracting Officer's Representative Handbook, and our ever-popular two-volume Quotes for the Air Force Logistician.

Finally, with regard to AFLMA's mission to improve logistics, one can't venture far without running into a concept, policy, or procedure that was developed at AFLMA. Examples include the hand tool warranty program, the Readiness-Based Leveling system, and aircraft availability metrics. But most importantly, AFLMA promoted critical thought in the minds of logisticians.

Let me wrap this up by saluting all AFLMA alumni, past and present, as well as the numerous authors who have contributed to the Air Force Journal of Logistics, and the success of AFLMA in carrying out its mission. You can hold your head high with proud accomplishment!

Sean P. Cassidy

Director, AFLMA

Amateurs worry about strategy. Dilettantes worry about tactics. Professionals worry about logistics.

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Title Annotation:Air Force Logistics Management Agency
Author:Cassidy, Sean P.
Publication:Air Force Journal of Logistics
Article Type:Editorial
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 22, 2011
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