Air Force Inspection Agency
|Air Force Inspection Agency |
Air Force Inspection Agency Shield
|Active||31 December 1971 - Present|
|Branch||United States Air Force|
|Role||Evaluation and Standarization|
|Garrison/HQ||Kirtland Air Force Base|
|Colonel Richard A. Coe|
The Air Force Inspection Agency (AFIA) operates as an Air Force Field Operating Agency under the direction of the Air Force Inspector General. It provides independent assessments of acquisition, nuclear surety, operations, logistics, support, and healthcare to Air Force senior leadership. Additionally, the agency identifies deficiencies and recommends improvements for accomplishing peacetime and wartime missions. It also evaluates Air Force activities, personnel, and policies, and provides legal and compliance oversight of all Air Force-level Field Operating Agencies and Direct Reporting Units.
The AFIA consists of four directorates. Process Integration Directorate conducts assessments focused on improving processes to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the Air Force. The Inspection and Oversight Directorate schedules, coordinates, and executes Compliance Inspections, Nuclear Surety Inspection Oversight assessments, and conducts Compliance Inspections of all Field Operating Agencies and Direct Reporting Units. The Medical Operations Directorate performs Health Services Inspections of all Air Force active duty, Reserve, and Guard medical units worldwide in partnership with acknowledged expert civilian accrediting agencies. The Mission Support Directorate provides administrative and logistical support for AFIA.
The AFIA traces its history back to 1927 with the establishment of the Inspection Division under the Chief of the Army Air Corps. The division performed technical inspections in support of flight safety objectives. By the end of World War II, this function was aligned under the Office of the Air Inspector. In 1948, after the Air Force became a separate service, the Air Force chief of staff designated the Office of the Inspector General to oversee all inspection and safety functions.
In the 1950s, all activities were consolidated at Norton Air Force Base, California, in the 1002d Inspector General Group commanded by the Deputy Inspector General for Inspection and Safety. On 31 December 1971, the Air Force Inspection and Safety Center was activated, replacing the 1002d IG Group. In August 1991, the center was divided into the Air Force Inspection Agency and the Air Force Safety Agency (now the Air Force Safety Center). The Air Force Inspection Agency and the Safety Center moved to Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico, in July 1993, due to the closure of Norton Air Force Base.