Air Force Security Forces Center

The Air Force Security Forces Center (AFSFC), located at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, is one of four Primary Subordinate Units (PSUs) under the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) and assigned to Air Force Materiel Command.  

AFSFC trains, equips and manages program execution for the Air Force Security Forces enterprise around the globe. AFSFC’s cross-functional team provides subject matter expertise to the field to drive integration, innovation and advancement of Defender mission sets to deliver integrated defense, conduct law and order operations, provide security protection for nuclear and non-nuclear assets, acquire, disseminate and provide training and maintenance of small arms and light weapons and other Defender equipment, provide military working dog support, deliver sustainment and other training to Defenders and manage Department of the Air Force corrections.

AFSFC enables missions by providing functional implementation guidance for Headquarters Air Force policy and standards for force providers and operational commanders. AFSFC identifies and evaluates functional requirements and develops exercise plans, as appropriate.  AFSFC also represents the career field and informs the AFIMSC plans and programming process of security forces functionally prioritized requirements.

The AFSFC mission is to develop, deliver and execute Security Forces capabilities and associated programs for Department of the Air Force and Joint mission sets enabling a safe and secure operating environment. 

Its vision is driving integrated protection for the Department of the Air Force through innovation and deliberate program execution.


The AFSFC is comprise of its headquarters, three detachments and five operating locations.

Detachment      Location                                                   

1                         Fort Leavenworth, Kansas                           

2                         Miramar Naval Air Station, California

2                         Operating Location A, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii                     

2                         Operating Location B, Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina                                 

2                         Operating Location C, Chesapeake, Northwest Naval Annex, Virginia

3                         Desert Defender, Ground Combat Readiness Training Center, Ft. Bliss, Texas

                           Operating Location E, JBSA-Lackland, Texas (co-located with Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division)

                           Operating Location F, Eglin AFB, Florida (co-located with Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center)


Headquarters AFSFC includes the Air Force Confinement and Corrections Directorate (FC), Operations and Training Directorate (S23), Logistics Directorate (S4) and Strategic Plans and Requirements Directorate (S56).

FC - AF Confinement and Corrections Directorate
The Confinement and Corrections Directorate is responsible for the transfer and management of Air Force courts-martialed members from worldwide confinement facilities for continued confinement in Regional Correctional Facilities (RCFs) operated by the Department of Air Force, Army and Navy. It maintains courts-martial, personnel and financial data of inmates confined in the Air Force Corrections System and members released on parole or appellate leave. In addition, the directorate is responsible for victim/witness notifications and management of the Prison Rape Elimination Act program.

S23 - Operations and Training Directorate
The Operations and Training Directorate provides policy, resource advocacy and guidance across the force protection spectrum in the areas of doctrine, antiterrorism, training and mission assurance assessment.

S23 is composed of five divisions: Operations Fusion Cell (S2N), Law and Order Division (S3P), Mission Assurance Division (S3M), Training Division (S3T) and the Air Base Air Defense Division (S3A).

S4 - Logistics Directorate
The Logistics Directorate provides acquisition/distribution of Individual Protective and logistics detail equipment, acquisition/distribution of small arms/light weapons and administration of the Air Force’s Non-Lethal Weapons program.

The Directorate is composed of two divisions: Equipment & Resources Division (S4E) and Weapons Management Division (S4W).

S56 - Strategic Plans and Requirements

This directorate manages current and future requirements for integrated base defense security systems, facilitates development, integration and synchronization of Department of the Air Force Security Forces operational concepts, doctrines, strategy and innovation efforts. It also provides oversight of Security Forces systems development and maintenance and serves as the liaison to the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center's Resource Management Directorate. 

AFSFSC/S56 is composed of two divisions and the Concepts and Innovation Cell: Information Technology Division (S6T) and Requirements Division (S5G).

Detachment 1

Detachment 1 support the operation of the Department of Defense's maximum security prison system for armed forces personnel who have committed the most serious criminal offenses; represents the Air Force as a detachment headquarters element delivering administrative, health, welfare, morale, training and professional development functions for assigned personnel; presides over disciplinary boards for inmates from all branches of service, Air Force parole and revocation boards to maintain good order and discipline among the population; provides operational control for the Navy detachment and liaison services for Air Force and Navy inmates; and, facilitates mental health treatment to avoid recidivism while creating productive members of society.

Operating Locations:

AFSFC Det. 1 supports the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks and Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facilities located on historic Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

Detachment 2 – Level II and Level III MAX Correctional Facilities ensures the security, good order, discipline and safety of adjudged and pretrial prisoners; to retrain and restore the maximum number of personnel to honorable service; to prepare prisoners for return to civilian life as productive citizens; and when directed by superior authority, detains enemy combatants in accordance with guidance from the President via the Secretary of Defense. AFSFC Det. 2 is composed of four operating locations:  Miramar NAS, California; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina; and Chesapeake, Northwest Naval Annex, Virginia.

Detachment 3 – Desert Defender Ground Combat Regional Training Center located at Fort Bliss, Texas, is a Total Force-operated premier U.S. Air Force readiness training center and centralized Unit Type Code (UTC) Logistics Detail (LOGDET) deployment hub. Its mission is two-fold as it trains and equips Defenders to meet Combatant Commander requirements.

(Current as of March 2023)