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JB San Antonio, Texas, will serve as the host base for the Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center headquarters, officials announced. The decision was based in part on the fact that almost 50 percent of the center’s subordinate unit personnel already reside at the base, according to a Jan. 21 release. “In fact, two of AFIMSC’s primary subordinate units will share the same building with the headquarters,” said Timothy Bridges, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations. “We believe co-locating AFIMSC with a large percentage of its subordinate staff will allow the Air Force to harness operational synergy as the headquarters matures into full operational capability.” The personnel will begin reporting to the headquarters this summer and the majority of the staff will be in place by the fall of 2016, states the release. Air Force Materiel Command activated the provisional headquarters at JB Andrews, Md., in August 2014. The center is intended to consolidate major command-level installation and mission support activities under one commander and to save the service money. “The consolidation will drive standardized processes, reduce overhead, and drive down costs,” said Bridges. “It makes good business sense to centralize installation support the way we already centralize other support functions.”