Nuclear weapons center attains full operational capability

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  • 377th Air Base Wing Public Affairs Report
The commander of Air Force Materiel Command declared full operational capability for the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center during the change of command ceremony Jan. 20, 2011.

During his comments, AFMC Commander Gen. Donald Hoffman spoke to the center's growth and noted that the center was the single focal point for the Air Force "in the sustainment and assurance that our nuclear weapons are safe, secure and effective."

The criteria to reach FOC, established in Air Force Program Action Directive 08-05 , is the capability to standardize and oversee nuclear sustainment activities in support of the warfighter.

According to Brig. Gen. Garrett Harencak, the new AFNWC commander, "I know this designation was based on the hard work of the past two years under Brig. Gen. (Everett) Thomas to grow expertise, document processes, and conduct training."

The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center staff accomplished several major milestones prior to declaration of FOC, including:
  • Increasing and stabilizing weapon storage area production;
  • Completing several rounds of nuclear surety inspections;
  • Creating roadmaps and developing strong partnerships with nuclear stakeholders; and,
  • Integrating the staff and unit into one focused team, fully embracing a culture of continuous improvement.
During the change of command ceremony, General Harencak lauded the center's great progress, while also vowing to continue on a path of success.

"As your commander, I pledge to you 100 percent of my energy, 100 percent of my support, and every resource that I can legally obtain," said General Harencak. "Together, we will continue the tremendous work you have done and build on your success. We will accomplish even more -- not for us, our jobs or our careers -- but for America. It's my distinct honor and pleasure to serve as your commander."