JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas —
Members past and present watched as the 1st Manpower Requirements Squadron’s guidon was furled and stored away at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph during an inactivation ceremony Jan. 9.
Although the squadron is inactivated, it leaves behind a proud history.
The mission of the 1st MRS was to assess and validate manpower requirements and identify process and organizational efficiencies for the United States Air Force.
The 1st MRS was constituted April 2, 1976, as the Air Force Personnel Management Engineering Team and redesignated as the 1st Manpower Requirements Squadron Dec. 1, 2004.
It is now becoming a division under the Manpower Management Operations Directorate in the Air Force Manpower Analysis Agency. The final organizational structure will consolidate Air Force management engineering under one directorate and AFMAA operating locations, which support different major commands providing a direct management engineering and process improvement support for unique MAJCOM requirements.
It also becomes the single focal point for all AFMAA manpower operations, allowing for better standardization of processes and guidance, as well as providing a holistic approach to manpower operations.
Through its existence, the squadron earned two Air Force Outstanding Unit awards and four Air Force organizational excellence awards.
Officiating over the ceremony was Col. Heidi A. Paulson, AFMAA commander. Lt. Col. Jessica Corea, 1st MRS commander, addressed her squadron one last time. The men and women of the 1st MRS rendered a final salute to Lt. Col. Corea.
It is military custom to furl and encase the flag upon the completion of the organization’s mission. This ceremony represents the end of this organization’s mission and serves as a final symbol of closure of members past and present who were part of this organization.
By order of the Secretary of the Air Force, effective Jan. 9, 2020, the 1st Manpower Requirements Squadron, is hereby inactivated.