Air Force Manpower Analysis Agency
Air Force Manpower Agency Shield
CountryUnited States
Branch United States Air Force
Part ofHq, United States Air Force
Garrison/HQRandolph Air Force Base
Colonel Brian S. Norman

The Air Force Manpower Agency (AFMA) is a former Field Operating Agency of the United States Air Force (USAF). It was last active in 2012[1] at Joint Base San Antonio and was assigned directly to Hq, USAF. It provided USAF leaders at all levels with tools to identify manpower required to accomplish the USAF mission.[2]


The Air Force Manpower Agency (AFMA) was originally established in 1975 as the Air Force Management Engineering Agency, a Separate Operating Agency of the USAF when USAF decided it needed an agency to provide technical guidance and central direction to its management engineering program.[2] Its mission throughout its existence was to provide USAF leaders assistance in identifying manpower requirements for the effective and efficient accomplishment of the Air Force mission.[3] In 1996, AFMA merged with the Air Force Quality Institute and became the Air Force Center for Quality and Management Innovation.[4] It received its current designation in 2003.

The agency, through its four major divisions and five subordinate manpower requirement squadrons, developed manpower requirements determination tools and manpower programming factors. Additionally, AFMA managed Air Force performance management and innovation programs, including awards programs such as the Air Force Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award and the Zuckert Award. AFMA executed the Air Force competitive sourcing program and conducted special studies. The agency also assisted combatant commanders in determining military essential requirements in support of warfighting scenarios, supported the manpower functional community, and was home to the Air Force Survey Office, which provided attitude and opinion survey tools such as the Air Force Climate Survey.[3] Starting in 1992, the agency took over the field management engineering teams that had been assigned to USAF's Major Commands[5] and reorganized them on a functional basis. Starting at the end of 2004, it reorganized, replacing its teams with numbered squadrons and flights. AFMA was realigned under the Air Force Personnel Center on 1 June 2012[1] and later reactivated as the Air Force Manpower Analysis Agency (AFMAA) on 1 June 2015.[6]


Redesignated the Air Force Center for Quality and Management Innovation on 19 December 1996
Redesignated Air Force Manpower and Innovation Agency on 1 September 1999
Redesignated Air Force Manpower Agency on 1 December 2003
Inactivated on 1 June 2012, resources aligned under the Air Force Personnel Center
Redesignated as Air Force Manpower Analysis Agency, and activated on 1 June 2015[6]



Subordinate Units

Squadrons The Air Force Manpower Requirements Determination Squadron, co-located at Headquarters AFMA at Randolph AFB, Texas, was activated in November 2001 and was redesignated as the 1st Manpower Requirements Squadron in December 2004.


Management Engineering Teams (MET)

NASA Langley Research Center, Virginia
Scott AFB, Illinois
Tinker AFB, Oklahoma
Buckley AFB Annex, Colorado


See also


  1. ^ a b News Release, Manpower, services agencies consolidate with personnel, 18 Jul 2012 (accessed 21 October 2012)
  2. ^ a b c d e Air Force Manpower Agency Fact Sheet Archived 10 June 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ a b 2009 Airman Magazine Yearbook
  4. ^ Gildea, Debbie (18 July 2012). "Manpower, services agencies consolidate with personnel". U.S. Air Force. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  5. ^ See Major Norman, Brian S., If the Air Force Knew What it Already Knows About Management Improvement: Implications for Manpower and Quality Improvement, Air Command & Staff School Thesis, Air University, Maxwell AFB, AL (1998), p. 20 (accessed 23 October 2012)
  6. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 August 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ Assigned to AF Manpower Requirements Utilization Squadron until October 2003, inactivated 1 September 2004
  8. ^ a b c d e f g Inactivated
  9. ^ Consolidated 1 November 2004 with Manpower Requirements Determination Squadron
  10. ^ a b c Air Force Personnel Unit Awards[permanent dead link] (accessed 23 October 2012)