Brief History of AFNWC

AAFNWC 15th Anniversary logo (gray)ctivated on March 31, 2006, the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center (AFNWC) is the Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) center of excellence for nuclear materiel management (NMM). 
The center is charged with delivering nuclear capabilities that warfighters use every day to deter and assure. AFNWC is also responsible for synchronizing NMM across AFMC and the Air Force, as well as with our interagency partners in the Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). 
The center is composed of elements at 20 locations to include Kirtland AFB, New Mexico; Hill AFB, Utah; Tinker AFB, Oklahoma; Eglin AFB, Florida; and Hanscom AFB, Massachusetts. 
It is headquartered at Kirtland AFB, a base with a long history of involvement in weapons development and sustainment. The center draws its heritage from the Special Weapons Command, later named the Air Force Special Weapons Center, which was based at Kirtland Air Force Base from 1949 to 1976.

Center celebrates 15 years ensuring nuclear weapons are ‘never doubted, always feared’

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Letter from Lt Gen James Dawkins, HAF/A10, to AFNWC on its anniversary

AFNWC Commanders

Commander From To
Col. Gregory Foraker March 31, 2006 July 6, 2006
Col. Terrence Feehan July 7, 2006 April 16, 2008
Brig. Gen. Everett Thomas April 17, 2008 January 19, 2011
Maj. Gen. Garrett Harencak January 20, 2011 February 6, 2013
Maj. Gen. Sandra Finan February 7, 2013 September 30, 2015
Maj. Gen. Scott Jansson October 1, 2015 October 5, 2017
Maj. Gen. Shaun Morris October 6, 2017 June 26, 2020
Maj. Gen. Anthony Genatempo June 27, 2020 June 21, 2022
Maj. Gen. John Newberry June 21, 2022 Present

AFNWC Heritage

50 Years of Minuteman Grit


Trinity: World's first nuclear test

Trinity Test

Heritage Videos

AFNWC Heritage Timeline