The U.S. Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center (AFIMSC) is spending more than $1.6 billion to improve the service branch’s unaccompanied housing and child development centers.
This endeavor will involve construction at more than 61 installations between fiscal years 2023-’27. Some of the planned developments include an Air Force Civil Engineer Center-led (AFCEC) initiative to fund 170 permanent party dormitory projects through 2027; a $227 million investment into 14 dorm renovation projects in FY24; new Child Development Centers (CDCs); and multimillion-dollar CDC awards during fiscal years 2023 and 2024.
“We’re prioritizing restoration and modernization to deliver state-of-the-art facilities through these funds so Airmen and Guardians can focus on keeping the mission in flight, knowing they and their families are being taken care of,” said Tim Sullivan, AFCEC interim built infrastructure executive director and facility engineering directorate chief.
The Department of the Air Force (DAF) is planning to spend an average of $220 million annually through FY26 to satisfy a 2022 congressional mandate to increase investments for quality-of-life focused infrastructure. And in 2021, the branch itself created a Quality-of-Life Investment Focus Fund – $300 million per year through FY26 – to improve its dorms and CDCs.
“We’ll continue to make wise investments to upgrade infrastructure to ensure longer dorm facility life and less annual maintenance costs,” said Marc Minneci, AFIMSC Dorms Activity Management Plan Enterprise program manager. “Whether it’s repairing an entire building structure or replacing outdated equipment or furniture these investments will improve living conditions for enlisted Airmen and Guardians.” The Air Force Services Center will provide programming to address critical childcare needs.