posted on Jul, 10 2013 @ 10:37 PM
The Air Force Flight Test Center (AFFTC) became the Air Force Test Center (AFTC) in July 2012 in a consolidation move to reduce the total number of
Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) centers from 12 to five. Under the new construct, AFTC became the focal point for AFMC's testing of both air and
ground systems, so the word "Flight" was dropped from the center's name..
The consolidation effort was part of AFMC's response to a Congressional challenge to find efficiencies and save tax dollars. The AFTC commander has
oversight of work carried out at Edwards and Eglin AFB, Fla., as well as at Arnold Engineering and Development Complex at Arnold AFB, Tenn. Test wings
at both Eglin and Edwards aligned to the AFTC. The missions at each location continue at their respective bases, but without redundant command
staffs, thus eliminating layers of management overhead. The restructure was expected to save about $109 million annually.
In addition to the AFTC, the four remaining AFMC centers include the Air Force Sustainment Center at Tinker AFB, Okla.; Air Force Life Cycle
Management Center at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson; and the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center at
Kirtland AFB, N.M.