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NEWS | April 19, 2018

Air Force I-WEPTAC event offers unique look at mission support challenges, potential solutions

By Debbie Aragon Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center Public Affairs

San Antonio-based Airmen can get a unique look at enterprise-wide agile combat support challenges and potential solutions by attending 2018 Installation and Mission Support Weapons and Tactics Conference, or I-WEPTAC,  events May 15-16.

The main event at Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center’s I-WEPTAC is the out brief May 16 by mission area working groups., or MAWGs. These working groups have been hard at work since October tackling four mission support challenges that impact major commands and combatant commanders across the Air Force.

“The MAWGs are the essence of I-WEPTAC,” said Lt. Col. Steven Thomas, chief of AFIMSC’s Plans and Analysis Division and I-WEPTAC chairman. “Our event is modeled from combat air force’s WEPTAC, run by Air Combat Command, that’s been going on for decades. Instead of CAF challenges, we’re focused on combat support challenges.”

The MAWGs consist of the best and brightest from across the installation and mission support enterprise and they’re chartered to focus on challenges directly related to combat support, added Maj. Derrick Hodges, director of operations and safety for Air Force aero clubs and “ground boss” for I-WEPTAC


This year’s MAWG process began in September when organizers solicited potential topics from across the Air Force’s agile combat support, or ACS, enterprise. After receiving 50 potential topics, a board of senior leaders narrowed the field and presented the top 10 to Air Force Mobility Command Commander Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, who selected the final four topics. Those topics are: Installation Investment Initiative 2035; Multi-Domain Tactical Agile Combat Support Command and Control; Critical Base Resiliency Capabilities and Integrating New Agile Unit Type Codes into the Combat Support Wing.

“At AFIMSC, we are warfighters supporting warfighters, so it’s important that challenges solicited directly from the field headline the conference,” said Hodges.

The goal for this year’s working groups is to provide achievable solution sets to be presented to Air Force senior leaders for consideration and implementation, the major said. That presentation takes place May 16 during the I-WEPTAC out-brief.

“We really want people to get excited about this conference,” said Hodges. “AFIMSC is doing important work and making positive changes across the Air Force … I-WEPTAC is our opportunity to showcase our people, mission and innovation.”

In addition to the out-brief, San Antonio Airmen are encouraged to attend an industry day May 15 and legacy day May 16.  Registration for any I-WEPTAC event must be done in advance at!/home.