MASCOUTAH – U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart has announced that Scott Air Force Base has been selected as a finalist for the new Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center.
“Once again, Scott has shown its strength, synergy and importance to the Air Force,” Enyart said. “That’s why I am happy to announce Scott has been selected as one of 10 finalists for the new Command Center. Time and time again, Scott has shown its viability to host a strategic, state-of-the art center like this.”
Other finalists include Barksdale AFB, Louisiana; Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota; Hurlburt Field, Florida; Joint Base Andrews-NAFW, Maryland; Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia; Joint Base San Antonio, Texas; Peterson AFB, Colorado; Tyndall AFB, Florida; and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.
The new AFIMSC will report directly to Air Force Materiel Command, which is currently located at Scott, and site surveys are expected to begin in November or December of 2014. The final site selection will be announced in January 2015.
“I will continue to fight for Scott to obtain the new AFIMSC,” Enyart said. “The entire Illinois delegation comes together to fight for new jobs and new installations. And we will continue to fight for the NGA relocation and for the new Command Center.”
In June, Enyart announced two new cyber-security squadrons were awarded to Scott Air Force Base. The squadrons created 320 new positions at Scott, and will come with a $16 million investment in the base’s existing infrastructure.
Enyart also announced Scott as a finalist for the soon-to-be-relocated National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA) in July. The NGA’s current facility is located in St. Louis and has 3,000 employees, 800 of which are residents of the 12th Congressional District in Illinois. Scott Air Force Base is the only finalist in Illinois.