Readiness requirements within DAF strategies for Great Power Competition, coupled with the Congressionally-mandated assumption of authority, direction, and control over health care delivery by the DHA, required change to assure effective support to readiness and installation missions, while also balancing with the pursuit of efficiency in health care delivery.
The SecAF approved the AFMED concept June 14, 2023, and the CSAF directed it on July 18, 2023. To effectively meet the challenges of today and prepare for tomorrow, the SecAF authorized the AFMS to re-organize and establish AFMED.
The establishment of AFMED will:
- provide the medical command authority needed to organize, train and equip for the future fight;
- maximize AFMS focus on Force Generation medical support;
- provide the DHA an Air Force-led intermediate management structure to exercise authority, direction and control over MTFs; and
- improve deconfliction and prioritization of complex health care delivery and readiness priorities.