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Air Force Inspection Agency

The Air Force Inspection Agency (AFIA), headquartered at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, is a Field Operating Agency that reports to the Secretary of the Air Force Inspector General (SAF/IG).


AFIA is a diverse team of experts providing independent inspection, evaluation and analysis to advance continuous improvement of mission effectiveness at all Air Force levels.


AFIA is comprised of five directorates: Medical Operations, Mission Support, Oversight and Evaluation, Process Improvement and Integration and Training and Inspections.

Duties and Responsibilities

· Conducts Health Services Inspections of medical units and aeromedical evacuation squadrons assigned to the active and air reserve components with regards to health care quality, availability, and resource management.

· Collaborates with the Air Force Surgeon General's office, the Air Force Medical Operations Agency and the Major Commands (MAJCOM) on HSI policies and procedures.

· Inspects radioactive material permits issued to authorized AF users under the master materials license granted by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

· Conducts 100 percent oversight of all Nuclear Surety Inspections (NSI), Limited NSIs, reinspections of nuclear-capable units, and select Initial NSIs to assess MAJCOM IG performance and provide The Inspector General (TIG), Chief of Staff of the Air Force (CSAF), and SECAF an independent perspective of the safety, security, and reliability of units and nuclear weapons.

· Integrates a core team of nuclear inspectors with MAJCOM Inspector General teams to conduct thorough NSIs.

· Conducts basic and nuclear inspection training and certification.

· Observes MAJCOM IG teams during all types of inspections and provides feedback to MAJCOM IGs and SAF/IG on their effectiveness.

· Independently conducts Unit Effectiveness Inspections, statutory, and special interest item inspections for AF-level field operating agencies and direct reporting units.

· Serves as the AF gatekeeper to manage the centralized AF inspection schedule which includes all inspection activities by external, non-AF agencies.

· Consolidates and reports statutory information to Congress and the Department of Defense.

· Provides subject-matter expertise related to training, inspections, and other activities directed or supported by CJCSI 3263.05, Nuclear Weapons Technical Inspections.

· Plans and conducts management inspections for AF units above wing level to report on their efficiency, effectiveness, economy, and discipline.

· Conducts AF-wide trend analysis for IG inspections to identify systemic deficiencies across the AF, health services and the nuclear enterprises.

· Manages The Inspector General Inspection Reporting System, a collection of information technology systems and capabilities that provide inspection scheduling, planning, execution, and post-inspection analysis and reporting.

· Prepares TIG Brief newsletter to ensure the Air Force Chief of Staff, IGs, Commanders, and Airmen have access to relevant information for the entire spectrum of IG activities.

· Maintains an appropriate staff to provide legal reviews/recommendations to the command team, computer and communications support, and otherwise manage, plan, program, budget, and execute resources and activities associated with the agency's command code.


AFIA traces its roots back to 1927 when the Chief of the Air Corps established an Inspection Division to perform technical inspections in support of flight safety objectives. By the end of World War II, this function was aligned under the Air Inspector. In July 1948, Air Force Letter No. 20-4 directed consolidation of HQ USAF inspection activities at Kelly AFB, Texas and provided for inspectors general at echelons of command below HQ USAF.

On 21 September 1950, The Vice Chief of Staff authorized the creation of a Directorate of Technical Inspections at Norton AFB, California. Organized operations began in February 1951 with 128 officers, 29 noncommissioned officers (NCO) and 31 civilians. Duties for this function included evaluations of and recommended improvements to the maintenance, modification, and overhaul of aircraft, related components and equipment.

To complete the consolidation of activities required for effectively conducting its technical inspection mission, in August 1951, the Deputy IG at Norton subsumed the Directorate of Procurement and Supply Inspection which was transferred from the Pentagon. By the end of 1952, the Directorate of Readiness Inspection was also moved from the Deputy IG at Kelly AFB to Norton AFB to become the Directorate of Readiness and Materiel Inspection.

On 7 January 1963, the Deputy Inspectors General for Safety and Inspections were combined to establish the USAF Deputy Inspector General; however, safety activities were still divided. Directorate of Aerospace Safety remained at Norton while the Directorate of Nuclear Safety resided at Kirtland AFB. Under this plan, a single deputy was responsible for the Air Force Inspection System and safety programs.
In July 1964, the Office of Assistant for Medical Services was formed within the Deputy Inspector General organization and the first legal advisor was assigned in June 1965.

On 31 December 1971, the Air Force Inspection and Safety Center (AFISC) was activated to replace the 1002d Inspector General Group.

As a result of the Goldwater-Nichols Act, the Inspector General moved directly under the Secretary of the Air Force in September 1986. During this period, AFISC began planning for a new concept of Multi-MAJCOM inspections, which were implemented in 1987-1988.

Congress approved closure of Norton AFB in 1990, and AFISC began initial planning to move its operation to Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. 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). Both organizations settled at Kirtland AFB in July 1993.

Changes to the structure and function of AFIA have continued over the years to meet mission requirements and leadership priorities. As of 1 December 12, current assigned manpower includes 65 officers, 35 NCO/senior NCOs and 24 civilians.

10 December 2012